Kudos to the Bowen Island Community Foundation for the three community projects chosen that will receive grants from the Foundation’s Community Impact program. Two of them directly respond to the “vision” our new council was asked by keynote speaker, Joyce Ganong, to share at their inaugural meeting. The Bowen Island Garden Gateway Initiative and the joint Library and Arts Council Cove Culture Corner project will be a nice step toward the revitalization of Snug Cove and betterment of our community. A “more welcoming experience” is very much needed.
While perhaps difficult to replicate the beautiful seating and arbours that were a part of the waterfront walkway in Mannion Bay many decades ago, along the front of the old Union Steamship Hotel, the new stone seating, native plants and pavers at the entrance to the island will be a much welcomed addition near the ferry. What a great “1st step” for tourists and locals.
The BICF is to be commended for their vision in making these grant monies available and choosing projects that respond to the conclusions of their earlier Vital Conversations workshop. Just think of the respectful discourse that can take place on the new seating at the entrance to the Cove. That would be a great place for Council to sit while consuming Joyce’s chocolates as that would give them a perfect look up our main street to better understand and appreciate what other “welcome mat” shaking is needed.