Greenways Land Trust

Organization Mission Statement

Our mission is to restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community.

The organization serves the following population

Greenways’ projects occur in natural spaces available to all residents of and visitors to Campbell River including the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands, the Campbell River Estuary, and Willow Creek. We connect our community to the nature around us. Our numerous volunteer programs include Adopt-A-Trail in the Beaver Lodge, our Conservation Team that works throughout the community, and our Stewardship Leaders that support our schools programming. Our public events allow residents of all ages and stages to give back to the natural places they love. Our school programs engage hundreds of students in all grades: last year, we hosted 34 ecological education and stewardship outings with school groups to teach our children about the environment around us and restore environmentally sensitive areas. Greenways also supports environmentally-based food security programs, including two community gardens (Laughing Willow and Mountain View), a fruit tree gleaning project, and a region-wide Strathcona Good Food Box program, developed during the COVID-19 pandemic – last year this program saved over 64 metric tons of CO2 emissions (over 278,000km worth) from vehicle travel by residents of our remote Strathcona communities coming to Campbell River to purchase food.

The funds donated will be used to

The funds donated this year will be used to support our Strathcona Good Food Box program. This bulk-buying program for healthy fruits and veggies is about to be re-launched for the winter season, and will be available to everyone in Campbell River, with full-price boxes available for $25, and subsidized boxes available for $15. Local fruits and veggies will be included in the boxes wherever possible. Bulk purchasing allows for savings over retail prices for even full-price boxes, and the more boxes bought through the program, the more savings for everyone. The donated funds would be used to increase the number of subsidized boxes that we can offer through the program for those in need.

The organizations current sources of funding are

The vast majority of Greenways’ current funding is a variety of project-specific grants, including from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Province of BC through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative and Community Gaming Grants, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Island Health, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, and the Campbell River Community Foundation. Greenways also holds the contract with the City of Campbell River for maintenance of the Baikie Island Nature Reserve, and receives a Grant-in-Aid from the City’s Community Partnerships program. Generous donations from our local business community, including the Brown’s Bay Resort, Moeller Matthews Chartered Professional Accountants, Katrina Kaboly Century 21 Arbutus Realty, IZCO Technology Solutions, Beachfire Brewing, and IG Wealth Management support us as well.

 

Visit their website for more information: greenwaystrust.ca

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.