Mayne Island Community Meeting

Mayne Island Community Meeting, Co-hosted by Elizabeth May, MP Saanich – Gulf Islands and Adam Olsen, MLA Saanich North and the Islands. Tuesday January 15, 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Join Adam and MP Elizabeth May to discuss federal and provincial issues on Mayne. Doors open at 6:30 PM and discussion begins promptly at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

More Information on Facebook: For any further information please contact Jonathon Dickie

posted December 2018

Series on Resilience: Starts Mon Jan 14

Resilience: the path through suffering to well being. An 8 week series. Starting Monday, January 14th to March 4th, from 10 am – 11:15 am or Wednesday, January 16th to March 6th 9 am – 10:15 am. At the Mayne Island Library.

This series will include weekly presentations, group discussions, and a 20 minute period of meditation. Attendance id limited to 10 people in each section. Please do not sign up if you ‘know’ you will be absent for more than 2 sessions. Cost – ‘Priceless’

Presented by Vicki Turay (250) 539-9946.

Resilience This term is sometimes defined as the ability to bounce back or to recover from trauma. What does it mean to be resilient on a personal, community and global level? During this series we will examine what science, psychology and spiritual traditions have to say about this subject. We will look at, and practice ways that we can train in developing resilience both within ourselves and in the larger world.

Each session will be comprised of an introduction, a period of silent meditation, and group discussion. If you have never meditated, this may be a good opportunity to try it.

The groups on Monday and Wednesday will be limited to 10 participants to allow for intimacy. It is not a drop-in. If you anticipate that you will miss more than 2 of the sessions, this is not the right time to take the series.

I will be your guide on this fearless journey. My qualifications are: a willingness to lead and a 30 year meditation practice.

To register or for further information please contact Vicki Turay by phone at (250) 539-9946, or email

posted December 2018

An Evening With Filmmaker Rob Butler: Sat Jan 12

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy for an engaging, enthusiastic and thoughtful evening of stories and understanding by renowned ornithologist, author, film maker and artist Dr. Rob Butler. We will start with the fascinating story of crow society followed by the showing of Dr. Butler’s most recent and stimulating film, "Returning", on the emergence of culture within the context of nature – Nature Culture.

Dr. Rob Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist. He holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). His research career began with the social behaviour of crows.

For over 40 years, Rob Butler watched, listened and lived among birds in the Salish Sea. He followed the birds into marshlands and along beaches of the Salish Sea and distant tropical lands. He met people of many cultures and he wrote and spoke about his discoveries. What emerged was a new view of nature that could inspire and transform the lives of all people.

He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.

In his presentation on Mayne Island he will speak on 2 of his favourite topics:

Society of Crows: From a remote island to the urban jungle, the ever popular, Society of Crows will take you on a journey into the mind of the crow to explore its complex social interactions.

Returning: Nature Culture: Rob will open with a short talk about a new vision and relationship with nature, Nature Culture that draws on the latest research into health and well being benefits, describes an emerging market for entrepreneurs, and steps to build a sustainable culture. He will follow with a preview of his latest film that will air on Knowledge Network in 2019 called "Returning". Co-produced with internationally acclaimed film maker Mike McKinlay, "Returning" is about a journey they took in search of nature infused culture in the Salish Sea.

For further information please contact Deb

posted December 2018

Building a Dream: an Art Show by Pam Carr: Sun Jan 27

Please join us at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Sunday, January 27, from 10 am to 4 pm for an Art Show by Pam Carr entitled Building a Dream, featuring abstract and fluid art. More information For further information please contact Pam Carr

posted December 2018

Come Join Us for Tai Chi: Starting Mon Jan 7

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 9:15 - 10:10 am, Experienced Beginners 10:20 – 11:15 am, New Beginners 11:25 am – 12:20 pm. $25 for the Winter Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter Session begins Monday, January 7. For more information and to register contact Dell at 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is an 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.

For further information please contact Dell Maxwell

posted December 2018

Tips for submitting your announcement to MayneNews

MayneNews is a Mayne Island service to help non-profit community groups promote their events and news to the Mayne Island community. 

There are two parts to MayneNews; the blog at, and the email list. 

