Kus-kus-sum signage near 17th Street Bridge (L to R, Bill Heidrick, Erik Eriksson, Caila Holbrook, Tim Ennis, Dan Bowen, Doug Hillian) – Photo Credit: City of Courtenay.

First $100,000 raised for Kus-kus-sum Project

Three months into campaign, Project Watershed has reached 20 per cent of its fundraising goal

“Project Watershed would like to thank the Comox Valley for helping us pass the first milestone towards un-paving paradise at Kus-kus-sum,” stated Paul Horgen, Project Watershed chair, when the group announced it has surpassed its initial $100,000 fundraising goal earlier this week.

When the Kus-Kus-Sum Project was first announced, in September, the committee set forth an aggressive fundraising goal to attain 20 per cent of its overall target, by the end of 2017.

Project Watershed will be looking to raise another $400,000 from the community over the next two years to complement the $6 million they will be raising from other sources. The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society and K’ómoks First Nation has a vision to secure the old Field Sawmill site (now referred to as Kus-kus-sum to acknowledge the long-standing First Nations’ connection to the site), near the 17th St. Bridge for the purposes of restoration and long-term conservation. The timeline for the project is five years – two years to raise the funding required to buy the property and another three years to return it to functioning habitat. The total cost of the project is expected to be around $6.5 million.

“The response from the community has been heartwarming,” said Tim Ennis Project Watershed’s senior project manager. “We have had over 240 donors come forward to date.”

In addition to community donors, the City of Courtenay has committed to paying the property taxes for 2018 and 2019 and Interfor will be making a donation to cover the taxes in 2017. A full list of donors is available at www.kuskussum.ca. Signage identifying the site as Kus-kus-sum has gone up and is visible from Comox Road and the Riverway Walk in front of the Old House.

“We have a long road ahead of us to transform this eyesore in the heart of our community into functioning habitat,” said Caila Holbrook, Project Watershed’s manager of frundraising, outreach and mapping. “We hope the signs call attention to this journey and help keep it at the forefront of our minds.”

To contribute to the fundraising goal, visit www.kuskussum.ca, or contact Project Watershed, at 250-703-2871.

Just Posted

Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

Comox Valley Glacier Kings drop see-saw affair to Nanaimo

Team still looking for that elusive first win of the season

Three on ballot, two running for Union Bay Improvement District board

Voters will go to the polls to choose new board member on Saturday, Nov. 23

Cumberland waits for child care plan before deciding on Beacon

Village also wants to clarify funding requirements prior to any agreement

Comox Valley initiative collects items for those in need

Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is a ‘Kindness Care Package Project’ that… Continue reading

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Most Read