Eagle Wing Tours is adding a $2 fee per passenger to its ticket price in an attempt to sustain the population of the southern resident killer whale.
Eagle Wing Tours is the first whale-watching company in Victoria to launch such a fee. From each $2, the company will donate $1 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and $1 to the Center for Whale Research, a non-profit U.S. organization dedicated to the long-term study and conservation of the endangered killer whale.
“We believe it is everyone’s obligation and responsibility to do what they can to support the sustainability of wildlife,” says Eagle Wing Tours co-owner Brett Soberg.
Money given to the Pacific Salmon Foundation will help fund a program designed to increase the production of Chinook, coho and steelhead in the Salish Sea.
Awards honour everyday heroes
The Victoria Leadership Awards, honouring the accomplishments of everyday heroes, handed out the hardware this week to recognize community leadership, service and achievement.
Wining the Lifetime Achievement Award were Mickey and Donna Hajash.
Hélène Cazes and Donna Greschner won the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in linking UVic and the community, while Gordy Dodd and Cindy Moyer won the Rotary Community Leadership Award for exemplifying ethical behaviour and community leadership.
The Vancity Youth Award went to Sarah Rose Robert, the Leadership Victoria Alumni Award to Yasmin Rampuri and the Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award went to the Cridge Centre for the Family.
The United Way of Greater Victoria Award for collaboration and partnership went to Kelly Greenwell and the Royal Roads University Leadership Excellence Award went to Tammy Dewar.