Once submitted your announcement is posted on the MayneNews blog. Once a week, (usually Sundays) new announcements are sent via email to those who’ve subscribed to receive them. If you’re reading this, you’re looking at the MayneNews blog in a browser on your computer, phone or other device.

This service is provided by volunteer labour and at no charge to the community. Following these tips will save volunteer time in getting these announcements out, so you are urged to please try and do so.

Images & graphics: High quality eye-catching graphics are invaluable in the promotion of events and MayneNews urges everyone to use them. Text-only announcements have a lower response rate. In addition to filling in the MayneNews online submission form with the text of your announcement, send your graphics, photos etc. to

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Japanese Gardens Christmas Light-Up

Come and join us at the Japanese Garden from Saturday December 15th through to Tuesday January 1st and see this year's beautiful Christmas Light display. Open every evening from 5 pm - 7 pm, but closed on Christmas Eve. Admission is by donation.

For further information please contact Robyn

posted December 2018

Christmas Eve Bonfire: Mon Dec 24

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own mug for hot chocolate or apple cider to accompany some delicious treats! Carolling often breaks out and the air is filled with Christmas joy and laughter.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

posted December 2018

Wassail! Dec 19 & 20

Wassail! with Stephen Cropper - Elisabeth Jahren - Gail Noonan - Lael Whitehead. Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away. Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 pm & Thursday, December 20, 2 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island. Tickets: $20 (Including complementary beverage and goodies).
Available at Farm Gate Store & Home Hardware.

For further information please contact Stephen (250) 539-0445.

posted December 2018

Honour A Life: Fri Dec 14

Mayne Island Assisted Living Society's annual Honour A Life at the Japanese Gardens. Please join us at Japanese Gardens Friday, December 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm for our annual Honour of Life. Hot Cider and goodies to warm your hands and tummy and hands to to hang on the tree to warm your heart. It is a lovely event for the Christmas season.

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

posted December 2018

Community Choir Christmas Concerts: Sun Dec 16 & Tue Dec 18

A Solstice Christmas presented by the New Mayne Island Community Choir is the first of two concerts.

Sunday afternoon Dec 16th at the Community Centre at 1:30 pm and the second at St. Mary Magdalene Church at 7:30 pm on Tue Dec 18th. Please bring the entire family - cost is a simple donation of $10 or whatever you feel you can afford. Songs are for everyone to enjoy and showcase the choir at their best after working so hard all season.

There is an audience singalong with piano accompaniment too. A program is available for your group with your donation and you can use that program for the Tuesday performance as a ticket to get in free - good for only one person. This is truly a community event and the choir endeavours to make it accessible to all those in the spirit of giving at this time of year.

For further information please contact Leah Jones

posted December 2018

Nia Dance Movement Class: starts Wed Jan 9

Come and experience the joy of movement.

Diane Watson will be running a Nia dance movement class starting Wednesday January 9, 2019, 11 am -12:30 pm, at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Jan 9 is a free trial, and from Jan 16 on, $5. per class.

Nia is a low-impact physical conditioning and systemic movement class that is practiced barefoot to diverse music styles suitable to all ages and body types and that results in increased strength, flexibility, mobility, agility, and stability.

For further information please contact Diane Watson

posted December 2018

Bird Identification with Michael Dunn: Sat Dec 1

Did you know that winter is the best time to see shorebirds and waterfowl in the Gulf Islands?

Birding is both a passion and a practice that takes time to perfect. Winter on Mayne is the best time to see a large diversity of shorebirds, sea birds, gulls and waterfowl that we wouldn’t see at other times of the year. On December 1, 2018 1 - 4 pm at the Agricultural Hall, Michael Dunn will take you through a review of the wintering birds found on Mayne and its marine waters. He will highlight tips to identification, especially those species that are toughest to determine in winter plumage.

The session is interactive and will be geared to what’s most helpful to the participants. There will also be some simple tests to reinforce some of the tips. It is anticipated that the whole group will get a chance to go outside and practice during the session.

Small snacks and hot beverages will be provided after the event. Please come dressed for the weather, bring binoculars or spotting scopes and your favourite ID book or app. See you December 1st. For further information please contact Michael Dunn

posted November 2018

All Things Christmas Sale

On sale at the Thrift Shop on Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 am - 1 pm. Everything you need for festive entertaining, decorating and gifts. Decorations, lights, wreaths, serving dishes, mugs, tableware, ornaments...all reasonably priced.

