November 2023 Community Calendar

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Wow, is it really already halfway through November? We are still working our way through the Halloween candy. Here is our calendar for this month!😅

You’ll notice a lot of opportunities for group physical activity: yoga, badminton, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, hockey at HOH… if you are starting to feel the effects of the rainy weather, come on out and play with us 🙂

We have 2 more free Financial Literacy workshops with the excellent CPA Shelley Bevz. Join us Wed 22 for FRAUD PROTECTION FOR SENIORS and Wed 29 for EFFECTIVE TAX STRATEGIES. These sessions are quick, easy, and held in a friendly space at the school. Doors open at 6:15, seminar begins at 6:30pm.

We are excited to offer two separate printmaking classes toward the end of the month with the very talented Jess. In one class we will print on paper, and in the second, fabric! Stay tuned for registration details

Oysters, Authors, & Ales 2023!

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Hello friends! We are thrilled to announce this year’s Oysters, Authors, & Ales line-up!

Ann Eriksson is the author of five adult novels and three non-fiction ecological literacy books for younger readers. Her most recent non-fiction book, the award-winning “Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis,” was described by Green Party co-leader, Elizabeth May, as a “toolbox for hope.”

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards. His most recent book of poetry is (coincidentally!) titled “The Oysters I Bring to Banquets.”

We will also welcome our first-time Ale suppliers, the Whistle Buoy Brewing Company from Victoria, who named their popular brewery after our very own whistle buoy in Trevor Channel!

As always, we will host this event alongside a silent auction, the proceeds of which will fund many of our literacy initiatives and community programming. We welcome any and all auction item donations to support our cause.


TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT: Please contact Renee at

Willow Basket Weaving Workshop with Candice Callum

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Join visiting weaver Candice, post-Fungus Fest, to learn to weave your very own solid-base basket! Candice has a business called Full Baskets and is passionate about “sharing the love and various bounties of our wild Canadian wilderness through tutorials.”

Sunday September 30

1:00 – 4:00pm

$60 per person

Weaving Workshop with Aneri

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Next Thursday, Sept 28, Aneri will teach us to craft little looms from common household materials, and show us how to weave our very own personalized bookmarks!

Join us at the school from 5:30-7:30pm. Contact or call us at 250 728 1220 🙂

September Community Calendar

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There are many opportunities to connect with community this September! Join the Bamfield Community School Association at the following events and programs:

👕👖 Clean out and re-fill your closet at our Back to School Clothing Swap & Sale on Tuesday September 12!

♟🎲 Check out our board game selection, challenge your kids to a game of laser tag, and hang out with other families at our Family Games Night on Thursday September 14.

🤩✨ Teens are invited to the Summer Social, a glow party and hang out on Friday September 15!

⚽️🏐 Starting next week, we will be hosting a variety of fun games in our new Adult Drop-In Sports series, Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm! Check our website or Facebook page for details.

☕🥐 We will be hosting a monthly drop-in social for seniors at the Community Library, starting Sunday September 17th. Join us at the Elder’s Cafe to check out our new library books with coffee, tea, chats, and baked goods.

🥞📚 Books and Brunch is back! Families are invited to enjoy brunch and story time at the library on September 17th. Celebrate literacy month by checking out our suggested read-alouds, playing literacy games, and eating a stack of pancakes!

🪁🎨 After School Club resumes at the end of September! Students will be sent home with a registration form.

🧺🍄 Fungus Fest facilitator extraordinaire Candice Cullum will be sharing her Basket Weaving expertise in a special workshop on Sunday September 24!

🧸🧮 Little Buddies Playtime resumes September 26th! Wee ones ages 3-5 and their guardians are invited to play at the school, make crafts, sing songs, and read stories!

📖🧶Discover the art of creating intricate and personalized woven bookmarks at our introductory weaving workshop on September 28th, led by Aneri.

🧡🤲 September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day of commemoration to honour all those impacted by Canada’s Residential School System, grieve the losses endured under colonization, and take actions that bring our society closer to justice and reconciliation. The community are invited to join the students of the Community School for a reflective gathering and community barbeque on September 29th, and a documentary screening and discussion on September 30th.

Contest Alert!! Postcard Photo Contest – Sept 1 – Nov1

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BCSA Postcard Photo Contest

Let’s show off this beautiful town! Enter your finest “Bamfield: West Coast Magic” photos in our postcard contest! The top 10 photos will be celebrated at a gallery event on November 24th. The top 3 winning photos will be made into Bamfield postcards, which will be available for sale at various locations in town, and these 3 photographers will also be awarded with exciting prizes!

All proceeds from this contest will support our children’s programming initiatives, allowing us to offer kids programs for free.


