Li-Grimmer Family Donates $50,000 to Kus-kus-sum
When asked what attracted them to Project Watershed and the Kus-kus-sum project, and why they chose to donate, Tom Grimmer replied:
“Our family are avid kayakers and often put our boats in at various spots along the estuary, and I ride my bike daily down Dyke Road when staying in the Valley. We started to regularly visit the Valley in about 2005, just about when the sawmill closed. I could not help but notice the vast expanse of asphalt and the steel wall. Of course, these things are part of the Valley’s economic past, and I really appreciate that, as I grew up the son of a forest engineer for one of the world’s largest paper companies (Abitibi). So, when I saw the sign about unpaving paradise at Kus-kus-sum, we jumped at the opportunity to help. We are so impressed by the cooperation in service to the environment between the Cumberland Community Forest Society, Project Watershed, Tsolum River Restoration Society and other groups; the camaraderie, dedication and can-do spirit are remarkable. The world needs more projects with a constructive, community-based approach to environmental protection and climate change.”
Thanks Tom and Hui. The world also needs people like you who step up and help fund this work!
Hui Li is the founder of Slowlane, a fair-trade company focused on traditional artisan products including ceramics, antique fabrics, and connoisseur teas. She is devoted to keeping alive some of China’s craft traditions and sharing them with the world. Hui studied at Université Laval in Quebec City and Fudan University, Shanghai, where she and Tom met in the 1980s. In a previous life Hui was a top-ranked equity analyst in Hong Kong and China.
Tom Grimmer is a Senior Partner at Kreab – a Stockholm-based strategic communications consultancy with offices worldwide. Prior to starting his career in communications in the 1990s, Tom worked as a journalist for the South China Morning Post, the Globe & Mail, the Financial Times of Canada and the Financial Post. Tom grew up in Quebec, Northern Ontario and Alberta, and has had family ties to BC and Vancouver Island since childhood.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
Join us on September 26th as we participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup will occur on the Kus-kus-sum property and the adjacent Hollyhock flats area. We will start at 10am and go til about noon.
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook have donated 43 of their paintings and seven from their collection to raise funds and awareness for Kus-kus-sum through the engaging and powerful medium of art and the promise of getting a great deal. Each painting is worth between $1,500 and $4,000.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a variety of resources for both professionals and citizen scientists researching forage fish. This includes a spawning survey guidance document, as well as QEP and Citizen Scientist sampling methodologies and data sheets.
NIC biology students are getting a unique opportunity to help with an important forage fish research project, thanks to a partnership between NIC and Comox Valley Project Watershed.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.
This video follows a forage fish field day, from sampling to the counting of eggs, in the late fall of 2019.
This Annual Report summarizes Project Watershed`s activities over the 2019 – 2020 period.