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General · 5th February 2010
Comox Valley Naturalists Soc.
Comox Valley Naturalists Society

The regular Monthly Meeting of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society will be held February 21st at 7:00 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. This is our “Member’s Night” (The Public is also welcome), and the featured speakers will be Father Charles Brandt, and Dr. Marlene Smith. After these, we will have our Annual General Meeting, the main agenda item will be election of officers for the society.

The Art of the Totem

Father Brandt has devoted his life to meditation and solitude, and has given much consideration to the relationship between human kind, spiritual beliefs, and the natural world, or in his own words, the “sacramental commons.” Father Brandt is author of “Meditations from the Wilderness” and "Self and the Environment." Fr. Charles will be speaking on THE ART OF THE TOTEM.

My presentation will be a narration on the video I did over the years (still in progress) on the Art of the Totem, the totems of the NW. In his book, Haida Art, George MacDonald states: Marius Barbeau of the Canadian Museum of Civilization summed up the significance of the achievement of the early carvers on the Northwest Coast when he wrote (l950, vol. 1, dedication): "Their genius has produced monumental works of art on a par with the most original the world has ever known. They belong one and all to our continent and our time, and have shown how creative power may thrive in remote places."

100 Years Strathcona Park and the BC Parks system.

Founding member of the Friends of Strathcona Park, Dr. Marlene Smith has been involved in the protection of Strathcona Park for 24 years, yes that will be ¼ of the 100 years of Strathcona Park in 2011! On February 21 she is proud to present a 15 minute documentary video on the 100 year history of Strathcona Park. The video was made by Rick Searle. Rick was commissioned and sponsored by the council of Park Elders, a group of ex park employees who have set it as their goal to see the continued protection of our parks.

In March 2011 it will be 100 years ago that the merchants of Campbell River proposed the preservation of the mountains around Buttle Lake to be preserved as a park. And so it happened that not only Strathcona Park was created in 1911, it also led to the formation of the Provincial Park system. Not only do we celebrate 100 years of the flagship of the BC Park system, Strathcona, we are also reminded for the need and urgency to preserve our parks for the next 100 years for all those generations to follow in our footsteps! With our unaltered natural world shrinking daily through logging, mining, urbanisation and future “Run of the River projects”, long-term protection of our parks seems to be a “no-brainer”!

Marlene will give a personal account of the chequered history of the park and how and why the Friends of Strathcona Park was formed and what the park’s future looks like. A question and answer period will follow the video. This informative evening is for everyone interested in seeing our park system and Strathcona Park to be continued for the next 100 years!

Meetings of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings are open to the public, including youth. A donation of $2.00 is suggested for non-members, and new memberships are always welcomed. Meetings are not held in December, July, and August. The March 21 meeting is a CPAWS presentation centering on Triangle Island, the CVNS April 18 presentation will feature Mr. Andrew Mackinnon, “Ecology and Invasive Species”.
Please come out and join us for these important environmental topics. For more information on CVNS please visit the website at
Cream Lake, Strathcona Park
Cream Lake, Strathcona Park
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