Student volunteers Nanaimo Walley Creek

Planting day on Walley creek with Dover Bay student volunteers and Dave Clough (yellow waders).


October 28, 2017


Upcoming Pacific Salmon Foundation Gala Raises Funds for Local Salmon Projects

VANCOUVER –   Three Nanaimo salmon projects will move forward with the help of grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Nanaimo businesses and residents. The money came from the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program which is funded through sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp, and revenue from fundraising galas like the upcoming Nanaimo Dinner/Dance and Auction on Saturday, November 25 at Beban Park.

The Community Salmon Program supports volunteer-led streamkeeping projects that restore salmon habitat, enhance fisheries and deliver salmon education programs. Since 1991, the gala has helped provide grants of almost $800,000 to 113 projects in the Nanaimo area. Thanks to matching cash and in-kind support from the community, the total value of these projects was actually $4.4 million.

So far this year, three salmon projects in Nanaimo received grants:

  • Departure Creek Neighborhood Association’s bank stabilization and side channel project
  • Ladysmith Sportmen Club’s Holland Creek Park planting
  • Walley Creek Streamkeeper’s planting project

“Local communities play a big part in leveraging our granting dollars,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “For example, the Walley Creek Streamkeeper’s planting project will benefit from in-kind labour donated by student volunteers from local schools. And the Departure Bay Neighborhood Association’s habitat project will benefit from donations of gravel and large stumps from the City of Nanaimo, and funds kicked-in by the volunteers delivering the project!”

But the role of the community doesn’t stop there. Every year the Pacific Salmon Foundation holds a fundraising gala in Nanaimo at Beban Park. A volunteer organizing committee comprised of local residents does the heavy-lifting - selling tickets, raising cash sponsorship, and soliciting donations of items that can be auctioned off.

Added Riddell: “I’ve lived in Nanaimo for about three decades – and Nanaimo undoubtedly is a community that cherishes its salmon. People come out and have a great time, and just as importantly raise money – often to the tune of $30,000 - $40,000. When you consider the ability of streamkeeping groups to leverage funds an average of 6:1, that’s some significant funds for salmon.”

“We hold eight fundraising galas annually, in communities across B.C.,” said Christina McIntyre, event manager for the Foundation. “With Vancouver Island University, DFO headquarters, a vibrant fishing community and several streamkeeping groups all calling Nanaimo home, the city uniquely benefits from a lot of expertise and passion for salmon. The gala helps bring all of these stakeholders together.”

Tickets for the fifteenth annual Nanaimo Dinner/Dance & Auction on Saturday, November 25th at Beban Park are $65. Contact events@psf.ca or 604.664.7664 to buy tickets or learn how to get involved.



Elayne Sun, 604-340-6940, esun@psf.ca


About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:

The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific Salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted voice for conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their ecosystems and works to bring salmon back stream by stream through the strategic use of resources and local communities. www.psf.ca

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