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The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Energy House, an educational and interpretive centre for clean energy technologies that was officially opened in October with a visit from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark. The evening will not only be a Christmas-themed social, but will also act as the awards ceremony for the cooperative’s “Nature’s Energy Art Contest” that concluded at the end of October.

“We thought we would bring more people into Energy House so they can see what a wonderful facility it is. We thought it was a really good fit for Peace Energy to have our Christmas Open House and the renewable energy art contest awards there,” said Valerie Gilson, who is acting as a temporary executive director for the cooperative following the departure of Nicola Peacey.

Gilson said the public is encourage to come down and meet local members of Peace Energy if they are interested in learning more about renewable energy and the cooperative. She said there will also be refreshments served. She added they always welcome new members.

“We will have memberships available, and they make great Christmas gifts,” she said. “It is open to the community and to citizens across Canada – we have members from coast to coast – and membership is $200. There are investment opportunities available from time-to-time for members who might wish to invest in renewable energy development.”

Gilson also encourages the public to come down and view the submissions received for the art contest, which challenged artists in the community to come up with creative interpretations on clean energy and its applications in the world. She said all 63 submissions – which range from paintings to photographs, and even a video – will be featured in a slideshow that will be shown before the awards are given out.

“We were impressed with the variety, and impressed with what some of the younger artists submitted, it was all really great to see,” she said.

Awards and prizes will be handed out in adult and youth categories, and for an overall member’s choice award that will include a framed print of the winner’s artwork.

Gilson said the cooperative hopes to make the art contest an annual event, so she hopes the public will come down tonight not only to view the artwork, but to be inspired by it.

She added people are welcome to come down to Peace Energy’s office at 1445 102 Avenue to find out more about the cooperative and renewable energy in the Peace region.  



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