The Pacific Rim Foundation (PRF) and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) are excited to announce a new partnership through which the PRF has transferred their scholarship endowment fund to the CBT, the regional community foundation.
Since 2009, the PRF has provided an annual scholarship to a graduating Ucluelet Secondary School student. The PRF will continue to deliver the scholarship annually based on their established criteria; meanwhile CBT will manage the endowment fund and provide the PRF with an annual dividend to support local students.
“The intent the partnership is to reduce duplication while achieving our shared philanthropic goals,” says Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director of the CBT. “We are excited to manage the fund investment and administration so that the PRF can focus on delivering the annual scholarship.”
The CBT was established in 2000 when Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere. At that time, the Government of Canada entrusted a $12M endowment to the organization to support sustainable development initiatives. Nearly two decades later, the CBT has grown the Canada Fund to more than $17M while supporting research, education, granting for local projects including its own annual post-secondary scholarships. Since becoming a community foundation in 2012, the CBT manages six other funds established by local donors. The generous gift from PRF marks a significant milestone in CBT’s development as a community foundation.
“I am impressed with what the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has become and look forward to this partnership over many years,” says David Close, a director of the PRF. The foundation was established anonymously by David’s brother, Richard “Dick” Close with the purpose of motivating local students and families to reach their post-secondary education goals. Dick believed in the importance of volunteerism and the PRF scholarship celebrates the contributions of young people to the well-being of the world. While he was highly respected for his support of our communities, Dick Close’s identity as the award’s benefactor remained anonymous until his death in 2016. In 2018, Close’s estate bequeathed $1.4 million to the Pacific Rim Foundation and the Tofino Hospital Foundation. “We now embark on this next phase in the life of the PRF as partners with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust,” says David.
The CBT has been recognized as a leader in ethical investing in the community foundations sector, and all of its endowed funds have been fossil fuel free since 2012. By prioritizing social and environmental values in its investments, the CBT ensures returns are not generated by activities that contribute to the global issues it seeks to resolve locally. The CBT can provide the benefits of a diverse investment portfolio and low investment fees by pooling the PRF funds with its other endowments.
On Friday, June 21st, Kayla Frank organized a “Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day Celebration” adding some local pride to National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations happening across the country. The event was supported by CBT’s grassroots Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants program. Check out Kayla’s words about the event below:
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day Celebration 2019
On June 21, 2019, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust through a Culture Neighbourhood Small Grant sponsored an event at The Tofino Botanical Gardens where I, Kayla-Anne Frank, facilitated a few traditional games of “Lahal,” and organized to have a traditional salmon cookout known as “klupčus.”
The event started off with an introduction and a brief statement about my family history and how the game of Lahal came around.
There was a table at the event representing The Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter and there was a volunteer there named Nicole Holman there for a majority of the afternoon.
Janis McDougall, a CBT committee member, spent the entire duration of the event present and observing the crowd behavior. Janis said that I, Kayla, had a strong gracious presence interacting with the guests that flowed through the gardens during the event.
I was able to teach 5 different parties about the game “lahal,” and most of the guests stayed around to enjoy the salmon and halibut feast.
With the $500 granted from Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, I was able to purchase groceries and supplies to make June 21st a memorable day to local residents and tourists from afar.
At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Brooke Wood for all of her assistance in helping this dream of a National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration come true. I truly had an amazing time facilitating this event and I could not have done it without the support of Brooke, Leah Morgan, Naomi Seitcher and Elmer Frank.
Elmer Frank is a local fisherman who was generous with his time, product and knowledge. His vessel MV Karemarena has earned The Oceanwise certification from The Vancouver Aquarium due to his environmentally conscious practices.
In closing, I can proudly say that The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day event at The Tofino Botanical Gardens was a great success, and I would like to thank everybody who was involved in the decision making for the generous sponsorship from Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.
From June 6-8, CBT staff were grateful to be joined by two CBT board members in attending the Community Foundations of Canada #AllIn2019 conference in Victoria, BC. Over 800 attendees from community-based philanthropic organizations came together to question how we can shift power, elevate new voices and together, take the long view to create a sustainable future where everyone belongs.
