The Great Adventure: Fri Feb 22


The Library is pleased to present National Film Board film "The Great Adventure" on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 pm in the Ag Hall. Admission by donation, with free popcorn.

In this film, Jean Lemire and his crew undertake an arduous journey in their three-mast sailing ship through the Northwest Passage, documenting the breathtaking northern scenery, the impact of global warming on this fragile ecosystem and the daily struggle of the sailors just to survive.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker iecocker@shaw.ca.

posted February 2019

Mayne Island Library AGM: Sat Feb 23


Mayne Reading Centre Society is holding our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 pm in the Library. All are welcome. If you wish to vote, the membership fee for the Society is $5.

Please note that the Library will be closed at 1 pm that day for the meeting. Cookies and sparkling water will be served. For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker iecocker@shaw.ca.

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Seedy Saturday Events: Feb 15 & 16


Film: Seed—The Untold Story: Fri Feb 15

Friday February 15, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Seed features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. Entry by donation. For further information please contact Deb Foote organicdeb@shaw.ca.

Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 16

Saturday Feb 16, 12 - 3 pm, at the Agricultural Hall. Join the Mayne Island Agricultural Society & Mayne Island Conservancy for a Seedy Weekend. We are honoured to announce that Tsartlip Elder Dr. John Elliott will be giving an opening welcome at Seedy Saturday.

Anxious to get out in the garden? Bring your saved seeds, cuttings, plants, bulbs and tubers to exchange, share and connect with other keen gardeners. Kids, plant seeds to take home. Speakers and demonstrations through the afternoon. Gardening advice. Seed exchange table. Exchange package for package. Have no seeds to exchange? Purchase for a loonie per package. Kids planting table. Fresh, local salad greens and shoots available.

For further information please contact Deb Foote organicdeb@shaw.ca.

Family Day Weekend Museum Opening: Sat Feb 16

The Plumper Pass Museum will be open Saturday February 16, 2019 from noon until 2 pm. Tsartlip Elder STOLCEL Dr. John Elliott will officially open the event at noon in the Agricultural Hall.

For further information please contact Trish Hoff trishhoff@shaw.ca.

Mayne Island Housing Society AGM: Sat Feb 16


The Mayne Island Housing Society is pleased to welcome all community members to our first Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm at the Church House.

The agenda includes typical AGM business: presentation of Financial Report, Director's Report, election of Board of Directors, and special resolutions to amend MIHS bylaws.

Following the business meeting, we are very pleased to welcome Peter Robinson who will explore the topic: "How rental housing projects can demonstrate environmental and economic leadership in small communities."

Residents of both larger urban neighbourhoods, and smaller rural communities, sometimes worry that purpose built rental housing will have a negative impact on their own homes and properties. The perception is that such housing might not reflect community aspirations for environmental performance, appearance, or ongoing operations.

Peter Robinson, the former CEO of both the David Suzuki Foundation and BC Housing will speak to why this perception is often wrong, and how small scale rental housing projects can actually be a positive legacy for communities such as Mayne Island.

Curious? Come to ask questions.

Want to be more involved as a member, director, volunteer, consultant? Contact the Board Nomination Committee, David Lindquist, dalindquist@gmail.com. We hope you will join us to mark this milestone for the Mayne Island Housing Society. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Deborah Goldman, mihousingsociety@gmail.com or phone, (604) 828-5784.

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Gaming and Gambling: a Discussion: Wed Feb 6


Retired Pender Island educator, David Nickoli, will facilitate an introductory discussion around gaming. Enjoy an interactive game of “Trivia” and learn about gaming, gambling and media technology. Discover the connections between gaming and gambling evident in today’s online media-focussed world. Discuss ways to engage your children or grandchildren around the topic of gaming and screen-time use.

Wed February 6th at the Church House at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

David Nickoli is the Prevention & Community Engagement Provider for Southern Gulf Islands, BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program. For further information please contact Janet Guy (250) 539-9876.

