A non-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of scrap tires in British Columbia celebrates its 30th anniversary with matching grants of up to $30,000 to First Nations and Métis community groups, schools or institutions .
Since its inception in 1991, Tire Stewardship BC has recycled approximately 100 million tires from Canadian companies, turning them into new, environmentally friendly products. It is the oldest and largest scrap tire recycling program in Canada.
Its 30th anniversary celebration was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Instead, the milestone will be marked throughout 2022 with events focused on recycling and environmental sustainability across the province.
“Tire Stewardship BC and all of our dedicated tire processors, haulers and retailers across the province have worked extremely hard over the years to create an effective and efficient tire recycling program,” said Rosemary Sutton, General Manager. “As a result, it has become the most successful recycling program in North America.”
As part of the celebrations, the group will be awarding grants to BC organizations that plan to use recycled tire products in their community developments throughout the year.
Grants can be used for a variety of projects, including rubber surfacing for playgrounds, water parks, fitness areas, walkways, running tracks and playgrounds. Municipalities, registered not-for-profit community groups or organizations, First Nations and Métis schools and institutions are eligible.
The deadline is March 17. For more information, visit tsbc.ca/community-events-programs/the-tsbc-community-grant-program.
Nanaimo dealer donates $12,700 to Unique Kids
Nanaimo car dealership Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln is known for his charitable work in the community, including donating $100 for every car sold in December and January and hosting a socially distanced drive-thru donation event. Beneficiaries of the dealer’s past community campaigns include the Haven Society and the Salvation Army.
This year, with money set aside for each sale in December and January, they were able to present a check for $12,700 to the Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization, a non-profit organization that provides services to children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, among others.
Young local artists win awards at CVAC galleries
Young local artists won prizes at two art shows at Cowichan Valley Arts Council galleries in March.
The Art of Mathematics, for students and artists showing the beauty of patterns from the golden ratio to Escher-like tilings, runs through Monday at the Cowichan Community Center. The exhibit features approximately 30 pieces, including an architect’s model of the Mondrian condo building in Victoria (designed according to the golden ratio) and works by artists Wilma Millette and Claudia Lohmann.
“It’s a very different art exhibition with works by fine artists and local students,” said Susan Down, chief executive of the arts council. “The idea for the show was born out of a simple conversation about the beauty of math. Local teachers and artists took up the CVAC challenge.
The annual Youth Art Showcase, with 75 entries on display, celebrates sculptures, photographs, paintings and drawings made by artists aged 13 to 25. The exhibit now runs through April 1 at the Cowichan Community Center.
The awards for both shows were handed out last Friday.
More details at cowichan valleyartscouncil.ca
Learn trades, do good deeds
Students at the Cowichan Valley Open Learning Co-op learned life skills and did a good deed by helping with a new project with the Cowichan Housing Association.
The CHA recently opened Le Village, designed as a refuge and a community at the same time. It offers purpose-built sleeping units that will provide shelter for 34 homeless people in the Cowichan Valley.
Students from the Cooperative Skills and Trades Exploration class contributed to the project. The class gives students a sample of three trades – electrical, plumbing and carpentry.
Students can explore core skills in each of the trades over the course of a semester to see if this is the career path for them.
“It’s been wonderful for our students to learn essential skills like plumbing, electrical and carpentry,” said Candace Spilsbury, school board chair for the Cowichan Valley School District. “To see them apply these skills for the benefit of those experiencing homelessness is amazing to watch.”
Each student had the chance to measure, cut, drill and build some of the seven picnic tables that will form the gathering place in the Village.
“There are so many factors that contribute to people becoming homeless. The Cowichan Housing Association and our many community partners are working hard to ensure there is housing and support for everyone who needs it,” said Dr. Shelley Cook, Chief Executive Officer of the Cowichan Housing Association.
“We are grateful to the students of Cowichan Valley Open Learning for working with us in making picnic tables for people who will soon be staying at the Village on Trunk Road. Little touches like these make all the difference in making people feel a sense of belonging and community.
Credit union donates $25,000 to Ukraine
A Vancouver Island-based credit union is donating $25,000 to support Ukrainian relief efforts and temporarily waiving transfer fees for people sending financial support to Ukraine.
First West Credit Union and its local divisions Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby and District Financial donated $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Appeal in Ukraine. The money will go towards immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resilience and other essential humanitarian activities as needed.
“Canada is home to more than 1.3 million Canadian residents of Ukrainian descent – they are our neighbours, family and friends – many of whom are affected by these events and need our support at this time,” said Launi. Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “As a member-owned financial cooperative, supporting our communities is at the core of who we are, whether that means our city, our province or our global community, we will always be there to help when needed.
This donation is part of the relief efforts of credit unions across Canada in partnership with the Canadian Credit Union Association and Central1.
For more information or to donate, visit redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111.
Indigenous Law Expert to Speak at CC Event
The Canadian Club’s guest speaker for its next event is Dr. Val Napoleon on Possibilities and Hopes for Indigenous Law, at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday.
Napoleon, is Acting Dean, Professor and Chair of the Indigenous Justice and Governance Law Foundation at the University of Victoria. She will talk about how the new field of Indigenous law in Canada and around the world has been one of constant change and growth, innovation and challenge.
Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members and are available on Eventbrite.ca. The event runs from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Pacific Hotel, 463 Belleville Street. For more information, call Tom Williams at 250-361-4842.