2024 BC Nature Conference and AGM in Qualicum Beach

It was my pleasure, on May 10th, to participate in a panel discussion at the 2024 BC Nature Conference and AGM in Qualicum Beach. Delegates from BC Nature Conference and affiliated clubs from all over the province attended to discuss approaches to protecting biodiversity. My panel focused on "how to best engage with government representatives to protect local nature. Thanks to all who attended for your comments and questions and to Arrowsmith Naturalists for hosting this terrific gathering". 

 

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West Coast Multi-Use Path

It's been a long time coming but the final leg of the 42km West Coast Multi-Use Path is now officially complete, thanks to the determination of MLA Josie Osborn, ACRD Chair John Jack, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government President Charles McCarthy and a legion of community leaders, including past and present mayors of Tofino and Ucluelet, and Parks Canada, municipal, and ACRD Staff, Elders and many volunteers. The path closes the 1.2-kilometre missing link between the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ʔapsčiik ta̓ šii Trail and the ACRD Multi-Use Path that begins at the Junction and connects to the District of Ucluelet’s MUP. It has been made possible through important investments by the BC NDP provincial government, the federal government, ACRD and local fundraising.

On Friday I was proud to be included in the ribbon-cutting and took the occasion to speak to the significance and importance of active transportation for our physical and mental health, for the environment, connectivity between communities, lowering infrastructure costs and the local economy. Klecko Klecki to all involved! 

79th Annual Ceremonial Review for 386 Komox Air Cadets

Last weekend, it was my pleasure to participate in the 79th Annual Ceremonial Review for the 386 Air Cadets under the command of Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant- Colonel Francois Fasqulle. I was delighted to see so many constituents among the ranks and visitors. LCol Fasquelle emphasized the importance of teamwork, leadership, community service, courage and knowing your limits during his very inspirational remarks to the Cadets. 

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department

Thanks to Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department Chief Leo Groenewegen and his all-volunteer crew for welcoming me to Saturday’s celebration of the Department’s 50th anniversary. I was glad to hear his view that my private members bill which led to the doubling of volunteer firefighter tax credits will help with recruitment. Great to see Parksville Councillor Sean Wood again along with RDN Chair Vanessa Craig and Electoral Area E rep Bob Rodgers. I enjoyed meeting volunteer firefighter John Thompson who retired after thirty-two years service. This fire hall handles more than two hundred calls a year, many health emergencies and motor vehicle accidents. All of the members are volunteers, contributing their time and making personal sacrifices along with their families, to provide an essential service to the community for which we are very grateful.

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