Drop by the Mistletoe Market at the Agricultural Hall on December 8, 10 am - 2 pm for additional Christmas shopping. The Thrift Shop is open Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm year round for your shopping convenience. Across the road from the Ag Hall.

For further information please contact the Agricultural Society

posted November 2018

How to get your BC Referendum package if yours hasn't arrived

If you haven’t received a voting package, you have until midnight, November 23, 2018 to request one.

Everyone on Mayne Island should have received theirs by now, there are reports that some haven’t yet.

Here are 3 ways to get your package:

• visit to request one online

• call 1 (800) 661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 8 pm, Sat 9 am to 4 pm.)

• get one in person at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre. Find locations at

There are 2 locations in Victoria; 100 - 1112 Fort St, Victoria or 403 - 771 Vernon Ave, Gateway Village, Victoria

This referendum on electoral reform is important. MayneNews urges everyone to make sure they participate.

posted November 2018

Harmony Singing Workshop: Sun Nov 25

There is a Harmony Singing Workshop scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1 to 4 pm at the Community Centre. Fee: $25.

Victoria based Dale Rasmussen, an experienced community choir director, composer and fine musician, will lead the workshop. No experience reading music is necessary, just the desire to sing.

Please register in advance so we know this is a "go". Register: or call (250) 539-5506. For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom

posted November 2018

Christmas Bake Sale & Tea: Thu Dec 13

Please join us at Church House for a Christmas Bake Sale and Tea. We will also be selling Fashion Accessories. If you have any accessories you care to donate, please call MJ at (250) 539-3777 or Pat at (250) 539-5519. Open at 2 until 4 pm and admission is free. Enjoy a cup of tea and cookies.

For further information please contact Mary Jane Tiller

posted November 2018

It's a Wonderful Life: Nov 29, 30, Dec 1 & 2.

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life. A live radio play written by Joe Landry. Directed by Glenda Goodman and Jessica Easton.

Come see this timeless classic play to start off the holiday season. Tickets on sale now at the Trading post and Home Hardware. Thu Nov 29, Fri Nov 30, Sat Dec 1 at 8 pm. Sun Dec 2 matinee at 2 pm. For further information please contact Linda

posted November 2018

Film Night at the Ag Hall: Fri Nov 23

Mayne Island Library presents the NFB film "Pipelines, Power and Democracy" on November 23 at 7:30 at the Ag Hall. By donation, with delicious free popcorn.

This film, back by popular demand, presents the journeys of 4 people who follow their own pathways to effect change. All were involved in the successful fight against the oil tanker terminal at Cacouna, Quebec. This film challenges us all with the question: Who holds the real power for change?

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted November 2018

MI Garden Club Pot Luck & Talk: Thu Nov 15

On Thursday November 15, at the Ag Hall, the Mayne Island Garden Club invites you to our annual Holiday Pot Luck followed by a demonstration by Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions (Victoria) on how to create attractive seasonal outdoor planters for the festive season and beyond. Mark will also have a selection of his succulent plants for sale. The Pot Luck begins at 12 noon and the demonstration begins at about 1 pm. If you are coming to the Pot Luck, be sure to bring something to contribute to the table (enough for about 10 people).

For further information please contact Julie Schueck

posted November 2018

Parade of Lights: Sat Dec 8

Every year in early December we gather to celebrate the Parade of Lights where many different conveyances (anything on wheels will qualify) get decorated with Christmas finery and parade up Fernhill road to the mall parking lot where astute judges pick a winner for the best decorated conveyance.

The parade will follow the same route as the Fall Fair parade. Details are: parade marshalling 6 pm; start time 6:30 pm; Parade ends in the MayneStreet Mall parking lot. As usual there will be fairies and elves around with hot chocolate and other goodies.

Due to a change in the arrival of the Santa Ship there is a change of date for the Parade of Lights this year. December 8, 2018 is the chosen date. Mark your calendars and come out to support our well-lit neighbours (pun intended).

