Fundraising Blitz A Success for Kus-kus-sum
The day before the Blitz, the Provincial Government announced that they were providing the remaining funds, $650,000, for the acquisition of the site. This was very exciting news and meant that all funds raised by the Blitz will go towards protection and restoration activities!
The City of Courtenay, the K’ómoks First Nation and Interfor are currently working to finalize the sale and transfer the title of the property. An announcement will be made once this milestone step is completed.
The 2020 Kus-kus-sum 50/50 Raffle raised $6,580. The winner of the raffle was Nancy Gothard who generously donated it back to the project!
The Silent Auction raised $12,500, a huge thank you to K’ómoks First Nation Councillor Kathrine Frank for all her work gathering indigenous items and promoting the auction. Another big thank you to all the people and businesses who donated items and everyone who placed bids. Congratulations to the successful bidders, you got some awesome local goodies!
The last part of the Fundraising Blitz was the reverse telethon! We called it a reverse telethon because Instead of waiting for people to call us we worked with a network of people to call potential donors. From 1 pm – 4 pm, during the Reverse Telethon, Project Watershed showed a variety of short nature-based films relevant to the Kus-kus-sum project and streamed video updates from the telethon on Facebook. The event was recorded and is available on the Reverse Telethon Facebook event. We will also be releasing the short films on our website and Facebook throughout the holiday season for people to enjoy at home when they have some down time.
A huge thank you to Mayor Bob Wells from My Tech Guys who took his entire Saturday to help out with the technical requirements to run a smooth and extremely successful live stream, raffle and online auction. We would also like to thank all our volunteers and callers for the time and energy they put into this event. We could not have done it without you all!
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team has been busy testing methods for future monitoring protocols at Kus-kus-sum. The goal is to create a system of data collection to measure ecosystem health.
Happy Technician Tuesday! While working around Glen Urquhart stream, our Technician team has experienced numerous encounters with fauna using the site. The presence of wildlife at Glen Urquhart further justifies the need to preserve and restore the area.
Project Watershed and our guests had a wonderful evening at 40 KNOTS on September 11th, 2021. The Keeping It Living Dinner was spectacular.
We are excited to announce that as of the end of September, we finished the removal, crushing and re-purposing of the surface concrete at Kus-kus-sum. All crushed concrete was successfully repurposed offsite to projects throughout the Comox Valley to be used as fill and road base. As we removed the surface material, we uncovered a few areas with additional sub-surface concrete.
Happy Technician Tuesday! In June, our technician team planted a large number of Lyngbye’s Sedge and some Tufted Hair Grass to restore areas of Hollyhock Flats.
We at Project Watershed took the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day, to reflect on our role, as a stewardship organization within the landscape of the Comox Valley, the traditional and unceded territory of our partners, the K’ómoks First Nation.