Photo credit: Toby Snelgrove Click here to view this image full-screen. To get an idea of where we are situated in the Southern Gulf Islands have a look at this 360° view from the top of Mount Parke shot by photographer Toby Snelgrove
Our BeginningsIn 2003 a group of interested islanders sought to identify priority areas on Mayne Island wherein conservation tools might, by invitation, be applied. They cultivated relationships with landholders in such areas, in order to build awareness of the existing ecological values and offer walkabouts and other conservation-oriented resources, while building the case over time for the application of conservation tools. The group offered general education and hands-on experiences for Mayne Island residents and visitors related to preserving the ecological integrity of the island for future generations.
These actions addressed the core intent of what has become the Mayne Island Conservancy Society. Therefore:
b) To provide expert advice to government bodies on the eco-systems of Mayne Island
c) To organize and participate in projects designed to encourage community participation in conservation of properties by land purchase, covenant, lease, stewardship, contract or other instrument.
People who visit and live on Mayne Island know that it is a very special place. MICS will continue to develop best stewardship practices in collaboration with private landowners and other conservation groups associated with Mayne Island. The Society's mission is to ensure that the island's fragile eco-systems will be enhanced and its natural beauty will be protected for future generations.
The Society is also recognised as a Charity for income tax purposes with the registration number 87131 7202
The Society issues income tax receipts for donations of $20 or more.
- President - Michael Dunn
- Vice President - Bill Warning
- Secretary - Ann Johnston
- Treasurer - Alan Ryder
- Past President - Helen O'Brian
An Annual General Meeting is held each year in March; anyone may attend but only currently paid up members may vote in elections for the Board, adopt resolutions, make changes to the Constitution and Bylaws and approve the budget for the coming year's operations.
Organisations may join the Mayne Island Conservancy Society as members for the same fee as individuals, and such organisations have a vote at the Annual General Meeting. An organisation may nominate a representatrive who may cast a single vote on all matters before the meeting.