Saturnina Island Preserved as a Park

Saturnina Island Preserved as a Park

Saturnina Island Preserved as a Park

It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to sell Saturnina Island to the BC Parks Foundation which will protect the island, which is a few minutes by boat from Gabriola Island, for all to use and enjoy as a park forever!!!

June 29th was a wonderful, day where the island was dedicated as a park and it was my honor to be part of the event. The donation for the purchase is a gift from the Wilson 5 Foundation, which is the family foundation of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson and his wife Shannon.

Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson and his wife Shannon who funded the purchase were on hand at the event and very eloquently spoke about their vision and reasons for protecting this island as well as many other islands. It is humbling to see 2 people who have been so successful in business and life using their wealth to conserve these precious jewels for all to enjoy. Thank you Chip and Shannon and BC Parks Foundation for the privilege of working with you on this important donation for conservation. Also on hand with me was my good friend Paul Seward, who is a councillor for Snuneymuxw First Nation who also participated in the dedication.

If the islands hadn’t been purchased, they would have been sold and developed as private property with homes, which would have disrupted the sensitive ecosystems.

“What we’re really fascinated with is being a part of funding future parks,” Wilson said, suggesting that his foundation is looking to purchase and protect additional sensitive ecosystems.

“We’re going to be very strategic about it,” Wilson said. “With the partnership with the BC Parks Foundation, I think they’re going to be very good at finding the right particular pieces of land that are ecologically perfect.”

The BC Parks Foundation CEO, Andrew Day, said “every acre matters to the eagles that we saw here today, to the birds that call this home, to the trees, the rare plants, every square centimeter of land matters.”

The islands’ ecosystems are globally unique, Day explained. And unlike the majority of Canadian forests, which sit on public Crown lands and are not for sale directly, nearly 80% of coastal Douglas fir ecosystems are on private land, Day said.

I must say as well, how wonderful everyone involved was to work with and I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of this adventure and to have acquired new friends in the process.

To watch the BC Global News segment, click the link below:

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo

#1-5140 Metral Drive

Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8

Office: (250) -751 – 1223


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