Member Group News

Following a three day art program for youth held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, the SCCA will be auctioning off a collaborative painting by Rogest and his students.

Rogest, an international marine artist now living in Sechelt, taught his unique “dot” method of art creation, and at the same time educated students on how to keep our environment and oceans healthy. The painting, shown below, will be sold to raise funds for the SCCA.

The Friends of Gospel Rock Society held their annual general meeting on March 26. The new board consists of six members: Patricia Braithwaite (Chair), Brad Benson, Lee Haffner, Catherine McManus, Suzanne Senger, and George Smith. The contributions of outgoing board members Janet Genders, Jan Schuks, and Lola Westell were noted with sincere appreciation.

The new streamlined board plans to keep building on the recent positive steps taken by Gibsons Council to eliminate waterfront housing from the Neighbourhood Plan and to increase environmental protections. The board pledged to support the strongly expressed sentiments of the community for a responsible, sustainable Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan by working with Gibsons Council, the residents of Gibsons and Area E, and the property owners to ensure it results in a reality we can all be proud of.

Also in the works is a plan for a summertime party celebrating the Rock, including an official photo opportunity.

The Ruby Lake Lagoon Society is hosting their 6th Annual BioBlitz event on May 18th and 19th in Pender Harbour. Part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific enterprise, a BioBlitz is a 24-hour survey of all life at various field locations throughout the Pender Harbour area including the Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve.

They are looking for keen nature lovers who can help identify species (from trees, plants & mosses to aquatic invertebrates, insects and marine life) and love to share their knowledge with the public, to join their team of volunteer guides at field survey locations, or help ID specimens at Base Camp throughout the day on Saturday.

They are also looking for general event volunteers. 

Perks include accommodation for off-coast volunteers, reimbursement of travel expenses, great food throughout the weekend, and super-cool BioBlitz t-shirts.

If interested, please contact Nadi at the Iris Griffith Centre:  604.883.9201 or

Congratulations to Clint and Irene Davy, who were presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals on February 5, 2013 by Mayor Wayne Rowe of Gibsons.

Clint and Irene, who were founding members of the Wildlife Rehabilitators of BC, have been running the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre out of their Gibsons home since 1988.

Every year they respond to hundreds of calls about injured and orphaned wildlife. They take into care birds and animals, treating their injuries and providing for their needs including feeding, watering, daily cleaning and medication, until the animals can be returned to the wild.

Volunteers are always needed, and donations are gratefully accepted.  The Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a registered charity.