$50,000 cheque for Kus-kus-sum presented to Project Watershed onsite – left to right Lyle Carlstrom, Brian Storey, Dan Bowen, Janine Martin, Dave Procter, Bill Heidrick

A recent donation from Janine Martin and Dave Procter gives a huge boost to the Kus-kus-sum fundraising initiative! Janine and Dave made a commitment to donating $50,000 at Project Watershed’s annual Salmon BBQ in September. The donation cheque was presented on the Kus-kus-sum site later that month. The Kus-kus-sum initiative aims to unpave the abandoned sawmill site and create habitat for fish and wildlife. Janine and Dave’s generous donation helped Project Watershed make and surpass the amount needed for their October 30 payment to Interfor Co.

“The community portion of our fundraising campaign has received an enormous amount of support. The contribution from Janine and Dave, along with the other donations received in September and October have put us 40% of the way to reaching our next target of raising $35,000 by December 20. After that there is only one target left – $30,000 by June 30, 2020.” remarked Caila Holbrook, Project Watershed Manager of Fundraising and Outreach.

Janine Martin is a long time resident of the Comox Valley and the Vice President, Director and Branch Manager at Odlum Brown Ltd. As an avid supporter of a number of local charities and environmental initiatives, Janine recently established the Janine Martin Family Environmental Fund, which will support environmental initiatives in the Comox Valley for generations to come.

Dave Procter is the managing broker at Re/Max Ocean Pacific Realty. Born and raised in Comox and with over 40 years of experience working in real estate, Dave is intimately connected to Comox Valley and supports a number of local charities and initiatives through his work. Both Janine and Dave are also avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.

When asked why they chose to support the Kus-kus-sum project, Janine and Dave replied: “The many environmental challenges facing the world today can seem overwhelming. By committing to the Kus-kus-sum project we feel empowered by being a part of positive environmental changes in the heart of our
community.”

Another fundraising announcement will be made by the 100+ Women Who Care at our upcoming Artist in Residence event at Bayside Cafe from 2-4 p.m. on November 12.  This event is part of the “Keeping It Living Art Show” that Bayside is hosting for all of November. We will be thanking all our recent donors including Janine, Dave and the 100+ Women Who Care at the event. Come out to meet like minded people, watch painter Brian Buckrell create an artwork that will be raffled at the event and contribute to the Kus-kus-sum project.