|BOWEN ISLAND AMBULANCE
Stn: 604-947-2594 / Fax: 604-947-0621 /
The BC Ambulance Service maintains Station 225 here on Bowen. The station is staffed with paramedics every day of the year. Full training and statistics can be found at www.apbc.ca
British Columbia Ambulance Service
1034 Miller Rd, Box 99, Bowen Island, B.C. V0N-1G0
BOWEN ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL 604-947-2454
The Bowen Island Arts Council – serving Bowen for more than three decades – is an arts umbrella charity promoting and supporting arts and culture on Bowen Island. BIAC also fosters an interest and pride in the cultural heritage of our island. We operate the Gallery @ Cove Commons, host a variety of performances, concerts and other events and offer an array of arts and cultural programming. We advocate for the arts and create opportunities that result in social and economic benefits for the entire community, including the need for a community hall and performing arts space. As the lead advisory body to the Bowen Island Municipality in the area of arts and culture, we are tasked with the implementation of the Cultural Master plan, Bylaw #446. For more information, or to join this lively nonprofit, visit our website at www.biac.ca and bowenculture.ca. New volunteers welcome!
BOWEN ISLAND ARTS PACIFIC GALLERY
AL21, 587A Artisan Square
Arts Pacific Gallery is a “must-visit” stop in any excursion to Bowen Island. The arts collaborative was formed in 2003 by a small group of artists and craftspeople who, desiring on-going exposure for their works, selected the retail site at Artisan Square. Now, its newly refurbished space showcases the carefully crafted works of its thirteen members, who maintain and staff the store. Hand knits, fibre arts, jewellery, limited edition photography, art cards, pottery, ceramics and paintings in various media are all on display.
Since its inception, Arts Pacific has been an integral part of the artistic community on Bowen Island, and through the dedicated efforts of its diverse membership, it is an established venue for the display and sale of the fine crafts and art works available.
BOWEN ISLAND CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
Linda Pheiff: 604-947-9625 / Pernille Nielsen: 604-947-2210
A non profit Socierty which provides assistance for Bowen residents at Christmas time.
BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY CHOIR
The Bowen Island Community Choir, under the direction of Ellen MacIntosh, provides an opportunity for adults to sing together, culminating in Spring and Christmas concerts. All are welcome to join - no experience is necessary. We practice at Cates Hill Chapel on Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:30 pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Bowen-Island-Community-Choir-755837181203054/).
BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY FAIR ASSOCIATION
BICFA is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who plan and present Bowfest, a traditional end of summer celebration that involves local participation and serves as a fundraiser for various island organizations. Persons interested in becoming involved or helping out.
BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Julia McCaig, Administrator
The Bowen Island Community Foundation helps to nurture and strengthen the values and priorities that are so special to our island community. Through the donations we receive from the community for grants, bursaries and scholarships, the Foundation helps fuel the passions and creativity of Bowen Islanders to bring good ideas to reality — ideas like the Garden Gateway and BICS solar panels. The Foundation gives all Bowen Islanders an opportunity to contribute and belong to the community through donating time and funds. Visit our website for more information, to donate, or to propose an initiative.
BOWEN COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (BCHA)
The Bowen Community Housing Association (BCHA) is a community driven grass roots group of citizens committed to preserving our unique island character and culture, by fostering and maintaining social and economic diversity through the creation of affordable housing for all. It is a registered BC non-profit society in good standing. Come and enjoy our annual fundraising running event on Bowfest day.
BOWEN ISLAND CONSERVANCY
Owen Plowman, President
The Bowen Island Conservancy is a non-profit organization which fosters the preservation of land on Bowen Island, for present and
future enjoyment. We work with land owners to protect plants, animals and natural ecosystems through gifts, exchanges, covenants and purchases, for the benefit of all who enjoy our Island's environment. As well, we provide and sponsor public education activities several times each year. Contact us to find out about park restoration and other outdoor stewardship activities, ways to protect special features on your land, membership information and more, via P.O.Box 301 or above.
BOWEN ISLAND ECO ALLIANCE
The Bowen Island Eco-Alliance is a non-profit organization that, for 63 years, has been dedicated to community service and preservation of Bowen Island’s natural environment.
Treasurer, A-11, RR 1, Bowen Island BC V0N 1G0
BOWEN ISLAND FAMILY PLACE ASSOCIATION
650 Carter Road (Lower level)
Family Place, a non-profit organization, was established in
1989 to connect families and support family life on Bowen Island.
