Joanne (Jo) Lori White, a long time member of CCEC, died on October 25th due to cancer. Jo was an active community organizer in the area of food security and organic gardening.
As an herbalist, wild crafter, biodynamic farmer, dairy maid, nature walks leader and interpretative guide in aboriginal and other communities throughout B.C. , Jo supported and encouraged collective-action to create community-based environmental solutions.
Throughout her life she created many grass-roots initiatives: recycling and composting programs – long before it was the norm, wool co-ops, community gardens and organic farming. She was honoured by Air Canada by winning the Heart of Gold Award for outstanding contributions made to the community and interviewed on Peter Gzowski’s CBC radio show Morningside.
Jo helped spearhead the Lillooet Park Community Garden, located within Lillooet Park in the District of North Vancouver that opened in the summer of 2011. She worked with the North Shore Neighbourhood House, who collaborates with a wide range of groups on the North Shore from local government and health authorities to non-profit community groups as well as local social service providers, community members and local businesses. This community garden consists of 46 community plots, two of which assist mobility-impaired gardeners. There is one large plot also dedicated to growing produce for the Edible Garden Project, whose mission is to increase access to fruits and vegetables and garden spaces to those most in need on the North Shore. She also helped create the community garden called Loutet Farm in North Vancouver.
Jo was a strong advocate for complementary and alternative medicine. Perhaps you met her in wellness departments at Capers/Whole Foods (4th Ave & Robson), Pharmasave (Caulfeild) and Good Nature Health Foods (North Vancouver).
Jo White's brother, Marc White, and family have created a living tribute, through Seeds For Change www.seedsforchangegardens.org