Octopus Marine Ecology Centre






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Thanks For Your Support

The move from Cowichan Bay to Sidney was made possible through major support from the Town of Sidney together with support from the Port Sidney Marina and the Marine Mammal Museum. The Vancouver Foundation has also provided critical funding. Many volunteers helped on the move through the Veins of Life Society, the BC E–team, Brentwood University College, Maxwell International Baha’i School and many friends in Cowichan Bay. 

Donations & Grants

Volunteers are critical, but our Centre with live, dynamic displays also required financial support beyond that generated from fees. Many visitors anonymously added cash to our donation boxes--especially during visits by Clipper Cruise Lines and Elder Hostel. Members often add a donation when they join or renew. We can't list all these but would like to name government organizations, corporate supporters, other major donors, grant agencies and foundations who have helped us over the past 10 years. 

Federal government
Action 21 Environment Canada
Environmental Partners Fund Environment Canada
Human Resources Development Canada
Industry Canada
Wildlife Habitat Canada

Provincial government
B.C. Information, Science & Technology Agency
B.C. Min. of Education, Skills and Training
B.C. Science Council
Environmental Youth Team
Fisheries Renewal B.C.
Go BC. Min. of  Provincial Secretary

Local government
Community Futures for Cowichan Region
Cowichan Valley Naturalists Society
Cowichan Valley Regional District
Town of Sidney

Corporate supporters 
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
Arenaria Research & Interpretation
Bluewater Enterprises Ltd.
Coastal & Ocean Resources Inc.
Glen Davidson, Certified Accountant
Inuktun Services
Khoyatan Marine Laboratory
Port Sidney Marina
Shell Environment Fund
Thumbnail Creative Group

Foundations and other societies
Cowichan Bay Improvement Association
Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society
Cowichan Community Land Trust
Cowichan Sierra Club
Friends of the Environment [Canada Trust]
Georgia Strait Alliance
MacMillan Foundation
South Cowichan Rotary Club
Vancouver Foundation
Wildlife Travel [UK]

Major private donations
Aileen Harmon
Ed Bousfield
John Mitchell
Marianne Brown
Norman Dale
Yogi & Cathy Carolsfield

The Marine Ecology Centre was a non-profit society (S-33786) & registered charity (1073188-21)

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