Family Place offers three programs: Family Place for parents/
caregivers and their children 0-6 years old; Baby Connections
for expecting and new parents with babies 0-12 month old;
and a Post Partum Support Group. The programs offer strength-based
family support; developmentally appropriate play-based
programming; a clothing, toy and book exchange; a resource
lending library; and parent education. New families are always
welcome. Please see website for program times and details.
BOWEN ISLAND FIBRE ARTS GUILD 604-947-2295
The Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild is an association of individuals who are interested in the fibre arts and crafts. Among our members are quilters, weavers, knitters and surface designers with varied approaches and styles. The Guild is always happy to welcome new members, and interested people can come to our meetings which are held monthly from September to June, on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Call Louise Painter to find out more about our Guild. email@example.com
BOWEN ISLAND FILM SOCIETY
Bowen Island Film Society is a non-profit organization established in 2003 to bring thought provoking alternative films to the island community and to encourage an appreciation of motion picture as an informative and educational art medium. Individual, family and visitor memberships available. Films are screened monthly. For reservations, please contact us at www.bowenfilm.com
BOWEN ISLAND FISH AND WILDLIFE
Hatchery Info: 604-947-2215
Streamkeepers Info: 604-947-0630
BIFWC is a non-profit society which operates the Terminal Creek Salmon Hatchery and conducts stream quality assessments using the Pacific Streamkeepers methodology. New members are needed to help with both hatchery and streamkeeping activities.
BOWEN ISLAND GARDEN CLUB
Box 271, Bowen Island, V0N 1G0
Greta Smith, President, 604-947-0853
Pam Miller, Membership, (604) 947-2349
Bowen Island Garden Club usually meets 1-3 pm on the third Monday of every month (excluding June, July, August, and December) at The Gallery in Artisan Square and offers gardening advice, fascinating speakers, and the opportunity to socialize and share experiences. Occasionally, meetings may be held evenings; please watch the Undercurrent for details of speakers and times.
Our events calendar includes tours of gardens and nurseries throughout Bowen and the lower mainland, a summer garden party, a Christmas party, and our annual plant sale which funds plantings, invasive weed control programmes, library books, and speakers. New members are always welcome!
BOWEN ISLAND GOLF ASSOCIATION/CLUB
A non-profit society that operates Bowen Island’s 9 hole public golf course. Memberships that provide for special playing privileges available. Advance tee time bookings @ 604-947-GOLF (4653). Membership information @ www.bowengolf.com.
BOWEN ISLAND HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
Bowen Heritage works to preserve heritage buildings and landscapes on Bowen Island and to share our rich history with island residents and visitors. The glory days of the original Union Steamship Company’s destination resort on Bowen, known as “Vancouver’s Playground”, are recalled in our charming Cottage Museum. Preservation and restoration of the Davies Orchard cottages has been a focus of our work from our inception in 1989 and continues to date, with 5 of the 12 original Orchard cottages restored. From our office in Davies Orchard, we run summer programmes including tours and workshops; and we put on a number of community events throughout the year. Behind Cottage 20, we operate a community garden featuring heritage plants brought to Bowen by some of its earliest settlers and demonstrating composting and organic gardening practices. We welcome your participation and always have projects underway that could use your help! Join us at www.bowenheritage.org or contact Karen Wristen: 604-788-5634.
BOWEN ISLAND HORSE OWNERS AND RIDERS ASSOCIATION (BIHORA)
Formed in 1983, the Bowen Island Horse Owners and Riders Association, or BIHORA, welcomes all horse enthusiasts to join our non-profit organization in enhancing, promoting and protecting opportunities for horse/rider enjoyment on Bowen Island.
BOWEN ISLAND IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
604-947-0948 / 604-947-2470
Working with the community for the better governance of Bowen Island.
BOWEN ISLAND MEMORIAL GARDEN SOCIETY
Van Hayden 604-539-6240
Andre Chollat 604-947-0441
Is a registered charity to create and maintain a memorial garden located in Crippen Park, Snug Cove on behalf of Bowen Islanders who may wish to remember their loved ones. Memorial plaques can be ordered through the above website. Donations are also gratefully accepted with a tax receipt being issued for gifts of $10.00 or more.
BOWEN ISLAND MONTESSORI SCHOOL 604-947-9039
In Artisan Square, next to the Gallery
BIMS offers a dynamic, nurturing, and inclusive environment in a multi-aged setting for children between the ages of 2.5 years to six years. Our Montessori program embraces the principals of cosmic education. Children are exposed to art, music, cultural geography, numeracy, literacy and creative play. BIMS offers a learning environment that fosters peace and encourages the acknowledgement and value of different lived experiences. We welcome you to join us through the garden gate.
