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Possibly the biggest topic of the open public forum on flood-related issues will be the proposed upgrades to the Airport dike, pictured above.

Central Coast Regional District to hold public flood forum STEPHEN WAUGH, CCRD EMERGENCY PROGRAM COORDINATOR The Central Coast Regional District (CCRD) is holding an open public forum on floodrelated issues at 7:30 pm Monday, March 5 at Lobelco Hall. After all of the recent Valley flood challenges, the CCRD has been actively seeking opportunities to move forward with flood protection works that are directed by the local government on behalf of the Bella Coola Valley community. The recent announcement of

federal and provincial funding for upgrades to the Bella Coola Airport Dike is one such initiative, and the CCRD seeks input from the Valley residents on what they think about this project. The forum will start with a slideshow of the September 2010 flood of record that will show details of the event that many residents have yet to see. This will be followed by a presentation outlining the probable reasons for the 2010 and 2011 floods and providing a glimpse of what the region might expect to experience in coming years.

Recommendations from the Flood Response Advisory Committee (FRAC) to the Regional District will also form a part of this presentation, and Valley residents will receive information on the 29 different areas of flood risk that have been identified by the group since they began meeting in October 2011. The public is invited to express their concerns and ideas at the forum, and the Regional District directors are interested in learning what individuals and property owners might be planning from their own perspectives as well.

Possibly the biggest topic of the forum will be the proposed dike upgrades at the airport. The CCRD is required to become the local diking authority in order for this project to proceed, and is currently involved with completing a full Environmental Assessment of the project that includes the implications that this project has for other diking projects in the Bella Coola Valley. Area residents will need to vote on this initiative in a public referendum, and the flood forum will provide the opportunity for all attendees to ask important questions with

respect to how they might be affected by such a project. The CCRD Emergency Program recognizes that, as for other communities on the Central Coast, flood issues are the greatest threat that our Valley area currently experiences. The participation of all residents in an honest discussion is an essential component in the Regional District’s ability to provide protection and stability to our existing and future developments. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.


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Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church


Roses & Thorns VALLEY SOCCER 2012 Registration

Roses to the library, for being open again!

Coaches are needed. Without any coaches, the season will be cancelled.

HOURS: Wed. 10 - 1:30 Thurs. - Sat. 10-5 (closed 12-1) Located in the Co-op

Sunday Communion Service 10:30AM

Valley Soccer will be beginning the week of April 11. Registrations will be sent home

Monthly Mass Saturday Evening 6:00PM

Coaches and Parents meeting: Thursday, March 8 at 6 pm at the NES board office.

Call Susan to con¿rm 250-799-5618

the first week of March, or they can be picked up at Kopas store.

Questions can be directed to Nicola at 250-982-0045.

March 6th and 7th 2012

Hagensborg Waterworks District is seeking qualified personnel for the following contracted positions: • Corporate Administrative Officer • Corporate Financial Officer and • Project Management Contact the office at:, or call (250) 982-2777 for positions detail. Expression of Interests can be submitted by email or by regular mail to Box 25, Hagensborg, BC, V0T 1H0. EOI’s are due no later than February 17, 2012.

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Central Coast Regional District BELLA COOLA VALLEY FLOOD FORUM Location: Lobelco Hall Date: March 5, 2012 Time: 7:30 pm Presentation & Open Discussion Of Flood Related Issues Public Consultation Regarding The Airport Dike Upgrade Project Including: • September 2010 Flood: What happened and what to expect in the future? • What can the landowner and local governments do about it? • Issues related to establishing a DIKING AUTHORITY

Bella Coola General Hospital update: Physiotherapy services MICHEL BAZILLE, COO FOR BELLA COOLA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND R.W. LARGE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Our full time physiotherapist moved to Duncan recently, and until we can recruit another physiotherapist, our services will be somewhat limited. Moira McIlwain will continue to provide service to hospital patients, and those needing assistance to procure wheelchairs and four-wheeled

walkers. Outpatient physiotherapy services will be provided by visiting physiotherapists. If you wish to see a physiotherapist, please leave your contact information with Vera Robson – Health Records, BCGH at 250-799-5311. For those who would like to borrow medical equipment, please leave a message including your name and phone number for Janice Kyle at 250799-5311, ext 224.


