Christmas Eve Bonfire & Carols at Miners Bay

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park with your fellow islanders. The Mayne Island Chamber of Commerce will provide hot chocolate and hot apple cider (bring your mug) and song sheets with Alan Ryder coordinating carolling. 6 PM.

We hear Santa will be present providing gifts to the children.

For further information please contact Toby

Resistance & Revelation through Play - Jan 11-13

Back by request ...
Inviting Revelation & Resistance Through Play: A unique blend of clown and body-based release & sensation work.

For actors/non-actors, the inquisitive, the curious & the creators in life and art.

Mayne Island Community Centre
Jan. 11, 6 - 10
Jan. 12, 11 - 5
Jan. 13, 12 - 4

We will explore and embody:

• the many roles / masks / identities / emotions / patterns we carry in our bodies
• the quirks and delights of our humanness; things that frustrate, sadden, tickle, and elate us
• the process of letting go/lightening-up physically and emotionally
• our relationship to our own delight and sharing that with others
• the difference between contact and connection

This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to bring more presence, flexibility and possibly even humour into their daily life, creative process, work and relationships. This work is also valuable for performers interested in exploring humour, character creation, presence and connection; however, it is not expressly for performers.

This course will draw on various clown techniques (including material from David MacMurray Smith, Richard Pochinko and John Turner) and various body based approaches to emotions, sensation, and release (including Reichian and Somatic Experiencing Therapy).

Cost: $80-$200 (this is a sliding scale based on the fact that we come from different economic situations, if the sliding scale still seems challenging don’t hesitate to contact Lisa).

Please contact Lisa Voth to reserve a space, or (778) 319-5928. Space limited to 12, so reserve early!

See Lisa's web site, and Facebook page,

A Celtic Wassail with Vox Trium - Sat Dec 22

A Celtic Wassail with Vox Trium and guest Elisabeth Jahren

Vox Trium members Lael Whitehead, Susan Larkin, and Stephen Cropper invite you to an evening of Songs, Tunes, and Tales from the Celtic Lands to Drive the Cold Winter Away!

Come "A-Wassailing" at intermission for complementary refreshments and goodies.

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:30 pm

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island

Tickets are just $15 either at the door or to be sure, get them in advance from Happy Tides or Miners Bay Books.

For further information call (250) 539-2206, visit or email

BC Buy Local Week - Dec 3 -9

A little late with this post (that is the sleepy Mayne Island way, of course) but the Province of British Columbia has announced that this week is the first annual Buy Local Week.

As many know we have our own little campaign here on Mayne Island called "Shop Mayne Island First". You may have seen our graphic in the MayneLiner or on the door of one of your local businesses.

Shopping local is an extremely powerful act and the effect can be magnified in smaller communities like ours. Here's some info from the Buy Local week campaign:

Some people think that shopping local is kind of an act of charity they're doing. "If I support my local business it might cost me a little more than going to a big chain store in town, but I'll consider it a donation." But really when the benefits of supporting local businesses pay everyone back who values having an economically strong and viable community, it can just as well be seen as an investment in one's own self interest. Can we imagine what our island life would be like if our local businesses couldn't survive?

Island communities like Mayne are very tough places to make a living when the tourists aren't around (not that it's a piece of cake in the summer either), but right now is a big challenge for our local retailers and services. Fortunately the holiday season is a time when everyone needs to spend a little on gifts and extra things and at lot of that can be purchased right here on Mayne Island.

Of course we can't buy everything we need here, but even spending a few more dollars than we currently do on Mayne can have a large effect if more people participate.

So think about Shopping Mayne Island First. When you've got something you need to buy the answer doesn't necessarily involve a ferry trip.

2nd Annual Christmas Light Parade - Sat Dec 15

photo by Toby Snelgrove
Dress up your truck, car, horse, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle or sleigh with bright colourful lights & decorations! All motorized vehicles and two or four legged creatures are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 15th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, in front of the school, at 5:00 pm. The parade will proceed down Fernhill to Miners Bay and end at Maynestreet Mall with refreshments and treats for the kids and adults.

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the local food bank.

Call John at (250) 539-0887 or Rose at (250) 539-2820 for more information.

Santa & Mrs. Santa will be there, and we’ll be offering prizes for the best lit floats!

Sponsored by Sunny Mayne Bakery, Home Hardware, Tru Value Foods & J. Griffin Hauling

Honour A Life - At the Japanese Gardens - Sun Dec 9

The holidays are a time of wonder but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of Mayne Island Assisted Living would like to invite the community to join us in our first annual Honour A Life event.

Please join us on Sunday, December 9th from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree.

There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact Jessica Easton (250) 539-2123

Last Chance Craft Fair - Sun Dec 9

Merry Marketeers and More Craft Fair
Sunday December 9th
10 am - 2 pm
At the Agricultural Hall

Featuring hand made local crafts, jewelry, knitting , felting, photos, G.G.'s Butttercrunch (yes it's back!), preserves. And more ...

