Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 7

Mayne Island's Seedy Saturday is on Saturday February 7, 2015, from 1 to 4 pm at the Mayne Island Ag Hall.

Bring your saved seeds, plants, cuttings and tubers for exchange with others. There will also be a speaker's corner providing interesting insights and tips as well as a Mason Bee display. Something for everyone who is starting to think about their 2015 gardens.

This event is co-presented by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society, the Mayne Island Garden Club and the Mayne Island Agricultural Society.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted January 2015

Film Night at the Ag Hall - Hi Ho Mistahey: Fri Feb 6

The Mayne Island Library presents this feature-length documentary, in which Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen’s Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

This is an example of "the power of one" and the courage and determination of a young First Nations girl to fight for, and achieve, quality education for her community.

Admission and Popcorn by donation.

For further information please contact David Chase

posted January 2015

MIALS - Community Meeting: Tue Jan 20

The Mayne Island Assisted Living Society’s (MIALS) Board would like to expand the services we offer to younger people here on the island, particularly young families who are experiencing life’s challenges.

As a community member, we would value your input on what we could offer, training that would be beneficial and how we can attract younger people to become volunteers.

We have scheduled a meeting for 7 pm on Tuesday, January 20th at the lower level of the Health Centre.

If you would like a ride to the meeting please give us a call. For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530.

posted January 2015

Burns Supper: Sat Jan 24

January 24th at the Agricultural Hall.

Celebrate Scotland’s Bard, Robbie Burns, with an evening of feasting, great music, lively dancing and general merriment, Scottish style!

Potluck dinner (haggis provided!), piper, toasts, singalong, and ceilidh dancing to Scottish duo, The Slow Pokes, and caller JD Erskine.

Bring a dish to share and BYOB. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Advanced Tickets Only - $15 at the Trading Post.

For further information please contact Vicki

posted January 2015

Mayne Island Reading Challenge: Jan 1 to Jun 21

As part of the Truth and Healing/Reconciliation process, the Mayne Island Library and the bookstore are challenging the community to read Thomas King’s “The Inconvenient Indian” between January 1st and June 21st (National Aboriginal Day). During that time we hope to have at least 100 Mayne Islanders read and respond to the book.

For more information and to find out how to be part of the Reading Challenge, check the December and January Library Notes column in the Mayneliner or stop in at the Library (411 Naylor Road) or at Miners Bay Books (at Fernhill Centre).

Join Us. Be part of the process! For any additional information please contact: Judi Walker

Update January 4, 2015: CBC Radio 1, province-wide show North By Northwest featured an interview with Mayne Island's John Aitken today. John speaks about how the 2015 Reading Challenge came about and speaks about Thomas King's book, The Inconvenient Indian and why he thinks Mayne Islanders and others should take up the challenge and read the book.

Listen to the interview below:

Check this out on Chirbit

posted December 2014

Free Emergency Volunteer Training: Jan 7 & 28

Mark your calendars for Wed Jan 7 and Wed Jan 28, 2015. We will be holding afternoon training sessions for "Reception Centre" Operation and "Registration & Referral" forms respectively. 1 to 4 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. There is no charge for these courses. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please register for one or both courses now. We need to plan for enough material (and chairs). Please email or call 1 (250) 508-3002. Many have had some training, however, the more people that are trained in multiple areas the better; and those who have taken these courses are welcome to take a "refresher”.

In a small community such as Mayne Island, volunteers may be asked to do any number of different tasks depending on the incident, from a single house fire to a severe winter storm and long power outage.

All members of Mayne Island's Emergency Program are Volunteers who serve on various teams: Team leaders are Mayne Island Coordinator and Deputy: Gerrie Wise, Irene Barrett, Duty Officers: Harold K, Vicki T, David R, Irene & Nigel B, Communications: Herbie & Bernard R, John C, Harry L, Neighbourhood coordinator: Evan M, Food Services: Pat G, Emergency Social Services: Maureen P, Brian C, Glenda G, Janet G. Specific roles that need to be filled are ESS Director, Reception Centre Manager and more Duty Officers. If you have any questions or require more information about your Emergency program, please contact:

Gerrie Wise,
Mayne Island Emergency Program Co-ordinator
cell: 1 (250) 508-3002 Tel: (250) 539-5148

posted January 2015