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“Build a Book Totem” reading contest until March 16 TAMARA HYND, LITERACY OUTREACH COORDINATOR Let’s celebrate the opening of our new Vancouver Island Regional Library by reading up a storm. Every book and chapter you read will be counted towards building a virtual Totem Pole that is majestic as the stories we love. Literacy NOW will give a book to the top reader in each school in the Bella Coola Valley. This isn’t just for kids!

Organize your staff of your business or organization and the top reader of that organization will win a book as well! How does it work? Count the number of books and chapters you are reading. Once a week send us an update with your book and chapter totals. Every chapter and book equals 1 centimetre of a totem pole. Let’s see how tall we can make the totem reach. For the schools: Pre-school to Grade 2 = count number of books read; Grade 3 12= count the number of chapters read;

Businesses or organizations: count the number of books and chapters read. Individuals, you count too. Let us know at the New Leaf Learning Centre how many chapters and books you are reading. As a community we can make this totem reach the sky. Q: Does it count if I read a book to my child? A: Yes, in fact you get double points for reading with your child! That’s how valuable reading together is for development and lifelong learning. Ask your parent, teacher, school librarian or

Lacrosse comes to the Bella Coola Valley

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Bryan Baxter, Aboriginal Development Coordinator for the BCLA, presents a training course to students on the sport of inter-crosse On February 13 and 14, the BC Lacrosse Association (BCLA) visited Bella Coola to promote local development of the sport. As a result of funding brought from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games hosted in BC, the BCLA has the unique opportunity to promote the sport by activities such as sending representatives to the corners of BC with training, equipment, and education about the sport. Thus, Bryan Baxter, Aboriginal Development Coordinator for the BCLA, flew in to the Valley with equipment for inter-lacrosse, an adapted version of the traditional sport. Whereas lacrosse necessitates head-to-

toe equipment and has carried a stigma in the past as a “dangerous” or “rough” sport, inter-lacrosse (or intercrosse) utilizes a softer ball, and can be played safely with no protective gear by children and adults of all ages. Students at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School and Bella Coola Elementary received interactive presentations on the sport. School staff and students were pleasantly surprised to learn that the equipment needed to play the sport would be donated, and left in the Valley for future use. SAMS Outdoor Education teacher Alex Boileau comments: “Bryan was really patient, we had over 40 students in the first

session for grades 6-9, and his goal was to demonstrate lacrosse to as many students in the school as possible. The explanations on the history of the game were fascinating, and the drills were very basic but fundamental. In the grade 10-12 PE class, we were fortunate enough with our smaller group to play with the new rules. “The donation of equipment was unexpected, our students really enjoyed using the newer version of intercrosse sticks and we will now be doing a Lacrosse Unit in PE classes that utilizes this equipment and the new rules. The game is suited to basketball/ soccer players, it is non-contact, easy to manage, and everyone gets fit by playing it.

We had a three-passes minimum before you can shoot on net rule in our game which worked well to develop skills.” Baxter hopes that the instruction and equipment will lead to development of a Bella Coola intercrosse team that eventually engages in province-wide competition. Boileau is hopeful that there will be interest from the community: “We will try to run a few intramurals this year using the new equipment and rules and we will go from there. I could see potentially having a fun drop-in scrimmage in the evening.” Many thanks to the BCLA for their time and donated equipment! Boileau comments on the benefits to the new working relationship formed by the outreach from the BCLA: “You can play [intercrosse] indoors with the equipment more easily. I would also love to have outdoor lacrosse equipment, and perhaps we can have experts come in again from the BCLA and donate equipment, and I would also not hesitate to purchase more equipment through grants if possible.”

be your work designate to keep track of how many chapters have been read. Please send your weekly reading totals to the New Leaf Learning Centre. To report your readings or for more details, please email Tamara at bellacoolaloc@ or call (250) 799-5822. Final entries will be received no later than Friday, March 16 at 1 pm. Prizes for the top readers will be awarded at the VIRL Grand Opening on Saturday March 17. See you there and have fun reading!

Career Centre: Facing Change What does this mean to our clients? The Province of British Columbia is launching a new Employment Program of BC on April 2, 2012 that will provide all of our current employment services through new Employment Services Centres. The Career Centre in Bella Coola will continue to work with the people of our valley as part of the Williams Lake region. This change will not affect the existing employment plans our clients have made or the services our clients receive.

