2014 Recipients

Bee Friendly Native Bee Conservation Society

Bee Friendly Native Bee Conservation Society is a North Shore-based non-profit society engaged in a series of community programs for increasing public awareness and education of the importance of native bees and their habitats to the overall environmental sustainability of the North Shore. Building on the successfully completed Bee Friendly Community Demonstration Garden, the Bee Friendly Society proposed a Bee Friendly Garden Community Days Program. The purpose of this program is to create opportunities for greater interaction with, and education of, a larger audience of City residents at the Demonstration Garden site.

Cultivate Projects

Cultivate Projects is a collaborative food garden design project by a team of four Emily Carr University of Art and Design alumni. In 2013, they transformed an underused yard space in the Queensbury neighbourhood into a venue for a collaborative food garden and community events area, with a focus on educational programming for neighbourhood children and youth. The Queensbury Garden has 20 raised beds, apple trees, berry shrubs, a children's area, an education patio and a rainwater harvesting system for watering the garden. Cultivate Projects has proposed to employ a Garden Coordinator for the Queensbury Garden who will develop planting and harvesting plans, coordinate volunteers and facilitate educational workshops and events. The project includes ongoing programming of the space through monthly workshops as well as buying seeds, seedlings, and other supplies.

North Shore Fruit Tree Project

Established in 2010, the North Shore Fruit Tree Project Society is a non-profit society that aims to reduce waste and provide nourishing food to those in need through harvesting fruit on the North Shore. The Society raises awareness of sustainable practices, encourages fruit tree picking within the community to maximize fruit tree yields, and provides fruit to local food banks and organizations. Through these activities the Project reduces fruit tree waste (and thus bear attractants), and provides education on the use of locally grown produce. The Society aims to see continued growth in the number of picks, in the total volume of fruit distributed, and in the points of contact for the Project, including increased public presence at community festivals, eco-fairs, and so forth.

Pacific Streamkeepers Federation

The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation assists local streamkeepers in their tasks through building partnerships, support and education. The proposed project includes mapping of Mackay Creek from the estuary to the highway, water quality testing, entering existing fish data, training volunteers, and building the streamkeepers data tool.

The Coho Society

The Coho Society is a volunteer, environmentally-based organization committed to protecting and revitalizing North Shore salmon streams and rivers. Now in their 35th year, the Society has established an annual Coho Festival at Ambleside Park and at other North Shore locations in September. The festival is presented as a "celebration of nature's annual miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams". The Coho Festival 2014 Banner Project proposes to install banners from August through November along the Marine Drive corridor and Main Street creating a dynamic series of banner displays, connecting and identifying salmon bearing streams and rivers through the three North Shore municipalities. Images displayed on the banners will be based on children's art generated from workshops held through Artists for Kids and Fisheries and Oceans Canada with artist Ron den Daas and other collaborative partners.

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