Come and enjoy Eden's goodies from the kitchen and stock up on last minute gifts and stocking stuffers

For further information please contact Glenda Goodman

BC Ferries Consultation Meeting - Mon Dec 3

Mon Dec 3
5 - 8 PM
at the Mayne Island Community Centre

The government is seeking input from all coastal communities on how to make several million dollars in cuts to the service. This is our chance to offer our opinions. There will be some innovative presentations from Mayne Islanders showing positive ways that costs could be trimmed while providing additional benefits to our island communities.

For more information and to fill out an online survey go to

Brian Dearden on CKNW discussing the Ferries

Below is an audio clip from the Tuesday November 27th edition of the Bill Good Show on CKNW featuring Mayne Island's Brian Dearden and another guest discussing the upcoming consultations with BC Ferries over cost-costing. Although constrained by time, Brian discusses some ideas that will be presented at the meeting here on Monday.

Check this out on Chirbit : This audio ©CKNW : Use of this clip for news reporting only.

A note about this audio clip: Brian is continually referred to by the host as a "Member of the Islands Trust" but he is not, it was a mistake in the information provided by his staff. Brian is an active member of the Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in the ferry issue. See Brian's excellent commentary on the issue published in the November MayneLiner and republished here on MayneNews. LINK

I wanted to find a CKNW link that I could post or embed here that would provide this audio, but I couldn't find a link on the CKNW web site to anything other than a link to download the full audio of Hour 2 of the Bill Good show, which includes a discussion unrelated to the ferry issue. Link to download full audio. The audio posted here includes only the ferry discussion portion and is posted here to provide information to the local community.

Volunteer Appreciation Tea & Open House - Tue Dec 11

Mayne island Emergency Program and Mayne Island Fire Rescue Service invite all to an afternoon Tea to celebrate and appreciate all our volunteers.

When: Tuesday Dec 11
Where: Mayne Island Community Centre
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Fire Chief Steve DeRousie and Emergency Program Co-ordinator Gerrie Wise are hosting this event and will be on hand to explain the services provided by our Mayne Island volunteers.

Drop in for Christmas goodies and a warm drink ( tea, coffee or cider).

For further information please contact Gerrie Wise (250) 539-5148

Santa Ship Arrives at Miners Bay - Sat Dec 8

Once again in 2012, the Mayne Island Lions Club is sponsoring the "Santa Ship" which sails from Bellingham to the Southern Gulf Islands bearing gifts, and Santa Claus himself.

The Santa Ship is scheduled to arrive at Miners Bay, Mayne Island, shortly after 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 8th.

The Mayne Island Volunteer Fire Department will provide transportation for Santa from the pier at Miners Bay to the Ag Hall where Santa will greet the Mayne Island children and hand out gifts.

For further information please contact Allan

Below is a slide show of photos from the 2011 Santa Ship event (and earlier years) taken by Brian Haller.

Lions Club Christmas Bingo - Sat Dec 8

The Mayne Island Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas Turkey Bingo on Saturday, December 8 in the Agricultural Hall, 7 pm.

December 8th is the day that the Santa Ship, also sponsored by the Lions, arrives from Bellingham, and after Santa has sailed away to his next port-of-call, the Lions will set up the Ag Hall for bingo.

Here's your chance to win a turkey for Christmas!

For further information please contact Allan

Compassion Gorilla - Live Music - Sat Nov 24

Compassion Gorilla presents their new album "Volta! Volta!"

With an opening performance by Myriam Parent.

Mayne Island Community Centre

Saturday November 24th

Doors at 7:30 pm
 - Show at 8:00

Admission $10

From Victoria BC, Compassion Gorilla brings a unique concoction of world beat, latin folk, dub and psychedelic music. The band wraps audiences in a spell of dance, magic and melody with racy horn lines, brazen guitar harmonies, driving hand-percussion rhythms, thick bass lines, and full-bodied vocal harmonies. Now touring in support of their new album, "Volta! Volta!"

View their web site:

For further information please contact Chris Fretwell

Blast from the past: The Real World - 2001

I'm often looking around the internet for things that mention "Mayne Island" and sometimes find some surprising stuff.

Recently, I discovered that somebody had done a video of the performance of the Mayne Island Little Theatre's production of "The Real World 2001: A Mayne Island Odyssey" and posted it in parts on YouTube. I watched the whole thing and was laughing out loud at a lot of the jokes. It was great seeing all these Mayne Islanders from 11 years ago.

The story follows a hapless cycle tourist visiting our fair island and seeing what life is really like here in paradise.

The huge cast listed on the final video was: May McKenzie, Carol McAndrew, Kris Sigurdson, Marc Parthew, Bill Bender, Margaret Hammer, Brian Crumblehulme, Bernadette Hennebery, Janine Chambers, Peter Judd, Val Somerville, Barbara Ross, Rosalie Ripley, Mary Crumblehulme, Helen O'Brian, Glenda Goodman, Lael Whitehead, Don Grant, Ann Johnston, Janet Guy, Katja Korinth, Ben (?), Mary Ali, Cliff Driver, Beverley Graham, Alan Weeks, Kevin Dean, Tony Mitchell, Glen Wilson, Ted Burden, Barb Edwards, Nan Shurvell, Bob Harlow, Sally Ireland, Moira McCulloch, Peter Williams.

Written by Carol McAndrew & Gail Noonan.