If you have a file with the Career Centre and have not yet signed a consent form, please call or visit us asap. For more info call 250-799-5811 or visit us at the Career Centre. Monday to Friday 11 am - 4 pm More info at: organizations/btp/clients_information.html

Central Coast Regional District Request for Expressions of Interest Centennial Pool Start Up & Shut Down Procedures Expressions of Interest to undertake plumbing and mechanical start up (May) and shut down (September/October) procedures for the Centennial Pool in Hagensborg will be received from qualified, experienced individuals/firms until 4:00 pm, March 30, 2012 For further information contact: Central Coast Regional District Box 186 Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0 Phone: 799-5291 Fax: 799-5750 Email:

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Local Trustee elected to regional position of BC School Trustees Association PRESS RELEASE: SCHOOL DISTRICT #49 The School District 49 Board of Education Trustees met on Tuesday, February 21 to discuss budget plans for the coming months. Chairperson Russ Hilland noted, “We are committed to students and to making decisions that are in the students’ interest.” Trustee Crystal Anderson added, “The newly elected Trustees have adjusted to their new position with ease, and are doing a great job.” Each of the 60 Boards of Education in British Columbia belong to the British Columbia School Trustees Association, founded in 1905 to work with the provincial government to advance the interests of students, parents and educators in the provincial education system. In recent years, individual Board of Education have aligned themselves into eight Branches that, while dealing with the Ministry of Education on issues of universal importance, seek the support of

other Branches to bring issues of regional importance forward for consideration. The Northern Interior Branch includes School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin), School District #28 (Quesnel), School District #49 (Central Coast), School District #57 (Prince George), School District #59 (Peace River South), School District #60 (Peace River North), School District #81 (Fort Nelson), School District #87 (Stikine), and School District #91 (Nechako Lakes), which encompasses almost two thirds of the entire province. Local Trustee Russ Hilland was elected president of the Northern Interior Branch of the BC School Trustees Association at their Annual General Meeting in January 2012. This provides a tremendous opportunity for School District #49 (Central Coast) to work closely with the other Northern Interior Branch Boards of Education to ensure that the district’s students receive the same quality of educational opportunities and learning environments as other students throughout the province.

The SD 49 Board of Trustees stands in front of the new SAMS gym: (left to right) Nicola Koroluk, Marisa Blewett, Crystal Anderson, and Russ Hilland (not pictured: Frank Johnson, who attended the February 21 meeting via teleconference)

February CCRD Board meeting highlights BRIAN LANDE, CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL DISTRICT CHAIR The Central Coast Regional District board of directors held its regular monthly meeting on February 14,

2012, with attendance by representatives from each electoral area. This month’s meeting included a facilitated strategic planning session to set the organizational priorities for the year, which in turn will

give staff the direction required to undertake the implementation of the board’s policy decisions. In addition to support for the continuation of existing services, the Board of Directors’ strategic pri-

Central Coast Regional District Contract Opportunity Request for Expressions of Interest for Development of POOL SAFETY PLAN for the Centennial Pool in Hagensborg, pursuant to the Pool Regulation and Public Health Act Expressions of Interest for a contract to develop/author a Pool Safety Plan will be received from qualified, experienced individuals/firms until 4:00 pm, March 6, 2012 For further information contact: Central Coast Regional District Box 186 Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0 Phone: 799-5291 Fax: 799-5750 Email:

orities for 2012 include the establishment of a service area for provision of drinking water to the community of Shearwater on Denny Island; flood protection and enhancement of emergency management opportunities; pursuit of opportunities for collaboration on economic development initiatives; implementation of the remaining site development plans for the Thorsen Creek Waste & Recycling Centre; and the development of a comprehensive communications plan, upon which to build the mechanisms for enhanced relations with the public, First Nations, and other stakeholders. The Board expressed its appreciation to John Morton for his superb facilitation of the planning session! The Board of Directors also considered organizational governance and communications matters, affirming the need to

adhere to principles of good governance and respectful communications within the organization. A delegation of members of the public from the community of Firvale was received. Residents expressed their concern regarding the challenges associated with moving forward with flood protection initiatives. The Board thanked the delegation for its presentation and acknowledged the many challenges presented by the threat of flooding to the Bella Coola Valley, as well as to other areas of the region. The board also advised that it plans to host a public forum on flood-related issues on the evening of March 5, at Lobelco Hall. The forum intends to review the challenges of recent years, offer an opportunity to discuss what the future may hold, inform as to progress-to-date on flood mitigation efforts, and engage in

consultation with the public in relation to the recent announcement of funding for an upgrade of the Bella Coola Airport flood protection structures and the possibility of the Regional District establishing the service of diking authority. Related to the issue of the Airport dike, the board of directors passed a resolution directing staff to proceed with the identification and implementation of requirements to establish a service area for provision of diking to Electoral Areas “C”, “D” and “E”. This process will include a Valley-wide referendum, once the associated costs for the service are known. Directors were pleased to learn that the new Bella Coola branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will open in the near future in its new location at the Bella Coola Co-op. The library plans to be open for patrons on February 22, with

