The WIckaninnish Elementary Parent Advisory Council (WEPAC) administers the Hot Lunch Program. WEPAC also employs Chef Ron Weeks to create the healthy menus and food that are the cornerstone of the program which is available to every student who attends Wickaninnish Elementary School. You may choose to have your child enrolled for the month, or pick particular days you would like your child to receive a lunch. The monthly cost is $60, while individually each lunch costs $5.
Each student is sent home with an envelope that has a menu of the meals served for the next month. We aim to have the envelopes out in the middle of the current month, to have time to determine how many students will be eating in the month ahead. We also post the menu on the WEPAC Facebook page. If for some reason, your child does not come with an envelope, they are also located outside the main office.
In order to have your child registered in the Hot Lunch Program, we need to have a signed envelope handed back into the school. This way, we know which child wants a lunch on which day, and we keep records of our numbers. School District 70 sponsors 69 of our monthly lunches for the 17/18 school year. That is an increase of 5 lunches from the previous school year. The School District determines the number of lunches sponsored with a formula that includes the number of envelopes signed, the average mean income of the catchment area, and the amount of money received in the envelopes.
Chef Ron serves an average of 150 lunches per day. It is extremely helpful to the sustainability of the program to have the envelopes signed, with the appropriate amount of money required included. It is important to the WEPAC that every child has access to a meal regardless of ability to pay and this is why we have fundraisers and enjoy the donations of communities and businesses.
This is a non-profit program who’s number one priority is feeding our children nutritious lunches.
- Marnie Helliwell - Wickaninnish Lunch Program Liaison
The West Coast Multiplex Society
The West Coast Multiplex is a community facility in the making — the dream of many passionate West Coast Vancouver Island parents, kids, sports enthusiasts, health professionals, wellness advocates, senior citizens, educators and business people from eight communities. When it is built, the proposed facility will serve multi-generational families who are interested in improved health and wellness through a variety of recreational and educational activities. The West Coast Multiplex is an ideal facility for uniting families and communities.
The proposed project consists of the construction of a recreation facility located on Tofino Airport Lands adjacent to the Long Beach Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. A unique partnership between five First Nations, the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, the District of Tofino, the District of Ucluelet and the West Coast Multiplex Society has been created to bring the project to reality. The initial phase of the project will feature a full size ice surface suitable for hockey.
The monies raised have been applied to the development, of a business plan, feasibility studies, architectural designs and geotechnical research. We have also been able to secure land for the project and November 2017 we put on an everyone welcome skate for all 8 communities in Port Alberni at their Multiplex. Almost 200 west coast residents came out to skate including our local MP.
- Samantha Hackett (Chair, West Coast Multiplex Society)
Tofino Community Food Initiative
The Tofino Community Food Initiative (TCFI) is a not for profit community group that formed in 2009 when a bunch of dedicated individuals decided to lay down their shovels and set about dispelling the myth that it is near impossible to grow food on the west side of Vancouver Island. This is achieved by providing gardening workshops and edible garden tours linking experienced west coast gardeners with new gardeners looking to learn to grow food in our unique climate.
The TCFI also coordinates the Local Food Booth at the Tofino Saturday Market connecting farm fresh food from the ACRD region to the West Coast community. The TCFI created and maintains the Tofino Community Garden as well as the Wickaninnish Community School garden.
This past year, with the generous donation from Tofino Saltwater Classic, the two day intensive Preserve Safe workshop was offered to community members. In collaboration with the District of Tofino Emergency Preparedness Team, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trusts Eat West Coast and the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild, the TCFI hosted a number of food preservation workshops for the community. Plans are to continue to provide these workshops to all the west coast community members so that they may learn these valuable food preservation skills.
The Raincoast Education Society (RES)
The Raincoast Education Society (RES) is an independent non-profit society and registered Canadian charity. The RES was established in August 2000 with a mission to help shape an environmentally sustainable future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship. Our aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for our region and for our planet.