Rachelle Cole, a Ucluelet Councillor and paramedic, sits as an alternate director on the CBT board and generously volunteered two days of her time to participate in the conference. “I felt very proud to represent our home in a completely different way than ever before,” Rachelle says, “The focus on all humans inclusive is how I feel we operate out here on the coast as a whole and as such I felt very comfortable and versed in those scenes – and proud of our west coast community.” One of the most noteworthy sessions focused on community disaster recovery. “I thought I was pretty well versed in all things such with my other training and roles, “she says” but came away from the moment very pleased to have had the chance to look at things in that realm from a completely different point of view.
She also noted that she was very impressed with the importance placed on youth voices and participation in the conference, and noted that in Ucluelet and beyond, “the asset we have in our youth is paramount to the success of everything we do.”
The CBT team is grateful for its volunteer board members, who are all busy community leaders! Thank you, Rachelle, for your commitment to the CBT and all your contributions to our west coast communities.
The CBT is thrilled to be joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, through which a total of $30,000 will be available in our region to youth-driven projects!
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a national initiative that supports youth leaders as they respond to local priorities and prepare for the future. The Challenge will support bold, youth-led ideas that will address urgent community priorities in 150 communities. By demonstrating their leadership, participating youth will gain experience, skills, relationships, and learning opportunities to help prepare them for the communities, workplaces, and priorities of the future. Later this year, CBT will also bring youth and community members together for ‘Vital Conversations,’ community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.
To be eligible, an organization must be one of the following:
Eligible projects must:
Apply online for $5000-$15,000 by September 18, 2019.
Whether you’re a young person with an idea or a staff member at an organization interested in youth collaboration, you can read more in the Future Launch Applicant Guide, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the application process.
Title: Get Wove: an intergenerational seagrass weaving project
Leaders: pawa haiyupis and Anna Atleo
Date: June 2019
Description: Monitor, prepare and harvest seagrass from ahousaht hahoulthee; to weave a replicate mat that pawa’s Grandmother Daisy made circa 1973. The goal is to collectively remember the cultural practice of our ancestors. It is our teaching that learning comes with the responsibility to share the knowledge and teachings with others.
Location: Places where the seagrasses were collected in the 1900s across Ahousaht hahoulthee
Title: Aboriginal Day Celebration
Leaders: Kayla-Anne Frank and Wesley Frank
Date: June 21
Description: The Aboriginal Day Celebration includes live musical performances, traditional games and a feast at Tofino Botanical Gardens, partnered with Darwin’s Café. The event is in support of the gardens, Nuu-Chah-Nulth language revitalization and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. The event will be from 12:00pm-8: 00 pm and will feature Chloé Gravel, live musician; Tarah Buchanan, guest bartender; Pat and Randy Morgan, lead cultural singer; Andrea Fergusson, featured artist & silent auction facilitator. Seafood will be provided by Elmer Frank whose vessel is Ocean Wise Certified and registered with Taaqwiihak Fisheries. Kayla-Anne Frank is the event coordinator and primary food operator.
Location: Tofino Botanical Gardens
Title: Aboriginal Day Celebration in Hot Springs
Leaders: Charles Lucas and Preston Campbell
Date: June 21
Description: Host a community feast on Aboriginal Day in Hotsprings cove to bring community members together to share cultural foods and Celebrate Aboriginal Day
Location: BBQ outside Community Hall
Title: Healing Journey
Leaders: Roberta Adams and Samuel Adams
Date: July 5
Description: We along with 35 community members will be taking part in Tribal Journeys. This is a healing journey for our community and we will be travelling together to Lummi. Preparations for the journey become part of the Journey and we will work together as a community to fix and paint the canoe and gather gifts and supplies. We will prep the canoe, paint the canoe, harvest cedar bark and make paddles.
Location: Ahousaht- the canoe is by the dock and we will harvest cedar in the Traditional territories
Title: Red Dress Project
Leaders: Carol Frank
Date: July 2019
Description: Create cultural dresses and shawls for Missing and Murdered Women & Girls from our Tla-o-qui-aht Community. Build awareness on the MMW not only from our community but across Canada. Bring Women and young girls together to work on dresses, shawls and designs. This is a way of supporting families of Missing or Murdered Women/Girls from our community. Men and young men can be involved also, doing designs for dresses and shawls.
