- Briony Penn speaks to a Wildstands Forest Alliance gathering on Cortes Island, discussing practical strategies for land preservation along the BC coast. As one example, she discusses the QQS Projects Society and Koeye River Youth programs; donor funded purchase of lands then entrusted to the youth of the Heiltsuk First Nation. This provides the spark for the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island initiative.
- Inventory of provincially designated rare species and ecological communities observed in the sensitive ecosystems, on forest lands targeted for purchase by the Forest Trust, is undertaken.
- The Forest Alphabet, A-Z, is written and inspires the Forest Alphabet art initiative: providing a valuable educational component presented to the public through the irresistible artwork of children inspired by a love of place! Linnaea School students creating the artwork.
- Community announcement of the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island initiative with the target of ~600 acres of forest lands, within the James Creek watershed and immediately adjacent to Carrington Bay Park, for purchase from Island Timberlands. $5000.00 are immediately secured in pledges from the community.
- Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island prints its first colour brochure, just in time for the Forest Alphabet Art Exhibit at The Old School House gallery in Whaletown; a gala community event!
- The Banner project initiated by Revelstoke youth, Tashi and Shey; in support of the Children’s Forest.
- Forest Alphabet art cards (360) are created for 12 alphabet letters; Christmas fair sales.
- Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children book project initiated, featuring the Forest Alphabet artwork and personal writings by Cortes youth in support of the Children’s Forest. Rachel Bevington, professional web designer and former Cortes youth, volunteers to draft the print ready file. Sponsors sought for printing.
- Forest Ent project; Oh! For the love of Ents!!! Clayworks of art created by Cortes youth and summer visiting youth as fundraisers towards the Children’s Forest.
- Filming of youth on location in the Children’s Forest by Ramshackle Productions; the Children’s Forest video takes the children’s voice internationally.
- Ramshackle Productions completes the Children’s Forest video.
- The Artists’ Journey sees visiting artists join local artists on Cortes Island for plein-air art sessions in the Children’s Forest. Artwork created to be donated to raise funds to print the book, Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children.
- Lisa Gibbons creates 10 celebratory banners: Imagine… a forest in trust to the children, which are displayed throughout the community to herald our community announcement.
- The official community announcement of the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society takes place with an opening blessing by Norman Harry/ Klahoose First Nation. Society Directors are introduced to the community alongside youth performances
- The Cortes Island Teen Szene hosts a community showing of The Lorax, as a Children’s Forest fundraiser.
- November 15, 2012 the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society (FTCCIS) is officially registered under the Society Act of British Columbia.
- The first Artist’s Journey Art Auction takes place at Artspring on Saltspring Island with Ann Mortifee and Paul Horn as guest hosts. Sales of donated artwork dedicated to the printing of the Forest Alphabet book.
- The FTCCIS board of directors initiate an application to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for charitable status.
- A logo contest was initiated by youth to provide the FTCCIS with a professional logo.
- The FTCCIS directors meet with the current landowners to discuss possible purchase.
- The second Artist’s Journey Art Auction takes place at the Natural Food Coop on Cortes Island. Sales of donated artwork from the two combined art auctions raises the funds necessary to print the Forest Alphabet book. Research initiated into the printing firm of choice.
- Tara’s Artshow at The Old School House art gallery; dedicated to the Children’s Forest.
- Application for charitable status submitted to CRA.
- May 15, 2014 the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society (FTCCIS) is granted charitable registration under the Income Tax Act (Canada Revenue Agency).
The fundraising begins!
- FTCCIS adopts winning youth logo design on Society letterhead, buttons & magnets.
- Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children is printed by Friesens Press.
- FTCCIS is the community co-host at Seafest 2014: 700 guests on the grounds at Gorge Harbour Marina; this is a Society fundraiser and educational event.
- The children of Cortes Island launch their book, Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children. Over 100 community members join in the summer celebration at Linnaea Education Center & Trude bakes one of her famous cakes!
- Cortes Day educational display and parade of forest Ents.
- FTCCIS welcomes new board members: Andrew Smythe and Ashe Biela; Ashe stepping into the newly designated role of Youth Director.
- Streamkeepers Training Workshop sponsored by FTCCIS & FOCI; Oct. 25 & 26
- Chum salmon observed returning to James Creek with subsequent predation, most probably by local wolves!
- Nature Study Days in the Children’s Forest are initiated, on November 2; the first Sunday of every month dedicated to youth spending the day in the Children’s Forest making seasonal observations; Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 follow.
- Youth director initiates youth workshops in preparation for 2015 Forest Alphabet Tours to coastal BC schools:
-Meinsje Vlaming facilitates creation of a Tribe of Forest Puppets
-Dan Peters facilitates composition & recording of The Forest Alphabet Rap
-Diane Brussell writes the Mycorrhizal Hokey Pokey for song & dance
- A solstice celebration, The Tree, presents the youth’s work to date, to the community.
- November 22 FTCCIS AGM
- FTCCIS fundraising dossier printed & assembled for distribution.
- Cortes youth champion species at risk in the Children’s Forest; art cards & felted species sold at Christmas fairs.
- Connie Brill & Colin Funk with ReWild Theatre provide professional training for Children’s Forest troupe.
- Nature Study Days; Mar.1…continuing through the year the first Sunday of every month
- March 1 – 5, Forest Alphabet Tour to Saltspring Island, BC. Children’s Forest troupe performs for ~500 youth at Saltspring Schools: Saltspring Center, Phoenix, Saltspring Island Middle and Fulford, Fernwood & Saltspring Elementary. Taking the vision of… a forest in trust to the children, to Saltspring Island!
- Youth Workshop: The Art & Science of Interpretation
- Forest Interpretative Walks by forest apprentice, Tosh Harvey; weekly from Gorge Harbour Marina into the Whaletown Park and Whaletown Commons.
- Shades of Green theatre performance by Children’s Forest troupe premieres at Gorge Harbour Marina.
- Jan. 31, first public AGM for Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society, at Linnaea Education Center.
- Children’s Forest Youth Group initiates weekly meetings to continue their enthusiastic engagement with the Children’s Forest.
- Children’s Forest Walks, the first Sunday of every month, continue into their second year!