Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Li-Grimmer Family Donates $50,000 to Kus-kus-sum

A recent donation from the Li-Grimmer family means we are one large step closer to restoring the Kus-kus-sum site and unpaving paradise! The Li-Grimmer family’s generous $50,000 donation to the Kus-kus-sum project is a huge boost that will help us make our next payment to Interfor, which is due at the end of June 2020. We are very grateful for their support!

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

Hui Li

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

Tom Grimmer

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.

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