Fairmont Waterfront Solidarity

Our partnership with the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver began in 2014 with the launch of Governor General of Canada Award Winning book Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark Winston. Incredible how bees bring community together, time and again.

We have been building the partnership steadily every year, supporting our programming, and creating opportunities for meaningful work and experiential education. The Fairmont Waterfront has supported our Pollinator Corridor Project – pollinator advocacy in the form of community workshops, and installations of forage and habitat. We manage the health of the hives on the 3rd floor garden of the hotel, engaging visitors through the wonder of the bees. We dress the tables each year for Earth Hour with our hand poured beeswax candles. We maintain the chef’s garden at the hotel, growing food for bees and for feature in the Arc Dining restaurant downstairs. And we are building native plants into a West Coast Garden to provide further opportunity for connection.

We are excited to announce that we have received a Solidarity grant from the AccorHotels’ group that the Fairmont Waterfront is a part of, to support our work in Building Community through Bees.

We offer inclusive and supportive training and workshop opportunities in our urban apiaries through this support and partnership, with the following objectives:

– To build opportunities for skills sharing and learning, grounded in nature and inclusive community across socio-economic strata

– To create meaningful training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers to stability grounded in green skills.

– To enhance three urban pollinator gardens and add forage and habitat for pollinators in our city

– To create educational, interpretive signage for three pollinator garden sites to improve communication, better engage visitors, and to build a shareable tool as a model for other communities.

-To deepen the relationship of social and environmental sustainability between Fairmont Waterfront and the surrounding community, to create story-telling opportunities and to link the Fairmont Waterfront to the surrounding community.

Thank you Fairmont Waterfront and AccorHotels! We look forward to sharing these spaces with you, building community through the bees.

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