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.
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
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.