It’s the culmination of many years of work but now the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative is handing out legacy grants to various community groups from the profits of its logging venture with the Pacheedaht First Nation.
Decisions were made in October as to how this year’s fund of $50,000 would be divvied up, and Tim McGonigle, vice-chair of the Co-op, announced the names of the winners on Nov. 12.
“The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, aside from the yearly donations that we do to the Community Services Christmas Hampers, the scholarships we hand out, and other contributions that we do yearly, this year would be the first time we’ve done legacy gifts from among the applications that came forward.
“I’m pleased to announced that we as a board have approved a number of requests totalling $50,000 for this year,” he said, and then read from a list.
IMAGE: Tim McGonigle, vice-president of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, has announced the winners of $50K in grants handed out by the organization. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)