On Friday evening, about 80 people came out for a festive evening at Shawnigan Lake School. There was delightful music, delicious food, and delectable wine. There were also extraordinary live and silent auction items. Most importantly, there was a collective desire to see a long-standing dream of the Shawnigan community come true: to protect Mt Baldy as a park. It was a wonderful evening, and by the end over $8700 was raised.
George Norris’ letter, written in 1995 and re-printed in the July 2015 Shawnigan Focus, identifies the value of this mountain to our community:
“This lovely panoramic viewpoint, easily accessible to local
residents has been an outdoors destination, summer and
winter, for over one hundred years. Its recreational value was
acknowledged in our first Official Community Plan twenty
We are on the cusp of protecting Mt Baldy forever. You can contribute to this legacy for the Shawnigan community with a 100% tax-receiptable donation to the CVRD.
Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday evening, to Shawnigan Lake School for providing the venue, to the many donors of live and silent auction items, and to the hard-working volunteers (especially Barane McCartney, Gaileen Flaman, Bruce Stevens, Margaret Symon, and Steve Housser, auctioneer extraordinaire) who pulled together and created an evening of celebration and generosity.
(In addition to those listed above,
thank you also to Island Blue Print, Evedar’s Bistro, and Kathy Waet!)
Thank you, Shawnigan, for continuing to be a truly inspiring community!