Our Community: Apple Day Scouts Returns, Construction Company Donates Land Along Englishman River

A BC-based construction company has donated nearly 29 hectares of land along the Englishman River, worth more than $5 million, to The Nature Trust of BC

Scouts Canada Apple Day returns Saturday

Watch for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in your neighborhood malls with the return of Scouts Canada Apple Day on Saturday, October 8.

On hold since 2019, the annual event — where members of the public receive an apple in return for donations — is a major fundraiser, typically raising around $20,000 for the organization.

Locally, half of the proceeds will go to fund programs and the other half to the group’s Camp Barnard, which has been closed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization says closing the camp has been difficult, as the facilities still require maintenance and staff support, even without income from campers and limited fundraising opportunities to make up the shortfall.

Over the past two years, children and young people have met in Zoom meetings.

The Beaver, Cub and Scout groups will be at neighborhood stores and other high-traffic locations in the area between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on October 8.

For more information, visit viscouts.ca.

Construction company donates land along the Englishman River

A BC-based construction company has donated nearly 29 hectares of land along the Englishman River, worth more than $5 million, to The Nature Trust of BC

The Emil Anderson Group, which is involved in construction, land-use planning and property management, donated the land, which includes old-growth forest, to ensure the preservation of the Englishman-Kw Legacy Forest in perpetuity. ‘a’luxw Emil Anderson.

“It’s an exceptional gift,” said Dr Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust. “The Emil Anderson Group has shown great corporate leadership by donating the full land value, transaction costs and creating a land stewardship endowment. Their generous gift will help us care for this land in the future. Today is a wonderful day for the fish, wildlife and people who live in and around the Englishman River.

The property will be added to the existing Englishman River and Kw’a’luxw River Conservation Complex. The trust has conserved land on the river since 1978 and this is its 11th conservation property in the area, with 343 hectares in total.

Mike Jacobs, chairman of the Emil Anderson Group, said in a statement that maintaining a significant portion of the floodplain and hillside land near the Englishman River in a natural state has been a goal of his family since many years. “This is proof that resource extraction, land use planning and habitat preservation can be balanced through thoughtful land use planning,” he said.

The Englishman River is the most important salmon spawning river on the mid-coast of Vancouver Island. according to The Nature Trust. The river, its streams and its tributaries provide habitat for five species of Pacific salmon, Dolly Varden, as well as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. Some of the species at risk in the area include the northern red-legged frog and the purple swallow.

“What’s really remarkable about the river is the biodiversity that’s on full display and the way all the species interact,” Lament said. “Salmon spawn in the streams, bears feed on the salmon and drag the remains into the forest, the forest is fertilized by the salmon, and the forest strengthens the banks of the streams. Everything’s going good here.

The Nature Trust has entered into a Stewardship and Management Agreement with Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation which recognizes the nation as the rights holder to manage its lands and resources, protect the cultural and ecological values ​​of traditional lands and improve stewardship with ecosystem-based land use planning.

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation council member Chris Bob said the nation looks forward to working alongside The Nature Trust to ensure the health of estuaries and everything related to those systems. “Our natural resources have always been a priority for First Nations since time immemorial,” said Bob. “The goal is to build meaningful relationships to protect wildlife for future generations to enjoy and respect.”

For more information, visit naturetrust.bc.ca.

The vegetable garden kit charity enters its third year

A local charity is celebrating its third year of providing vegetable garden kits to help households and community organizations access fresh, healthy and affordable food.

FED Urban Agriculture’s My FED Farm program began in March 2020 in response to food insecurity highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has continued to operate to address economic hardship and social isolation in the community.

In 2022, the program served 14 community partners, three Indigenous nations and 120 individual households.

Each participant in the program received a food garden kit including geotextile planters, soil, plant sprouts, seed packets, educational materials and garden consultation, with the garden kits delivered to the homes of the participants. beneficiaries.

Between June and July, more than 700 planting bags and 3,674 packets of seeds and seedlings were delivered to vulnerable populations – with an annual food growth capacity of 2,500 kilograms.

The program also provides larger garden facilities for community organizations and Indigenous nations.

“Food prices are up nearly 10% this year alone, and people are feeling the financial toll,” said Brianna Stewart, FED program manager. “Our intent for My FED Farm was to inspire resilience, community connection, and a sense of agency in our underserved populations during these trying times.”

The group says a garden set up in supportive housing run by Island Health has become a central part of the facility’s programming, teaching residents about food production, nutrition and cooking while providing space for support physical and mental health.

Over the past three years, My FED Farm has directly benefited nearly 3,000 people, according to the group.

For more information, visit get-fed.ca/myfedfarm.

Screenwriter Chosen for Storyhive’s Indigenous Storyteller

A screenwriter from Victoria is one of 30 emerging Indigenous content creators selected for the second edition of Storyhive Indigenous Storyteller.

Eva Louise Grant is the creative mind and screenwriter behind the short film Void of emotion Daughter, a dark comedy about love and loss. She will receive $20,000 in production funding to create a film project, as well as training, mentorship and distribution on Telus Optik TV. The Indigenous Screen Office and Creative BC will also provide additional funding of $3,000 for the project.

The Indigenous Storytellers Edition was designed to empower and support Indigenous storytellers in Alberta and British Columbia. She helps tell diverse stories of communities that used to be underrepresented and excluded from the film industry.

For more information, visit storyhive.com.

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week

The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week, when Canadians are encouraged to learn about or share their experiences with mental illness.

The goal is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and provide support to those who are affected.

The campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, a national non-profit organization made up of 16 member organizations, including the Canadian Mental Health Association.

For more information, visit camimh.ca/miaw.

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