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Post 1000 – and Some News

From an idea that formed back in the winter of 2006 while pondering the world from a coffee shop window, downtown Newcastle, Australia; I started the website UrbanWorkbench.com. Today we’ve reached another milestone along the journey, this is officially our one-thousandth post. This has been achieved in 4 years, 6 months and 24 days, or 1666 days, (or 1190 week days). Now we are living on the other side of the pacific ocean, and a couple of mountain passes away in the Kootenays of BC, Canada we are celebrating this momentous occasion with some exciting news.

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The Move

We’re on the move again. After over four years of fun in the Kootenays, we’re moving to the lower mainland of BC. Mike is taking the position of Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Langley, which is about 40km East-Southeast of Vancouver and has a population of 23,303 people (as of the 2006 census).

This is an exciting move for our family, we’ll be sad to leave the Beautiful Kootenays, and a lot of amazing friends; however, I’m sure there will be many adventures and opportunities in the Greater Vancouver area for our family to enjoy.

As a result of this change in venue, there will likely be less of a focus on what is happening in the Castlegar area, mainly because I won’t be here to catch the latest news, although the future of this region still holds a place in my heart. The overall focus on engineering, sustainability and community will not change, and in some ways, there will be more opportunities to report on the sustainability happenings around the province.

Most critically, our journey as a family is continuing along a path of learning and teaching sustainable practices, whether urban farming and homesteading or building resilient communities. As you can imagine, our lives are pretty packed full of action at the moment, and it doesn’t look like slowing down for a while as we hit the ground running in Langley.

The official moving date is the 16th of April, so we’ll be relying on iPhone communications rather than desktop  for a couple of days around that weekend.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

6 thoughts on “Post 1000 – and Some News

  1. Congratulations, Mike!

    On Post 1000 … AND your new “challenge’ in Langley!

    Thankfully, with the support of today’s Technology, we will all still be able to catch glimpses of the world from ‘yourcoffee shop window’!

    All the Best,

    Raymond Koehler

    4363 Broadwater Road,
    Castlegar, BC V1N 4V7

    Voice Mail: 250.304.2157

  2. Congratulations Mike! A significant loss for the Kootenays, but a lot of opportunities in Langley. Serious gardening potential in the milder climate too. I hope the transition goes smoothly for you and look forward to hear about the ideas you have there.

    Adam

  3. Life can be full of adventures if you let it and I congratulate you on your newest adventure! Our next big adventure is a move to the Kootenays in the Summer of 2012, maybe in some way filling the void you and your family will be leaving. Best of luck Mike and I will continue to look forward to your ramblings in the future.

    Regards, Louis

  4. Congrats! The Lower Mainland – while expensive – has great people! Positive work environments, and really skilled professionals.

  5. All the best to you and your family, Mike.
    Castlegar’s loss is Langley’s gain, thanks to Rossland.
    I hope you keep up your Urban Workbench blog as I have found a lot of interesting ideas even though I don’t always understand the technical side of things.

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