Ocean Friendly Businesses (Surfrider Campaign)

With the support from CBT, Surfrider Pacific Rim was able to carry out a successful campaign to support businesses to phase out single-use plastic and make their practices more ocean-friendly! The project is part of Surfrider’s larger goal to create a “plastic-free corridor” from Ucluelet to Tofino. Check out the list of businesses below who participated in the campaign!

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CBT Receives Partnership Award from the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association

Last Friday (May 11th), on behalf of the CBT, Executive Director Rebecca Hurwitz received one of five 2018 Partnership Award from the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association alongside Ucluelet Secondary School (USS) Principal Carol Sedgewick, who nominated CBT for the award. 

Rebecca receiving a 2018 Partnership Award from BCPVPA President Kevin Reimer.

The BCPVPA Partnership Award recognizes and honours the valuable support provided to principals, vice-principals, teachers and students by individuals and groups who have, over an extended period of time, shared their time, energy and expertise to support schools. The CBT extends thanks to to Carol for the nomination, recognizing that effective partnerships require effort from all collaborators; the students and staff at USS have been incredible partners helping the CBT to grow the vitality of the communities and ecosystem in our Biosphere Region. 

Rebecca with USS Principal Carol Sedgewick

The Award itself is a beautiful framed print by Haida Gwaii artist Bill Bedard. The Partnership Award print features an owl and eagle. Bill says the eagle travels between the physical world and spiritual world and signifies focus, strength, peace, leadership, and prestige. The Owl, he says, reflects the wisdom and the world of educators and their supporters because “the work does not end when the students go home, but requires many nights of hard work and reflection as we strive to prepare our students for a better tomorrow.”

The CBT is excited to continue engaging in and facilitating meaningful and effective partnerships in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region!

Read more about the BCPVPA Partnership Awards here.

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May Newsletter: Tree Planting, Vital Grants Recipients Announced, Education Awards, & More!

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Vital Grants Recipients Announced!

This past Friday, CBT hosted a small reception at Darwin’s cafe here in traditional Tla-o-qui-aht territory to celebrate the first annual Vital Grants awards with representatives from the receiving organizations! As the rain drummed hard on the roof of the cafe, attendees were welcomed into the space with a traditional opening from Tla-o-qui-aht teacher, singer, and carver, Dwayne Martin.

CBT Executive Director Rebecca Hurwitz then gave an introduction to Vital Grants, explaining how, as one former grantee pointed out during last year’s grant review process, “small grants make it difficult to address larger issues.” Vital Grants is a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges.

Through 4 grants of $20,000 each, the goal is to achieve and integrate all aspects of sustainability – cultural, social, economic, and environmental – in order to meet the mandate of the UNESCO Biosphere designation. The partnership approach is vital to achieving this mandate as grantees bring together the strengths of organizations, cultures, and communities.

Representatives from each grantee project then came forward to talk about the work they’re embarking on, and officially accept letters confirming their Vital Grant. The following organizations and projects were funded:

Carving on the Edge Festival SocietyPutting the culture in the hands of our children
The Nuu-chah- nulth Living Archive (nested under the Carving on the Edge Festival Society) will partner with the Language Keepers Society (LKS), cultural educator Gisele Martin, and the University of Victoria Clayoquot Sound Field School to offer intergenerational language and culture programming in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region.

Raincoast Education SocietyRaincoast Field School at Ucluelet Elementary School
The Raincoast Field School will implement a hands-on outdoor education program at Ucluelet Elementary School on a long-term basis. Raincoast Field School is an outdoor, experiential learning program designed to meet BC curricular learning outcomes taught by trained and experienced Raincoast Education Society staff. Students in Field School learn key aspects of the BC curriculum in a hands-on outdoor setting instead of the classroom. Since its inauguration in June 2014, Raincoast Field School has become a major part of the school community in Tofino, and the program has had many positive impacts on student learning and well being. Working hand in hand with teachers, RES instructors tailor individual lessons for each class in each grade, highlighting specific curricular material in structured activities and field trips.

Surfrider Foundation2018 Remote Clean Up Series & Ahousaht Beach Clean Team
Surfrider Pacific Rim will execute six remote shoreline clean up trips in both Clayoquot and Barkley Sound. Each clean up will contain a different theme pertaining to culture and environment, including Nuu-chah- nulth history and worldview, which will cultivate a variety of perspectives on challenging plastic pollution and marine debris. This project will lead to the creation of a beach clean team in Ahousaht who will participate in the remote clean-ups so that these members can continue to organize and execute clean-ups in their territory. To make this team sustainable, Surfrider’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a part-time to full-time paid beach keeper coordinator within the Ahousaht Band.