I've embedded all the videos I could find below, but for some reason part 2 seems to be missing. If anyone knows where that can be found, let me know and I'll try and add it here. Sit back and watch them all. Remember to click the little "full screen" button on the bottom right of each video to get the full effect. Enjoy!

Library Movie Night - Fri Nov 23

The Mayne Island Library presents, "The Boxing Girls of Kabul" this Friday at 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

The movie tells the story of a group of young Afghani women who are determined to become world class boxers with the absence of even the most basic facilities. The camera lets you follow the personal lives of these girls for a whole year, so you can gain an inside look at the daily struggles as they try to change deep rooted social values while maintaining their loyalty to their country and society.

Admission and popcorn by donation.

For further information please contact David Chase (250) 539-3084

Broom Removal Volunteer Event - Wed Nov 21

The Mayne Island Conservancy's next broom removal event will be at Henderson Park, Mayne Island, on November 21st from 1 pm - 3 pm.

We will meet at the parking lot by the kiosk. If you are unsure of how to get there please let us know.

This is a great chance to get to know/enjoy Henderson Park and have some interesting conversations, all while getting some exercise.

Please RSVP to or phone the office at (250) 539-5168.

We will provide all tools needed, we just ask that you bring suitable clothing, footwear, and water.

We would love to get some more volunteers out to our events, so if you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on. Thanks!

For further information please contact Lauren

Mayne Island featured in Roots Canada's holiday promotion

Roots Canada's promotion for the holiday season is called "Happy Holidays from the West Coast" and features some nice photography and video of Mayne Island in use all over the Roots web site, blog, videos and some print advertising I've seen.

Normally MayneNews sticks to strictly non-profit postings, but the great thing about this is that Roots credits Mayne Island on their web site and video and even provides a link to the BC Government Tourism web site. Most advertisers would have kept the location anonymous, so this provides some much-needed promotion for our island and tourist economy. Definitely a benefit for Mayne Island. Thanks Roots.

If you can't read the text in the photo here, taken from the Roots Canada web site, it says: "Historic Mayne Island is a quiet, pastoral, and unspoiled refuge at the outer edge of the southern Gulf Islands. Named one of the world's best coastal destinations by National Geographic Traveler in 2010."

Colleen Wadsworth reports that the photo shoot was on Mayne during the second week of October and the large group stayed at both the Mayne Island Resort and the Blue Vista. The group included Diane Bald who is Roots Canada's head designer and spouse of Roots co-founder Michael Budman as well as a representative of Tourism British Columbia. Colleen says she's a Roots junkie so she was "over the moon" the meet Diane and said the visitors were a fantastic group.

View the YouTube video that's posted to the Roots web site below:

Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner - Sat Dec 1

Silver Maynes: Annual Christmas Turkey Dinner.

Saturday, December 1
at the Mayne Island School
6:30 PM. Doors open at 5:30.

This dinner is free for Silver Maynes members with paid-up memberships for 2012. (Memberships for 2012 are still available at $10.00).

Members must reserve in advance to make sure places are set for them.

For further information please contact Kit Mitchell

Come and sing the traditional songs of Christmas!

Film Night: Black Wave - Thu Nov 22

Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

A film about the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster and coastal communities that are still experiencing the effects over 20 years later.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:30pm
Agricultural Hall
Refreshments and discussion after film
Admission by donation

For further information please contact Leanna Boyer

Fashion Show / Fund Raiser For MIALS - Sat Nov 17

A fashion show will be held on Saturday November 17, at 7:30 PM as a fund raiser for the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society. It will be held at the Community Centre on Felix Jack Road.

The show is sponsored by the Tree Frog Gallery and will feature clothes from the store. Major suppliers for the store have graciously donated items for the raffle ranging from a coin purse to a hand made on Mayne Island wood box, and a silk throw.

Tickets are $10.00 (sold at the Tree Frog Gallery), and both raffle and 50/50 tickets will be sold at the show. There will be a cash wine bar.

Come out and support the Assisted Living Society.

For further information please contact Bob

M.I. Little Theatre: Turkey Trot, A Comedy - Nov 15, 16, 17

Turkey Trot, A Comedy
Thursday Nov. 15, Friday Nov. 16th and Saturday Nov. 17th
Three nights only!
Doors open: 7:00 pm, showtime 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Don't miss out! Buy your tickets at the Trading Post or Home Hardware today!

Not suitable for children under 12

"Laugh out loud funny," says Gail Noonan after seeing a rehearsal of Mayne Island Little Theatre's newest production: Turkey Trot. A story with more twists and turns than a large intestine!

"You'll bust your gut!" says one critic.

"It's a busy cultural week," says writer/director, Sam Israel, "I understand there is a movement workshop as well as a fashion show to raise money for Mayne Island Assisted Living. I encourage everyone to get out and do something to support island culture!"

For further information please contact Sam Israel

A little animation by Gail Noonan

Mayne Island's own Gail Noonan made this great little animation recently as an entry for the CBC radio show Wire Tap's animation contest. The soundtrack is a clip of Wire Tap host Jonathan Goldstein having a bizarre conversation with his parents on the phone. Gail did a wonderfully creative job adding an imaginative element to the soundtrack to bring it to life.

The winner of the animation contest gets themselves a new iPad. Let's hope that the judges choose Gail!

