Project Watershed AGM Features Comox Valley Residents Views on the Estuary

Estuary Clean Up

Dr Betty Donaldson beside some debris in the estuary

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, founded in 1993, is holding its Annual General Meeting on May 22nd at the Lion’s Den (1729) Comox Ave underneath the art gallery in Comox.

“We have a special AGM program that should interest all residents who acknowledge the estuary as the most important natural feature in the Valley,” says Paul Horgen, Board Chair. Two retired academics will discuss the results for the Estuary Residents survey conducted last summer. Dr. Betty Donaldson and 11 Project Watershed volunteers knocked on the doors of 187 Estuary residents. The objective was to interview people who live and work on or near the estuary. Dr. Donaldson, formerly University of Calgary professor in the Faculty of Education, and Dr. Peter Sinclair, formerly University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will discuss and present the results of the survey (A Gathering Place). “Our survey captured a representative sample of Valley opinions”, says Dr. Betty Donaldson, Vice Chair of Project Watershed.

The evening begins at 7 pm with the business meeting and an overview by the Board Chair, short 5 minute presentations will follow by Don Castleden, Chair of the Estuary Working Group, Betty Donaldson, Chair of the Education Committee, Wayne White, Chair of the Technical Committee, and Steve Morgan, Manager of our mapping services. A refreshment break at 8 PM will allow attendees to preview art submissions for the silent auction to be held at the Experience the Estuary event on July 28th.

The Survey Discussion will begin at 8:20 pm. The Experience the Estuary Event in July will feature, in addition to the art auction, a Flotilla of Kayaks, Canoes dragon boats and other human powered water craft. “Our AGM is very special this year” says Horgen. “We are enriched by the volunteer efforts of so many highly qualified retirees who have made the Comox Valley their home, and who freely give their time in public education and stewardship activities. For more information phone the Project Watershed office at 250-703-2871,

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