This category features all post related to Project Watershed’s new and ongoing projects and initiatives.

Project Watershed Searches for Committed Individuals to Join the Board

Project Watershed has been around since 1993 – mapping and restoring habitat, creating educational materials, and conducting environmental research projects. In the last few years, Project Watershed has embarked on some large scale projects including the Kus-kus-sum initiative, which aims to raise $6.5 million for the acquisition and restoration of an abandoned sawmill, and the Coastal Restoration Plan, which guides habitat restoration from Oyster River to Fanny Bay over the next 4 years. “As we expand our scope of work we are looking to expand our Board of Directors. Our Board members bring a variety of skills with them, including the capacity to have fun while achieving a feeling of accomplishment.” states Bill Heidrick, Vice Chair.

Current Chair, Paul Horgen, will be stepping down as chair after nine years of service and the board is hoping to add two or three more members to its roster. “Paul led this organization with passion and competency. His contributions in public relations and grant writing made Project Watershed what it is today,” says Dan Bowen, Technical Director.  

Background or experience in business, fundraising, outreach, education, and ecology would all be welcomed by the Board and help Project Watershed move into the future. The organization is on the verge of creating a five-year plan and welcomes the input and leadership of new Directors.

“Please let us know your skills, available hours, and interests. Current board members are active in our projects, events, grant writing, fundraising, networking with funders and liaising with governments of all levels including the K’omoks First Nation. We are looking for individuals who would enjoy spending time with friendly, like-minded people who have the Valley’s watersheds’ best interests at heart!” states Fran Kwiecien, staff.

Board members will be elected at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on May 25 , 2019. To be eligible to run in the election, candidates must be members of the Society 30 days before the meeting by April 25, 2019. Interested individuals can become members on Project Watershed’s website at projectwatershed.ca/get-involved/membership/, by emailing info@projectwatershed.ca or calling 250-703-2871.

“In addition to our regular work, new Board members would have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the Kus-kus-sum Unpave Paradise project – helping build a green legacy that will be enjoyed for generations.” says Kathy Haigh, Fundraising and Outreach Director.

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is a registered non-profit environmental society with Canadian charitable tax status. The mission of the organization is to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information and action. The organization is guided by a volunteer board and managed by staff. More information about the organization can be found on its website at https://projectwatershed.ca/.

Header Photo:  Comox Valley Project Watershed Board  pictured as of August 2017.  Barbara Wellwood (front row blue shirt) and Tim Ennis (back row sandals) have since stepped down from the Board.

Riparian Restoration Course, March 12-14, 2019

Learn how to use natural materials to restore eroding creek banks! Please join David Polster and the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society for a free day of education in exchange for your volunteer labour on days 2 & 3.  Pre-Registration is required!  Dress appropriately. Email: Judy Ackinclose to confirm your attendance – ackinclose@shaw.ca. For more information please check out this pdf

2019 Rosewall Creek Horne Lake Caves Parks Riparian Restoration Course

Comox Valley Paddle Film Festival

Please join us for an evening of films and fundraising for two great causes.  100% of profits from this movie night will be split equally between the Cumberland Community Forest Society and the Project Watershed / Kus-Kus-Sum restoration.

This great night of films will take place on May 3rd at the Cumberland Cultural Centre on Dunsmuir Ave.  Tickets are only $20. There is a $3 discount for the Comox Paddle Club until April 15th. Please use code CPCFilms.

We have a small room with only 200 tickets available for purchase.
Don’t miss out!  Buy Your Tickets Now

The Paddling Film Festival World Tour is produced by Rapid Media and presented in Cumberland on May 3rd.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Movies begin at 6:30.

Silent auction, food, drink and door prizes will happen throughout the evening.

Where?
At the Cumberland Cultural Centre at 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – white-water, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

From 26 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the 10 festival category winners, local hosts will choose the best movies for their regions.  Audiences will see hairy white-water action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and grueling kayak fishing battles.

Want to sponsor or need more info?

For more information or to become a sponsor to help support our awesome and important charitable organizations please contact

Your Local Host: Jay Nadler from Naviguide Insurance at (250-871-6284) or jay@naviguideins.ca
Festival Coordinator: Ray Bretzloff, (613) 706-0677 x118, coordinator@paddlingfilmfestival.com

Alternative donation site

If you would like more of your donation to go to our great cause, please try this wonderful new option: Comox Valley Community Foundation https://cvcfoundation.org/giving/make-a-donation/.

They have a designated fund – Robin and Jennifer Harrison – which funds our Kus-kus-sum project!
https://cvcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1015

The Comox Valley Community Foundation has a  new online donation portal for all funds.  This new donation portal allows donors to donate directly to the fund of their choice with lower administration fees than other online donation options.  For donors this means more of their donation is going directly to enriching live in the Comox Valley (see chart below).

Online Donation Website One Time Donation Fee

(Visa and MC Canadian Credit Cards Only)

Fee on $100.00 Donation Actual Donation to CVCF Fund
Canada Helps 4% $4.00 $96.00
CVCF Online Donation Portal 2.2% + $0.30 $2.50 $97.50

Thank you kindly for thinking of us and helping us make the Comox Valley an environmentally sustainable place to live.