For further information please contact Jeff Hansen

posted November 2018

Mayne Island Lions Charter Night Dinner: Sat Nov 17

The Mayne Island Lions Club was chartered on November 3rd, 1971. Every year on the Best Saturday night in November we celebrate our beginning as a Lions Club.

Charter Night Tickets are available for the Public — This year, 2018, we celebrate Charter Night on November 17th in the Mayne Island School gymnasium.

Tickets may be purchased, in person, at Home Hardware, or, ordered by phone at (250) 539-9876, or, by e-mail from

Tickets for Lion Club members can also be purchased at the General Meeting, Wed. Nov. 7th, at the Ag Hall. Lions are given first dibs on tickets then the event is open to the public. A great evening with catered dinner, entertainment, presentation of Mayne Islander of the Year, music and dancing.

Please join us as, like Lions Clubs everywhere, the Mayne Island Lions Club celebrates the anniversary of its charter with a dinner and dance. The dinner and dance at the Mayne Island School gymnasium opens its doors shortly before 6 pm and catered dinner is served at 7 pm. The dinner is catered by some of our talented Lions.

For further information please contact John Glover

posted November 2018

Lions Santa Ship & Christmas Turkey Bingo: Sat Dec 15

Please note: the Santa Ship will arrive a week later than usual on December 15th at 2:30 pm at the Miners Bay Dock.

The Christmas Turkey Bingo will be 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall. (Doors open 7 pm).

In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys, or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Pacific Northwest, access to the mainland is limited – and children rarely have the chance to visit Santa.

The Lions Step In. Lions Clubs in the Pacific Northwest saw the need, and wanted to do something to make the holidays happier. “The kids on the islands didn’t have transportation to and from the big cities,” according to Don Wight of the Bellingham Lions Club. “One of the islands asked if a boat that had lights on it could possibly come out to the islands with candy and toys for the kids.”

That marked the beginning of the Christmas Ship. Every December for the past 70 years, Santa has suited up and stepped off the Christmas Ship to bring gifts and joy to people living in remote islands off the coast of Bellingham, Washington in the United States and British Columbia, Canada. The Santa Ship sails from Bellingham WA to the Southern Gulf Islands bearing gifts and Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and assorted dressed-up helpers. The motley crew aboard the Santa Ship are all Lion volunteers from various clubs that compete for the privilege of being a participant. Pirates and clowns and assorted merrymakers including a choral group all share in this wonderful opportunity for our island children. Each year is marked by a special Christmas ornament available for sale at each stop. Everything helps to keep the "ship afloat".

The Santa Ship returns to the Gulf Islands every mid-December. Hosted by Lions Club International, the stops include Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Salt Spring Island. Additional stops happen in the following day across the San Juan Islands in the other side of the border. Usually a Unit of the Royal Canadian Marine - Search and Rescue - in their high performance rescue craft are part of the safety escort.

For further information please contact John Glover

posted November 2018

Banquo Folk Ensemble: Sat Nov 24

Join us for an afternoon of lively and lyrical ancient and traditional music with five-member ensemble, Banquo Folk Ensemble. Voice, cittern, harp, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, shawm, vielle, percussion and more!

Saturday, November 24th 3 PM, St. Mary Magdalene Church. Tickets $20, at the door, or in advance at Farm Gate Store. For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

posted November 2018

Lions Single Seniors Night: Wed Dec 12

Lions Single Seniors Night is one of the Club's favourite events. It takes place each year in early December and offers single seniors (over 65 years) a complimentary Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and wine. Usually about 35 seniors and a similar number of Lions and their spouses sign up, so the Ag Hall , which is decorated for the occasion, is packed and lively.

Not even severe weather disrupts this tradition. A few years ago, during a blizzard, seniors made their way to the Wild Fennel restaurant, in many cases thanks to rides provided by Lions. Over 60 happy revelers packed the restaurant to enjoy dinner and good fellowship. It's a tradition that seniors sit with Lions and their spouses, and are introduced by a Lion. After dinner, there is live entertainment and carol-singing. Of course, when "Here comes Santa" is sung, the Jolly Fellow himself appears, with his helper, to hand out gifts to all the seniors. Sometimes poinsettias adorn the table and guests get to take these home as well. All in all, it is a wonderful time for everyone. The guests enjoy and appreciate a great Christmas meal that they might not have cooked for themselves. Many take the time to write and thank us .

