Announcing the Spring 2023 Neighborhood Small Grants!

We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Neighbourhood Small Grants this past spring cycle. 

As usual, we want to extend our thanks to the West Coast Community Resources Society, our community partner for creating the cheques for community members. NSG makes empowering, accessible opportunities for residents from all demographics to make their communities more inclusive, and vibrant places to live. Check out the projects below and reach out to marianne@clayoquotbiosphere.org if you want to connect to a project leader and participate. 

2023 Spring NSG Projects

Cedar bark weaving, canning, and cooking workshop – Maria Desnoyer, Hesquiaht

I want to host a few workshops to share skills on food preservation, baking, and cedar weaving. I will invite an elder to bring language and knowledge sharing during the event as well. I will use seasonal berries and run the workshops accordingly.

Traditional Foods and Medicine - Bernard Charleson, Hesquiaht

Gather youth and elders from our small village to bring back some traditional teachings which help our remote community as it is expensive and far to travel to Tofino for food and medicine. I want to pay elders to share knowledge on when and how to harvest traditional foods and medicine. We will have a knowledge walk to gather the food and medicines and then a workshop to process and preserve them.

Cedar Bark Workshop - Dolores Bayne, Hesquiaht

Using the leftover cedar, we have harvested in previous years, I would like to host a few workshops in the community. I will host them in the old hall and invite anyone in the community who is interested in participating. I will let the community choose what they want to weave but will suggest that they start with a laundry basket which they will be able to complete over 2-3 sessions. 

Harvesting cedar bark - Beverly Martin, Ucluelet

Creating an educational video for children and youth about the protocols around harvesting cedar bark. It will be taught by a Nuu-chah-nulth knowledge keeper from Hitacu. It will teach language and practices for harvesting cedar with respect, and reciprocity, take only what is needed, and use what you have harvested. Never to waste. It will incorporate the practices and teachings of the Nuu-chah-nulth people to be preserved and passed on. 

Tuff City Vegan Dinner - Jordan Linley, Tofino

The goal of this dinner is to spread awareness and education about vegan foods and the impacts of non-vegan foods while bringing people together in a fun safe space. I live in staff accommodation at Pacific Sands and am hoping to grow my connections in the local communities.

Ocean Inclusive, a West Coast Adaptive Surf Clinic - Jess McGarry, Tofino

Surfing is more than just a sport. It can be therapy. We will be organizing an event that provides accessible surfing instruction to people of all abilities. The clinic is open to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, regardless of their surfing experience. The plan will be to run a 1- or 2-day clinic “try-it-out” day at the beach. Our adaptive surf clinic will provide an opportunity to experience not just the therapeutic qualities of the ocean but also the pure joy that surfing can bring without compromising safety.

Community Beach Sports Library - Keegan Mccoll, Tofino

Our objective is to offer recreation opportunities for families and residents to encourage community building and a healthy lifestyle. The Community Beach Sports Library will be located at South Chesterman Beach and will include a community logbook, a beach volleyball net, volleyballs, a pump, and instructions/guidelines which will be enclosed in a waterproof locked cargo tote.

Seed Bombing Raincoast Commons - Todd Smith, Ucluelet

Gardening & food cultivation in the area is thought to be difficult because of our humid and rainy climate. This project aims to disprove that myth by teaching people about gardening, soil fertility, and indigenous plant life, while proactively solving the possibility of soil erosion in a new neighborhood development. By hosting a gardening block party, we can increase knowledge about plant life that thrives in our region while also welcoming adjacent streets to mingle and converse over a shared activity.

The Hongos Domum Project - Colin Steven, Tofino

This project aims to plant edible gourmet mushroom gardens for local community members by providing laboratory-grown mushroom cultures and installation of gardens with full instruction for new growers. This project seeks to complete the complicated and sterile preparation of mushroom cultures at my home laboratory, then plant the gardens for community members in a simple "set it, forget it "style of cultivation. The garden will provide gourmet mushrooms for eating as well as serve to introduce and inspire new mushroom gardeners.

Grade 7 Team Building and Transition Trip - Miranda McIver, Tofino

We are planning a celebration trip for our Grade 7's as they transition from Wickaninnish Community School to Ucluelet Secondary School. To celebrate their successes of this year as they move on together and take them on a trip to Fast Time Amusements for a day of games, bonding, laughs, and community building. After we will have a celebratory meal together. In fostering a common lived experience, we hope to deepen the relationship and provide common ground to extend friendships further as they transition into high school.

West Coast Summer Swim Team - Shannon Summersides, Ucluelet

I would like to start a summer swimming club for the West Coast youth. The swim team would connect the communities on the Peninsula and provide an additional athletic opportunity for our youth/kids; allowing them to reap all the benefits of being on an athletic team (sportsmanship, comradery, discipline, hard work, inclusion, etc.). The program would also instill valuable water skills in an ocean environment. These skills would translate to increased water safety/confidence in the ocean amongst our youth and an overall positive effect on ocean safety.

Plant Technology for Kids- Identifying & Harvesting the plants in our back yard - Kimberly Johnston, Tofino

Children ages 7-10 will be welcome in our backyard to attend a workshop where they will learn about local medicinal and edible plants, harvest them, and then make tea, salve, and a poultice from the plants. We will go on a local plan scavenger hunt, play games, do some art, and work in teams to learn as much as possible about the local medicinal plants in our region.

Sound & Media - Ernest Adusei, Ucluelet

Sound & Media's first project will be a workshop followed by an exhibition. The plan is for 6 individuals in our community to be given disposable cameras to capture the things they care about to understand framing a shot to tell a story. We will reconnect to drop the cameras off for development, discuss what we have learned, and make selections for the exhibition. The workshop will be composed of individuals with marginalized identities across race, gender, age, and sexuality. This workshop aims to have a platform that helps create and promote more diverse and representative media within our community.

