Skateboard park fundraising efforts get a boost

  • Dec. 9, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record staff

A fundraising campaign to build a skateboard park in the remote community of Ahousaht has received a boost from a survivor of the October sinking of the Leviathan II off Tofino.

It just so happens that Dwayne Mazereeuw is the construction manager for New Line Skateparks in Calgary. He wanted to thank the Ahousaht residents who helped rescue him, his wife and other people aboard the whale-watching boat that capsized. When Mazereeuw heard about the effort to build the park, he contacted Grant Shilling — a Cumberland resident who founded Get on Board, which initiated the fundraising campaign.

“He (Mazereeuw) says ‘We’re gonna help you. We can contribute’,” Shilling said. “It’s just unbelievable. That was the thing that really gave our campaign a shot in the arm.”

Mazereeuw plans to travel to Ahousaht in the spring to help construct the park.

Campaign details can be found at bit.ly/1S7Hu27. The goal is to raise $20,000.