How to get involved. Volunteers are needed on the day to help set up and decorate the tables, greet guests, and in some cases provide transportation for the guests. Volunteers can also help the Planning Committee in purchasing gifts, telephoning riders for pick-up, and other jobs.

For further information please contact John Glover

posted November 2018

Mayne Island Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 14

This year's Flu Clinic is scheduled for Wednesday November 14th between 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot. If you are eligible for a free flu shot, please bring your CareCard to the local Influenza Clinic.

For information visit or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. To find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot visit If you are not eligible please contact your family physician or local pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted November 2018

2019 Mayne Island Phone Book Ads

Please consider advertising in the Mayne Island Phone Book Yellow Pages. As well as being a great way of connecting with your customers, the Phone Book is major fund raising project for the Mayne Island Lions that benefits many other local charities, events and activities. And it's a great way for your business to show to the community that you support these causes.

Deadline for booking new ads and/or changes is December 1st.

Commercial Advertisers (Yellow Pages)
Existing Customers
1. No changes  to your ad:
You should have received your renewal invoice. Payment deadline is Dec 1.
2. Changes to your ad but not to its size:
Submit your changes to Alea Design & Print by Dec. 1.
3. Changes to your ad AND the ad size:
Complete the on-line form at or complete the form found in the phonebook (centre, in front of yellow pages) and leave it at the Gulfport Realty Free Mail addressed to Lions Club noting that it is a “Changed Ad”. Deadline: Dec 1.

New Customers
Complete the on-line form. Any questions contact or call (250) 539-5361.

Job Posting - Community Centre Activities Coordinator

The Mayne Island Community Centre Society is seeking an activities coordinator to promote and manage event bookings and programs offered at the centre. Reporting to the board of directors, the coordinator is the first point of contact and liaison for all aspects of the centre’s operations.

Application Closing Date: November 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Position Start Date: December 2018. Hours of Work: Flexible; approximately 20-30 hours per month with seasonal variation. Wage: $600 per month.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Promote and market the centre’s facilities and programs to members and the public
• Act as the main contact person for members, instructors, current and prospective event hosts; troubleshoot and problem solve when issues arise
• Maintain and coordinate user bookings; manage the calendar and website; monitor and respond to email and phone requests promptly
• Provide administrative support to the board of directors as well as advise on operational issues as requested
• Manage and operate the centre’s equipment; liaise with facilities caretakers when necessary
• Other duties as required

• Demonstrated organization, time and general management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Administration, record keeping and document management skills
• Ability to work independently and show initiative
• Friendly and approachable personality, team player, reliable and dependable
• Ability to bend and lift up to 50 lbs
• Foodsafe, Serving it Right, First Aid are assets

To Apply: Email resume and expression of interest to For further information also email Jon Sanders

posted November 2018

Mayne Mushroom Muster: Sat Nov 3

It’s shaping up to be a great year for fungi! We hope you’ll join us for a Mayne Island tradition; the Mayne Mushroom Muster. Saturday November 3rd from 1 - 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

If you haven’t joined us before, this is an opportunity to check out the amazing diversity of mushrooms on Mayne Island. We encourage you to bring in samples for discussion and identification with the help of other local mushroom enthusiasts.

There will be prizes for largest mushroom and most diverse collection. For further information please contact Don E

posted October 2018

Grant Lawrence: Music and Stories: Sat Nov 10

CBC Broadcaster and acclaimed author Grant Lawrence is coming to Mayne Island for an evening of stories and songs.

Joining him is some local talent, Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers, Lauren Mann and Luke Wallace. Come and join us for a fantastic evening.

Tickets available at Farm Gate, Home Hardware and the Trading Post. Show time, 7:30 pm.

For further information please contact Michele Steele

posted October 2018

Mayne Island Local Election Results

Illustration © 2014 Jim Traversy

Official Election Results as of 1:30 pm Sun Oct 21

Mayne Island Local Trust Area Trustees
Jeannine Dodds, 420 votes. Elected.
David Maude, 268 votes. Elected.
Brian Crumblehulme, 266 votes.
Christie Meers, 99 votes.

Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director
David Howe, 1223 votes. Elected.
Ken Hancock, 1075 votes.

Mayne Island Board of Trustees of School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands)
Janelle Lawson, elected by acclamation.

posted October 2018

Annual Harvest Supper: Wed Oct 24

Please join us for our Annual Harvest Dinner at St Mary's Church House on Wednesday, October 24th.

Two Seatings - 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

Tickets $10 and available at Farm Gate Store or please call MJ (250) 539-3777 or Pat (250) 539-5519.

posted October 2018

Mayne Island Speakers Series: Sat Oct 27

Saturday, October 27th, At the Ag Hall 7:30 pm.

Does Life Really Speed Up As We Get Older?
Guest Speaker: Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson's professional and academic experience has largely focussed on how change occurs for organizations and individuals. His talk will consider how social and personal change occurs, and why "generational change" is likely the most enduring.

Peter holds a Doctor of Social Sciences, a Masters of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He has a long history of humanitarian work, and served most recently as CEO at the David Suzuki Foundation.
He and his wife, Christine Weber own Hedgerow Farm on Mayne Island where they actively combine agriculture and conservation in their long term vision for the property.

Join us at 7 pm for refreshments before the talk. Admission is by donation. For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

posted October 2018

Exploring Painting Through Yoga: Sun Nov 11

Two longtime friends Corre Alice and Donna Williams come together to share their passions in this offering. A day of exploring the commonality between the practice of yoga and the abstract study of form and figure in acrylic painting.

Developing an understanding and curiosity of how these two practices can inform and support each other, we will spend the morning exploring various limbs of yoga, pranayama, asana and dyhana. Drawing from this quiet inner landscape we cultivate an intuitive expression of that which manifests as we expand into an afternoon of painting.

Sunday November 11th 9 am – 4:30 pm, Mayne Island Community Centre.
Fee $85 includes lunch, supply list provided upon registration.
To register or for further information contact or

Corre Alice is a professional artist and enjoys leading workshops. Her work is represented by several galleries throughout BC.

Donna Williams has been teaching yoga on Mayne Island for the past decade, she offers retreats locally and internationally.

posted October 2018

Lorna Moffat, Textile Artist - Talk: Tue Oct 16

The Mayne Island Quilters are excited to host textile artist Lorna Moffat for a presentation on her work and travels on Tuesday, October 16 at the Community Centre, at 1:30 pm.. Please join us. Entrance fee is $2.

Lorna grew up in Scotland, and has lived in Turkey, Borneo and South Africa, before moving to Vancouver in 2012.

Her work has been sold and displayed around the UK and North America, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Liberty and Bergdorf Goodman NY. She uses wool melton as a base for her fabulous fabric collages.

Visit Lorna's website at to see her work.

For further information please contact Darryl Golding (250) 539-5122.

posted October 2018

South Pacific Adventure Night: Fri Oct 26

AMIB (Association of Mayne Island Boaters) invites the Mayne Island community to the first of the new season's boating Film Nights on Friday, October 26th.

Norm and Beth Cooper will be presenting their South Pacific Adventure slide show at 7 pm at the Ag Hall. Admission is $10. AMIB members free.

Norm and Beth are Mayne Island residents who have been featured in Pacific Yachting magazine. They have made many presentations about their blue water travels aboard their yacht Sarah Jean II. Hope to see you there!

For further information please contact Cliff Kiyooka

posted October 2018

2018 Local Elections Information

Important information for the upcoming elections for Islands Trust Trustees and SGI Electoral Area/CRD Director on Mayne Island.

When: Advance polls: Wednesdays Oct 10th and Oct 17th, 8 AM - 8 PM.
General Voting Day: Saturday Oct 20th, 8 AM - 8 PM.

Where: Mayne Island Community Centre
Off-island voting alternatives: Advance polls: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC.
General Voting Day: Richmond Secondary School, Richmond, BC

Who can vote?
Resident electors: Renters & owners who live on Mayne
Canadian citizens at least 18 years old.
BC residents for at least 6 months and Mayne Island residents for at least 30 days.

Non-resident property electors: Owners of property on Mayne who live elsewhere
Canadian citizens at least 18 years old.
BC residents for at least 6 months.
Own/hold registered title to property on Mayne for at least 30 days.
Do not qualify as resident electors.

