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.

Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting - Sat Sep 15

The Silver Maynes Society of Mayne Island will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, September 15 at the Ag Hall, Miners Bay, at noon.

There will be a light lunch followed by a business meeting, where we shall review the activities of the Society for 2011-12.

An election will be held for a new executive and we shall map out our future role on Mayne Island.

Both members and would-be members are urged to attend.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

MI Health Centre Assoc Health Series - Fri Sep 14

Dr. Bob Crossland and Leanne Rowand, NP will be speaking at the Agricultural Hall on Friday, September 14, 2012, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm on "Palliative Care, Relationships With Your Care Providers and the Importance of Advance Health Care Planning".

Please come and join us for an opportunity to discuss this difficult topic that affects us all in many ways - personal, family and friends.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Series of Public Meetings for Gulf Islands/Trans-Canada Trail Proposal

On Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 pm at the Ag Hall, there will be a public meeting to discuss the concept of an “Experience the Gulf Islands” project and inclusion to the Trans Canada Trail system. A series of meetings will be held leading up to the October 24th meeting.

This is an initiative that 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 vehicle traffic.

A group of community members have been meeting to develop a conceptual plan for the Mayne Island component and are inviting others in the community to participate in developing this proposal for presentation to the Mayne Island community on the 24th. The Experience the Gulf Island concept has been fully endorsed by the CRD and will be a major component of the Economic Development Commission that has been recently created.

This is a genuine opportunity to develop new green infrastructure and improve on existing marine and trail facilities. Public input is welcome at our next meeting at 7:30 Wednesday, September 12 at the church house. Additional meetings will be held every second Wednesday leading up to the public meeting on October 24th. (Sept 12th, Sept 26th & Oct 10th).

Please notify Brian Crumblehume at or Brian Dearden at if you will be attending the Wednesday meeting. For further information about this project please contact them.