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Cheakamus Centre Receives Funding from Farm to School BC!

Farm To School BC is a diverse and expanding program that promotes, supports, and links schools and communities with healthy, local, and sustainable food.

Over $111,000 in funding distributed to 43 schools across the province to start or expand their Farm to School program. Cheakamus Centre was one of the lucky recipients! Congratulations to the other successful applicants!

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Creating Cozy Cabins

BCIT School of Construction and the Environment staff and students (Alex Hebert and Mary McWilliam) were onsite to complete final air tightness testing post-occupancy, and to monitor results after deep energy retrofit of our newly renovated cabins 5 and 6. The sign pictured here is an info-graphic of the deep energy retrofit and recognizes all of the sponsors for their generous support. 

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Cheakamus Centre Earns Accolades at the 2018 Professional BC Wedding Awards!

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Cheakamus Centre was one of the big winners at the Professional BC Wedding Awards! The annual Professional BC Wedding Awards is Canada’s longest running wedding awards program, which recognizes the hard work of vendors in the industry who provide high quality services to the wedding industry in BC. Each entry received is carefully reviewed and scored by a panel of judges, who represent different fields within the wedding industry and are selected for their overall understanding and extensive experience.

This year, Cheakamus Centre took the top prize for Best Wedding Reception Venue, with the finalist prize going to the Pipe Shop Venue in North Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. The Centre was also recognized as a finalist for Best Ceremony Location, with the top price going to the Sea to Sky Gondola and the co-finalist award going to the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver. This is the second year that the Centre has been recognized for this coveted award.

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Cheakamus Centre Receives $25,000 From RBC Foundation for a 2nd year!

Cheakamus Centre is proud to announce a contribution in the amount of $25,000 from the RBC Future Launch program. We were very pleased with the success of our program last summer and are thrilled to receive a second year of funding for the Cheakamus Foundation. The Interconnected Nature project brings people together in a teaching longhouse providing for a powerful way to share Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) traditional ways of knowing to better understand each other and how all of us are part of the Natural World.This generous funding will help to create opportunities for indigenous youth to explore, build, and share indigenous cultural practices in an environmental education setting.

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Nature Days Connects Kids with the Outdoors

On November 26th, thirty-five Grade 5 and 6 students from Grandview/¿uuqinak'uuh Elementary School joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of outdoor exploration and discovery at Cheakamus Centre.

Despite cool and rainy weather, the students’ spirits were not dampened. “Our team and our kids had a fantastic time,” said Principal Risha Golby. “From eagle spotting, canoeing, pond study, and the simple excitement of spending a night at camp with your friends, everyone came back smiling, full of stories, and maybe just a little damp.”

Cheakamus Centre’s immersive outdoor experiences are about engaging learners in fun and meaningful ways that foster an emotional connection to nature. “It was a wet and wonderful day; one [student] counted 48 eagles!” said Travis Muir, conservation and engagement coordinator for NCC, who shared the students’ contagious enthusiasm for this remarkable day in nature’s classroom.

Through its Nature Days program, the NCC is creating life-changing opportunities for city kids to explore nearby wild spaces that they may not get many opportunities to visit. By creating opportunities for students to access natural areas, NCC helps to inspire the next generation of healthy outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

Cheakamus Centre has held a conservation covenant with NCC since 1997. The conservation agreement protects the centre’s 165 hectares of lush coastal forest, and critically important habitat for five species of Pacific salmon and overwintering populations of bald eagles, which depend on the salmon for a food supply.

Click on the links to learn more about conservation efforts at Cheakamus Centre, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Students Along Sea to Sky Connect with Nature in First-Ever Mountain to Oceans Outdoor Program

An enthusiastic group of youth from across British Columbia came together October 4-7 in the Sea to Sky for the inaugural Mountain to Oceans outdoor education program and adventure leadership retreat. Thirty high school students were chosen from over sixty applicants to participate in this pilot program co-developed by Cheakamus Centre and Ocean Wise.

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Honored for Excellence: Cheakamus Centre wins Chamber Green Business Award

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Cheakamus Centre was one of the big winners at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards! The Centre was presented with the Green Business Award at the annual gala event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of business people and organizations in the Squamish community.

The Green Business Award, sponsored by the Squamish Climate Action Network (Squamish CAN) is given to a local business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability. The evaluation committee assessed applicants’ achievements towards eliminating waste, conserving resources, promoting a healthy workplace environment and community engagement.

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