COVID-19 won’t stop Kus-kus-sum
While events have been postponed and there has been a slight decrease in general donations, our team is focusing its’ time and energy on online fundraising ideas, grant writing and working with government representatives to access federal funding.
Our goals are within reach. There is only one more property payment remaining and we are more than 30% of the way there. Up to now we have met and surpassed all our community fundraising targets which illustrate the commitment to this cause by our community. The City of Courtenay, The K’ómoks First Nation. The Comox Valley Regional District, The Village of Cumberland, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, our MP’s and MLA’s and the Province of British Columbia are important funders and partners in this initiative. This highlights the political willpower that is backing this project. And contributions continue to come in.
In fact, just last week we received a cheque for $20,000 from the Ngan Page Family fund and an Estuary Angel has announced that they will match all donations up to $30,000 received over the next few months. This means that if a cash contribution makes sense for you, it will be appreciated and matched.
For many of us a cash contribution might not make sense at this time. However, there are other ways you can contribute. Right now, one of the best ways would be to spread the word about Kus-kus-sum through your social networks. We are using #kuskussum and #keepingitliving to tag our posts and encourage you to use these as well. Feel free to post links to our Kus-kus-sum videos and our fundraising page.
Our community has come together to unpave paradise at Kus-kus-sum, and while COVID-19 has caused us to refocus our fundraising, it will not shake us from this path. Nature will be restored at Kus-kus-sum.
Thank you for continuing to support this important local initiative anyway you can.
While many citizen science groups have begun conducting spring/summer forage fish spawning surveys, we still need a few more volunteers to cover some of the beaches in our area. Specifically we need volunteers for Quadra Island and Campbell River.
One of our wonderful supporters is sewing face masks and donating the proceeds to Kus-kus-sum. They are quality hand made cotton masks with a filter pocket and non-woven filter provided, pleated front, and a wire inserted over the nose piece for a better fit.
On June 17-19, 2020 Project Watershed organized a planting session to restore the vulnerable coastline in the Fanny Bay area. During the three days, our staff and 19 volunteers helped plant almost 2500 individual plants, comprised of Salicornia, Distichilis and dune grass species. This planting compliments another coastal restoration project where the shoreline was revegetated to protect the area from erosion.
On June 30, the students and instructors of Toshikan Traditional Karate and Kobudo, in Courtenay, completed 108 kata (kata is a series of self-defence techniques combined in a traditional form) as fundraiser for the Kus-Kus-Sum project, in appreciation of Project Watershed’s good work for natural habitat of the valley and the estuary.
A variety of native plants, shrubs and trees will be established at Kus-kus-sum as part of the restoration process. This will not only provide food, shelter and habitat for fish and wildlife but also help mitigate climate change. Check out this video to find out more.
Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum project is important for supporting the broader Salish Sea Ecosystem. The project will restore habitat for fish and wildlife, attenuate flooding, and create habitat connectivity to adjacent conservation lands in the estuary. Kus-kus-sum provides habitat for mobile species, such as salmon, that utilize the broader Salish Sea ecosystem in their lives.
On July 23, we invite you to pour yourself a glass of nice wine, coffee or tea, settle into your comfiest chair with your laptop or other device and enjoy Project Watershed’s first ever, online Annual General Meeting.
The Society is offering a contract for a two-year, part-time term opportunity, with the possibility of extension, to perform as a Biological Assistant and Program Coordinator.