We seek to accomplish our mission by delivering a broad range of high-quality educational and interpretive programs, such as guided walks, seminar series, summer camps, school programs, and events focused on the natural environment, cultures, and communities of the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region. We also bring outside educators and experts to our region for programs and presentations. We work with a broad range of public, private and community institutions and agencies, both within and beyond the region, in order to establish and maintain a high-caliber education and interpretive network and to reflect a wide range of perspectives in all educational and interpretive activities.
The Tofino Saltwater Classic directly supports the Raincoast Field School, which develops and delivers unique, outdoor education programming that meets BC curricular learning outcomes and that feature traditional Aboriginal knowledge.
The Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Society
Located in downtown Tofino (Načiks), the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum showcases events from ancient to modern times.
The history of the museum itself began with the Tonquin Foundation, established in 2003 to protect the anchor believed to be from the shipwreck of Tonquin. The Tonquin disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1811 somewhere off the West coast of Vancouver Island. To keep the anchor and trade beads in Tla-o-qui-aht (ƛaʔuukᵂiiʔath) territory, a small museum was established in 2005. It has grown into an archive and museum display space facility that will serve as this community’s repository for valuable records and artifacts that help tell the story of our shared history in the Clayoquot Sound area.
In 2016, the museum was officially opened after countless hours of work by volunteer members, particularly Lorne Ayers of Tofino. During the winter, the museum doors are open from 12:30 – 4 p.m. on weekends. From May through to September the museum is open to the public five days a week. During 2017, the museum was visited by 364 locals and a total of 3387 visitors over all.
We provide locals with access to photographs and memorabilia of our shared history, visitors a glimpse into the heartbeat of Tofino, and researcher’s access to valuable information. We have also developed a program for elementary school students as well as walking tours for other visiting groups.
Over the years, donations from the Tofino Saltwater Classic have contributed to allowing us to expand museum displays, pay the rent of the museum space in the Tofino Legion Branch #65 building, produce exhibit panels for new installations such as Nikkei (Canadian of Japanese Descent) Heritage in Clayoquot Sound, and Commercial Fishing. Much of the display progress and archival development would not have been possible without contributions from the Tofino Saltwater Classic.
Generous public donations have also been keen to ensuring that we can continue to provide this new service to local communities. As a result of increased community support, we have managed to hire a part time employee in September 2017, which has greatly increased our ability to develop the museum and archives. The continued support of the Saltwater Classic is appreciated and the funding goes directly to the ongoing development of this important community museum project.
If you would like to see your family stories or photographs featured at the museum or to conduct research, contact us at email@example.com.
To stay up to date on events, visit our website www.tofinomuesum.com or follow us on social media @tofinomuseum. On our website you can also sign up for a monthly newsletter that features articles and book recommendations as well.
Don’t miss our AGM on March 21st at 4:30pm.
Sat & Sun 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 331 Main Street, below the Tofino Legion Branch #65
The Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society
The Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society works to enhance salmon runs in Clayoquot Sound. Hatchery tours available. by contacting Doug Palfrey at +1 250-725-2376.
Tofino Parks and Recreation Kids Access Fund
Tofino Hospital Foundation
"Donations to the Hospital Foundation, have helped purchase some desperately needed equipment in the last several years including the Panda Warmer (warming blanket for newborn) and Transport Incubator. These are both so important as we are not a birthing hospital anymore, and have to have these to help someone who goes into labour early. With the Saltwater Classic’s help, we have also bought a Portable Ultrasound and a Bladder Scanner. These are all expensive but very important prices of equipment."
Arlene McGinnis, Tofino Hospital Fondation
Tofino Volunteer Fire Department
Established in 1959, the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protective and emergency services to the community of Tofino, which covers over 10 square kilometers. The fire protection and emergency services delivered by the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department would not be possible without the dedication and commitment from volunteers within the community.
St. Francis of Assisi Women In Need Program
Junior Surfers of Tofino
Community Children's Centre
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