All Candidates Meeting - Fri May 3

There will be an all candidates meeting on Friday, May 3 at the Ag Hall from 1 - 3pm. This is an opportunity to listen to the candidates, ask your questions and assist you in finding the candidate that will best represent you and your community in the upcoming Provincial election.

Question format:
• We will provide question forms for the audience to write the question down.
• The question sequence will be determined by a draw.
• The form will be handed to and the question will be asked by the individual that submitted the question.
• All questions will be directed to all candidates and each candidate will be given 1 minute to respond.
• Please keep your questions brief and precise.
• All questions must deal with specific Policy, Issues or Procedure, Not Individuals.
• If a question is deemed inappropriate it will be disallowed.

For further information please contact David Maude

Diabetes, what you need to know - Thu May 9

Chuck Pusateri, a volunteer from the Canadian Diabetes Society will be speaking about the increasing risks of pre-diabetes and diabetes. One in 4 Canadians is living with pre-diabetes or diabetes. Chuck will be sharing information on prevention, early identification of pre-diabetes, and what we can do to stay as healthy as possible.

Come join the Mayne Island Health Centre Association at the Agricultural Hall on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Refreshments served. Donations welcomed.

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

Annual Baking Sale, Plant Sale and Tea - Sat May 11

On Mother's Day weekend, come to the annual Silver Maynes Baking and Plant Sale, and relax at afternoon tea.

The Tea and Baking Sale is in the historical Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay, Mayne Island, on Saturday, May 11, from 1 pm until the last customer leaves.

Tea, with all the trimmings, costs only $5.00. Baked goods donated by the fine cooks of Mayne Island.

For further information please contact or

The Plant Sale will be next door at the Agricultural Hall fairgrounds.

There will be a wonderful array of plants for sale! With each purchase, buyers will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a beautiful hanging basket. Children and the young at heart can learn to build a hanging basket for Mom for only $10.00. Everyone welcome. Sale begins at 1 p.m. and continues until the last customer leaves.

For further information on the Plant Sale please contact Kit Mitchell

Opening of the 2013 Tennis Season - Sun May 5

Opening Day for the 2013 season of the Mayne Island Tennis Society will be on May 5th from 10 AM to 1 PM.

We will have fun activities on the tennis courts with prizes and free refreshments. You can sign up for this coming tennis season and we have a special offer during the month of May for first time members - half price membership fees.

For further information please contact Carol Ashwell

Book Launch for Island Authors - Sat Apr 27

Please join Lael Whitehead, Debbie Bowles and Helen O'Brian at the Community Centre, Saturday April 27 at 4:30 pm for the joint launch of their recently published books for all ages, but particularly for children.

Lael's book, Kaya Stormchild, is a novel set in a landscape evocative of BC’s coast. It is a gripping adventure story imbued with an earth-centred spirituality.

Debbie Bowles not only illustrated Helen's book but has just published a picture book called Lucy in the Sky inspired by her love of nature and written whilst experiencing a rather challenging west coast winter in the forest.

Fin's Swim: 21 Days on the Fraser River, is a recent work of non-fiction by Helen. It is the story of marathon swimmer Fin Donnelly's 1,400 kilometer swim down the Fraser River. Natural history, ecology, European and First nations history, industry, settlement and development are woven into the adventure, giving the reader a sense of the power and importance of the river to British Columbia.

Please celebrate with us and with Fin, now an NDP Member of Parliament, who will be joining us. Delicious refreshments will be available.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Whacky Weather, Food Fragility and Compassionate Climate - Mon Apr 22

Join Pender Island teacher Julie Johnston (trained with Al Gore and the Climate Reality Leadership Corps last summer) as she presents Mr. Gore's 50 minute slide show to us on Earth Day, with discussion to follow. In this slideshow Al Gore provides evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.

Julie will be joined by her husband, Dr. Peter Carter, a retired physician who has studied and synthesized climate change research for over 20 years.

7pm at the Agricultural Hall, Mayne Island.

This is a Mayne Island Conservancy Society sponsored event. Visit the MICS web site

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

MIHCA Annual General Meeting - Sat Apr 20

Notice of Annual General Meeting, Mayne Island Health Centre Association

Saturday, April 20th 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Church House

Show your support for health and wellness on Mayne Island!

MIHCA memberships available at the door.