Location: Ty Histanis Health Centre
Title: Cultural Carving Club
Leaders: Norman Louie Frank and Celina Frank
Date: July 2019
Description: Teach youth old ways of living- carving and trading like we use to. Over two weeks youth will come and learn carving and knowledge from elders and local artists. Youth will share carvings at community feast and gift following protocol.
Location: Ahousaht Holistic Centre
Title: Harvesting Cedar-processing project
Leaders: Lisa Sabbas and Ruth Charelson
Date: August 1
Description: Will offer to bring community members out to harvest cedar in the traditional process and learn the proper way to harvest. Make it an all day event and provide snacks and boat transport. Barlett Island and back roads behind hot springs
Location: Barlett island and back roads behind hot springs
Title: Smokehouse knowledge sharing
Leaders: Patrick Samuel Charleson Jr and Heather Charelson
Date: August 1
Description: Teach the young people of the community how to traditionally prepare fish and process it in a local smoke house. Smokehouse needs some repair so also share knowledge on construction of smoke house
Location: In the community if Hot Springs at the smoke house and in the community kitchen
Title: Cedar Designs
Leaders: Nora Martin and Corrine Ortiz Castro
Description: Provide materials for craft making including beading, purses, and Tla-o-quiaht designs on regalia to be used in ceremonies and cultural events. Get together weekly for a month and provide supplies and snacks for cultural crafting.
Location: Ty Histanis Health Centre and Naachuks House on Monk’s Point
Title: Warriors with wings and pizza
Leaders: Hayden Seitcher and Daniel Williams
Description: The warriors are an informal group of young men gathering to learn cultural skills to help our community and build capacity in youth. I want to invite elders and knowledge keepers to get together with the youth for a dinner of wings and pizza to share stories and skills with the younger generation.
Location: On the beach, most likely Long Beach
Title: Territory Tour
Leaders: Melody Charlie and Bernice Touchie
Description: Bring youth out to the land, teach them traditional place names and history. Yuuthluithaht has been culturally disconnected it feels like so much longer than our protected isolated communities, so as a mother raising men it’s my responsibility to learn and teach them their territories. Inviting neighbourhood children out to come and learn along with us.
Title: Introduction to Cultural and Healing Herb
Leaders: Ruth Charleson and Lisa Sabbas
Description: Gather community together at the Health Centre and have hand outs and information on the uses of the different herbs. Harvest and process together the herbs grown in the Green House supported by a previous NSG, share knowledge on how traditional herbs and medicines were harvested and prepared.
Location: At the Health Center in Hot Springs
Leaders: Erika Goldt and Samantha Sturgeon
Description: Our workshop will be pre-homemade krauts for everyone to snack on, and everyone will prepare their own jar to take home. Erika is a first generation Canadian with her family coming from Hamburg, Germany to Canada in the 1950s. She grew up attending German-Canadian School and mostly ate German food growing up, especially because her Oma ran the German food booth at the local fairgrounds. She learned to cook from her Oma – and of course, that meant Sauerkraut on most everything!
Location: Tofino Community Centre Kitchen
May 22, 2019 — (Tofino, B.C.) — In celebration of the United Nations (UN) International Day for Biodiversity 2019, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to announce recipients of the 2019 CBT Biosphere Research Award, which supports research that addresses: (1) key ecosystem threats; and (2) conservation action within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region. Raincoast Education Society (RES) and partnering organizations – Parks Canada Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Environment and Climate Change Canada, who have received $20,000 for their project: Residency and Habitat Use of Migrating Shorebirds in Tofino BC.
Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, says, “On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we know that global biodiversity is facing threats like never before, and we need to act now to conserve our nature. We are proud to work with Parks Canada and the Raincoast Education Society on this important research project for migratory shorebirds, and sincerely congratulate Raincoast Education Society on winning the 2019 Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Research Award. By working together to double the amount of nature we protect, we can make a real difference for nature in Canada.”
UN International Day for Biodiversity highlights why having a rich variety of species (and maintaining the habitats where they are found) is necessary for human health and prosperity. The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (CSBR) is recognized by the United Nations as a special place for celebrating and maintaining biodiversity, a place where local residents are lucky to live and take care of the rich ecosystems here. It is a place where community leaders, researchers, and residents study and talk about interactions between social and ecological systems with the goal of helping our intertwined communities and ecosystems thrive!