Bob Harlow's new novel launch at the Community Centre - Sun Nov 18

On Sunday November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Community Centre Robert Harlow will talk about, as well as read from, Faraday Comes Home, his ninth novel (the other eight are in the Mayne Library and at Miners Bay Books).

Jamie Faraday was a WWll bomber pilot, then a bush pilot who ran his own air service out of Odgertown in Northern B.C. His long life has, since 1944, been scarred, unbeknownst to him, by what is now called PTSD. At 80, he contends with failures in love as well as with an unconscious need to go back to the war he hasn't been able to return from and to take possession of it . He also lives with both the light and the dark experiences of becoming old.

Mark your calendar: Faraday Comes home 7:30 November 18th at the Community Centre.

For further information please contact Bob Harlow (250) 539-3001.

Gov't Consultation on Ferries' Future - Mon Dec 3

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Provincial Government Community Consultation on the future of island ferry service comes to Mayne Island Monday December 3, 2012 at the Community Centre at 5:00 pm.

They seek input from communities about service adjustments needed to meet funding shortfalls. Your comments and suggestions will help shape islanders' ferry service into the future. We all seek affordable, efficient and sustainable ferry service. Tell the Government how you want them to achieve this, what service we must retain for a healthy community. For more information on the consultations go to

For further information or questions about the meeting please contact Elma Maund

… and while we're on the subject of BC Ferries.

Brian Dearden published the following suggestions in the November MayneLiner in his monthly space. I thought the suggestions were spot on and asked to re-publish them here on MayneNews. With his kind permission I do so below. This is fodder for much discussion and I hope that Brian and others might be suggesting ideas like this at the meetings and directly to our political representatives.


In case you haven't noticed, there is a lot of heated dialogue in the media about our current BC Ferries situation. There is chatter around the problems but other than raising rates and eliminating services, there doesn't seem to be much discussion about positive solutions that would allow us to move ahead as communities and businesses.

Here at the lumber yard we have had to make adjustments in the way we do business to meet the challenges of higher fuel and ferry costs and less construction: suck it up, the boom times are over for a while, it happens every now and then. This doesn't mean we shut down and price ourselves out of the market. We have had to take a hard look at staffing, how we are doing our trucking, inventory levels and product selection, and in general, making the smart business decisions to allow us to maintain a properly run, profitable business.

It is time for BC Ferries to do the same without defaulting to the standard reaction: raise the rates and cut services.

As a major user of the ferry service, I would like an answer - Why aren't we looking at some alternative ideas? These are not necessarily new solutions, they have been shelved in the past but it is time to dust them off and have another look, they may be an exciting route to take. We need to put a positive spin to what this could mean to our Island communities, both socially and economically.

If we take a moment and just look at our own situation in the Southern Gulf Islands, we have a combination of boats traveling empty and scheduling challenges that combined, amount to huge losses on the income statement and disgruntled customers trying to deal with rising costs and late boats. Focus in on these specifics and come up with solutions, a number of us believe that some of the answers are obvious.

You want to eliminate at least two empty runs for both the Cumberland and Mayne Queen a day? Home Port. I can hear the union screams already but quite frankly this would have a tremendous positive impact on the whole area; it has to be considered. I have taken the early morning ferry out of Swartz Bay many times, not because I have to get back by seven in the morning but because it is there. Would I care if it was a few hours later, probably not. These early morning boats are simply transferring the crews and boats to where they should have been in the first place, loading up a full boat to go back to Swartz Bay. The last boats of the day transfer the crews and boats back to Swartz Bay, for the most part, empty. Add up the diesel, crew costs, wear and tear on the boats and carbon foot print. Two boats, two empty trips a day, 365 days a year, that adds up to 1460 empty trips a year, wonder what that costs! Add to the equation what a fair number of well paid jobs would do for the Island economies and you may start to get the picture.

Solution number two. Run a small K-class ferry ie. one of the available and for sale Albion ferries between Saturna and Mayne. Tie the two communities together, save a whole bunch of diesel, create some more employment on Saturna and solve once and for all the scheduling headaches that having to run to Saturna with the two larger boats creates. A K-class ferry has a drop down loading ramp. Punch a road through at St.Johns Point, use the existing facilities at Lyall Harbour and start realizing the cost and scheduling benefits.

These are just two options that could make substantial inroads to improving ferry efficiencies and offer cost savings that should not be ignored. Of course implementation would present it's challenges, change always does. Running a business successfully takes leadership and at times out of the box thinking. Lets discuss these two ideas with this in mind and create an efficient, profitable service that we can all be proud of.

Mayne Island Speaker Series - Fri Nov 9

Two bright young Islanders, Per Lange of Mayne Island and Emily Dunsmuir of Salt Spring Island and their mentor Dominic Covvey host an exciting, thought provoking evening debating the merits of nuclear reactors.

Nuclear Reactors: The Ecstasy and the Agony.
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
Friday November 9th. 7:30 PM

Admission is by donation
Refreshments will be served

For further information please contact Brenda Webster or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3574

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sun Nov 4

Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM, early Sunday morning, November 4th.

Enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

Caring for the Western Purple Martin - Thu Nov 8

Western Purple Martins almost disappeared from the south coast of British Columbia due to losses to their preferred breeding habitat (cavities in trees) as well as competition from introduced bird species such as starlings and house sparrows. The Western Purple Martin Stewardship program was launched to try to restore and increase the breeding populations of these magnificent birds.

On Mayne Island Herbie and Bernard Rochet took up the challenge in 2005 establishing artificial nest boxes in Miners Bay and Bennett Bay. As a result of their hard work, creativity and years of dedication the martins have been breeding successfully at both sites.

Come and hear about the pleasures, triumphs and sometimes the disappointments in their seven year long struggle to provide a bridgehead for this unique regional species.

at the Mayne Island Community Centre
Thursday, November 8th, 7:30 PM

Admission by donation

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Cappella Artemisia Choir - Mon Nov 5

The Mayne Island Music Society presents Cappella Artemisia ensemble, based in Italy - whose inspiration comes from the music performed by cloistered nuns in the 16th & 17th centuries.

A full bio and some links to YouTube music samples are available on their web site:

This is truly an amazing opportunity to hear this world renowned choir.

Monday, November 5, 2012.
St. Mary Magdalene Church 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Happy Tides, Home Hardware, Farm Gate ($15). Children Free.

Thanks to all those Mayne Islanders who are volunteering their time, their cooking talents, and are billeting our guests.

Lunch for Cappella Artemisia will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at the Greenhouse Restaurant; anyone wanting to join them for lunch or requiring any further info about this even should contact Kathie at (250) 539-2399.

Psycho-genic Art: Images From Within - Fri Nov 2

Toby Snelgrove and David Lindquist, two non-trained artists, display art created during time of psychological angst. Here is how they view their work.

"Two journeys into the art-making process in search of psycho-biological integration and self-acceptance. Taking counsel from oneself, purpose become play and play purposeful."

Opening night reception, 
Friday Nov. 2, 5-8pm.
Mayne Island Library.

Sponsored by the Trincomali Community Arts Council

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove or David Lindquist

Mushrooms: From Field to Forest - Sat Nov 3

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy's guest Simon Chornick for a talk and workshop that will review the most common West Coast fungi and some of those that are not so common. Get answers to the question "Edible or not?" and if you have examples do bring them along for identification.

Simon Chornick works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans but in his other life Simon is a vocalist and mandolin player with the Mission based group Random Dander, but more importantly from our point of view he is an accomplished photographer, particularly in the field of mushrooms & other fungi. His mycologia appear in many internet-based reference works and he hunts, paints, grows and eats mushrooms.

Happily sharing his expertise, Simon styles himself as the Fungi Ambassador.

At the Agricultural Hall
Saturday, November 3rd, 2 - 4 pm

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Mayne Island Flu Clinic - Mon Nov 5

Mayne Island Flu Clinic
Mayne Island Community Centre
Monday, November 5, 2012
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

For more information, or to find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot:
• visit
• call Health Link BC at 8-1-1

If you are eligible for a free flu shot, please bring your Care Card to the following local Flu Clinic.

If you are not eligible please contact your family physician or local pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost.

For further information please contact Sandra Dumond

Table Tennis - Cure for the Winter Doldrums

Do you feel like the winter blues have started? Don't worry! We have a possible solution for you.

Come and join the growing gang of Islanders and visitors in a friendly non-competitive game of Table Tennis at the school gym every Friday between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

The sport is easy to learn and the hardest part is to keep score and try to remember who should be serving next.

The Friday sessions are fun and help to keep us active.

We have all the equipment and the annual membership is only $10.00 or a $2.00 drop in fee.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817 or Murray Gratham (250) 539-3536.

Winter will be gone before you know it.

Open Mic Invitation - sign up by Wed Oct 31

The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society is looking for open mic participants for our upcoming fundraising event, the Great Chili Cook Off (November 3). We are looking for musicians and writers.

The open mic will run from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm. Dance party starts at 8pm. Come eat great chili, perform and be entertained!

Please call Leanna Boyer to sign up before October 31st.

For further information please contact Leanna (250) 539-5937

MIHCA Health Series Discusses Dementia - Thu Oct 25

Come join speaker Irene Barnes on Thursday, October 25th at 1:30 - 3:00pm at the Agricultural Hall and learn more about dementia awareness and safer aging.

She will be discussing prevention strategies, early identification and appropriate care. Donna Regen from Heritage Place, Salt Spring Island, will also join us to share ideas on safety and housing.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Health Centre Association.

For further information please contact Sharon Bunnin (250) 539-2311

Experience the Gulf Islands - Wed Oct 24

Photo courtesy Toby Snelgrove - Graphics courtesy MayneNews
Public Information and Discussion Meeting

“Experience The Gulf Islands”

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00pm at the Ag Hall

The CRD Economic Development Commission for the Southern Gulf Islands is currently looking at six proposals to stimulate island economies and support local communities. 

One of these proposals called "Experience The Gulf Islands" is a unifying theme to enrich the lives of residents and visitors through outdoor recreation and direct contact with the land and waters, communities, people, events and heritage of the Gulf Islands.

It is built on the possibility to extend the Trans Canada Trail, currently being completed along the Fraser Valley, through to the Southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island where the CRD is actively creating a network of trails.

