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The Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project is a pilot collaboration involving POLIS and a growing number of community members, organisations and businesses in Chemainus and adjacent areas.
The idea for this pilot project grew out of informal conversations at Kin Park in Chemainus on a sunny day in early April 2007. A small group of people found out they shared a common desire for fun, educational and unifying activities that inspire diverse people to come together to share and learn about biological diversity. The project is meant to be grass-roots in its approach, building on and evolving in response to expressions of interest and needs by community members who wish to be involved. An initial focus of the project is to create interesting learning opportunities for young people in the community, and to increase general awareness of the meaning of biological diversity for everyone who is interested, no matter where our interests stem from. The point is to come together, respectfully, with a sincere desire to learn.
In our initial few weeks of project development and planning, interest and support have been tremendous! We want to thank the growing number of individuals, organisations and business who have contributed (or made commitments) to turning our good ideas and energies into great opportunities that we hope will be for everyone's benefit.
As this project is completely voluntary, we are reliant on in-kind and cash contributions for success. For their support in this early phase of the project, we thank:
All the incredible musicians and performers who donated their time and talents to the Variety Show on May 25 making it a huge success, as well as the many volunteers who made the show possible, and all who supported by attending.
Chemainus Festival Theatre for donating tickets to "A Doll's House" Centre Stage production given away at the Variety Show and for interest in collaborating on project field activities.
Twisted Sisters Tearoom for closing down their establishment and running an amazing concession at the Variety Show.
Chemainus Marketing for free printing of our Biodiversity pamphlet.
Dr Tom Farnsworth for covering costs of St Joseph's Hall for the Variety Show.
David Whittles for coordination and music for the Variety Show.
Gary Rivest for colour copying and postering for the Variety Show and other activities including Live Earth on July 7, 2007.
Don Dawes for filming at the Variety Show.
Ken Diewert for filming field activities.
Cowichan Neighbourhood House for logistical support, loan of staging and spotlights for the Variety Show, loan of equipment for presentations, and colour photocopying.
Dr Briony Penn for doing a fantastic job of hosting MC the Variety Show on May 25, complete with gumboot dancing!
Chemainus Branch, Vancouver Island Public Library for creating a Biodiversity display in May and June, 2007.
Book Nook for making space for our small project planning meetings and expressing interest in hosting a Biodiversity Salon mini-seminar series.
Richardson Foods Group (Nanaimo) for donations of refreshments for activities.
Kathie Richardson for donations of food and in kind catering services on June 15.
Meadowvale Farms Gourmet Foods (Chemainus) for donating a gift basket of wonderful foods to Dr. Nancy Turner in appreciation of her public lecture on June 15, 2007.
E.T. for donations of native plants for the Chemainus Market June 13.
Polster Environmental Services Ltd for support in principle and contribution of ideas and expertise.
Cowichan Valley Naturalists' Society for support in principle and interest in participating in project activities.
Chemainus Residents Association for support in principle and interest in participating in project activities.
Saint Joseph's Chemainus Elementary School for expression of interest in the project through Principal Dianne Wilson.
Paul McCuish and students of Chemainus Elementary School for joint Echo Heights forest walks.
POLIS Project (especially Ann Zurbrigg) for signficant in-kind administrative support and financial management of donations and grants to the pilot project.
University of Victoria for issuing charitable tax receipts for donations over $10 .
Office of Community-Based Research (UVic) for support in principle and media exposure.
Seagrass Conservation Working Group for collaboration on community eelgrass mapping.
SeaChange Marine Conservation Society (Brentwood) for eelgrass educational materials.
Dr Nancy Turner for contribution of expertise in ethnoecology and leading forest biodiversity discussion and activities in June
Dr. Brenda Beckwith for contribution of expertise in Garry Oak ecosystems and cultural landscapes and leading forest biodiversity discussion and activities in June
Brian Egan for contribution of expertise in forest conservation and cultural history.
Don Maroc for support in principle and contribution of expertise in ethnohistory.
Andy Lamb for for contribution of expertise in marine biodiversity and leading shoreline discussion and activities in June and July.
Nikki Wright for contribution of time and expertise on community eelgrass mapping.
Warren Goulding editor of the Chemainus Courier who was first to publicize the project and continues to assist us in sharing accurate project information with the public.
Karla Ryan for contributing expertise on invasive species, leading outreach to schools, and partnering the project with Survivor Saltair in June.
Kathy Wachs for fundraising, community liaising, organising and identification of local experts.
Mark Kiemele for communications assistance, organising and planning of fundraising events
Chris Weicht for community liaising and planning of fundraising events.
Dr Kelly Bannister for project facilitation, contribution of expertise in ethnobiology and identification of resources and experts.
And all the individuals and businesses to date who have participated otrcontributed donations to the project.
Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated and helps enormously. This list is growing - stay tuned for updates!
Page last updated: 04/01/2008