Saturday, October 17, 2009

Vegetarians of Alberta

Vegetarians of Alberta was formed in 1989 to serve people who are interested in learning about,adopting or maintaining a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.

Glen McLean - founder Vegetarians of Alberta:
Glen's decision in 1970 to become a vegetarian was a moral one -- he was against killing! Years later when he started a vegetarian food manufacturing business in Edmonton, the health food stores that he retailed through would often refer individuals looking for vegetarian information to him. He realized the growing need for a vegetarian association in the capital city. So, in the late spring of 1989, Glen rented a room at an Edmonton Public Library and showed the film "Vegetarian World" to a group of 35 people -- Vegetarians of Alberta was formed!

Through Glen's dedication, as well as that of Claire Lafreniere, Margaret Marean, and David Parker, VOA has blossomed into a strong organization of over 200 members and volunteers.

"If we know that compassion/reverence for life is at the root of our belief, it means that being a vegetarian/vegan is not just embracing a certain eating pattern but, a whole life view that reaches far beyond ourselves."
— Glen McLean, VOA founder

Veggie Prairie Girl has met many wonderful people through Vegetarians of Alberta (VOA) and is grateful to everyone who has and continues to make it a viable organization in Edmonton. I have to thank Karen Biggins who first introduced me to Diet for a New America (John Robbins) and encouraged me to check out my first VOA potluck in 1992!
Thanks to VOA I've had the opportunity to hear first rate speakers such as John Robbins, Howard Lyman, Brenda Davis and Neal Barnard right here in Edmonton!

Check out their website for past newsletters for excellent articles and of course lots of recipes. Also check out their facebook page for up-date information on what's happening on the veggie scene in our capital city!

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