25th Annual General Meeting
February 4th, 2015
Topic: A celebration of our 25th Anniversary and a brief look at what we have accomplished, followed by a look at the status of the Gorge Waterway as a major part of the existing Bird Sanctuary.
Place: Pearkes Recreation Centre, Tillicum
Bell Irving Room
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Speaker: Jacques Sirois
Jacques is a co-warden on Trial Island and a member of the Friends
of the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and has some
pretty interesting ideas about how we can better protect and
raise the public profile of this amazing and unique urban area. I
will leave the superlatives to him and try not to steal his thunder.
Do come out to hear one of the most enthusiastic speakers it may
be your pleasure to encounter in some time.
You are invited to join us for an hour of information, talk, tea and anniversary cake.
For a summary of last year's highly successful and informative AGM - keep reading......
Mary Vasey spoke to us about her role as the Education Coordinator with World Fisheries Trust and her work at the Nature Centre in Esquimalt Park. Over 9000 participants have taken advantage of the resources and education that is offered there. Be sure to drop in and help to support this very important facility. She also brought us up to date on the removal of the oysters that lived under the old bridge before it was removed. Artifical reefs were created in two locations and the oysters were painstakingly collected and re-housed. We will include an update on their survival and plans to relocate them back to the wonderful new bridge that we are all so enjoying.
WildLife And The Gorge - 2012
Dorothy Chambers was our very passionate speaker. Thanks Dorothy for giving of your time, not only to count the fish, but to educate us about the drastic impact of the carelessness that can be so very damaging.
She talked to us about:
her involvement with the Fish Counting Fence on the Colquitz River in Cuthbert Holmes Park
the beaver that has constructed a dam upstream from the fence
the great horned owl that has lived nearby for more than a decade
but most heart-breakingly, about the oil spills that have plagued this area more and more frequently in the last few years.
Addendum: The count this year is:
1584 on the Colquitz
Aboout 1800 on the Craigflower
How is that for amazing!!!
All Things Gorge
A Big Thanks to the Generous and Supportive Donors of Services and Prizes:
- 1 annual pass on a Victoria Harbour Ferry valid until Oct. 15/12 (value $112)
- 12 day-passes (any age) to Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney
- 1 dinner for 2 at Canoe Brew Pub (value $50)
- 1 Intro To Open Water Rowing - training plus 4 hrs rowing time (value $100) from Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club
- 2 sets of kayak or stand-up paddle board rentals for 2 people for 3 hours (approx value $80 each) from Ocean River Sports
Top Shelf Accounting - Gorge Rd. - special services
Admirals Walk Shopping Centre:
- Canadian Tire - Portable kit of six outdoor games
- Dairy Queen - Photo Ice cream cake
- First Choice Hair Salon - Hair Care Packages
- Burnside Plaza:
- Mr. Tubbs Ice cream Parlour - Photo Ice cream Cake
- Sabri Indian Cuisine - Dinner Certificates
Gorge Shopping Plaza:
- Subway - Meal Certificates
- Starbucks - Gift Package
- Villages Pizza - Meal Certificates
- Japan Camera - Full size Wall Poster of Photo
Tilicum and Gorge Centre:
- Health Essentials - Gift Package
- Il Greco Restaurant - Dinner Certificate
- Gorgeous Coffee Shop and Gorge Video - Gift Package
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
Beth Allan for "People"
Eduardo Bautista for "Fun"
Gordon R. Garside for "Water"
Scott Sedman for "Environment"
Val Lechner for "Wildlife"
Chandler Kerr - Youth Division Grand Prize Winner
Roy Louie - Winner in the Youth Division Environment category
Chandler Kerr - Winner in the Youth Division Water category
Caleb Lam - Grand Prize Winner in the Children''s category
Brandon Sam - Winner in the Children''s Fun category
Kalem Quocksister - Winner in the Children''s People category
Calem Sam - Winner in the Children''s Water category
Canada Day dawned sunny and breezy. A poster board of the Certificates awarded to the Youth and Children Division Winners was displayed.
Another poster had been made up to showcase a dozen or so of the short listed adult entries and the idea was born to have a "people''s choice" winner based on the poster. This generated tremendous interest and 150 people voted.
The winner was Geoff Godfrey with Bill Stavdal a close second
The winning photos in all categories are now displayed on this website - Select the Gallery option at the top of the Home Page