Condolences on the Passing of Greg Klassen

Many condolences on the passing of one of our distinguished members who spread his love and knowledge of Photography throughout the community.  He will be missed by many - Seldom have I seen such dedication and immersion in our favorite pastime  - his creativity was amazing and his willingness to share and involve his peers in his projects was heart warming and a pleasure to be part of.


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Comment by Avril Kirby on October 11, 2017 at 8:16am

I have Greg to thank for a lot of things, his mentorship and his friendship. I'll miss him.

Comment by anna mccolm on October 7, 2017 at 6:22pm

One of those larger than life people who has touched us all. I still can't quite believe he's gone. His courage to see his visions and projects through to fruition could inspire us all.

Comment by Curt Firestone on October 6, 2017 at 5:10am

I join everyone in remembering Greg for all that he brought our photographic community.  In his way, he made a difference.

Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on October 5, 2017 at 8:30pm

well said all... Greg was a special character who touched us all with his creativity, his passion and his love of photography/Art... and his sensitivity to our community... His banner is a Wonder in that he has captured the real Spirit of SaltSpring so beautifully... Showing a community of love, caring, smiling folks... A community which he embraced and embraced him... His work is inspirational... he will be missed... but not forgotten...  I feel grateful for the time and talks we had together...  hugs to all... 

Comment by Cliff Kelly on October 5, 2017 at 5:38pm

Doug -

Was hoping you would

thanks a million


Comment by Elehna de Sousa on October 4, 2017 at 8:42pm

You've said it all. Such a talented and generous man who offered us so much in the relatively short time that we knew him. I really enjoyed the Sunday afternoon program he offered  at the library and learned so much from his perspective on photography and exposure to photographers I hadn't heard of before. My creative mind and heart was enriched by my connection to him. May he rest in peace.

Comment by timothy gibbon on October 4, 2017 at 8:21pm

yes, well said. intricate mind, enormous heart. sorely sorely missed.

Comment by Jana Zachariou on October 4, 2017 at 5:15pm

Well said Cliff.

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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