Say YES to Y.E.S.
Welcome to the Yellow Point Ecological Society (Y.E.S.). Our purpose is to understand, appreciate, protect and restore the ecosystems and watersheds in the Yellow Point area of Vancouver Island, and to inspire and support local residents and visitors to do the same. We honour the Snuneymuxw and Stz’uminus First Nations, who have stewarded these lands and the waters of the Salish Sea for thousands of years.
The Yellow Point Ecological Society (Y.E.S.) has set a goal to raise $2,500 to assist young people from the Snuneymuxw First Nation to engage in sports and athletic activities including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, paddling, workouts and strength training. The funds will be given to the Snuneymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre to help young men and women overcome financial barriers to participation in sports.
Suicide rates among First Nations are six to eleven times the Canadian average, but the Snuneymuxw have been suicide-free for six years. Bill Yoachim, a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and executive director of Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services, credits the change to their determination to include youth in reviving traditional Snuneymuxw culture and to youth engagement in athletic programs, which make people feel alive.
Can you help us reach our goal? Click here to contribute: http://www.nanaimofoundation.com/the-yes-fund/
The Yellow Point Ecological Society values community service, and we understand that a beautiful, fair and sustainable future needs social, economic and environmental resilience. We hope you will join us in our endeavour.
Y.E.S. Speakers Series: Thursday June 7th, 7pm
An Evening with Janet Lochead: The Invertebrate Wonders of the Salish Sea
Janet completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at Queen’s University and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Science in Zoology at the University of Guelph. Following her degrees, Janet took time off to travel to Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Nepal. She then worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service as an at-sea fisheries observer on commercial fishing fish in the Bering Sea, Alaska. Janet settled down on Vancouver Island in 2003 and began her career with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She worked on various projects, including research to support the implementation of Rockfish Conservation Areas and on the interaction between Pacific hake ecology and greenhouse gas warming of the atmosphere, until she joined the Dive Fisheries Program of the Science Branch in 2007. In 2016, she became the Head of this Program, and now oversees BC’s stock assessment programs for Green Sea Urchins, Red Sea Urchins, Giant Red Sea Cucumbers and Pacific Geoduck Clams.
Our Previous Speakers and hikes:
Ted Leischner has kept bees for 30 years, including 10 years as a commercial beekeeper with 500 hives. He taught beekeeping for 15 years at an agricultural college in Alberta.
After observing the importance of bees to our agricultural economy, and noting the serious nature of bee decline, Ted became engaged in bee pollinator conservation outreach on Vancouver Island through Bee Plan Now to save both our honey bees and our 400 species of native bees, to ensure our local capacity for pollination and seed set for flowers, fruits and nuts for decades to come. Come and join us for another great evening!
Bruce Whittington is an acclaimed naturalist, birder, author and wildlife photographer. He will be sharing insights into our local Yellow Point birds, and inviting us to engage as citizen-scientists, watching and noting the many birds who are our fellow-residents.
Bruce is the author of Seasons with Birds, The Field Naturalist, and Wildlife Watch on an Alaska Cruise, and founder and former Executive Director of the Habitat Acquisition Trust. With Wanda Dombrowski he operates Bayview Framing and Art on First Avenue in Ladysmith.
Genevieve is a volunteer with the Cowichan Valley Naturalists. She is a mother of four, a nature interpreter, biologist, ecological reserve warden and women’s counselor. She has shared her passion for nature with children and adults for many years, including in BC Parks, School District #79, Girl Guides and with the Bring Back the Bluebirds Project. In 2016 she was honoured as BC Parks Volunteer of the Year. She works closely with her husband Dave Polster, a highly-respected restoration biologist.
Geraldine Manson is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and is married to Earl Manson. She has worked for her community since 1980 gives credit for her cultural wisdom and education to her Elders, present, and Elders who have passed on.
As the Elders’ Coordinator at VIU for Snuneymuxw First Nations, she carries many responsibilities that relate to culture and traditions in the community. Geraldine has served her community as elected council-member. She continues to be mentored by Dr. Ellen White (Kwulasulwut) in the traditional cultural practices of the Snuneymuxw people.