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 Greenways’ School Garden Program. In 2021/22, we increased our involvement with school garden programs happening in Campbell River’s School District 72 (SD72). The School Garden Program involves coordinating volunteers through our new volunteer database, liaising with teachers, the district, and the City of Campbell River, and aiding in the provision of plants, information, and important infrastructure within these individual school garden programs. 

This program has many community benefits, including: 

  • Assisting teachers in keeping the program going over the summer
  • Helping both students and volunteers learn how to grow their own food
  • Providing healthy and fresh food benefits to both volunteers and students
  • Providing a way for people to connect with nature, particularly when many of the community gardens in Campbell River have waitlists for allotments
  • Providing a way for the public to learn and/or teach about gardening 

The volunteer program is open to anyone in the community, with the stipulation that they have both a recent criminal record and vulnerable sector check (as per SD72 requirements).  

The development and application process for the new volunteer database was done in partnership with not just the associated teachers, but also the City of Campbell River’s Recreation and Culture department. Previous funding to aid in school garden development and maintenance has come from a variety of sources, including Environment & Climate Change Canada as a part of our COVID-19 project pivots.  We initially started supporting six school gardens with volunteer recruitment when schools were closed from March 2020-Aug 2020 and there is a strong demand for us to keep engaging with our community partners to continue providing, and expanding upon, this support.  To date, we have supported work where possible using our existing funding streams, but we recognize that there is much more demand for volunteer recruitment and gardening knowledge provision than what we have been able to provide with our existing capacity.  

We would like to continue this hugely successful project in future years and are currently looking for additional funding. Now that the processes have been developed, and much of the required infrastructure equipment purchased, we require ongoing funding for staff time for volunteer coordination and teacher liaison, as well as travel and garden supplies (plants, etc.).

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.