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CSA Craft Fair cancelled for 2020: COVID challenges

The long-standing fair was scheduled for Dec. 6
CSA Craft Fair 2018
On an island that prides itself on craft fairs, the CSA craft fair is queen of them all.

This article was challenging to write, and bad news is never easy to share with friends, neighbours and fellow community members. The Community School Association (CSA) Board of Directors, at its Sept. 16 meeting, made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s CSA Christmas Craft Fair at Bowen Island Community School, previously scheduled to take place on Dec. 6.

The board, some of whom have been involved in the CSA Christmas Craft Fair since its inception 35 years ago, did not take this decision lightly and are as disappointed as many volunteers, community members, crafters and shoppers will be for the cancelation of this year’s much-loved island tradition. Some of the reasons the board made this decision include the consideration of the safety of students, custodians, teachers, staff, volunteers and community members of BICS; volunteer capacity in terms of time and ability to run a safe, enjoyable and beneficial event for everyone; the uncertainty of B.C.’s COVID numbers; the interest in not having to cancel at the last minute and risk the detriment to crafters in terms of time and financial commitments. And many more reasons. “It’s complicated” is an understatement. 

The CSA Board would like to thank the community for your understanding and support, encourage Bowen Islanders to continue to support local businesses and crafters in your shopping considerations and wish the dedicated crafters and supporters of the CSA Christmas Craft Fair a safe and happy holiday season.  

CSA Board of Directors: Frazer Elliott (Co-Chair), Sheana Stevenson (Co-Chair), Tammy Brockmeyer (Treasurer), Helen Wallwork, Pernille Nielsen, Courtney Morris, Sarah Winny, Joseph Cooke, Lusungu Stearns, Sarah Haxby, (BICS Community School Coordinator) Scott Slater (BICS Principal) .