Hi Bowen! It’s us, BIRCH, your friendly Bowen Island community housing initiative! We wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on the project and where we’re headed next. Earlier this year, BIRCH signed an agreement with Bowen Island Municipality to lease 0.15ha of land on Lot 3. Since then, we’ve been working with our neighbours, Bowen Island Health Centre and Bowen Island Fire Department, to coordinate the layout of the site. Helping us along we’ve received grants from Bowen Island Community Foundation, Bowen Island Municipality, VanCity Foundation and CMHC, totalling over $90,000. These funds are key to our ability to continue advancing the project and we very much appreciate the support from these organizations.
And now the fun part. BARC, BIRCH’s advisory committee, is looking for some new members to help guide us. BARC meets every few months and provides feedback on all aspects of BIRCH’s work. Mindful that most Bowen Islanders have many demands on their time, we try to keep the meetings short and focused.
The next BARC meeting is November 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 pm and we would love for you to join us. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining BARC, please contact email@example.com