For further information please contact Cilla Brooke (250) 539-3553

BC Ferries Info Session about replacing the Queen of Nanaimo - Thu Apr 25

BC Ferries will be holding information sessions around the coast and islands to discuss the proposed replacement vessel for the Queen of Nanaimo.

Of interest to Mayne Islanders will be their meeting on Mayne which will be held Thursday, April 25 2013, at the Mayne Island Community Centre from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Story boards explaining strategy, vessel design and project timelines will be supplemented with a question and answer period.

Visit beginning Monday April 22 where there will be an email address to submit comments or email Peter Simpson, Director, Fleet Operations Strategy at

For further information please contact Elma (250) 539-5970 or

NFB Film Night - The Chocolate Farmer - Fri Apr 19

The Mayne Island Library presents a public screening of the NFB new release, “The Chocolate Farmer"

In an unspoiled corner of Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation as did his Mayan ancestors, as a steward of the land. The film captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is dramatically changing around them. A lament for cultures lost, The Chocolate Farmer challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress.

7:30 PM Friday, April 19, at the Ag Hall

Admission and popcorn by donation

For further information please contact David Chase

MI Assisted Living Annual General Meeting - Thu Apr 18

Mayne Island Assisted Living Society Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers.

Thursday, April 18th at 10 am at the St. Mary Magdalene Church House.

Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530

BC Lieutenant Governor visits Mayne Island - Thu Apr 18

Her Honour Judith Guichon, The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia will be on Mayne Island for a day of meetings and sightseeing on Thursday April 18th.

Please join Her Honour for a Mayne Island Pot-luck Dinner 5:30 pm at the Mayne School Gym.

There will be a display of art work and a program of entertainment for all the family. Bring a dish, meet the Lt Governor and help make this a great celebration evening of Mayne Island culture.

Please note: her Honour will be arriving at the school at 5:30 pm so the driveway will be closed for 10 minutes for security. Please plan to arrive before 5:30.

For more information call Brian Crumblehulme at (250) 539-3027.

New To You Sale - Wed Apr 10

What? New To You.

When? Wednesday April 10 from 10 AM - 12 Noon.

Where? Church House, St. Mary Magdalene Church, 360 Georgina Point Road.

Clothing for men and women! Fashion accessories too!

Coffee and homemade muffins served and homemade muffins to buy.

Donations happily accepted at the Church House, Sunday, April 7 from 10 am - 12 noon, Monday, April 8 from 2 pm - 3 pm and April 9 after 4 pm.

Call Peggy (250) 539-3184 or (604) 868-0552 for other arrangements.

Proceeds go to charities such as Mustard Seed and Victoria Human Exchange.

For further information please contact Peggy (250) 539-3184

Mayne Island Youth Park Survey

The Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission has created an ad-hoc committee to determine if there is enough interest in building a new park on Mayne Island that focuses on the youth of Mayne Island residents.

Our parks have done a great job at providing locations and equipment for the little children to enjoy, but the older children are limited in outdoor activity. The initiative is to gather enough support from our community and visitors through the survey to encourage Mayne Island Parks & Recreation to support and move forward with the project. The park's focus will be on the adolescent ages of our community with skateboarding and BMX elements, as well as a hangout place for them to congregate and socialize.

Click on the following link depending on which category you are in.

Resident Youth Survey
Visitor Youth Survey
Resident Adult Survey
Visitor Adult Survey

Survey deadline May 1, 2013.

For further details about Youth Park Plans phone Christie Meers (250) 507-2761or email

We need your support creating a new Youth Park on Mayne Island!

Pictures of Easter Festivities at Dinner Bay

Photographer Toby Snelgrove has offered his photos from the March 31st Easter Festivities at Dinner Bay Park for viewing and downloading.

Check out the pictures here.

Lots of very cute pictures of kids having fun, like the one on the left here.

Demystifying Dementia and Brain Health - Thu Apr 11

Irene Barnes is returning, as requested at her last presentation, for an interactive session on learning more about brain health and dementia care.

From her experience as a clinician and a consultant she will help us learn how to enter the world of the person with dementia as well as the importance of self care.

Please join Mayne Island Health Centre Association at the Ag Hall on Thursday April 11, 2013 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm to learn more about this challenging health concern.

Donations welcomed. Refreshments served.

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