This initiative proposes to link the Southern Gulf Islands: Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and the Penders, with a series of hiking/biking trails and marine facilities that look beyond a dependency on ferry and motorized traffic. 

The principal benefits are:

• to build on the strengths of each island community
• to separate pedestrian and cycle traffic from our congested roads
• to encourage non-motorized tourist visitors
• to develop a service infrastructure that will provide jobs and support local economies
• to develop trails and water routes for approved recreational, cultural, heritage and service amenities
• to develop non-ferry water transport between the Islands to rekindle historic relationships that created the Island communities 

A group of Mayne Islanders have been meeting to draft a conceptual plan for the Mayne Island component and are inviting the community to participate in developing this proposal to “Experience the Gulf Islands”. Please join us for this opportunity to create a new green infrastructure and to make our island a better place for everyone. 

For more information please email: Brian Crumblehulme at or Brian Dearden at

Mayne Island Speaker Series - Fri Oct 26

Speakers: Mike and Martha Pennock
"Measuring Happiness in Bhutan and Canada".

Friday, October 26th, 2012, 7:30 pm
Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road.
Admission by donation.
Please join us after for informal discussion and refreshments.

The Pennocks spent the fall of 2006 in Thimphu, Bhutan. This led to the development of a questionnaire to measure the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Upon returning to Victoria they developed a shorter westernized version of the questionnaire. Since 2006 the GHN work has taken them to a number of other countries and most recently to the U. N. in New York City. A Bhutan led resolution at the UN General Assembly recognizes the the need to have a new, holistic approach to national development promoting happiness, wellbeing and sustainability.

For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027 or Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574

Rain Water Collection Workshop - Sat Oct 20

Graphics by Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs, Mayne Island BC
Saturday October 20th
Ag Hall, Mayne Island
Doors open 12:30 PM
Seminar: 1 PM to 4:00 PM

Presentations on Water Collection, Tankage, Grey Water Collection and System Installations.

Displays by Van Isle Water Services, Premier Plastics and Glen Wilson from Mayne Island.

This is a chance to hear four presentations, ask questions and look at the display samples from the suppliers.

Cost: $10 at the door

Presented by the Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society. An Island Society working with Islanders on Island Issues

For further information please contact Bill Warning, (250) 539-2399

Update: The original time on this post was 2 PM to 4 PM, but that has now been corrected above. We'll have a correction in the next MayneNews email going to subscribers on Thursday, Oct. 18.

MayneNews has learned today that Mayne Island's own Mary Cooper of the MIIWSS was interviewed on CBC Victoria's radio show "On The Island" on October 5th. For those that missed the interview with Mary, she was speaking about the effects of the long drought we've been through on our Gulf Islands in August through early October. The audio from that interview is embedded below.

Check this out on Chirbit

If for some reason the audio player doesn't work you can go directly to the CBC site and listen to it: [LINK] (Scroll down to Friday October 5th).

Resistance & Revelation through Play - Nov 16 - 18

This weekend workshop is a unique blend of clown technique & body-based release work for actors/non-actors, the inquisitive & creators in life/art.

Mayne Island Community Centre
November 16th (6-10pm), 17th & 18th (12-5pm)
Please register by November 5th (maximum 12 participants)

We will explore:
• the many roles/masks/identities/emotions/patterns we carry in our bodies
• the quirks and delights of our humanness
• the process of letting go/lightening-up physically and emotionally
• our relationship to our own delight and sharing that with others
• the difference between contact and connection

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to bring more presence, flexibility and possibly even humour to their daily life, creative process, work and relationships. This work is also valuable for performers interested in exploring humour, character creation, presence and connection though it is not expressly for performers.

Cost: $120-$200 (this is a sliding scale based on the fact that we come from different economic situations, if you have questions or concerns regarding finances don’t hesitate send them to Lisa)

Contact: Lisa Voth ( or (778) 319-5928) to reserve a space.

For more information on the nature of the work and to read about the experience of past participants go to

New To Yu Sale - Tue Oct 16

St Mary Magdalene Church is sponsoring this event

New To Yu
Tuesday October 16
10- 12 noon
Church House

Come and enjoy muffins and coffee, while you look to find that perfect outfit, at an unbelievable bargain!

For further information please contact: B Hughes (250) 539-9837

Mayne Island to be featured on Global News - Sat Oct 6

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Global TV News highlights a different town/place in BC throughout the newscast.

Mayne Island is going to be the Small Town Feature on Saturday October 6th in the 3 hour show from 7 to 10 a.m.

We want to promote Mayne Island with hopes of encouraging more visitors, and to share with everyone what a great place we live in. We need as many people as possible to watch the program, please tell your family & friends to watch!

We have been asked to send photos of the island, the market, the businesses, parks, hikes and events with your name and a brief description.

Photos will be accepted October 1 – Oct 6 to this email address:

We have put together a Gift Basket with locally produced items for the Global desk which we hope Lynn Collier, Wesla Wong, Kristie Gordon and Jay Janower will open while talking about us!

If you want to view previous episodes of Global's Small Town BC feature you can watch the video at the Global BC web site:

Thank you everyone for all your help and support!

