Remembering Moralea

The Board of Directors of the Metchosin Foundation mourns the tragic loss of one of its founding members, Moralea Milne. She died suddenly in a car crash on July 28th in Surrey.

The guiding principles of the Metchosin Foundation, “Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, and a Healthy Caring Community” were present in all that Moralea contributed to the work of the Foundation.  Her dedication to a sustainable and healthy environment was formidable. “The environment is the lens through which I view every decision” she once said.  She certainly lived by that commitment.

Moralea’s many years of support and involvement in Metchosin Foundation and other initiatives such as the Biodiversity Project, the BioBlitz, the MycoBlitz, and the Talk and Walk series, contributed greatly to Metchosin becoming a beacon in environmental stewardship.

She served on the Metchosin Council for 10 years and among other contributions, facilitated the building of warm relationships between Council and the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation.

She was an avid and exquisite photographer with a special interest in butterflies and moths. She had a conservation covenant placed on her Metchosin property to ensure that all life forms will be preserved in perpetuity.

In living a life congruent with her principles and conviction, Moralea also wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty; she actively volunteered to pull scotch broom and to remove other invasive species from local parks.

Moralea was a model leader who encouraged those around her, and she wasn’t afraid to stand strong by her convictions.  Moralea will be an enduring and deeply missed role model in the Metchosin Foundation and in the broader community.  Moralea was the embodiment of the principle that one person can make a difference.

A celebration of life is being planned by the family and community.

Metchosin Foundation at Two Summer Events

Metchosin Foundation had tents at two recent events.  One was the MACCA (Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association) event on July 15.  Described as “Arts Festival & Open House + Cash & Carry Sale,” it was a fun afternoon with lots of music, food, and art.

The other event was a joint CRD/Metchosin Biodiversity Project that combined Metchosin Biodiversity Day with Marine Day on July 14. About 250 people came by the Witty’s Beach displays set up by the Metchosin Foundation, the CRD, the Habitat Acquisition Trust,and  Juan de Fuca Rec Centre. Andy MacKinnon, Joel Ussery, and Paige Erickson-McGee led walks to show people the local flora and fauna.

Metchosin Biodiversity Day on July 14, 2018, Witty’s Beach

The Metchosin Biodiversity Project is linking hands with CRD parks this summer to bring you a new and improved Metchosin Biodiversity Day. Staff will be at a tent table during the CRD Parks Marine Day event on Saturday, July 14, from 10 am to 1 pm.  Bring the family along and enjoy a day at the beach. In addition to the CRD beach seine and scuba-diving organisms, join HAT and the Metchosin Biodiversity Project for some short naturalist-led walks to look at beach plants, the estuary environment, and the Witty woods. See the full schedule for the specific times, places, and walk leaders.