Our Community: SS Beaver Medals, North Park Repair Cafe, Neighborhood Grants

As Patron of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Lt. Gov. Janet Austin presented SS Beaver Medals to nine B.C. residents and two organizations during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday.

As Patron of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Lt. Gov. Janet Austin presented SS Beaver Medals to nine B.C. residents and two organizations during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday.

The annual awards recognize outstanding contributions to the province’s maritime sector in science, technology, business, applications of maritime skills, nautical heritage and culture, and academic contributions.

Presentations normally take place annually, but the 2020 awards have been postponed due to public health restrictions. This year, the 2021 and 2020 winners were honored together.

2021 recipients include retired RCMP Inspector Kenneth Burton, Margaret and Martyn Clark, Ian Maxwell and Robert Turner. A special award was also presented to Allied Shipbuilding Limited of North Vancouver.

2020 recipients included Gregory Marshall, Gordon Miller, Captain William Noon and Captain David (Duke) Snider, with a special category award to the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC

Nominations for the award come from the public. The award is gold-plated and cast from materials salvaged from the wreck of the SS Beaver, the first steamship on the west coast of North America. It operated for 52 years until it ran aground in 1888.

Student donates funds and leggings to Wear2Start

Lambrick Park High School Grade 12 student Lauren Roworth presented a check for $11,440 and about $600 worth of leggings to Wear2Start on International Women’s Day.

The nonprofit society helps needy women who need a work wardrobe, including clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags and essential personal care items, and coordinates services such as haircuts and clothing alterations.

The donation was the culmination of Roworth’s LegUp4Women campaign. On her online fundraising page, Lauren said she wants to help women who have faced financial hardship, are looking to re-enter the workforce, or have left abusive relationships.

North Park Repair Café aims to reduce waste and build community

Bring your small broken household items, electronics or ripped clothes to the North Park community’s first-ever Repair Café at First Metropolitan United Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday.

At the event, a joint effort between the church and the North Park Neighborhood Association, volunteers will help fix almost anything that is broken and fixable.

Repair Cafés are meant to connect neighbors with each other and impart practical skills on how to repair things that could be reused after a simple repair, thereby reducing waste.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 26 at First Metropolitan Fellowship Hall, 932 Balmoral Rd. Learn by watching or even helping out while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

Repair Cafés are part of an international movement that started in the Netherlands in 2009. There are now hundreds of Repair Cafés in dozens of countries around the world.

Have your say as CRD updates the parks plan

The Capital Regional District is seeking public input as it updates its regional parks strategic plan, which is expected to guide the management of the region’s parks and trails over the next 10 years.

The CRD collects comments from First Nations, stakeholders and the public on the plan, with a view to conserving and protecting biodiversity.

The regional district manages over 13,300 hectares of natural areas in 32 regional parks and three regional trails in southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The public is encouraged to complete an online survey, which is open until April 4.

For more information and to take the survey, visit getinvolved.crd.bc.ca.

City of Victoria Neighborhood Grants will open soon

The City of Victoria is offering residents up to $5,000 in grants for projects or activities that bring neighbors together. Applications for this year’s My Great Neighborhood Grants will be accepted beginning April 1.

The city will provide up to $5,000 for placemaking and community resilience projects and up to $1,000 for community building activities. Residents must match the request for funding with volunteer time and in-kind donations. Funding of $131,330 is available.

“Victoria has so many amazing neighborhoods, each with their own unique identity and sense of community pride,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “I look forward to seeing how neighborhoods will use these grants to make their communities more inclusive, social and resilient places.”

Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Once applications are approved, funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-funded basis. Applications will close for the year on October 31.

More than $755,000 in My Great Neighborhood grants have supported 250 community projects since 2016. Past projects include food security initiatives, decorative lighting, murals, art displays, interpretive signs and plazas public meetings.

For more information and to apply, visit victoria.ca/neighborhoodgrants.

Victoria Foundation grants support community wellbeing

Organizations in the Capital Region can apply for funding through the Victoria Foundation’s 2022 Community Grants Scheme, which supports registered charities and other qualified grantees whose work benefits the well-being of the community. .

Grants include support for the arts, environment, food security, health, youth engagement, housing, and homelessness.

The amounts available range from $7,500 to $30,000.

“The Victoria Foundation’s purpose is to strengthen community well-being by investing in people, opportunities and solutions,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. “The Community Grants Program is a key program in achieving this mission. »

The program builds on the 2021 Community Recovery Program, which distributed more than $3.13 million to 142 organizations.

The deadline for applications is April 14 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, visit victoriafoundation.bc.ca.

The Ronald McDonald House is mobilizing for families

Ronald McDonald Houses in British Columbia and Yukon launches its Step Up for Families campaign, an annual fundraiser to offset the cost of providing families with sick children with a place to stay while their children receive medical care at nearby BC Children’s Hospital.

Held in April, Step Up for Families invites the community to bring their families, friends and co-workers together to run, walk, ride or bike for at least 73 kilometers throughout the month.

“Our goal this year for Step Up for Families is to raise 1,000 nights of lodging, community and support for families staying at [Ronald McDonald] House,” said Richard Pass, CEO of Ronald McDonald House, British Columbia and Yukon. “We are grateful to our many supporters, from Whitehorse to White Rock, on whom we rely to fulfill our mission and our commitment to be there for families when they have to travel from their hometown to Vancouver for the critical treatment of a kid.

Last year’s event attracted 317 participants from more than 55 communities in British Columbia and the Yukon. Together they took 60 million steps and ran, walked, rolled or biked 48,000 kilometers, raising $151,000, the equivalent of 1,200 nights of accommodation.

For more information, to donate or to register, go to stepupforfamilys.ca.

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