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an official opening celebration to take place on March 17. Congratulations to all whose efforts yielded a new and improved library facility for the Bella Coola Valley communities! Finally, an invitation was received from the Chief Councilor of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, for directors to support the Tribal Council in its opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project at the Joint Review Panel hearings, scheduled for early April in Bella Bella. The Board of Directors has taken a position officially opposing the proposed Project, citing support for local First Nations and the risk of significant harm posed by oil tanker traffic, to the coastal environment. The next regular meeting of the board of directors will be held on March 8, 2012 in Bella Coola. The public is welcome to attend.

STAFF: Editor: Christina Boucher Contributors: Tamara Hynd, Michel Bazille, Brian Lande, Leonard Ellis, Lindsay Gericke Consultant: Angela Hall

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Bella Coola Grizzly Tours offer new vessel for ocean touring the water, swimming bears, wolves, deer or maybe even a moose! In this way, every tour is unique. Guests can purchase their own tidal sportfishing license and fish for salmon, halibut, ling cod,

red snapper, jumbo prawns and dungeness crabs. Nekhani is fully equipped with a crabcooker, barbeque and cooking facilities so guests can enjoy their fresh seafood at its best. This spring and

fall season, we will be offering special 2012 introductory rates on our overnight Grizzly Bear Viewing/ Adventure Tours so be sure to give us a call for special group rates. We are always available for day charters

to the hotsprings, and depart in the morning from the Bella Coola Harbour any day of the week. We look forward to accommodating you! See our ad in the Business Directory on page 9.

Hired Equipment Registration The 40 foot Nekhani is licensed and insured to carry 12 passengers on a day tour and can sleep a maximum of 6 guests overnight. LEONARD ELLIS Bella Coola Grizzly Tours was incorporated in 2000 and has since been developing Wildlife Tours on the Central Coast out of Bella Coola. Michel Bazille and I purchased the 40 foot Nekhani in 2011, and spent the season upgrading the vessel in compliance with Transport Canada Regulation. The partnership of Bazille and Ellis has now developed a new and exciting tourism product for spring, summer and fall out of the port of Bella Coola. We now offer guided nautical tours to any destination on the Central Coast for wildlife viewing, fishing charters or water taxi services. The Nekhani is licensed and insured to carry 12 passengers on a day tour and can sleep a maximum of

6 guests overnight. As the skipper, I have successfully guided and operated passenger/ tour vessels on the Central Coast for more than three decades. The Nekhani is constructed of welded aluminum and is powered by twin 330 hp Volvo penta diesels with Hamilton jet drives. This vessel is ideally suited for charter use in these glacial fjords and is an excellent seaboat. The Nekhani is rigged for touring the glacial fjords and saltwater sportfishing and is complete with an elevated wildlife-viewing tower, enabling guests to safely view and photograph the grizzlies and wildlife on the estuaries and beaches. Heading west from the port of Bella Coola there are countless points of interest to visit and many BC parks, protected

areas and conservancies to visit. Some of the highlights are hotsprings, Alexander Mackenzie rock, First Nation Petroglyphs and Pictographs with Nuxalk guides, marine life including killer whales, grey whales, dolphins and sea lions to name a few. As well, there is unlimited wildlife viewing of grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, salmon spawning rivers, eagles and many other types of unique wildlife and marine life to observe. The great part of operating a touring vessel in the wilderness is you never know what you are going to see or when you are going to see it. The more you look, the more you see. You may see pods of killer whales, mating grizzly bears, 50 foot grey whales jumping clear out of

Cariboo District The Cariboo District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is creating its list of registered Equipment for Hire in the Cariboo Service Area for the fiscal year 2012/2013, which begins April 1, 2012. All individuals or companies registered this past year through the District Office in Williams Lake will be receiving invitations to re-register their equipment for the coming fiscal year by mail. Any individuals or companies who were not registered in 2011, but wish to have their equipment listed, are hereby invited to contact the District Office, either in person or by phone, to obtain the appropriate registration forms. Note that while you do not need to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability Insurance, or up-to-date WorkSafeBC coverage to register, you will have to meet these requirements prior to working on any ministry projects. Only owned or lease-to-own equipment is eligible for registration. Equipment can only be registered in one area in any given year. Seniority is not transferable from area to area. The deadline for new registrations is 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 23, 2012. Late registrations will be accepted, but may appear at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment or for changing or removing equipment information already listed.

