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History
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Founding

1983

The Fraser Information Society forms as a non-partisan, non-profit society to encourage positive change through education and non-confrontational problem solving.

Founder Don Mallais and others help prepare for the construction of the CEED centre building

Incorporation

1984

The Society officially incorporates. Registered charity status follows.

CEED Centre Opened (Earth Day)
1990

The Society takes possession of the Old Japanese Schoolhouse in 1989, moving it from 232nd and Dewdney Trunk Road to save the heritage building from demolition.

Don Mallais cuts the ribbon!

The Fraser Journal

Summer 1990

Vol. 1, Issue 1 of the bimonthly newsletter reports the grand opening of the CEED Centre on Earth Day. Other articles focus on food safety (pesticides), buying locally raised products and an organic growers directory.

BBS Service

1990

A computer bulletin board service (Internet precursor) is launched to link to the North American environmental community via ECONET and UBITNET. At the time of publishing, over 50 subscribers are registered. By Issue 2, the number rises to 160.

Desktop Publishing Service
(The Green Desk)

1990

Desktop publishing, a relatively new concept, is launched as a service for the non-profit sector.

CEED Store

1990

Environmentally friendly goods are the focus of a small retail outlet in the CEED Centre. A brainchild of Lou-Anne Bryant, the store focuses on recycled stationery and books and goods from environmental organizations or small publishers.


 

 




Video Production Department

1990

The department creates "An Overview for Small Business" for a local accounting firm. It also dubs videos for sister cities Maple Ridge and Miyoshi, Japan.


Celebrate Earth Day

Since 1990

First held at the CEED Centre, the Society switches venues for the celebration of Earth Day to the downtown Memorial Peace Park in 2004. Other organizations join in presenting the spring festival and begin to coordinate with the Haney Farmers Market. Live concerts, dance performances and puppet shows attract thousands of spectators.

Community Forum Broadcasts

1990s

FIS begins broadcasting programs over Cable 4 on topical issues in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Campaign for Pesticide Reduction! Maple Ridge (CPR!MR)
2003

An ad-hoc group of citizens with first-hand experience of the dangers of pesticides joins the CEED Centre to advocate for changes in pesticide use and regulation in the Districts of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Website Launch

2005

This website is launched along with the CPR!MR subsite (www.cprmr.org) compiled by directors Maria Raynolds, John Early and Sheila Pratt.

Name Change

2006

On January 20, 2006, the Fraser Information Society officially becomes the CEED Centre Society. The name changes to boost community recognition of the centre and the society behind it.

Pesticide Alternatives Education Program

2006

Maple Ridge enacts a Pesticide Control Bylaw in December after many years of advocacy by CPR!MR. The CEED Centre launches the campaign to create a province-wide education program called CanadaGrowSmart to raise awareness of alternatives.

Port Haney Compost Education Garden
Port Haney Urban Organic Garden

Now called the CEED Centre Organic Community Garden, the garden is created by a team of volunteers led by Ted Wooldridge. Lumber and supplies for the garden are donated by local businesses. People without gardens where they live can now enjoy the benefits of working with nature.

Pioneer Park Community Garden

The CEED Centre works with the District of Maple Ridge to create a community garden in Pioneer Park, adjacent to a seniors complex by the same name.

A Note to Readers

We will be adding more to this section as time passes to recount the activities of the organization. Anyone with more historical information is encouraged to contact the Executive Director.

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