Sept 1 – Nov 1: Send your photos to First entry is free, all subsequent entries are $5 each to raise funds for kids programs. Entries must be submitted in .jpg or .png format 

Nov 1 – Nov 10: Contest closes Nov 1. The top 20 photos are chosen by BCSA and made available for public to vote on until midnight Nov 10 

Nov 24: BCSA will host a public gallery event to announce & celebrate the top 10 photos. The top 3 photos will be made into postcards for sale throughout the community and the photographers will be awarded some excellent prizes! Contact Renee at with any questions

Submitting Your Photos

1. Send an email to with the image(s) attached in .png or .jpg format

2. In your email, please include: Your preferred name, a title for each of your photos, and tell us your preferred form of payment (e-transfer or cash)

3. BCSA staff will then contact you to discuss payment methods.

4. Cross your fingers and hope to win!

Contest Rules

  1. First entry free; $5 entry fee per photo thereafter. Multiple submissions are welcome, as long as they adhere to formatting rules and the entry fee is paid for each photo.
  1. Photos must be submitted digitally, by email to in the .jpg or .png format. Unfortunately, submissions that do not adhere to these parameters will not be considered in the contest (note: any entry fees paid for these submissions will be refunded to the photographer). Please reach out if you are experiencing difficulty providing your photos in this way, we can help! Photos must be submitted with the photographer’s name and preferred titles for each photo
  1. In addition to letting BCSA use the winning images for postcards, photographers consent to their images be posted on the photo contest page on the BCSA website and on Facebook, to present to the community to vote on. These images will also be used to produce items such as postcards and will be available for resale at locations around town, for a limited run. Once the contest is over, photographers’ names will be attached to their photos on the BCSA website. If you have any concerns about this arrangement, please reach out to Renée at to discuss.
  1. Payments may be made via e-transfer, or in cash. Cash payments must be arranged with BCSA staff. 
  1. Deadline for photo submission is midnight on November 1st, no exceptions.
  1. All accepted photos will be submitted anonymously to a panel of judges (comprised of BCSA board members) who will vote on the 20 submissions that best encapsulate the theme of “Bamfield: West Coast Magic.” These 20 photos will then be made available for the public to vote on; voting closes at midnight on November 10. The top 10 will be celebrated at a gallery event on November 24, with the top 3 winners announced there, and prizes awarded thereafter.

Back to School Clothing Swap & Sale – September 12

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Did your kid grow like a weed this summer? Are there holes in your runners? Do you have a trunk full of beloved vintage bellbottoms that it is time to finally sell?

Join us on Tuesday Sept 12, 4:30 – 7:00pm for our Back To School Clothing Swap & Sale! Don’t let the name fool you; clothing and accessories for all ages are welcome.

If you have items to donate, please arrive 4:30-5:00pm to sort your freebies into the appropriate piles, OR drop items off prior to the event during our community office hours, 3:00 – 6:00pm Tues, Wed, Thurs.

If you have items to sell, please arrive 4:30-5:00 with your items labelled and be prepared to handle your own sales.

Vendor’s fee = $10 per table. All proceeds will be used to support the BCS students!

PLEASE NOTE: BCSA staff will not be responsible for your sales or the transfer of funds!

Please contact Renee at with any questions ☺



Do you walk down the beach? Like to hike? Swim at the lake? Kayak to work? Paddleboard? Ride a bike? Pull up prawn traps? Chase after your chickens? Chop firewood?

If we all track our activity for ONE MONTH, we could win a huge prize for our community, as well as a number of individual prizes! Starting June 1st, by logging ANY physical activity you do on the ParticipACTION app, you can help Bamfield show the rest of Canada how active we are. The most active community in Canada will win $100,000 to support local sport and physical activity initiatives!

PLEASE take a moment to download the app, and begin logging your activity as an individual! Based on your address, your activity will count towards the Community Score for the ‘Port Alberni – Alberni-Clayoquot‘ community, who the Bamfield and Anacla community are competing with, to level the playing field with more populous communities across Canada. Together we can do it!

Go to to learn more!

Seeking Input for SD70 Strategic Plan!

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School District 70 is gathering community input to inform the development of a 5-year Strategic Plan. This is an awesome opportunity to share our priorities and vision for the future of education in the Bamfield and Anacla community, and we hope students, families, and community members will take the time to complete this survey before it closes on April 28th!

Submit your feedback for the Strategic Plan:…

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April Community Calendar

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Spring has sprung, and we’re excited for the community gatherings coming up this month!

🐰 The Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses are hosting an Easter Egg hunt at the Pachena Gazebo at 12pm on Sunday April 9th!

🍛 Following an afternoon of egg hunting, you can gather with the community at the House of Huu-ay-aht for a delicious potluck! Sunday April 9th at 5pm.

🍲 Next Thursday April 13th, the Bamfield Community School Association is co-hosting a Hike to High Ground Tsunami Awareness Event and Community Lunch with the Bamfield Community Emergency Program at the Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department East side fire hall!

✌️ Youth 12+ are invited to the school for games, art, safety planning, and other cool activities at the Friday Night Chill on April 14th from 7-9:30pm.

🤾 The BCSA Dodgeball season wraps up with a fun-filled tournament and skills tests on April 20th and 27th from 6-8:30pm! Which team will win the trophy and the glory?!

📖 Books and Brunch, on Sunday April 23rd from 10:30am-12pm, will bring an adorable opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly story time over a nutritious brunch.

🎲 Our next Community Games Night will be Monday April 24th from 5:30-8:30pm, come on down for a variety of board games, sports, and other activities!