Register through the Williams Lake District Office at: 640 Borland Street, Suite 301, Williams Lake, B.C. You can also phone 250 398-4510 or send a fax to 250 398-4454 to have the forms mailed or faxed to you, or register on-line at

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Public/Preventative Health Nurse retires from Bella Coola General Hospital MICHEL BAZILLE, COO FOR BELLA COOLA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND R.W. LARGE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Photo credit Michel Bazille

Pat Lenci celebrates her career with friends and co-workers at a surprise retirement party

On Sunday February 19, a fond “Happy Retirement� surprise party was held for Pat Lenci. Pat came to the Bella Coola General Hospital in 1976 working as a General Duty RN at the Bella Coola General Hospital. She had the pleasure of working under some challenging situations: a hospital with no emergency room, where three pronged plugs could only be found in the O.R. and where there were two bathrooms for twenty beds! These sorts of things Pat took in stride. Pat continued with her challenges leaving her work in Bella

Coola and taking on even more remote, rural nursing working for Medical Services National Health & Welfare as Nurse in Charge of several northern nursing stations. When Pat returned to us from her adventures in 1982, we would be delighted at her stories of the north and the remote areas she experienced. It was to be the Bella Coola General Hospital’s good fortune when Pat decided to settle in Bella Coola and make it her home. Through all the changes to healthcare and decisions on allocation of funds, etcetera, Pat has maintained a consistent approach to Public/Preventive Health, providing a top quality service to the residents of the Bella Coola Valley.

The bits and pieces Pat has pulled together in our rural, remote community to provide services such as Tobacco Cessation, Prenatal Health, Fitness & Lifestyle Changes, education of youth in the schools, immunization programs and handling the annual flu activities with a proactive approach are just to name a few of the services we have been privileged to support. Pat’s dedication to her work, quiet ways, and respectful approach to all will be missed. The staff at the Bella Coola General Hospital and the residents of the community take this opportunity to wish Pat the very best in her retirement.

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Acwsalcta School hosts first basketball tournament in new gym LINDSAY GERICKE Acwsalcta School held their first basketball tournament in their new gym on Feb 3 and 4, hosting the SAMS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Honours were split evenly between SAMS girls’ and Acwsalcta boys’ teams.

The gym was packed full of about 400 enthusiastic fans, and our stage was buzzing with people lined up for Renee Andy’s famous pizza, Keshia’s real fruit smoothies, the team’s home baking, and our new basketball t-shirts, in grey or black—with a stunning logo designed by student Reuben Mack. (We thank Linda at Beeline for getting them here in time!)

This event would not have been possible without the help of many more Acwsalcta staff, parents, and community members. Our girls’ and boys’ basketball teams showed their dedication to their school as well as to their game: they all pitched in to help with clean-up. Aspiring athletes from the grade 5-7 team were also

eager to help in any way they could. Special mention goes to Cody Schooner, who made and sold coffee, and regularly kept our floors clean! This fundraiser was a great success. It allowed our basketball teams to raise travel money for Zones, and also gave them a chance to play in front of a home crowd in their new gym.

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The Acwsalcta girls’ team poses on the court

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Central Coast Regional District Centennial Pool Commission Summer Employment Opportunities POOL MANAGER – Closing Date March 6th

