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General News · 26th September 2012
Christine Robinson
FRIDAY, SEPT 28, 7:00 PM

Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island
Autumn 2012 Community Update

“ Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now!”

On behalf of the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island, Christine Robinson and I (Sabina Leader-Mense) would like to update the Cortes community on recent progress.

The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island has been formed to purchase Island Timberland holdings immediately adjacent to Carrington Bay Regional Park Reserve. These forest lands will be held in trust for all the children of Cortes Island in perpetuity. These five parcels of land, totaling approximately 600 acres, occur at the heartland of Cortes, are ecologically significant and contain provincially designated sensitive ecosystems. These forests are also home to many rare plant communities and species that are listed on both the provincial and federal species at risk lists.

Since the original announcement of the Forest Trust in May 2010, the children of Cortes have shared the lead in this venture; the forest affectionately known to them, as the Children’s Forest!

The Forest Alphabet art initiative in 2010 contributed a valuable educational component and was presented to the public through the irresistible artwork of children inspired by a love of place.
The Forest Alphabet book, drafted in 2011, features this original artwork plus the voices of children of Cortes, speaking out for the protection of the Children’s Forest.
The Artist’s Journey was initiated in August 2012, to raise the costs associated with publishing the Forest Alphabet book. Visiting artists, inspired by the Children’s Forest, are creating works of art that will be donated for auction at Saltsping Island’s Artspring Center in late October, 2012. The Artist’s Journey is ongoing and all artists of all disciplines are invited to continue to contribute personal works of art to the upcoming auction.
The Children’s Forest, a 4’ engagement video that will be the lead piece in an upcoming online fundraising campaign, was created by videographer Daniel Pierce, with the assistance of and featuring children of Cortes.

All of these initiatives and a premiere of the video, will be featured at the Forest Trust official community launch this coming Friday, September 28 at Manson’s Hall; 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Cortes children have been diligent in their commitment to the Children’s Forest these past 3 years, so please join them to celebrate their accomplishments at the upcoming Forest Trust launch. Cortes children will be joined by community members for formal presentations, theatre and music. Admission is open to all, free of charge and great finger food is in the works!

The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island is incorporating as a registered B.C. Society and at the launch, we will be introducing our candidates for the new board of directors. Come out and show your support!

This coming week, keep a look-out in the community for the beautiful hand-painted banners by Lisa Gibbons, celebrating the Children’s Forest; “Imagine…a forest in trust to the children.” and listen on Cortes Radio just after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 27, for readings from the Forest Alphabet by Cortes youth. The following week watch for our family movie night announcement featuring a public showing of The Lorax for a timely reminder that…

“ UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Questions? Want to get involved with the Forest Trust? Please do not hesitate to contact Christine Robinson at -6428 or Sabina Leader Mense -6467.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone out at the launch on Friday evening!!!!