BOWEN ISLAND MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 604-947-2655
Community Museum and Archives;
Visit the small local museum, logger’s cottage and archives. Enjoy the summer exhibits as well as the annual Remembrance Day and Christmas display. The archives have material related to Bowen’s history from 1872 to the present. The collection features over 3,000 photographs, artifacts, records of the Union Steamship Company Resort, biographical material and a complete run of the island newspaper. Phone to find out how to purchase our books ‘Bowen Island Reflections’ and ‘Bowen Island 1872-1972’. Volunteers are welcome to participate in the many ongoing activities including the People, Plants and Places tour.
BOWEN ISLAND MUSIC ASSOCIATION (BIMA)
Founded in 1990 by local musicians, The Bowen Island Musicians Association (BIMA) provides communications, connections, information and general support for the creators of music on Bowen Island. We also feed the consumers of music by producing live shows such as Coco Love Alcorn, Amos Garrett, Fruit, Kim Barlow, Ruthie Foster, and many others. We are ambassadors of Bowen Island culture. We support and create opportunities including events, concerts, festivals, coffeehouses and educational programs. BIMA has produced the very successful Tune In/Tune Up weekend of music workshops and concerts for the community and beyond.
BIMA also supports artists, organizations and the community through the affordable rental of our sound system. Enquiries regarding the equipment, availability and cost should be directed to Doug Fleetham (947-0849 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Enquiries about BIMA in general, membership, or activities may be directed to Doug or to co-chair Lorraine Ashdown @
604-947-2061 or email@example.com
BOWEN ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 604-947-9788
430 Bowen Trunk Rd.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm
Open late Wed. 10am-8pm
Open Sunday 12-4 (September - June)
Use our website to access many library functions any day and any time. Click on the “My Account” tab to check your due dates or to renew materials. You can also view our catalogue and place holds on items you would like to pick up later. For immediate research and information needs check out the full text databases available through our “Digital Collections”. All you need is your library card! 430 Bowen Trunk Rd., PO Box 10
BOWEN ISLAND SENIORS’ HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE
1070 Miller Road
Bowen Island BC V0N 1G1
BOWEN ISLAND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
Proud to serve Bowen Island with dedication and professionalism. Chief Brian Biddlecombe
BOWEN ISLAND YACHT CLUB
The Bowen Island Yacht Club was founded in 1987 and for the last 22 years it has been dedicated to the encouragement and organization of junior sail training and sailboat racing as well as educational and social activities for both power and sailboaters living on Bowen Island and in the surrounding area. Major activities of the club include the popular annual Round Bowen Race and the Summer Sail Training program for children.
www.biyc.bc.ca Box D - 25 Bowen Island, B.C.
BOWEN AGRICULTURAL ALLIANCE 604-947-2774
Bowen Agricultural Alliance (BAA!): Growing food, knowledge and community. A network to promote and facilitate local food systems through workshops, project teams and cooperatives. We are an informal organization that welcomes a broad spectrum of experience levels and inerests including gardeners, beekeepers, farmers, youth, seniors and everyone in between.
BOWEN NATURE CLUB
Promotes the understanding and enjoyment of nature, especially on Bowen Island, through nature walks, family outings, talks and publications. Affilliated with the Federation of BC Naturalists. Contact: Everhard van Lidth de Jeude
BOWEN YOUTH CENTRE 604-947-2717
Recreation / programs / Friday and Saturday night.
Youth Services - Matt Neufeld - Bowen Island Municipality Youth Outreach Worker. Counselling, outreach, programming, employment.
Office: 604-947-2717 Cell: 604-240-3467
PO Box 95 firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Bowen Island Teen Centre www.six50.ca
CAWES (Coast Animal Welfare & Education Society)
Founded Nov.2000, CAWES is a charitable, non-profit, volunteer organization. Our activities include: spaying/neutering of feral and stray cats/dogs; finding foster and adoptive homes for abandoned animals; providing food and sanctuary to stray animals; assisting in wildlife rescue; helping to find lost pets; reaching out to pet owners in need; and offering animal welfare guidance to the community. For information and/or assistance with pet and wildlife issues, please contact:
Deb Fortescue (604) 328-3216
Jlonka-Bally Brown (604) 916-7601
Dani Gifford (604) 839-9034
Carol McNaughton (778) 668-2993
Iris Carr (778) 997-4190
COMMUNITY HALL & ARTS CENTRE (CHAC) Committee
The CHAC committee, a sub-committee of the Bowen Island Arts Council, operates with a mandate to realize the creation of a Community Hall and Arts Centre on Bowen Island.While working with the municipality, recreation services and other community groups on plans for a mixed-use community centre, the CHAC committee has also been fundraising independently to support the arts component of a civic building. Thanks to the generosity of local residents, the CHAC committee has already established an Endowment Fund with an opening balance of $100,000.To learn more about funding opportunities or how you can get involved with this initiative, call us at (604) 947-2454 or send an email to email@example.com.