For further information please contact Kara,

Update October 6th - the episode featuring Mayne Island aired on Global this morning, with lots of great photos from around the island and lots of mentions of local people. Watch it below.

(Click on the triangle to play the video and the rectangle in the bottom-right of the video viewer to see it full screen on your monitor. )


(Sorry to those trying to view this video using an iPad or another tablet or smart phone that doesn't have Flash installed, Global TV only makes their video available for computers or devices with Flash installed. Given that Flash technology is pretty much becoming obsolete, this is somewhat surprising for Global.)

Dirty Grace - Fri Oct 12

The Mayne Island Music Society presents Dirty Grace
Friday, October 12 - Ag Hall
7:00 pm Doors open
7:30 pm Open mic
8:00 pm Main presentation Dirty Grace

Dirty Grace is a vocal based trio that features Mayne Island's own, Marley Iredale. The trio of songwriters produce a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective, all driven by a curiosity in the ability of musical interaction to expose, shake-down, tickle and heal the human spirit.

They were inspired to re-form early this year after singing together at the bedside of a friend with terminal cancer. Blending elements of folk, hip hop, swing, rock, jazz and barber shop beneath a swell of three part harmonies and contagious melodies, the collaboration has always left the band and its listeners eagerly guessing what will come next.

For further information please contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-2399.

School Bottle Drive - Sat Oct 13

Mayne School Bottle Drive.

10 am - 1 pm, Saturday, October 13. In the Mayne School parking lot.

Please bring your returnables to us for this Mayne School PAC Fundraiser.

For pickup: call Sandra or Paul at (250) 539-3317

For further information please contact Eden Buday

Community Apple Squeeze - Sun Oct 7

Mayne Island is the proud owner of an amazing crusher and press, thanks to donations large and small. For the last three years apple lovers have gathered together on Thanksgiving weekend to press apples using this equipment along with a traditional manual press.

This year the Community Apple Squeeze will take place Sunday October 7 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Ag Hall grounds. With the help of some experienced users, the crusher and press will be in full action. All that is needed are apples and lots of them.

Perhaps you only have a small number of apples – get together with a neighbour or friend who also has apples or just bring what you have. These can be crushed and pressed with the apples of others and the resulting juice shared. Bring clean containers to take your juice away in for either immediate consumption or for freezing. Besides the juice there is a lot of pulp produced. This is excellent for your compost and/or your pigs, chickens or other apple-loving animals so . . . bring containers to take it away. Your compost should not miss out on this opportunity! If you bring your apples in plastic bins these can be used to take away the pulp. And, bring a small donation for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of the press and crusher.

If you have a significant crop of apples the equipment is available, for a donation, for residents to transport to their own property for pressing. We ask that you participate in a community pressing before taking away the equipment to use on your own. Tom Hobley has prepared a user-friendly manual with lots of photos.

Perhaps you don’t have any apples but just want to come along to witness this exciting part of the fall harvest. Please drop by between 10 am and 1 pm on October 7. You might just get a sample!

Hoping to see many of you apple lovers October 7. If you are bringing apples for pressing please arrive by noon. And, if you want to borrow the crusher and press please call Helen at (250) 539-5619, or if you have any other questions about the event.

Blue Carbon, Climate & the Oceans - Sat Oct 13

Presented by Colin Campbell, Marine Campaign Coordinator for the Sierra Club of BC. Hosted by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society.

7:30 pm at the Community Centre

Carbon stored in the natural sinks of coastal oceans is secure for millennia, and the conservation and restoration of the associated ecosystems could account for up to 10% of the emissions challenge.

Dr. Colin Campbell was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia where he trained in Zoology and Palaeontology, spending the late 60's and early 70's at the University of California Berkeley, acquiring his PhD.

He spent the 90's at the Australian National University working with an international climate change and sea level research program in Australia, Papua New Guinea and China and worked on the identification of environmental change following the arrival of humans in Australia and the central Pacific.

Presently, his time is occupied with climate change outreach on behalf of the Sierra Club and climate change issues in the context of Marine Use Planning.

For more on Dr. Campbell's biography go to:

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619

Monday Painters Art Show Opening - Fri Oct 5

The Monday Painters will be presenting their 3rd annual show of new works at the Library (Mayne Island Reading Centre) on Friday October 5th at 7:00 PM.

Our first show, in 2010, challenged us to work beyond our comfort levels and share our work with the community. The party was so much fun!

In 2011, we again presented our work and shared our growth with you.

Now, in 2012, we're hoping that you will again join us in celebration of our evolving skills and interests. We still work mostly in watercolour. Although you will notice that some people are no longer painting with us, others have joined the group. 

Participating artists in this show include: Cilla Brooke, Sally Ireland, Marta Izsak, Dell Maxwell, Jeannine Merinuk, Maureen Pearl, Yosh Tanaka, and Bev Whitney. 

Please come to the opening and see what you think this year. Have we achieved our goals of continuing to learn, becoming better or more interesting artists?

For further information please contact: Bev Whitney

Library Movie Night - Fri Oct 5

Mayne Island Library presents a public screening of the National Film Board's "Surviving Progress", 7:30 pm, Friday, October 5 at the Agricultural Hall.

