Five nominations for Gabriola and Mudge Islanders in Islands Trust Stewardship Awards

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, May 30 2017

The nominee list for the Islands Trust 2017 Stewardship Awards was recently released, and the Gabriola Local Trust Area has the most nominations, with four nominees from Gabriola Island and one from Mudge Island.

In all, 10 individuals and eight organizations are on the nomination list.

On seeing the results, Gabriola Trustee Melanie Mamoser said, “Way to represent Gabriola and Mudge! 

“This year there are more individuals and groups nominated from our Local Trust Area then any other. We know we have amazing individuals and groups on our Islands that work hard contributing to improving our environment and community, and it’s nice to see some of them recognized.”

Trustee Heather O’Sullivan added, “I’m very excited to see another great field of nominees from Gabriola, and this year from Mudge Island as well! 

“It’s a real indication of the extraordinary level of engagement we have in our community. 

“Every group and individual who was put forward is a winner in my books, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase the work these folks are doing to help make our tiny corner of the world such a special place.”

In the Individuals category, Gabriolans Jacinthe Eastick, John Peirce, and Liz Ciocea were nominated.

Jacinthe Eastick was nominated by Richard Nolan, who said Eastick is an active participant in democracy on Gabriola.

“Jacinthe frequently examines proposed development and, with energy and commitment, and advocates a cautious approach on many issues. Jacinthe frequently examines proposed development and, with energy and commitment, and advocates a cautious approach on many issues.”

John Peirce was nominated by the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust.

Through his work with GaLTT, Peirce has been instrumental in finding new and creative ways to protect island ecosystems and trail development, including a groundbreaking conservation covenant which made it possible for land conservation to be made an American landowner.

GaLTT’s nomination form states, “by creating new systems, John has laid the groundwork for similar future projects that allow people to protect and enjoy natural spaces with minimal impact to ecosystems.”

Nominators Tara-Lyn Megyesi and Bette Lou Hagen say of Liz Ciocea, “For the past 30 years, Liz Ciocea has been a wildlife and environmental advocate on Gabriola Island. Liz is involved in various community initiatives and activities promoting wildlife protection. She also educates the community about the Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society (GROWLS), and helps people reach positive outcomes when conflicts between humans and wildlife arise.”

The Gabriola Arts Council and Mudge Island Citizens Society (M.I.C.S.) are nominated in the Organizations category.

The Gabriola Arts Council was nominated by both Susan Yates, and the New Society Publishers.

The nomination form states, “The Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) has supported, promoted, expanded and enhanced the arts and culture on Gabriola Island for 20 years. The GAC brings beauty, joy, pride and cohesiveness to the Gabriola community, while contributing to economic and social well-being in ways that are environmentally sound. With almost 700 members, GAC works hard to support and engage artists and art lovers in the community.”

MICS nominator Peter Alexander notes that, “The volunteer work of Mudge Island Citizen’s Society fosters community engagement, participation, and responsibility. Their work benefits the preservation of the natural rural environment and the cohesiveness of the Mudge Island community.

“The volunteer work of Mudge Island Citizen’s Society fosters community engagement, participation, and responsibility. Their work benefits the preservation of the natural rural environment and the cohesiveness of the Mudge Island community.”

The Stewardship Awards are open to any individual, school (or classroom), community group, non-profit or business entity that has demonstrated efforts to enhance a community or its environment in the Trust Area in a manner consistent with the object of the Islands Trust.

The Islands Trust Council will announce the award recipients during the June 20-22 meeting on Lasqueti Island.

Local trust committees and/or island municipalities will make presentations to the award recipients in late summer or early fall.