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General · 2nd November 2016
Ray Grigg
The October 1st fundraiser for Alexandra Morton and wild salmon was a huge success. The Quadra Community Centre was nearly full to capacity. People arriving shortly after 6pm began perusing the many items for silent and live auction, watched the series of information photos documenting her summer's “Operation Virus Hunter” expedition aboard the Sea Shepherd Society's RV Martin Sheen, and snacked on the delicious assortment of baked desserts available. They bought most the remaining 2,000 raffle tickets, purchased donated wild salmon t-shirts from Anissa Reed, and even made personal donations to a cause they passionately support and to a woman they regard as a hero.
Alexandra's illustrated presentation at 7pm — preceded by background songs by Kris Wellstein and an original “Sea Lice Song” by Smokey Dimney — captured the drama and intensity of a summer of monitoring salmon farms aboard the Sea Shepherd's ship.
The ship, it seems, inadvertently became a platform for the First Nations who oppose salmon farms to focus their frustration and consolidate their energy. After nearly 30 years of being disregarded by both the industry and government they decided to serve the salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago with eviction notices. This they did with a dignity, solemnity and power that Alexandra so aptly illustrated in her video clips. The interweaving of these ceremonial evictions with extensive scientific information from Alexandra made a stunning presentation. She received a standing ovation from large audience.
Bids for the silent auction closed, raffle ticket sales ended, and the live auction began. Lola Murray adroitly solicited bidding on the wide range of donated items. The evening ended with the draw for the 14 winners of the raffle.
Sierra Quadra would like to thank the innumerable people who contributed to the success of the evening, and to the many individuals and businesses who donated so generously to our fundraising efforts. And, of course, we must also acknowledge all those who attended, and the many who donated so liberally, who bid so enthusiastically, and whose appreciation of the importance of the evening created the magical energy that exceeded our most optimistic expectations.