Photos by Bonner Photography

Project Watershed’s Holiday Party on November 30th was a HUGE success! Over 100 people attended the event which was held at the Old House Hotel and Spa. “The Old House has been a big supporter of the Kus-kus-sum project” reports Bill Heidrick, Project Watershed’s Vice Chair “in addition to donating the room and some gift certificates, they are donating over $20,000 to the purchase of the site”. 

A variety of local restaurants supported the event with donations of food including Atlas CafeBig Foot Donuts, Cumberland Bakery, Four Quarters Restaurant, The Pickled Carrot Catering Company, and Riders Pizza. Music for the event was provided pro bono by Donna Crozier and Sarah Henckle provided harp and flute music. The photos were generously taken by John Bonner of Bonner Photography.

The highlight of the party was a donation of $20,000 from Doctors Barb Fehlau and Roland Guenther who made a heartfelt, moving statement regarding their donation (available on this web page). They will be taking the Kus-kus-sum project overseas as they will talk about it on their trip to Europe during an evening which will highlight Roland’s early conservation work.   


Project Watershed would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and donors who have made this year a resounding success! It is heartwarming to live and work in such a supportive community.

Doctors Barb Fehlau and Roland Guenther

Doctors Barb Fehlau and Roland Guenther

Kus-kus-sum Donors, Photo by Bonner Photography

Every morning when we look out of our window, we say a prayer of gratitude for living on this beautiful land. With this in mind, we were excited about the Kus-kus-sum restoration project from the moment we heard about it.

Since we are both medical doctors and have devoted our lives to improving the health of humans, it is also important for us to acknowledge the interconnectedness between our health and the health of the planet. If we don’t live in a healthy living ecosystem, how can we hope to be healthy ourselves?

We love this land and also see how much we all have contributed to its damage. We have reflected a long time before deciding to donate $20,000 to Project Watershed and the Kus-kus-sum Project

With this donation we express our love for the land and the intention that we want to be a part of the healing of the relationships to the land and also to the people – the original peoples who have lived here for thousands of years before all the immigrants, of which we are a part, that have landed and now live here. It is a way to acknowledge and celebrate this community. We also honor Barb’s parents with this gift. After losing their home and family by having to flee East Prussia (previously Germany, now in Poland and Russia) in the horrors of the Nazi era and WW II, they immigrated to Canada and found a new home here in Canada. We acknowledge the suffering of our ancestors as immigrants and also the suffering of the First Nations people who were displaced by them. We hope by this act to be a part of reconciliation and restoration of the land and of our relationships.

Project Watershed receives $20,000 – L to R; Bill Heidrick, Project Watershed Vice-Chair, Dr. Roland Guenther, Dr. Barb Fehlau, Caila Holbrook, Project Watershed – Photo by Bonner Photography