MayneNews has closed

It’s been fun. In the fall of 2009 I started MayneNews. 

My primary motivation was from seeing how much time and hard work volunteers for local community groups were putting into organizing various events for the benefit of Mayne Islanders and how their efforts to promote these events online could use some help. I have a few skills that I could offer, mainly my understanding of graphics and communications and my familiarity with the internet. 

Since then social media has come at us all like a freight train, for better or worse, and allowed those who can use it, some ability to do some of this promotional work themselves. 

In recent years I’ve found the time commitment to keep the MayneNews email list and associated blog and social media services going, to be difficult. I’ve always kept this as a strictly nonprofit service and volunteered my time to maintain it. Over the years that’s turned into many thousands of hours and the feedback I’ve received for that has been hugely positive. I’ve seen how this has resulted in helping to get “bums in the seats” for local events and initiatives and happy I could help. 

The last year of the pandemic has given me a break because there have been far fewer events to promote. I expect that to change in coming months as we start to regain the ability to gather together again. I just don’t think I have the energy to go back to spending several hours each week working on it again. It definitely takes time to run this, there’s no magic button you can press to make it all happen. As well I’ve grown tired of the occasional but noisy demand from some who feel like I “owe” them or their group this time commitment.

So effective immediately, the MayneNews email list, blog and associated social media accounts are closed. Subscribers to the email list will not have their names, email addresses and other info passed on to anyone else, because the authorization to use that information was given in confidence, and also under the explicit rules of Canadian anti-spam legislation. It will be deleted, and the associated MayneNews MailChimp account will be closed.

I'm aware of a possibility of a party who might take on an email list similar to this in coming weeks. If this happens, there will be one more email sent out to the MayneNews subscribers, urging them to subscribe to the new list and attaching links making it easy to do so. Then MayneNews will be history.

To all those who have been supportive and appreciative over the years, thank you very much. It’s been a privilege to be a help so many dedicated Mayne Island volunteers. I remain in awe of the spirit of volunteerism that keeps our community running, in lieu of paid infrastructure that those in larger communities take for granted. Volunteers are truly the engine that runs Mayne Island.

posted May 2021

Mayne Island Runs on Volunteers, Yes, it does!


It’s National Volunteer Week April 18-24 & our Island runs on volunteers.

As you know, without the tons of volunteers on Mayne we would be a lot poorer as a community. From Volunteer Firefighters, to Mayne Island Assisted Living, to the Lions, to the Mayne Island Housing Society, the Mayne Island Health Centre Association and tons of other groups on our Island, very little would get done without generous untold hours of volunteer time donated to keep our community rolling. If you’re a member of this community you’ve benefitted from the generous volunteers here on Mayne who do so much.


If you aren’t volunteering, please consider doing so or remember to renew your memberships in the various community groups that keep our island the wonderful, caring and vibrant place that it is.


It’s AGM season and with COVID, many of the meetings will be virtual. Take note of when your community group memberships are due and renew them and or donate to the level you are comfortable with.


Look in pages 4 to 6 in the 2021 Mayne Island Phone Book (a community fund raiser itself) and see where you can join in to benefit this Island that we all love.


posted April 2021

Please Arrive Prepared at the Clinic: Apr 13-15

If you have an appointment to be vaccinated at Mayne’s COVID-19 Immunization Clinic on April 13th, 14th or 15th:

Please arrive prepared:

  • Bring your Personal Health Card/Driver’s Licence
  • Arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt/blouse and a mask
  • As you turn into the Community Centre parking area, you will be asked to confirm that you have an appointment
  • Follow directions from the volunteers outside the Community Centre

Before your appointment:

  • You will go through a check-in process

After your appointment:

  • You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you leave. Expect to be at the clinic for 30 minutes in total. 

The clinic is fully booked so please don’t come unless you have an appointment. If you weren’t able to book an appointment and want to be put on the waiting list please call 1(250) 544-2402 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on Monday April 12th. And if you have an appointment you need to cancel, please call the same number on Monday so your spot can go to someone on the waiting list. Thank you.

Juliana Losier, MD CCFP

posted April 2021

Get your Mayne Phone Book: Apr 2 & 3


If you haven't gotten your 2021 phone book, this is your chance! 

This year the Mayne Island Lions Phone Books are not being mailed - you can pick up your copy at the Home Hardware BBQ stand, outside, to the left of the main store entrance. This upcoming Easter weekend is your last opportunity for pick-up: Friday and Saturday April 2 & 3, from 10 am until 4 pm.

The phone book is free of charge to any address listed in the phone book. Otherwise, they go for $10. If you want a second copy, same price. These funds defray the cost of producing the phone book as a public service, and help the Lions Club continue their community support programs. 