Ronald Wright’s bestseller "A Short History of Progress" inspired this cinematic requiem to progress-as-usual. Throughout human history, what seemed like progress often backfired. Some of the world's foremost thinkers, activists, bankers, and scientists challenge us to overcome progress traps, which destroyed past civilizations and lie 
treacherously embedded in our own.

Admission and popcorn by donation.

For further information please contact Ed Pedersen (250) 539-3634

The Gift, performed by John Aitken & Gail Noonan - Sat Sep 29

John Aitken and Gail Noonan will be presenting their two person performance "The Gift" one more time on Mayne, Saturday, September 29, 7:30 PM at the Ag Hall (doors open at 7PM).

Everyone has a story. The Gift is one person’s journey through challenge and adversity. The fifty minute performance will be followed by a talking circle about this particular form of storytelling. You are welcome to stay and participate to whatever degree you feel comfortable.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at Happy Tides and the Trading Post starting September 15.

For further information please contact Gail Noonan (250) 539-3379,

Fall Tai Chi Classes begin Oct 1

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?

Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?

Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre.

Experienced 9:30 - 10:30, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45
$25 for the Fall Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee.
Fall Session begins Monday, October 1st.
For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted.

Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

One Man in His Time - Sat Sep 22

Mayne Island Little Theatre Presents "One Man in His Time - the War Years: 1940 - 1943" with Antony Holland.

Now in his nineties, Antony Holland is one of the last surviving veterans of the desert war in Egypt.  It is a war largely unknown in this country - an unusual war - a war without hate.

Over a million youngsters who survived that conflict returned home five years later.  They were men now, older, sadder, wiser.

As one of Canada's most respected actors, Mr. Holland offers up a rare piece of theatre: a personal and highly entertaining retrospective of that extraordinary time.

Tickets now on sale at the Home Building Centre and the Trading Post.
Doors at 6:30 - Performance 7:00 pm

For further information please contact Bernie Peets (778) 987-9062

Film - Death By Joy: An Escorted Journey - Sat Sep 22

Screening - Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

"Death By Joy: An Escorted Journey" is a candid story of one woman's choice to find joy in dying. Saying no to aggressive medical intervention, Mary embarks on a clear-headed quest for the true meaning of healing. Her unforgettable discoveries along the way can change profoundly your understanding of life, healing, and death.

This documentary film is produced by Pender Islanders Andrea and Jim Cribb. Jim will be on hand the night of the screening to answer questions and to share the experience of bringing Mary's remarkable journey to light.

It is, Jim states, "a film with no fluff; a documentary in the true sense of presenting a subject (in this case a difficult subject, for some even a taboo subject) as it unfolds, immersing you in the daily life of a woman, her family, and a community."

The film is touring the Southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island this fall; first stop is Mayne Island! By way of invitation to attend the screening, Jim says,"If you wish to engross yourself in a journey of discoveries, if you wish to break through the gauze of gloom and darkness that many cultures have wrapped around the most natural of human experiences, then do take in "Death By Joy". Rest assured you will come away from this film ultimately richer with a new outlook on dying. And living."

Admission is $10 at the door.

For more information about the film please visit or contact Jim Cribb

Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research - Sun Sep 16

Please join us at Miner's Bay Park for the Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research, Sunday, September 16.

Everyone is welcome: runners, bikers, hikers, walkers, strollers, kids, dogs, aunts, uncles, anyone and everyone who enjoys a morning outside and would like to support this worthwhile event!

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m.
Run/walk/etc. starts at 12:00 noon.

It'll be a great day; the Lions will have hot dogs and hamburgers, and of course Parks and Rec will be supplying free ice cream!

For further information please call Kathie or Colleen at (250) 539-2399.

A new, improved MayneNews submission form is here!

I'm happy to announce that I've just finished creating a new submission form, for those who want to promote their community events on Mayne Island. The old one, using a Google Docs form, was serviceable but sometimes difficult for people to use. This new one should be much easier for people to use to submit their event announcements to MayneNews.

I'm using an online form creation service called Wufoo, that makes it pretty easy to make and tweak online web forms. They offer a free account with some limitations that I'm taking advantage of.

I think their service is pretty slick and it reminds me a lot of the simplicity of MailChimp, which I've been using for a couple of years to generate, manage and send the MayneNews emails. MailChimp also offers a great free option for small scale and non-profit users like MayneNews.

I think the result looks quite nice and in my testing so far appear to work really well. Click here to see a pop-up version of the form. If that doesn't work, just click the radio tower to right of this post, where it says "Send your announcement using MayneNews" and you'll get a new web page showing the form.

Take a look at the form and let me know what you think.

MI Speaker Series Talk on e-Health - Thu Sep 13

Mayne Island Speakers Series Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

The first speaker in the Mayne Island Speakers Series fall season is Professor H. Dominic Covvey. His presentation, "Electronic Health (eHealth): The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" offers a balanced viewpoint on informatics and e-Technology in the health care system.

He addresses a number of questions. What is electronic health (eHealth)? What is it about health care that requires a digital infrastructure? What do we know about how effective the healthcare system is and how might it be improved and what are the value, risks and costs to Canadian taxpayers?

Admission is by donation. Refreshments and informal discussion to follow.

If you require help to attend please contact Assisted Living.

For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme, (250) 539-3027 or Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574.