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Ron Mayo, Naturalist May 16 , 1920 – February 17, 2012 Ron passed peacefully at the age of 91 years following a brief stay at the Bella Coola Hospital. Predeceased by his only siblings - two brothers in England - Ron is fondly remembered by his nieces residing there, including Jenny Mayo who visited her Uncle Ron for his 90th birthday celebration in 2010. Ron remained a bachelor throughout his life, but he will be hugely missed by a large ‘family’ of friends he amassed by mutual adoption over the past quarter century living in the Bella Coola valley. Ron was born in England and from an early age displayed a curiosity about nature that his Mother shared and nurtured. As a child, his chronic poor health motivated his parents to move the family from the smog of the city to the English countryside,

where he flourished in health and his passion for the natural world that intrigued him. A talent for drawing landed him an early career as a graphic artist, and then as a cartographer for the British Army during the Second World War. Ron also grew up under the influence of his father, a professional photographer. Armed with an array of photographic equipment he bought with mustering-out money after the war, Ron headed to Canada lured by his love of adventure and a promise of wilderness. Responding to a newspaper advertisement, he took a job on a dairy farm in the Okanagan, but soon wandered north until he found work on the Perry family ranch east of Prince George, where he lived for over 30 years, surrounded by forests and wildlife. During his free time, Ron explored central and northern BC while camping in his pickup. He hiked mountains and, with fishing rod, binoculars and cameras in hand, wandered the valleys of the Skeena and Fraser Rivers. Ron’s

Ron at his first day in the British Army in July 1940, Northern England favorite vacation spot was the Bella Coola Valley and, around 1967, Ron began annual fall visits here, picking wild berries and fishing for a winter supply, which he canned himself. Long before wildlife viewing became popular, Ron spent hours observing local wildlife and documenting them in journals, photographs, films and videos that now form an important record of local natural history.

From early on, Ron became close friends with George Robson and his family at Hagensborg and Atnarko. A few years later, during one of his naturalist ramblings along the Atnarko River, Ron stumbled across Stuie residents, Katie and Dennis. In 1986, when Ron was 66, they enticed him to retire from his hard life on the Perry Ranch by offering him a cabin at Stuie in exchange for watching over their place when

Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd. & Bella Coola Resource Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BCCFL and BCRS will be holding their respective Annual General Meetings jointly on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:00 pm at the Bella Coola Valley Inn BCRS members and BCCFL shareholders are encouraged to attend to receive information about this past year’s accomplishments and financial status, elect Directors and pass motions. BCRS is the holder of the community forest licence and BCCFL has the contract to manage the business of the community forest on behalf of the BCRS. Membership in the BCRS is open to all Valley residents and/or property owners (nominal one time $5 fee). BCCFL is made up of local investors who purchased shares at the time of the Offering Memorandum (Dec., 2007 – Feb., 2008). Only BCRS members are permitted to vote on society matters and only BCCFL shareholders are able to vote on corporate matters. Three Directors from BCRS and BCCFL are to be elected/re-elected. Members interested in running for election are encouraged to contact the persons below. Both BCRS and BCCFL are accepting motions from their respective constituents. People interested in the activities and plans of the community forest are also welcome to attend. If there are any questions, please contact: Hans Granander, RPF, General Manager, Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd. Tel:250-982-2515, email: Barry Brekke, President, Bella Coola Resource Society Tel: 250-982-2209

A more recent photo of Ron in Stuie Cabin

they were away. He became fondly known as the resident naturalist of Tweedsmuir Park, and took under his wing a gaggle of young wildlife researchers who grew to love him dearly, planting the seeds for his loving adopted family that continued to grow throughout the valley over the years. Ron enjoyed his retirement years in Stuie doing all that he loved best. Generations of bears knew him well. He appreciated them immensely and observed them closely in a show of mutual respect rarely achieved. He connected strongly with all living creatures from birds, foxes and squirrels to bats and silkworm moths. He watched over wild orchid patches, and was known to spread a few seeds of foxgloves and lupines around the yard - a touch of English gardening from his younger years, perhaps? Ron's careful and detailed records of local wildlife proved invaluable to scientists, researchers and writers. Wayne Campbell, a wellknown BC ornithologist and author of the four-volume ‘Birds of BC’, was thrilled to

learn of Ron’s extensive observations. The two men maintained close contact as friends and collaborators over the years, and one of Ron's proudest achievements was the recognition in ‘Birds of BC’ of his rare sighting of an Ivory Gull, with his photograph of it taken along the Atnarko River near Stuie. In more recent years, Ron’s curiosity about nature continued from his tiny yard at the seniors’ residence, conveniently located next to the Bella Coola River estuary. He enjoyed watching birds at his feeders and wild foxes passing through. And he loved tending his small raised-bed garden. Ron was generous, loving, humble and understated. He was admired for his simple life, love of learning and teaching, finely honed naturalist skills, joyful teasing, and his quiet sense of humor. A self taught naturalist, he will be remembered and appreciated by the BC naturalist and scientific community for generations to come. His legacy will be his significant contribution to understanding the natural history of birds and bears of the Bella Coola valley. A heartfelt thanks