Are you registered? If not, you may register at the time of voting.

Bring id with you. Two documents proving your identity and residence. One must have your signature.

Good info here:

Here are a few more details that may be helpful for participation in the upcoming local election…

Citizenship, age (18 yrs), residency and ownership requirements (6 months in BC & 30 days on Mayne) are measured relative to General Voting Day (October 20, 2018).

The regulations governing non-resident property electors are complicated. For example:
• Non-resident property electors who own two or more properties on Mayne may vote in relation to only one of those properties.
• For co-ownership among non-resident property electors, only one non-resident owner may vote, and at the time of registration/voting that person must present written consent (with original signatures) of the majority of other owners designating that owner as their elector.
• Corporations, businesses or individuals who are on title with corporations are not entitled to vote.
• For more information, check this website:

The Provincial voters list will be used for Resident Electors.
If you are not sure you are on that list, try calling one of the following offices to check.
• CRD Legislative Services, Victoria – (250) 360-3127; 1 (800) 663-4425, local 3127.
• Islands Trust, Victoria, (250) 405-5151

If your name is not on the Provincial list of resident electors, you must register to vote when you come to the polling station. (See ID requirements below.)

The CRD maintains a list of Non-Resident Property Electors for the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area. To see if you are already on that list contact CRD Legislative and Information Services during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), (250) 360-3127, or 1 (800) 663-4425, local 3127.

Identification requirements to register:

To register as a resident elector at the time of voting, you must provide two documents proving your identity and residence. one of those documents must have a signature. You may use
• BC driver’s licence
• BC ID card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
• BC CareCard or Gold CareCard
• Request for Continued Assistance form SDES8
• Social Insurance Card (Canada)
• Citizenship Card (Canada)
• Real property tax notice (municipal or rural)
• Credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution
• Utility bill
For more examples of valid identity documents, refer to

To register as a non-resident property owner you must present evidence of the legal description of the property in relation to which you are registering to vote (e.g., title certificate, property tax notice, recent title search; these documents must show the names of all registered owners). There will be a form to fill out. There is also a form to use when serving as the designated elector for multiple-owner properties. The forms are available at

Mail ballot voting: Voting by mail is an option if an elector has a disability, illness or injury that precludes getting to the voting place or an elector will be absent on the advance and general voting days. For mail ballot information, see:

If you have other questions, answers may be found in this comprehensive online guide to local elections in BC:

For other enquiries or concerns, contact Herbie Rochet, presiding officer on Mayne Island for this election: or (778) 977-7278.

posted October 2018

Casting Call for MILT Play: Mon Oct 8

A live Radio Play (yup, with scripts in hand) by Joe Landry. Directed by Glenda Goodman & Jessica Easton.

Production Dates - November 29, 30 & December 1, 2.

We are casting for 4 males and 3 females. Each character has multiple characters to
read - so try out that voice. Monday, October 8 - 7 pm Ag Hall for cast. Wednesday, October 10 - 7 pm  Ag Hall for cast & crew*.

*If we can’t cast all parts on Monday here’s another chance - plus we need crew for set, advertising, music, lights, props, hair, makeup, costumes, & house.

This should be a fun production, we hope you give it a try. For more info please call or email Glenda (250) 539-5432, or Jessica  (250) 539-2123,

posted October 2018

Fall Native Plant Sale: Sat Oct 13

On Saturday October 13th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall Grounds, the Mayne Island Conservancy will be holding the Fall Native Plant Sale. Come down and see our excellent selection of native plants, all of which have been grown on-island from locally collected seeds or cuttings.

Experienced staff and volunteers will be available to help you choose the right plant for the right place. Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs so that they can establish roots before the summer drought.

If you hold current membership with the Mayne Island Conservancy, you are invited to pre-order plants for pickup on the date of the sale. Sales will be on a first come first serve basis, as stock of some of our species it limited.

Check out our availability and pricing on our website: For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted September 2018

Mayne Island Apple Festival: Sat Oct 6

Mayne Island celebrates all things apple at the Farmers' Market, Saturday October 6 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Ag Hall grounds.

