The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) envisions a future where people of all ages and from all sectors collaborate to make our communities healthier, happier, and more prosperous. This is possible only when people talk with one another about important community issues, challenges, and opportunities. To that end, the Fresh Outlook Foundation’s passion is “inspiring community conversation for sustainable change.”

FOF creates opportunities for those conversations to unfold at events such as the Building SustainAble Communities conference, CommUnity Innovation Lab, Fresh Dialogues, REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Fest, ECO-BLAST Kids’ Camp & Concert, Breakfast of Champions, Women 4 SustainAbility, and Talking DIRTy x 10,000.


FOF was established in 2007 by communications consultant Joanne de Vries with support from a committed group of board members and volunteers who shared her passion for building sustainable communities in British Columbia, Canada. Now a registered charity, FOF is highly acclaimed as the creator and host of innovative and interactive events, programs, and projects that enable and encourage community sustainability.

The Building SustainABLE Communities conference and Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest, for example, involve people from government, business, and the nonprofit and academic sectors, and are designed to accelerate change across whole communities.

Other FOF projects aim to address particular issues or sectors. Talking DIRTy x10,000, for instance, used the award-winning documentary DIRT to promote soil ecology and conservation in the Okanagan Valley, while the Breakfast of Champions model celebrates sustainability successes in the private sector. And the Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange showcases greenhouse gas reduction successes in communities, business, and the nonprofit and academia sectors.


For more information contact Joanne de Vries at 250-766-1777 or use our webform.