Preserving Our Environment

The Rotary Club of Parksville is committed to preserving the nature that is all around in this beautiful part of the world.

Our major fundraiser – recycling – is evidence of this commitment. Over the past 3 years, 3 million bottles and cans did not end up in the landfill, and as the money raised goes back into worthy projects, it’s a win-win!

Funds raised have gone to support local wildlife initiatives such as the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and the Eagle Sanctuary, land set aside to preserve eagles, fish and streams on Vancouver Island.

In addition to monetary donations, the Club also provides hands-on support, including a 3-year clean-up project to remove nearly 25 tons of metal, tires and assorted garbage by helicopter from Vancouver Island’s Little Mountain.  The Rotary Club of Parksville was the proud recipient of the Rotary District 5020 2023 Environmental Project of the Year for that effort.

A massive illegal dump site, located close to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery, was then taken on by Club members and has now been cleared and returned to its original pristine state. Ballenas student Ben Klein-Beekman was the catalyst for this initiative, bringing together a team of volunteers including members of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the Rotary Club of Parksville. Over the 3 days, a total of 12.6 tons of garbage was removed!