Tales from life in Clayoquot Sound - Carly Steven, Tofino

My project/vision is to create a podcast that captures actual tales from life in Clayoquot Sound. This would include stories from when the area was pioneered up to the present day. I am hoping to do interviews with long-time locals and Indigenous community members to include first-person perspectives. I see this project connecting the community by providing entertainment, preserving the community's history, and teaching newcomers about the area’s past and how much it has changed.

Baby and Mom Gatherings - Megan Cameron, Ucluelet

This group is intended to connect new moms with other women going through the same experiences. It's a chance for our children to make friendships and connections to their community.

Caregiver Meet-up and Swap - Caitlin O'Connell, Tofino

Raising a baby on the west coast comes with a lot of challenges. It can be difficult to find clothes or baby/toddler supplies that aren't for a tourist market. It can also be hard to meet other parents when there are very few events for young children.  I'd like to host a swap meet for caregivers of children 6 or under, where people could bring clothes or toys that have been outgrown, find new treasures, and meet new caregivers at the same time.

CBT's Youth Intern, Reflects on her Beach Cleanup Experience

August 28, 2023
This summer, CBT's Youth Intern, Janessa, has been supporting us in a wide range of projects across the organization and also participated in initiatives hosted by other local non-profits. One of our goals was to offer her the opportunity to experience diverse types of work as well as acquire skills and knowledge in many different fields. Learn about her time with Surfrider Pacific Rim where she helped remove debris from a local beach.

Join our team as Administrative Assistant

August 18, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are now closed for this position.  The Administrative Assistant will support the CBT across all program areas. The successful candidate will coordinate the day-to-day administration and operations of the CBT office, creating a welcoming space, updating administrative practices, and maintaining records. They will work closely with the Executive Director to support the Board of Directors, as well as work closely with the Finance Coordinator to assist with bookkeeping processes. The Administrative Assistant will work across the CBT to support our programs and events.

National Truth and Reconciliation Exhibit

June 13, 2023
Here is a video that was created last year in partnership with the Ucluelet Secondary School, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and Canadian Heritage to honor the second annual day for Truth and Reconciliation. We have partnered again this year to bring this impactful youth-led learning opportunity for our third annual exhibit.

Hišinq – “All Together”

June 12, 2023
Have you heard that the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is building a Biosphere Center? You might have read about it online or in local print media, maybe you heard it on the radio, or perhaps you joined us for the open house that took place at the current CBT office. However, you might not be aware that the CBT has been working on this project for over a decade and has taken many steps to create a space that will serve and reflect the values held by each community in the region.

We're looking for a new team member! (PDF) 221.42 KB

April 21, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: This position has been filled. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is seeking an intern to provide support for a range of projects across the organization. This position will provide opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by different team members, learning about and providing administrative support for projects aligned with the candidate's skills and interests.

Vital Grants - Looking Back & Looking Forward

January 18, 2023
Five years ago, CBT launched Vital Grants: a stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges that influence sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Vital Grants were launched in response to grantee feedback that small grants (e.g. $5000) and short timelines make it difficult to address larger issues

Join our team as Director of Partnerships for Conservation

January 9, 2023
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Partnerships for Conservation will build out a new role collaborating with partners on conservation projects, as well as leading research, planning, and engagement activities linked to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere designation and Canada Target 1. The individual participates in relevant networks and committees aligned with key projects and contributes to the objectives of the Canada Fund Agreement, the MAB Statutory Framework and the MAB Lima Action Plan.

The 2022 Holiday Giving Catalogue is here

December 2, 2022
'Tis the season for giving and standing tall as a region. We're honoured to bring back the Giving Catalogue—an annual collaborative holiday initiative.

Living Building Challenge

October 5, 2022
CBT has committed to achieving the Living Building Challenge! LBC provides a sustainable framework for the design and construction of buildings and cultivates a symbiotic relationship between people, communities, and nature. Living Buildings are regenerative and inspire innovative methods of construction throughout the building!

2022 Discretionary Grants

September 6, 2022
Each year, the CBT provides funding up to $5,000 for small projects that promote the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems throughout the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Each granting stream is overseen by an advisory committee of local volunteers who have an interest and expertise related to the grant.

Announcing Spring 2022 Neighbourhood Small Grants !

June 14, 2022
We are excited to share nearly 20 grass-roots community projects that will be receiving Neighbourhood Small Grants this cycle.  As usual, the West Coast Community Resources Society, our community partner for creating the cheques for community members. NSG makes empowering, accessible opportunities for residents from all demographics rise up and make their communities more inclusive, vibrant places to live. Check out the projects below and reach out to colin@clayoquotbiosphere.org if you want to connect to a project leader and participate. 

Biosphere Centre: moving forward on the land in a good way

June 13, 2022
On June 2nd, the CBT board, staff, and partners gathered at the future site of the Clayoquot Biosphere Centre for a small ceremony led by Tla-o-qui-aht cultural workers Chris and Hayden Seitcher. The intentions were simple yet profound: to reflect with gratitude on the work done to bring the Biosphere Centre initiative where it is today and to envision the next phase of the project.

CBT Granting Update and Equity Pathway

February 22, 2022
We continue to reflect on key learnings from our UNESCO periodic review, our Vital Signs research, and the pandemic. We’ve committed to work with volunteers, First Nations, communities, and partners on making CBT a more equity-driven organization: in our granting program, in our organizational culture, and beyond.

The Coastal Family Resource Coalition is hiring

February 22, 2022
The Coastal Family Resource Coalition (CFRC) is looking to hire a qualified proponent to provide leadership capacity and coordination services for the CFRC, a regional network coordinated and administered by the CBT and guided by the CFRC Executive Committee.