In 2010, the Pender Islands Conservancy Association (PICA)
embarked on a campaign to raise $300,000 to save the last
unprotected piece of Brooks Point on South Pender Island. By
2013 with $100,000 still to raise, PICA had exhausted its donors on
the island and needed to turn to its partners and the broader
region for help.
|The Islands Trust Fund was the first to answer the call.
We pledged a $5,000 grant from the Opportunity Fund if our donors
could match that amount with donations to the project. During
the summer of 2013, you answered our challenge quickly and
generously. Trustees from the Islands Trust Council
finished the campaign with donations from their own pockets.
In late September, we sent a cheque to PICA for $10,000 to help
protect Brooks Point.
Following that support, Victoria-based Habitat Acquisition Trust
pledged a further $15,000 and Environment Canada sent $50,000 from
its Habitat Stewardship Program. With final private donations
coming through the door in December 2013, PICA proudly announced
the campaign's success - the permanent protection of the entire
Brooks Point. The announcement was celebrated by Pender
residents, visitors, and nature-lovers from afar.
Taylor of HAT, Paul Petrie of PICA, and Jennifer Eliason of ITF
celebrate the partnership to protect Brooks Point
The point, known for its spectacular meadow of chocolate lilies
and camas in the spring, is now protected within the Capital
Regional District's Regional Park system. Visitors to
the park are rewarded with commanding views of Boundary Pass, a
special vantage for viewing passing Orcas and porpoises.
To help us continue to save island landscapes like Brooks
Point, please donate to the Opportunity Fund today. Your
donation will allow us to respond quickly to properties in