It’s amazing how often small-scale actions can have far-reaching and lasting impacts. Those simple yet powerful ideas may also spark the motivation of others to collaborate and give back to their community too.
2023 NSG Stories
Chess Mates – Turo Callewaert
Belterra Pollinator Garden – Michelle Johnson
Bluewater Basketball – Burle Konopa
Bowen Island Mental Health Activities Group – Alison Nixon
Magic happens when neighbours connect—even if we must be physically apart. It forms friendships, creates a ripple-effect of skill-sharing and knowledge, and builds a stronger, more vibrant community.
We believe the best people to effect change in a community are the ones within it. And when we can make money less of an issue in doing so, it allows so many more creative ideas to shine.
Though the grants are small, the results are powerful. When you become a Project Leader, you join a growing network of locals – just like you – who have taken steps to better their neighbourhoods. We hope reading the stories from other Bowen Islanders will inspire you to bring YOUR idea to life today!
Captains Way Colour – Anne Boa
Neighbourhood Basketball Hoop – Francoise Janssens
Tunstall Bay Street Library – Harmony Shire Davison
TEDx Bowen Island – Sophie Walters
The Bruces’ Garden – Linda Elliott
Low Hanging Fruit – Meribeth Deen, Jennifer Zdril, Elaine Cameron, Lusungu Kayani & David Adams
Captains Way Colour: Part 2 – Kiersten Enemark
The Menorah Project of Shirat HaYam – Aryana Rayne
NERP Kiosk Emergency Hubs – Edward Wachtman, Doug Nash, Kathryn Thomson & Cynthia van Hoof Barthel
In the midst of a global health crisis, the Bowen community got creative on ways to connect and share while following necessary public health protocols. We hope you’ll get inspired for YOUR next idea by reading about how your island neighbours helped this year to build community strength and resilience, foster creativity and wellbeing, and tackle social isolation.
The Great Bowen Bunny Search – Sheana Stevenson
Online Guitar Tips – John Stiver
Weekly Online Art Sessions – Cyrille Saura-Zellweger
Bowen Island COVID19 Resource Website – Elliot Rushton
The ARK on Bowen Island – Shahar Rabi
Plant It Forward – Jillian Rushton
Discover Your Health – Denise Richard
Washable Cloth Face Masks – Julie Vik
Scarborough Food Resilience – Meribeth Deen
Lavender Love – Tom Matzen & Lynn Ellis-Williams
Outdoor Exploration with Emily – Emily van Lidthe de Jeude
Interactive Writing Workshop – Carol Cram
King Edward Bay Invasive Plant Removal – Heather Prittie
Unveiling of the Sign of Bowen Island’s Squamish Name – Pauline Le Bel
Island Hunt scavenger hunt – Brendan Robertson
At Home Mobility for Seniors – Natasha Currah