BOWEN ISLAND UNITARIANS
Contact Alan Boysen : 604-947-9191
Liberal religion for the open minded and the searching heart.Sunday services 10:30am at the North Shore Unitarian Church in West Vancouver September-June. Occassional gatherings here on Bowen.
BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH
Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon:
Worship & Sunday School 10:30am.
1120 Miller Rd. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CATES HILL CHAPEL
Dr. James B Krohn: 604-947-4260
661 Carter Rd
Evangelical. Worship and Sunday School at 10:00am
Bookings: Mrs. Louise Ferguson: 604-947-2079
ST. GERARD’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
1111 Miller Rd. at Melmore
Sunday Mass - 10:30 am.
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Contact: 604-947-2681 or 0754 or 2108
Worship on first and third Sundays of the month - call for information.
COMMUNITY HALL & ARTS CENTRE (CHAC) 604-947-2454
The CHAC committee, a sub-committee of the Bowen Island Arts Council, operates with a mandate to realize the creation of a Community Hall and Arts Centre on Bowen Island. While working with the municipality, recreation services and other community groups on plans for a mixed-use community centre, the CHAC committee has also been fundraising independently to support the community hall and arts centre portion of a community centre or complex.
Thanks to Bowen Island donors and the Vancouver Foundation we have started our Endowment Fund with a healthy opening balance of $100,000. The Endowment Fund will be used to support the operation of a Community Hall and Arts Centre once it is built. We hope to grow that fund over the year and look forward to your continued support.
As well, the CHAC committee is launching an ambitious capital fundraising campaign towards the construction of a multi-use community hall and arts centre that will be a place to celebrate island culture in its myriad forms. Join us in our work aimed at opening a community centre in 2010.
EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES (ESS)
Bowen Island and around the province 604-947-2276
ESS provides short term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. Assistance may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification services. ESS may also provide specialized services such as first aid, child minding, pet care and transportation.
Typically a reception centre would be set up as a centre base for evacuees. This could be a school gym Church or any other large building in the community that would be a safe place for folks to gather.
On Bowen we have lots of choices that would meet this need.
ESS is usually available for 72 hours. During these first 72 hours, evacuees should immediately plan their next steps by contacting their insurance agents, families, or local non profit agencies.
ESS is based on volunteerism and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the wellbeing of their neighbors and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster. Although ESS is designed to provide services to individuals affected by large complex disasters or emergencies, ESS may also be provided during smaller emergencies; for example a single house fire or emergencies affecting 1 to 2 families in a community.
FRIENDS OF THE BOWEN ISLAND LIBRARY (FOBILS)
The Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society was created in 1978 to develop and nurture a community library. With their target achieved, the Friends have continued to support the library in many different ways. Among their current activities is the annual used book sale whose new name is BookFest and whose 2010 date is May 29 and 30. The Friends mini bookstore in the library lobby is a bustling success. So is the appealing selection of special books which the Friends bring to the Christmas Craft Fair. Both the children’s Summer Reading Club and occasional author readings are assisted by the Friends. The Friends welcome donated books in good condition. For information about sorting books or getting involved in other ways, contact Alvie and John Morrison at 604-947-9885 or
Lois Meyers-Carter at 604-947-2440.
SENIORS KEEPING YOUNG (S.K.Y.)
Meets every Monday morning 9am to noon in lounge at Bowen Court, 1070 Miller Road. Drop in programme,-Line Dancing, exercises, socializing, speakers and discussions. Donations for refreshments would be appreciated. Come and join any part of the programme that interests you.
SNUG COVE HOUSE SOCIETY
Snug Cove House Society is dedicated to building a supportive living facility on Bowen Island for seniors who can no longer manage in their own homes. We want to change the history of our seniors moving to the mainland when they can no longer cope on their own. We are currently fund-raising for the supportive component of our facility.
1080 Miller Road, Bowen Island, B.C. V0N 1G1
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
We belong to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, a network of more than 200 groups across Canada that support ,through the Stephen Lewis Foundation, African grandmothers caring for an estimated 13 million children orphaned by AIDS.
Contact Sheila 604 947 0114 or
Shelagh MacKinnon 604 947 9382.
WRITE ON BOWEN! FESTIVAL
The annual writers festival, July 2-4, 2010, is a week-end long symposium of interactive workshops, panels, author readings and other special events, offering excellent instruction in all genres of the craft of writing and celebrating Bowen’s literary heritage. Contact the Bowen Island Arts Council or email email@example.com for more information.