Westcoast Community Resources SocietyStrengthening a Strong Foundation Kliilth Pi-taap  Taaqumths Men’s Group

Kliith Pi-taap Taaqumths is the act of stomping on the ground before building a house. It signifies creating a
firm foundation. The men’s group was established by men for men to come together and support one another.
It started organically in Tla-o-qui-aht in recognition that there was no support currently available and has since expanded to include men from other first nations. WCRS and the Vancouver Island Health Authority are partnering with the men’s group to provide cultural activities for men (first nations and non first nations) to promote well-being and build resilience in men.

Employment Opportunity: Trauma Informed Schools Coordinator

Closing Date: April 20, 2018

The Coastal Family Resource Coalition (CFRC), in partnership with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT), is seeking a term employee to lead a regional initiative that aims to support the development of trauma-informed schools to promote positive academic and non-academic student outcomes, including resilience and healing.

About the Position

Based on school capacity and readiness, the Trauma Informed Schools Coordinator will support local schools in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (SD 70 and Indigenous schools) in promoting and adopting trauma-informed approaches and policies. Key duties include:

  • Assessing professional development needs and coordinating training for school staff on trauma-informed approaches;
  • Working collaboratively with school professionals to develop a comprehensive trauma-informed school system, including preventative and responsive methods; and
  • Serving as a liaison between schools, community health services and organizations and developing community partnerships.

The position is a part time (15 hours/week), three-year term position and is funded by The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The rate of pay is $30/hour and there will be reduced hours in the summer months. The position has the potential to grow if additional funds are secured. The Trauma Informed Schools Coordinator will report to the CFRC Community Developer, CFRC Executive Committee, and CBT Executive Director.

Transportation is required, as is a valid driver’s license. Only local candidates will be considered and only screened-in applicants will be contacted. A strong preference will be shown for candidates who have an existing relationship with at least one of the local schools.

About the Successful Candidate

Your relevant experience, skills and education include, but are not limited to:

  • Post-secondary education in a human services field.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed theories, principles, and practices.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with local health and mental health providers and their school and community based service delivery models.
  • Experience in group facilitation and/or leading professional development.
  • Ability to quickly establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of school-based staff and community partners.
  • Experience working collaboratively with communities, organizations, and education institutions.
  • Demonstrated success in securing grants and project management skills, including financial reporting and program evaluation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to coordinator@coastalcoalition.ca before 4 p.m. on April 20, 2018


February Newsletter!

Last year, we reached out to local organizations, our volunteers, and other funders in our region to gather feedback on CBT granting. We heard lots of appreciation for our programs and flexible approach to granting. We also heard the need to clarify some of our criteria and processes. But above all of that one comment stood out. As one grantee simply stated, “small grants make it difficult to address larger issues.”

With this in mind, we have created Vital Grants – a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges. We’re accepting applications that positively address all aspects of sustainability – cultural, social, economic, and environmental – in order to achieve the vision of the CBT. We’re accepting applications in our new online grant system until March 5. We look forward to announcing the first round of Vital Grants in May as we work with local organizations and communities to fulfil the mandate of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.

                                                                        – Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director

Biosphere Research Award

The CBT is pleased to provide award to support research within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region that advances our local understanding of conservation challenges in our marine and/or terrestrial ecosystems and help us to prioritize conservation actions. The CBT offers one $20,000 award this year. Applications can now be made online here. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2018.

To learn more about the Biosphere Research Award check out our website.

Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

We’re excited to be participating in a national conservation project with other Canadian biosphere reserves (BRs). The Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association (CBRA) has received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada to assess how UNESCO BRs could qualify as Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) with the goal of contributing to Canada’s Biodiversity Target 1.

CBT board and staff will be participating in a project kick-off meeting in Ottawa later this month and look forward to working with other Canadian BRs to demonstrate the value of UNESCO BRs over the next three years!

Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO)

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) – who operates under the authority of the Canada Council of Arts – helps to bring people together by building inclusive communities, encouraging innovation and protecting our Canadian heritage and the biosphere. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science, information and communication to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. 

To learn more about the CCUNESCO, the Biosphere Reserves Network and how you can get involved, visit their (brand new) website.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)

LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities.The program encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and business to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative. 

LIRN BC offers support with event planning and workshop, and bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, 2018, at 5:00 pm. More info about the program here.  