It's time for the Annual Community Apple Squeeze (max. 2 boxes/ bring your own bottles). Special apple treats provided by market vendors. Look forward to a display of local apples, a chance to vote for Mayne's Best-Tasting Apple, a cider-making display, examples of delicious apple-preparing possibilities from soup to pie, plus apple information, apple games, apple fun for everyone.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. Proceeds & extra juice goes to the Mayne Island Food Bank. For further information please contact Trish Hoff

posted September 2018

Giambori on Thanksgiving Weekend: Oct 7 & 8

We will be playing again this year with Daphne Moody , an English violinist who you all enjoyed , last Autumn. She flies over on Monday 1st, when we will be starting our rehearsals. The group will be augmented from the piano quartet that we quite often use, to include two more colleagues of Eric Wilson, our cellist - a singer and saxophonist.

Tickets are sold at the usual places -let me know if you would like to attend a rehearsal. For further information please contact Chris, or (250) 885-0365.

posted September 2018

Film Night at the Ag Hall: Fri Sep 28

Prize-winning short films by Indigenous directors will be presented Friday, September 28 at 7:30 at the Ag Hall. The Library is sponsoring this NFB event and entrance is by donation. As usual, delicious free popcorn!

The films include "Three Thousand" , an artistic look at the Inuit universe by artist Asinnajaq; "The Mountain of Sgaana", a magical journey into the Haida underworld; "To Wake up the Nakota Language", about rediscovering one's language and self; "Holy Angels", presenting the residential school experience from a child's viewpoint and the resilience of a people who have found ways to heal; and "The River", the first hand perspective of people searching for a loved one who has disappeared.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted September 2018

Old Man and The Vultures: Wed Sep 26

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy on September 26th at 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall for a presentation by Naturalist Dave Manning about the 3 Vultures of North America, with special emphasis on a Turkey Vulture nest site on Pender Island that was observed from mating to migration.

Dave, a birder for over 50 years, fell in love with vultures at age 65 when he stumbled upon a small Turkey Vulture chick peeking out of its nest cave. His Turkey Vulture book will be available for viewing and signing. Dave lived on Mayne Island long ago, taught in the one room school at that time, and monitored Bald Eagle and Osprey nests on Mayne.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted September 2018

New Mayne Island Choir First Rehearsal: Wed Sep 19

Singing enthusiasts are getting together on Wednesday 19th to inaugurate a new choir on Mayne Island at the Community Centre, beginning at 7:30. Everyone is welcome - all voices, all abilities (no auditions!) There will be a short discussion about the start time of future rehearsals, and other items of a business nature after which Leah Jones our conductor, new to the island on that very day, will be introduced.

After careful vocal warm up routines we'll run through music selected from repertoire familiar to members of last year's M.I. Singers, the Community Choir or both! Leah will likely bring something new for us to work on. We will learn part by part as we go and practice files will be available before our second rehearsal.

Singing is good for your health, both mental & physical - and singing in a group is even better! For further information please contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673.

posted September 2018

Monday Painters Art Show: Sep 14 - 16

Join the Monday Painters for a celebration of our recent work. Opening Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 pm, at the Ag Hall. The show is open on Saturday, September 15, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, September 16, 10 am  to 3 pm.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney

posted September 2018

Monday Evening Fitness Returns Mon Sep 10

Monday evening Fitness returns at the Community Centre starting Monday September 10, 2018. Drop-in from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Strength and stretch class from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This class concentrates on resistance exercises and stretching with a little bit of cardio mixed in. You pick the weights to use, so anyone with basic fitness can participate.

If you have a card for Community Centre Fitness, this session can be used on the card. Costs for drop-in are $5. Costs for class drop-in is $10.

For further information please contact Dave Ewanchuk

posted September 2018

Mayne Island Music Society AGM: Mon Sep 24

The Mayne Island Music Society Annual General Meeting will be on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7 pm at the Mayne Island Library.

Please come out to join us, as we talk about music updates and future plans for the Music Society. For further information please contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-0444.

posted September 2018

MIPATA AGM: Sat Sep 15

Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association 2018 AGM will be at 3 pm, in Mayne Island Conservancy Society's Resource room upstairs at 478 Village Bay Road (Root Seller). Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments available.

For further information please contact Irene

posted September 2018