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.
Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust Recognized for Efforts to Protect Morrison Creek Headwaters
The Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust were recently honoured as recipients of Project Watershed’s annual ‘Keeping it Living’ award. The award, an original painting by local artist Bev Byerley, is presented to an organization in the Comox Valley that has made a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of the K’ómoks Estuary and its watersheds.
Back in February, Project Watershed and volunteers from Aecon Water Infrastructure Inc. planted over 100 native species along a section of Mallard Creek.
Project Watershed worked with local artist Robert Lundquist to create this video which outlines how nature will be restored at Kus-kus-sum.
This film highlights why people, businesses, schools etc… are supporting the Kus-kus-sum Project.
This film gives a glimpse of what the old Field Sawmill site (Kus-kus-sum) could look like once it is transformed into nature.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It started in 1970 amid Vietnam war protests and scary, diverse and numerous environmental issues in the USA. As the environmental movement grew, so did the general public’s desire for change. Earth Day was first celebrated in Canada by a small yet influential group in 1990, leading to the establishment of Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity which overlooks Earth Day events and supports Canadians in celebrating the largest environmental event worldwide across 196 countries.
If you haven’t already seen it, CBC did a radio interview and a post about our Kus-kus-sum project. Thank you, CBC! We’d also like to acknowledge the importance of the collaboration of the City of Courtenay and K’ómoks First Nation in moving toward our vision for this spot!
Some of you may be asking what effect COVID-19 will have on the Kus-kus-sum project. Even though we do not know the full extent of the effects of this pandemic, we remain committed to unpaving paradise at Kus-kus-sum and confident of success.