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General News · 1st December 2022
Maureen and Melanie Williams

“For me, the Children’s Forest is a place of learning, reflection, growth and fun. It is here that I learned of how I am connected to the world around me and my place within it.” Mia Gregg, Alumnus, UBC forestry student

To our amazing and generous Cortes community and family, near and afar!

We extend our deepest gratitude for the generous Giving Tuesday donations given during this two-week fundraising campaign, which will further our work towards the purchase & protection of the Children’s Forest. The significant success of this 2022 fundraising demonstrates the community’s support, which is especially noteworthy in this time of economic constraint.

We thank each donor, however small or large their donation, as each donation contributes to the larger fund, like individual trees in the forest. We extend special thanks to an anonymous donor who generously provided $5000 of matching funds, helping us to exceed our goal of $10,000.

We are extremely pleased to announce that, as of today, Giving Tuesday donations totalled $13,905, and funds continue to trickle in.

Maureen & Melanie Williams were the dynamic mother & daughter duo who worked behind the scenes to orchestrate this successful outcome, and we offer them a rousing cheer of appreciation!

We are hopeful of reaching an agreement for purchase once negotiations commence in 2023 and will be leaning on this stellar community once we begin our purchase campaign. The value of protecting the Children’s Forest is increasingly crucial in the larger global climate crisis, and the role that a community can play is also increasingly crucial.

Our thanks again!
The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society

"As a boy I walked in those woods, touched the stones, swam in the lagoon and smelt wet cedar bark. I know that place, and sometimes, I think that the creeks and trees know me too." Forrest Berman-Hatch, Alumnus, UBC-BA in Anthropology

"Now, more than ever, we must all do our part in protecting our planet...We must not give up on the future of our children. They deserve a chance to learn and experience the beauty of the forest." Melanie Williams, Alumnus, Registered Energy Advisor