Board Development Training

The West Coast NEST is hosting a two, half-day workshops in Board Development Training for board and committee chairs, as well as board members, organizational staff and volunteers on March 2, 2018Register for one or both workshops and join us for lunch, offered by the Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Critical Role of the Board Chair, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and Strategic Conversations, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

West Coast Seedy Saturday

The Tofino Community Food Initiative is hosting the annual West Coast Seedy Saturday! This day-long event includes a seed swap, farm and gardens vendors, workshops and kids activities. Everything you need to start your garden! Learn more about this amazing day of food and fun at the Tofino Botanical Gardens here

Other Grant Opportunities

  • Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest: For this year’s contest, participating classes must engage in a stewardship activity that contributes to the protection of the local environment or presentation of local history or culture. Deadline to apply: February 26, 2018. Find out more here.
  • Co-op Community Spaces Funding: Co-op will award $2 millions to projects across Western Canada in 2018. Individual projects are eligible to apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in funding. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018. Learn more here
  • Community Resilience through Arts and Culture Fund: The program supports arts and cultural events, initiatives and projects by and for local communities. Indigenous communities and communities that have experienced hardship may be given funding priority. The grants will range between $2,500-$15,000. Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018. More information here
  • Federal Government Environmental Funding Programs: This year, the government will provide a total of $15 million through seven environmental funding programs to helps Canada address climate change, conserve nature, and protect fresh water. Various deadlines. More information on the criteria and how to apply here

Upcoming CBT Board Meetings

Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, May 24, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
Area C, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

CBT Vital Grants Information Sessions

We are hosting information sessions about Vital Grants – our new stream of partnership funding – across the region.

Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about this new funding stream, project’s eligibility and how to apply.

If you have any question, contact us by dropping by our office at 316 Main St (Tofino), calling us at 250-725-2219 or sending an email to grants@clayoquotbiosphere.org

January Newsletter: New Vital Grants and Online Grant System for 2018!

The CBT is pleased to announce Vital Grants – a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges that influence sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

The CBT will award $80,000 via this new granting program in 2018. Applications can now be made online here. This funding stream replaces our Call for Projects by offering larger grants of up to $20,000. We anticipate making four or five grants in this first year. 

Visit our Discover our Grants page to learn more about the Vital Grants and how to apply.


Online Grant System 

We are excited to announce our new Online Grant System. This system will improve our funding processes by allowing grantees and staff to track all aspects of our grants via one shared portal. All applications and follow up forms (including final reports) will now be completed on the new system allowing us to go paperless! 

To learn more about our Online Grant System, check out our website and Facebook page

Tofino Children’s Swimming & Water Safety Fund

Following the tragedy of the Leviathan II, a CBT donor identified the need to insure local kids learn to swim to participate safely in everything our backyard has to offer. The anonymous supporter worked with the CBT to create the Tofino Children’s Swimming & Water Safety Fund under our community foundation umbrella with an initial $10,000 donation.

Since 2015, many others have also made donations and you can join them here! These contributions are invested with the CBT’s other endowment funds and the interest will be disbursed directly to Wickaninnish Community School each year to support swimming lessons. In December, a $750 disbursement was presented to the school and we celebrated this inaugural gift! Over time, the school aims to grow the fund through donations to support the full costs of the annual program eliminating the annual fundraising for this program. Learn more about our endowment funds and how to create one here.

IMG_2600  Drew Ryan, Wickaninnish Community School and Samantha Fyleris of the Parents Advisory Council accepted the first $750 disbursement.

NEST_Logo Free, day-long workshop: Research Design 101

In January, the West Coast NEST is hosting a free, day-long workshop – Research Design 101 – that will teach participants how to create data collection tools and protocols for evaluating community programs and services. This workshop is being held in Ucluelet on January 25 and in Tofino on January 26. More information and registration here.

Explore West Coast NEST programs to learn about science, nature, history, language, and Indigenous studies.

Upcoming CBT Events 

Grants Information Session
January – February 2018
We will be hosting workshops about our various grants across the region beginning next week. We will post the schedule on our website and on facebook once the dates are confirmed.

Stay up-to-date and learn more by joining our Facebook page or visit our website.

Other Grant Opportunity

Government of Canada: Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)
Deadline February 2, 2018
The CSJ is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Find out the criteria and how to apply here.

Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest
Deadline February 26, 2018
For this year’s contest, participating classes must engage in a stewardship activity that contributes to the protection of the local environment or presentation of local history or culture. Find out more here.

CBT Upcoming Board Meeting

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
2 pm – 4 pm

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2018 Vital Grants: CBT’s New Stream of Partnership Funding

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