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gnusystems is now a publisher! Yes, Gary Fuhrman's inspiring opus Turning Signs has been printed as a book (454 pages) and you can get it from us. To order it online, either paperback or PDF, go here. We're also starting up a discussion group, which you can sign up for here. Join the conversation!

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We at gnusystems have been doing bookkeeping, consulting and training in the Sudbury-Manitoulin area since 2000, when partners Pam Jackson and Gary Fuhrman moved from Sudbury to Manitoulin Island (north central Ontario, Canada). While we continue to serve clients on-site in both Sudbury and Manitoulin, most of the consulting work is now done from our Manitoulin office by remote link to the client's computer.

You can reach us at (705) 662-1845.

Sage 50 Certified Consultant
Pam Jackson (e-mail pam -at- gnusystems -dot- ca) is a Sage 50™ Certified Consultant who helps others to use this bookkeeping software more effectively. She works mainly on Manitoulin Island, but is equipped to help clients from there by remote Internet connection with their computers.

Gary Fuhrman, Pam's partner, maintains this website. See the gnoxic page on this site for more information.
Harmony Hancock (e-mail harmony -at- gnusystems -dot- ca, cellphone 207 5452) is an experienced provider of bookkeeping and payroll services for small and large businesses and nonprofits in the Sudbury/Manitoulin area. She does most of the onsite work for gnusystems clients.

Amy Poitevin (e-mail amy -at- gnusystems -dot- ca), has been serving our Sudbury bookkeeping clients since 2009.

XLGLXLGL is a third-party software tool we use to quickly and easily transfer data from Sage 50™ into Excel spreadsheets, which greatly simplifies financial reporting. Now you can buy XLGL online, directly from the source, by clicking on this link: Purchase XLGL. You can learn more about XLGL by clicking on the logo to the left.

Accounting for what really counts

This is our new slogan at gnusystems. As of 2013, Pam is doing less bookkeeping work and more drawing, painting and other artistic endeavours. She's also moving into year-round gardening with our insulated greenhouse (a work of art in itself, built by Roland Aeschlimann).

We're also involved with the cultural network toward community resilience and sustainable living on Manitoulin Island. See our Manitou Matters page for more about that. For the philosophical/scientific significance of accounting for what really counts, see the gnoxic research page.

We also contribute what we can to the global movement toward genuine sustainability.

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
— Preamble to the Earth Charter
The fundamental problem of our society and our species today is to discover a way to flourish that will not be at the expense of some other community or of the biosphere, to replace competition with creative interdependence. At present, we are steadily depleting the planet of resources and biological diversity; the developed world thrives on the poverty of the south. We are in need of an understanding of global relationships that will be not only sustainable but also enriching: it must come to us as a positive challenge, a vision worth fulfilling, not a demand for retrenchment and austerity. This is of course what we do day by day when we refuse to accept the idea that we must reject one part of life to enhance another. Projecting a new vision is artistic; it's a task each of us pursues in composing our lives.
— Mary Catherine Bateson,
Composing a Life (1990, 239)

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Not exactly Manitoulin, but close enough!

Websites for the global picture on ecology, economy, resources: