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Posted April 22, 2015

THANK YOU to Our 5 Year Anniversary Supporters!

April 22, 2015

THANK YOU to Our 5 Year Anniversary Supporters!
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Photo by TJ Watt.

Thank you to all who donated towards the AFA’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Dinner as well as our 5th Anniversary Earth Day fundraising goals! We greatly appreciate the guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, artists and others whose generous contributions made the evening an occasion to remember, as well as the many others who weren’t able to make it but have contributed during this pivotal time.

With your dedicated support, we will continue to broaden our movement, complete the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, protect specific endangered ancient forests, and work towards ensuring comprehensive, science-based legislation to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC.


Chefs and Front House Coordinator

A huge thanks to chef Landon Crawford, as well as his team Tom and Dion and front house coordinator Gaby Bolanos for preparing and coordinating the serving of the incredible 3-course sustainable meal for the evening. 


We are extremely grateful for the live music provided by acclaimed Vancouver Island singer-songwriter Shauna Janz, whose song Redwood was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards. Shauna generously donated her time to be with us for the evening.


Thank you to our dedicated, knowledgeable and inspirational speakers – Andy Mackinnon (forest ecologist and best-selling co-author of the Plants of Coastal BC), Vicky Husband (conservationist and Order of Canada recipient), and Arnie Bercov (president of the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada union).

Business Sponsors

Thanks to our business sponsors who contributed to cover various costs of the event – Patagonia Victoria ( for general event costs, Megson Fitzpatrick Insurance Services ( for insurance costs, Truffles Catering ( for kitchen use, and Pedersen’s Rentals ( for a covering a portion of our rental equipment for the evening.  Thanks as well to Hemp and Co. ( for their continued support through the printing of AFA T-shirts and other clothing items, and through merchandise sales at their store. 

Food & Drink

Donating food and drink to the evening’s incredible dinner and bar menu were Hope Hill Farm ( on Salt Spring Island, Michell’s Farm ( in Saanichton, Sun Trio Farm ( in Central Saanich, as well as Hoyne Brewing (, Sea Cider (, and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery (

Door Prizes

Many local businesses, organizations and artists/authors donated to the night’s array of door prizes.  Prizes included gift certificates by Patagonia Victoria (, Sitka (, Sol Integrative Healing (, Harmony Belly Dance ( and Lifestyle Markets (; a 30-day unlimited yoga pass by Moksha Yoga Westshore (; merchandise by Patagonia Vancouver (; gift sets by SeaFlora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare (, Harmony Herbal Teas (, Café 932 and Nezza Naturals (; wine from Kermode Wild Berry Winery (; a wooden science kit by Pathfinders Design & Technology (; copies of the CD Wildside by Quoia (; a cutting board of salvaged Pacific Yew from Bahnmann Timber (; a set of wooden coasters by Evan Patterson Contracting, Detox Spa sessions from Platinum Energy Systems (; a gift certificate and hair products from Inspire Hair Design (; ‘Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada’ by Elizabeth May from the West Coast Greens (, ‘The Great Western Canada Bucket List by author Robin Esrock (, books by Al Carder, and ‘Alpine Plants of British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest North America’ from co-author Andy Mackinnon. 

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