to his neighbors and friends who helped Ron over the years and visited him in hospital after his recent fall, and to the wonderful hospital staff who cared for Ron during his final days there, especially to his physician and fellow-naturalist, Harvey Thommasen. He couldn’t have asked for a better farewell. At Ron’s request, no funeral service will be held, but a celebration of Ron's life is being planned for later this spring. For those who wish to make a contribution in Ron’s memory, he would probably appreciate most a donation to the nature or conservation charity of your choice, and a stroll along the Atnarko River or down by the tide flats to watch ravens and gulls and eagles and swans. A life well lived, Ron. Thank-you, from the bottom of our hearts. You have taught us well. We will find you in all of the forests we walk. With much love, from your Mayo family, and your adopted family of friends. Prepared by Debbie Wellwood, Katie Hayhurst, Chris Czajkowski, Joan Sawicki.

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A Home for Literacy

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ASPHALT PAVING Personnel required: Paving contractor in Kamloops area requires Foreman and personnel for Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in commercial and residential paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered. Training and benefits will be available to the successful applicants. Please forward resume to:

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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to: Permanent FT & PT Early Childhood Educators needed at Williams Lake Daycare. Drop off resume to 660 N 2nd Ave, (Attn:Linda Bond) email: or call (250) 392-3455 for more info. SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:

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Trades, Technical Required Immediately! Journeyman RV Technician for Kamloops largest RV Dealership. Jubilee RV Centre offers excellent wage compensation, medical & dental benefits, ongoing industry training and year round employment. Come join our team in sunny and warm Kamloops, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities! Please forward your resume to Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset Journeyman Pressman. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume:


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Pets Pet Wanted: Will give good home to older German Shepherd. (250)992-8533 Quesnel

Firearms Wanted: Old Winchester rifles and carbines. Call (250)791-6369

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Misc. Wanted


Reconditioned washer/dryer, stoves etc. 6 month guarantee. Will deliver in town. More info call Robert. 250-305-6344 days or 250-392-7064 eves.

WANTED: Old lever action Winchester & Marlin rifles and carbines. Call (250)791-6369

Homes for Rent

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Sony Bravia DVD Home Theatre system. Like new. $400 OBO. (250)392-2483

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Terry Fox Run 2011

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Serving the Bella Coola Valle Valley eyy and the Chilcotin

It's harvest time at Rick and Donna Ratcliff's farm. Rick operates the tractor and digger to get at a row of beautiful red potatoes with the help of CSA worker Andrew. Stop by their roadside stand for up to six different varieties of potatoes!

Flood effects in Bella Coola: Impact on health BY CHRISTINA BOUCHER Residents of the Bella Coola Valley experienced an emergency event due to flooding that officially lasted from September 23 to 25. The effects of that event, however, are much more long-lasting for many people. The flood event of 2011 was a painful reminder of the 2010 flood in the Valley, which had a devastating effect on the lives of residents who experienced

damage to their homes, businesses, and surrounding land. Additionally, this year’s flood caused a wave of distress and anxiety for many people who are still faced with clean-up from 2010. “It’s normal for people to feel stress and anxiety in the face of traumatic events like the flooding,” commented Carole Clark, Mental Health Department Manager at the Bella Coola General Hospital. “I’d like to see

it become more normal for people to seek supports sooner for that ongoing stress and anxiety.” Due to realities of dealing with flood clean-up, pursuing compensation through insurance or government agencies, or managing other issues related to the loss of personal or business items, stress could be having a detrimental effect on your health. Everyone responds in a different way to stressful situations; therefore, everyone has

different health needs. Research shows that the effects of experiencing a natural disaster such as a major flood can have long-lasting effects that continue for months or even years. In some cases, symptoms may not even begin to appear until months or years later. Stress can occur from good events (such as a wedding or starting a new job) or bad events, but it becomes a prob-

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lem when we are unsure of how to handle an event. The first stage of stress involves the body’s mobilization of energy: you feel your heart beat faster and your breathing get faster as the body releases adrenaline. This reaction leads to what most people call the “fight or flight” mechanism, and helps a person to get moving





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