Welcome to The Metchosin Foundation!
The Metchosin Foundation is a non-political charitable organization registered under the Canada Revenue Agency. It has been created to:
- Encourage and support the rural nature of Metchosin,
- Support and maintain a harmonious community, and
- Preserve and safeguard Metchosin’s unique ecosystems, flora, and fauna for the benefit of all Canadians.
Metchosin Foundation AGM Features Award-Winning Climate Scientist
By Carol Carman
The past year has been active for the Metchosin Foundation through environmental covenants, outreach to youth and collaboration with other key community partners. This coming year is shaping up to be even more productive. Please join us at the new St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 pm to hear our plans and offer your ideas.
We are honoured to be welcoming Dr. Richard Hebda as our guest speaker. He has been curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal BC Museum for 32 years and is an adjunct member of the University of Victoria’s Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences faculty.
At the AGM, Dr. Hebda will share his knowledge about past climates in BC, future projections, and actions we all can take to help us adapt to a changing climate. One of his particular areas of interest is in growing food locally, particularly heritage varieties of vegetables that maintain genetic diversity in our food crops.
For his work, he is the winner of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal as well as the 2015 Bruce Naylor Award from the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Dr. Hebda draws on his research with plants to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. Dr. Hebda has mentored many graduate students and students in the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria. For further information about Dr. Hebda, link to http://staff.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/author/rbcm_rhebda/
Scholarships for Graduating Grade 12 Students
Three $500 scholarships are being made available by the Metchosin Foundation to graduating Canadian Grade 12 students who live in Metchosin. These are in the areas of:
- Academic Achievement
- Community Citizenship
- Environmental Stewardship
- A fourth scholarship is being made available to a Beecher Bay First Nation resident student.
These funds are being made available thanks to a generous Metchosin donor who chooses to remain anonymous. Application forms are available at the school offices of Belmont, Royal Bay and Edward Milne High Schools, on their websites, or you can download from the scholarship link at the top of the page. The deadline for the submission of all applications is May 15, 2017.
Many thanks to the volunteers who worked for a day at Fischervale Farms to assemble 24 bat boxes that have now gone to 24 bat-loving homes across Metchosin. Special thanks to Ole Frang for his hard work and precise carpentry in creating all the parts for these complex boxes for the team to assemble.
Good Neighbours' Project
The Foundation’s mandate continues to promote the establishment of conservation covenants on lands and regions of ecological significance. We will be partnering this year with the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) through their Good Neighbors Project, to focus on riparian corridors and on lands along the ocean shorelines. If you are a landowner with an interest in this area, please contact us for more information.
The Metchosin Foundation is a registered charity. Charitable BN/Registration #81576 1556 RR0001. Your kind donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.