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Beyond Crisis; a film: Sat Feb 2


Join the Mayne Island Conservancy and Dr. Simon Dalby for a screening of the documentary Beyond Crisis, a film aimed at sparking meaningful dialogue around climate change while empowering people everywhere to make a difference.

At the Ag Hall on Saturday February 2nd. 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

The reality of climate change may be frightening, but there is good news. Diving into the dramatic climate and energy story unfolding all around us today, this film paints an inspiring vision of the better world we could be building together – if we find the courage to face our shared global crisis, saying yes to a far safer, more sustainable and more compassionate clean energy future.

Beyond Crisis is a story of truth that bridges both poetry and science, intellect and the human heart – a beacon of hope to all people who are searching for an inspiring path beyond climate change, and a future we can actually believe in. Dr. Dalby will lead a discussion after the film, looking at ways our community can take proactive and meaningful action on climate change.

For further information please contact Deb Foote organicdeb@shaw.ca.

posted January 2019

Attention Singers!


The New Mayne Choir announces its Spring Season of songs about the seascape, rivers and lakes and the spirits surrounding them. All abilities welcome - no audition, if you love to sing. First practice will go on Wednesday February 6th, 7 pm at the Community Centre and every Wednesday thereafter until the end of April.

The cost will be modest and SoundCloud, YouTube links and home practice files will be available. We will build on the success and fun of our Christmas programme but new faces/voices will be very welcome. The more the merrier and (ahem!) the cheapier. For further information please contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673.

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready? Sat Jan 26


Mayne Island Emergency Program will hold an information session on Saturday January 26 at 9:30 am at the Fire Hall Meeting Room at 500 Felix Jack Rd.

When disaster strikes, your chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared. Our presentation will offer the information you need to prepare yourself and your family to survive on your own for at least five days after any type of disaster. Each household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home informational workbook to help with emergency planning.

Then, take your planning and preparedness to the next level. After a major emergency or disaster, neighbours helping neighbours are usually the first help available. We will discuss a structure for a neighbourhood to organize and plan for preparedness and response. This knowledge will help reduce the impact of a disaster on your neighbourhood and community.

The presentation will provide information and opportunities for those people who want to help their neighbours and neighbourhood further their preparedness.

For further information please contact Gerrie Wise (250) 508-3002, Mayne Island Emergency Program Coordinator (Acting), or Brigitte Prochaska (604) 880-3840, Area Coordinator Southern Gulf Islands.

posted January 2019

Free Soil Building and Composting Class: Sat Feb 2


On Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall join Sean Smukler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Applied Biology and Soil Science, UBC, for a free Soil Building and Composting Class.

Sean is currently working with Vancouver Island growers on a practical soil building project and will share his expertise with Southern Gulf Islands food producers. All growers, farmers and gardeners, experienced or beginners will benefit from this class. This educational event is sponsored by the non-profit Gulf Islands Food Co-op, serving Southern Gulf Islands food producers, eaters and local food sustainability.  Pre-register for this class by email. Drop-ins also welcome.

For further information please contact Zorah Starr info@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org.

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Valentine Date Event: Sat Feb 16


Mayne Island Has Big Hearts. A Valentine's "dance and delectables" fundraiser (chocolate, cheese & cash-bar drinks). Saturday Feb. 16, 7:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Tickets $20 from Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, and the Trading Post. Sponsored by the Mayne Island Syrian Newcomers' Group.

Raising funds for "our" Syrians' citizenship-exam prep class (see Mayneliner article). To donate silent auction items (including service certificates we can do up for you such as an hour of carpentry, cooking, sewing instruction, etc.): lesley.mussett@yahoo.com, (604) 562-8964. To donate chocolate or cheese treats (quiches, cookies, cakes, etc.): dmayneretreat@gmail.com, (778) 995-8385 (Diane).

For further information please contact Vicki vturay@hotmail.com.

posted January 2019