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Ben van Drimmelen Board Biography

Ben van drimmelen headshot smallBen van Drimmelen; BSF, LLB
Vice-President

Retired, Biologist and Barrister

Ben worked as a wildlife biologist, habitat biologist and natural resources lawyer for the BC government and for the independent Forest Practices Board. He has been on boards with the Land Trust Alliance of BC, the Victoria Natural History Society and the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society.

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Jennifer Eliason Board Biography

Jen Eliason headshot smallJennifer Eliason;
Secretary

Islands Trust Fund Manager, Previously Habitat Acquisition Trust Executive Director

Jennifer Eliason has been involved with Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) since 2002, when she was hired for the Good Neighbours Program. After working in a few different roles at HAT, including Executive Director, Jennifer moved over to the manager role at the Islands Trust Fund. As a Board Member, Jennifer is thrilled to see the progress that HAT has made as an organization, and loves seeing evidence of HAT’s hope-filled work throughout her community. Jennifer is passionate about native plants, coastal ecosystems, and collaborating for conservation.

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What's the Buzz? Pollinator Expert Headlines at Local Conservation Gathering

bee and nootka roseThursday, Jan 26th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (505 Quayle Rd.) will host Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Annual General Meeting and Social at their lovely Pavilion.

Habitat Acquisition Trust offers a warm welcome to anyone in the community, and encourages attendees to invite friends, family, and neighbours. Though membership is required to vote at the meeting, all are welcome and attendance is free including bites to eat, as well as refreshments sponsored by Whole Foods Market Victoria. Arrive early to secure you seat, as the Pavilion may fill up fast! We're kicking off with a half hour of socializing with everyone from biologists to outdoors enthusiasts, this is an excellent chance to network with the natural history and conservation community.

Special guest speaker Lora Morandin, Ph. D. of Pollinator Partnership Canada, will share a talk on native pollinators. Bringing her experience from the publication of over 20 peer-reviewed articles on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, Dr. Morandin will provide insight into the natural history of local pollinators, threats faced by bees and other species, and the helpful role that individuals can play in enhancing pollinator habitat in their own backyards.

"Local initiatives can add up to large benefits for pollinators, and Pollinator Partnership Canada is excited to be working with Habitat Acquisition Trust to help maintain and enhance pollinator populations on Vancouver Island” – Dr. Morandin

With concerns about declines and the endangered species listings of bees making international headlines, many are wondering what they can do to support pollinators locally. This event is sure to answer those buzzing questions and provide positive motivation for the New Year.

“Pollinators are responsible for about 1/3 of the food we eat, and are needed to pollinate wild flowers and sustain ecosystems. There are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide, of which the managed European honey bee is just one. But, some bee and other pollinator populations are declining, most likely due to habitat loss, diseases, invasive species, climate change, and insecticide use. Creating habitat for bees and other pollinators, from small urban gardens to large conservation areas, is an important action that can provide much needed floral and nesting resources,” explains Dr. Morandin.

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Last chance!

give and receive Have you made your 2016 tax-deductible charitable donation?

Donate by December 31st to receive a charitable tax receipt on your 2016 return.

It's not too late! Please mark your calendar and schedule time to make your yearend donations. We accomplished so much in 2016 and with your help can do even more in 2017.

For many Canadians, it’s by leveraging these tax benefits that they can give more generously to preserve our natural heritage. It makes them feel good and with their larger gift, it enables the charities they support to do more. Now, that’s a good thing for everyone from Western Screech Owls families to our local communities!

Haven't claimed a tax-receiptable donation in the last 5 year? Haven't made a donation yet?

Take advantage of the First-time Donor's Super Credit. 

The First Time Donor’s Super Credit offers you an over-and-above 25% one-time tax credit on your charitable gifts up to $1,000. It’s available to any Canadian who is new to charitable giving or has not claimed a charitable donation in the last five years.

Together we can do more for nature, for our futures.

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Foundations & Organizations

Wandering Salamander Kristiina OvaskaHAT relies on the generous support of like-minded foundations and organizations to make our programs possible. We owe so much to their partnership and generosity, which allows us to achieve greater conservation goals and further protect wildlife where it needs it most.

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