If you cannot pick up your copy, you can ask a neighbour to pick it up for you. Alternatively, you can email phonebook@mayneislandlions.org and the Lions will arrange for a delivery. Please indicate your name, address and phone number.

If you are not listed in the phone book and wish to get a free copy of next year's phone book, please complete the sign-up form at www.mayneislandlions.org/telephone-book.

For any further information please contact phonebook@mayneislandlions.org.

posted Apr 2021

Mayne Island Recycling Website Launch



The Mayne Island Recycling Society is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. We hope the community will find it informative and useful. Please use this link to reach the website: www.maynerecycles.ca. Check us out!

For further information please contact Lynda Smyth lmsmyth@shaw.ca.

posted February 2021

Virtual Seedy Saturday Conference: Feb 19-21


Save the dates for our first ever virtual Seedy Saturday conference. This February 19 to 21, 2021 FarmFolk CityFolk and Seedy event organizers from across the province will join us in delivering a pandemic-friendly collaborative opportunity to connect with BC community organizations, seed businesses, non-profit organizations, and learn about seed saving. There will be opportunities to swap seeds within and between communities and network with seed enthusiasts from all corners of the province. Speakers and sessions will include seed saving and gardening education, movie screening, Master Gardeners Q & A, local community discussions, an exciting keynote speaker, poetry readings, an auction, and more. Join us in strengthening BC’s Seed Security. 

Kristine Webber will be launching this year's Mayne Island Seed Library and Community Seed Exchange at the community break-out room. Also she will be facilitating a Community Discussion room for Mayne Island & Surrounding areas. The Community Discussion Rooms have been designed to continue our emphasis on local seed security and the Mayne Island Discussion room is a perfect place for Mayne Islanders to learn about gardening/seed initiatives nearby. The community discussion sessions will be free and available to those who are not participating in the overall conference. You can register here for the community discussion session. The general conference registration can be found on bcseeds.org/registration

Registration and event schedule to be announced at bcseeds.org. Some free sessions will be available. Find FarmFolk CityFolk on social media for regular updates. For further information please contact bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca.

posted February 2021


Mayne Island Heritage Hub Online Auction: Feb 1-28



The Mayne Island Agricultural Society's Heritage Revitalization Initiative is holding an online auction for the month of February.

The purpose of the auction is to raise the funds needed to purchase the property beside the Thrift Shop and across the road from The Agricultural Hall. The building will be used to house a new and larger Thrift Shop that has much needed amenities such as a washroom, running water and space to move about. It will also provide safe, heated space for some of our Museum artifacts, historic photographs and documents.

Sign on at www.32auctions.com/MIAS and begin bidding. At present there are almost 200 items on the site and more can be added during the month.

We thank all the donors which include companies and Mayne Islanders who have donated items and sponsored this event. If you have any questions please contact Jon Hoff at jonhoff@shaw.ca.

posted Februrary 2021

Affordable Housing Progress: AGM Sat Feb 20


Everyone welcome, but pre-register by Friday February 19 to receive the Zoom link for Sat. Feb. 20, 2 - 4 pm AGM

Three ways to register and become a member or renew (only paid-up members can vote):

1 www.mayneislandhousingsociety.com/donation.html Donate $10 under “custom amount" Comment: “AGM & membership”

2 E-transfer $10 to mihousingsociety@gmail.com Comment: "AGM & membership”

3 Send or drop off $10 in cash/cheque to MIHS, 518 Dalton Dr., Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J2, with message, “AGM & membership.” 

To simultaneously donate, write, “AGM registration & donation.” Donations $20-plus are tax deductible. Thanks.

For further information please contact mihousingsociety@gmail.com.

posted February 2021

Community Centre Prize Draw: Sun Feb 14

Prize Draw! The Community Centre membership drive continues until Valentine’s Day. If you purchase your membership before that date, your name will be entered into a prize draw for a surprise gift basket. You can do this online now at mayneislandcommunitycentre.com/membership. Individual memberships are $5, and family memberships are $10. The form can also be printed and mailed in. Thank you and good luck.

For further information please contact Laurie Cooke bookings@mayneislandcommunitycentre.com.

posted February 2021

MI Garden Club Wreath Workshop: Wed Nov 25


There is room in the 1 pm session on Nov 25th. $12 -- 16 inch or $8 -- 10 inch. All materials provided, but feel free to bring along something from your own garden.

To Pre-Register: contact Robyn Yeldon: 250-539-9814 or robyn_yeldon@shaw.ca. Strict COVID Protocols will be in place, which everyone must read and follow. See our web site page: www.mayneislandgardenclub.ca/events. This was great fun last year, so hope you can join us.

Payment at the door. If needed, we reserve the right to cancel the event. For further information please contact Robyn Yeldon (250) 539-9814.

posted November 2020