Congratulations to the 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Recipients!


For a third year, CBT partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and Westcoast Community Resource Society to bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to the west coast.

This unique program encourages people to build connections and make their neighbourhood a better place to live. From September 1st to October 15th, 2017, any local resident in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere region could apply for a grant of up to $500 for a project in their neighbourhood that shares skills and knowledge among residents, builds a sense of community ownership and pride, and respects and celebrates diversity.

CBT is proud to announce 23 projects were funded; congrats to the program leaders and keep an eye out for the following events happening near you!

Pumpkins in the Mist II   Complete!
Halloween theme walk in the woods (Wild Pacific Trail)
Shannon Szymczakowski and Katherine Loiselle
Ucluelet, October 29 2017

Community Haunted House & Pumpkin Carving    Complete!
Halloween Haunted House and pumpkin carving at the Ahousaht Youth Centre
Thomas Paul and Marsha Mack
Ahousaht, October 30 2017

Halloween House  Complete!
“Psycho” Circus Train themed Halloween Haunted House
Mandy Oye and Tara Wood
Ucluelet, October 31 2017

Hesquiaht Gathering
Community dinner
Gynette Galligos
Hesquiaht, Fall 2017

Pizza Party
Pizzas making community gathering
Patricia Campbell and Brent Campbell
Ahousaht, Fall 2017

Family Fun Nights
Family fun nights with board games and snacks at the Community Hall
Lisa Sabbas and Louie Sabbas
Hesquiaht, October 2017 to December 2017

Ladies Fitness
Workout training for women of all ages at local gym
Bonita Frank and Sabrina Williams
Ahousaht, October 2017 to January 2018

Tonquin Townhouse’s Concrete Jungle Community Garden
Develop and maintain an edible garden to provide fresh, locally grown food for residents
Erika Greenland and Cindy Hutchison
Tofino, October 16th 2017 to April 15th, 2018

Canoe Carving Kick-Off Celebration 
Canoe carving community project including workshops and a traditional ceremony
Vincent John and Dwayne Martin
Hesquiaht, November 15th 2017

Community Wellness
Exercise classes using language as the anchor for both Elders and Toddlers
Dede Monette and Jennifer Wamil
Hitatsoo, November 2017

Fruit Trees for Yew Wood
Plant apple and fig trees to provide fresh, locally grown fruits for residents
Deddeda White and Leah Austin
Tofino, starting in November 2017

Millstream Mingle and Emergency Preparedness Gathering
BBQ gathering to bring neighbours together and meet new people, and discuss about Emergency Preparedness
Jodeyn Grills and Sarah Hagar
Ucluelet, November to December 2017

Outdoor Ed 12 Community Project
As part of the Outdoor Education program, students will have to “plan and implement ways to reduce potential impacts of outdoor activities on the local environment”
Daniel Soifer and Marcie Callewaert
Ahousaht, November 2017 to January 2018

Cultural Group
Teaching culture and traditions to young people
Darlene Dick and Carol Thomas
Ahousaht, November 14th, 2017 to January 14th 2018

Shawl Making
Shawl making workshops and culture sharing
Marilyn Lucas and Lisa Sabbas
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to February 2018

Hesquiaht Food Initiative
Canning and cooking workshops, and food safe classes
Jeannine Adams and Patrick Charleson
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to March 2018

Beating the Winter Blues
Teaching/sharing classes who promote healthy mental health in a potluck dinner context
Zoë Jordan and Lyndsay Daly
Ucluelet, November 2017 to March 2018

Qwiis mah saup -“Our Ancestor’s Legacy”
Teaching and learning language and history, and ancestor’s songs, in order to preserve traditional culture
Ruth Arlene Paul and Carlene Paul
Ahousaht, November 2017 to May 2018

Wickaninnish Elementary School Buddy Bench
Install a cedar wood bench – carved by local artisan – in the elementary school area in order to promote inclusiveness and acceptance
Samantha Fyleris and Beverly Murdock Counts
Tofino, November 2017 to May 2018

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations 6th Annual Dry New Year’s Eve Party
New Year’s Eve community party with food, games and prizes
Laura Manson
Location to be determined, New Year’s Eve 2017

Repurpose, Repair and Reuse Fabrics
Craft stations that promote techniques to minimize household waste
Kelby Jane Holmes and Veronika Miralles Sanchez
Ucluelet, starting in January 2018

Arnet Block Party
Potluck BBQ party with music and games
Stephanie Elliott and Jacky Challenger
Tofino, April 1st 2017

Ahousaht Hydro Painting Project
Painting public art pieces on hydro poles across the village and help beautify neighbourhoods
Marcie Callewaert and Lisa Thomas
Ahousaht, April to May 2018


More info: Brooke Wood – Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Coordinator –  250-725-2219 or