Water is Life: Honouring Clean Water. Sun Oct 2


Water is Life: Honouring Clean Water.
Where: Emma and Felix Jack Park.
Temporary Art Installation and Community Gathering.
When: Sunday October 2, 2016 to Monday October 3, 2016.

Community Gathering begins at 1 pm on Sunday.

Details: a two day art installation will fill the stream-bed running parallel to Village Bay Road with empty water bottles. Please feel free to bring your own empty water bottle to add to the stream. Clean water is vital to all living creatures and plants!

About John Aitken: As an artist, my work is about creating work which is non-confrontational and creates an opportunity for heightened awareness and dialogue.

More details: The Mayne Island Recycling Centre will be supplying the water bottles on a temporary basis. The installation will be removed Monday October 3rd by 3 pm. Mayne Island School staff and students have agreed to participate in this project. The teachers will take the students on a field trip to Emma and Felix Jack Park the Monday morning. Many thanks to Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission.

For further information please contact John Aitken MITandH@shaw.ca.

posted September 2016

Time for Tai Chi: Mon Sep 26


Come join us for Tai Chi.

Have you thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am. $25 for the Fall Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 26. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca.

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted September 2016

Talking Circle: Wed Sep 21


Location: Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
Date: Wednesday September 21, 2016
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Facilitator: John Aitken

As part of Mayne Island's continued discussion on Truth and Reconciliation/Healing please come out for a discussion exploring this question:

What is the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?

For further information please contact John Aitken MITandH@shaw.ca.

posted September 2016

Mayne Island Terry Fox Run: Sun Sep 18


Registration at 10:30 am. The run starts at 12 noon.

Come out and support this wonderful event for the whole family. Walk, run, bike, wheel, stroll, blade. There are 10 kilometre, 5 kilometre and 2 kilometre routes.

Remember to get your ice cream sundae at the end! Hot dogs and hamburgers by the Lions.

For further information please contact Colleen Proctor maynecolleen@gmail.com.

posted September 2016

MI Speaker Series - Dominic Covvey: Thu Sep 22


The Mayne Island Speakers Series presents Dr. Dominic Covvey. Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

We are happy to welcome back Dr. Dominic Covey for a thought-provoking talk on weapons of war and their consequences. The talk starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 for coffee and conversation.

For further information please contact Mary at (250) 539-3027 or Brenda Webster at (250) 539-3574.

posted September 2016

West My Friend: Sat Sep 10


Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present the group West My Friend on Saturday, September 10 at the Ag Hall. Doors are open at 7 pm; the performance is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 -- available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware, and Farm Gate Store.

West My Friend is a rare gem that brings together the best of so many things... there are echoes of old world klezmer music, anthems that soar like Broadway show tunes and vocal harmonies that would be envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands. Come out and enjoy an evening of great music!

For further information please contact Meg Iredale omallymusic@gmail.com.


posted September 2016

MIPATA AGM: Sat Sep 17


MIPATA (the Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association) will be having its AGM on Saturday September 17, 2016, 4 pm at the Gazebo in Miners Bay Park. For further information please contact Irene Barrett barrett@shaw.ca.

posted September 2016

2nd Annual Harvest Festival: Oct 7 & 8


The 2nd Annual Harvest Festival will be a two-day performance festival taking place in the first weekend of October, 2016, involving local and international artists. The intention behind this weekend is to celebrate community, collaboration, relationships, friendships old and new.

October 7 & 8, 7 pm 2016 at the Ag Hall.

Harvest Festival tickets available online here. Please visit the Harvest Festival website for more info or contact Georgia at (604) 218-7992.

posted September 2016

Ferry Facts Update September 2016


There seems to be some confusion regarding the new foot passenger reservation system. Passengers attempting to reserve have been told that the foot passenger reservations are full and have assumed that there is no more room on that sailing. BC Ferries allows only a certain number of reservations on each sailing. Once the reservation quota is filled, there is still room for walk on foot passengers. If you need to ensure passage on a specific sailing, be sure to reserve well in advance.

In August, the Queen of Cumberland was running up to an hour late for several days. The problem was an electrical issue with the sensor on a right angle drive (RAD). The sensor was replaced and calibrated and the Cumberland now appears to be operating normally.

Traffic to and from Village Bay seems to be falling behind the other Southern Gulf Islands from April 1 to June 30 so far this year. On route 9 (Village Bay/Tsawwassen), vehicle traffic is up only .5% over last year compared to the average year to date increase of 6.8%. Foot passenger traffic is down 3.0% compared to the average increase of 3.2%. On route 5 (Village Bay/Swartz Bay), vehicle traffic is up 4.7% which is close to the average but foot passenger traffic is up only 1.2% compared to the average of 4.4%.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 (mikesywulych@gmail.com). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych. For further information please contact Mike Sywulych mikesywulych@gmail.com.

posted September 2016

Working With You For A Healthy Community

We want to hear your ideas about Mayne Island health issues!

Help us to:
a) See how the health of our community has changed over time; and
b) Ensure that our activities and advocacy are focused on what is most important to Islanders.

Surveys & drop-off boxes are available at the Health Centre; Gulfport Realty; Trading Post and Home Hardware. If you would prefer to complete your survey online, go to:  the MIHCA web site mayneislandhealth.ca and click the link there or go directly to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MIHCA2016.

Your responses are confidential and will be grouped with others to form an overall picture of health and health needs on Mayne Island. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at info@mihcaboard.ca.

Please do not complete a survey about your own health and opinions more than once.

We encourage all family members to complete a survey - before the deadline of September 30th

Thank you! For further information please contact Carol Munro carolonmayne@shaw.ca.

Update: Survey deadline extended to October 15th

Have you completed the 2016 Mayne Island Health Survey?

As some of you may recall, we administered a similar survey back in 2007. Things have changed since then and we need your input to help us to plan for current and future health needs of our community.

Many long-term residents are getting to the age where they, or their family members are in need of increased services and supports. Some residents (old and new) are moving into the “middle-age” category, where they think more about remaining healthy for as long as possible. Younger residents who are parents are more focussed on the health and well-being of their children and on their own health/ability to support their families. Younger residents who do not have families want to be healthy enough to pursue their chosen life-styles, or to pursue life-style changes.

In short, we all have an interest in health.

We know that you are the best advocate for your own health. At the same time, The Mayne Island Health Centre Association works to give the community as a whole a voice within the complex health care systems. To do that, we need to understand the health issues facing islanders as well as which health influencing concerns you want us to devote time to. Your input helps us to plan for what we can do locally (education, information) and to bring forward your shared concerns to the larger bodies that can influence service provision (Island Health, Southern Gulf Islands Health Advisory, politicians, granting agencies, etc.).

As of Thursday Sept 22nd, 175 islanders have responded to the survey (thank-you all). However, a larger sample (goal of 400) will give us more “ammunition” to speak on your behalf.

So, we are going to extend the deadline for completing a survey to October 15th. The survey can be completed online by going to the MIHCA web site mayneislandhealth.ca and clicking the link there or go directly to the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MIHCA2016. Pick-up and drop-off locations for paper and pencil versions of the survey are available at The Trading Post, The Health Centre, Gulfport Realty and Home Hardware.

posted September 2016