The award-winning RES research project (which is currently underway during the Spring shorebird migration) aims to document migratory shorebird residency and habitats in the Tofino area using VHF radio transmitters to track movement patterns of individual birds. A team of bird ecologists is working around-the-clock to trap and deploy VHF radio tags on approximately 50 Western Sandpipers, 20 Dunlin, 15 Sanderling and 15 Semipalmated Plovers. These four common species typically feed intensively over a few days during their southern migration and are vulnerable to human disturbance. Data from this research will help answer key questions such as: How long do shorebirds stay during their migration? What specific habitats do they prefer? Is human disturbance interfering with their feeding patterns?
“We’re very fortunate to have high-calibre researchers in our local community who actively contribute to biodiversity conservation within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region”, says Dr Laura Loucks, Research Director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. “The results of this research are particularly important to understand the impact of human disturbance on sensitive ecosystems and migratory bird populations within the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area – an integral component of the network of estuarine habitats reflected in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation”.
Mark Maftei, Executive Director of the Raincoast Education Society, says “We’re seeing an abundance of migratory shorebirds here because we still have relatively large areas of intact wetlands and ocean shoreline ecosystems. However, we need to take more responsibility for habitat protection. I don’t want to look back twenty years from now and ask myself why didn’t we do anything to make the necessary policy changes within the designated Tofino Wah-nah-jus Hilth-hoo-is Mudflats Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. We’re so fortunate that we can act now and really have a good chance at conserving biodiversity. For many other places around the world – it’s too late”.
Photos: Raincoast Education Society, Tofino Photography, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
Over the past four years, our “general” Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) initiative has generated amazing responses among the communities of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. We noticed that many of the projects that community members proposed were environmentally oriented. This spring, we launched Green NSG, a new version of the program designed to support grassroots environmental projects that contributed to green initiatives while bringing neighbours and community members together! Check out the list of Green NSG projects below, and make sure you head to the CBT NSG Facebook Page for updates about the projects as they begin to happen this spring!
Gardening workshop Toni Buston and Nicky Ling Ucluelet April For the Love of Bees! April Robson and Jennifer Smallwood Tofino May to November Chicken Social Leah Austin and George Patterson Tofino April to September Clothing Swap/ Community gathering Cindi Levine and Lynette O'Brien Ucluelet April Maaqtusiis Secondary School Community Bee Garden Kate Drexler and Trina Mattson Ahousaht May to October Easter Themed Earth Day Beach Clean up Candice Steven and Ayla Roberts Tofino April 22 Energy Efficient Assembly Details Lunch & Learn Jennifer Price-Francis and Nick Killians Tofino June 5 Beeswax Wrap workshop for kids Calla Hurwitz and Sydney Craig Ucluelet April 20 Green Living Info Day & BBQ Laurie Filgiano and Sarah Hagar Millstream June 8 Tuff City for Trees Eileen Floody and Sherry Marr Tofino May 1 to May 30 Ahousaht Artisan Farmers Market Daniel Soifer and Jennifer Lightning Ahousaht May 15 to August 31 Youth Healthy Harvest and Community Dinner Norman Louie and Selina Frank Ahousaht May 15 to May 24 Preserving Food Lil Webster and Hilda John Ahousaht August to September Local Community Garden Dolores Bayne and Pam Mickey Hot Springs Cove May to August Norah Road Community Compost Cynthia Fitton and Jill McQuiad Ucluelet June to December Hot Springs Cove Herbal Medicines Reestablishment Ruth Charleson and Heather Charleson Hot Springs Cove April to September Ahousaht Broom Busting Marcie Callewaert and Molina Dick Ahousaht April to July Community Recycling Initiative Leslie Mickey and Louie Sabbas Hot Springs Cove TBD Seafood Gathering, Fishing, Community Building Ryan Churchill and Gynette Galligos Hot Springs Cove May 15 to June 30 Sustainable Seafood Community Dinner Charles Lucas and Betty Lucas Hot Springs Cove April 15 to April 30