Good Day Everyone:

Due to computer issues U’mista will be:

 CLOSED: October 9

 Open: October 10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ONLY due to tour group booking

 CLOSED: October 11

 For more information please contact them directly Phone: 250 974 5403 or email: info@umista.ca

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BC Ferries Training Opportunity

This was forwarded from BC Ferries --


I want to share the attached doc with you, with a request that you and FAC members may wish to spread this in the communities (particularly Route 17 and 25 with the arrival of new vessels in the upcoming year) for general awareness.


The gist of this notice is that there is new funding providing to help provide career training for under-represented groups in the marine industry; women and indigenous people. There are courses that will provide interested people with Bridge Watch Rating (work on navigating ships) certification, including related courses around safety and health.


These courses are not new, but the game-changer initiative is that Transport Canada supports almost all costs (travel to/from the course, meals, course costs, lodging, tuition, etc). This level of recruiting/training opportunity has never been done. In the past, people interested in exploring these careers had to pay for much of these costs on their own. Not only that, but at this time there are even spots open on courses as early as October, which means directly into a career shortly after completion.


So, I am hoping that FAC members know of the most valuable ways to spread this info (feel free to share the document widely) with relevant community organizations (employment offices, First Nations, organizations that help women find new employment, etc). Of course, we have an interest in helping women and indigenous people explore new opportunities that they may not have previously considered, as we are heavily involved in the training in cooperation with BCIT and Camosun. We have Cadet programs associated with this training, so people can set themselves up with a BCF career while gaining this valuable training.


We need good people to work on these new and exciting ships, and the jobs we offer in the communities are some of the highest value careers available.


I know from experience that FACs know the most effective communications forums in the communities, so this is why I’m sending this your way. Some communities use e-bulleltin boards, some Facebook, some have physical areas they post this sort of info, some use small newspapers/social newsletters…etc. I hope this makes sense, and would appreciate hearing back if any FAC members do share/post this…and where.  



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Visitor Centre CLOSURE

Good Day Everyone:

 The Alert Bay Visitor Centre will be CLOSED on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  For immediate assistance on this day only please contact the Village of Alert Bay Phone: 250 974 5213 or email: officeclerk@alertbay.ca between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

 Visitor information is available at 15 Maple Road in the hallway of the Village Office/Post Office building (orange) less then half city block away from the Visitor Centre.  See attached map for directions.

 Wishing you a great day.  

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Election assistance

The Village Office received a call September 23, 2019 from Debbie Ryan at the Elections Canada Office in Port McNeill.  They are planning on coming to Alert Bay to assist the elderly or people with mobility issues to vote.

 If you know of anyone who needs assistance, please have them call (or call for them) toll free to 1-780-630-3733 to arrange for the Elections Canada Staff to go to their homes and help with their special ballots.    

They are planning a visit at the beginning of October to the Extended Care Unit at the Hospital and would like to assist anyone else in the community that needs help at the same time – they just need to know who needs assistance. 

 Please help spread the word out there.


The Elections Canada office is at #3-1585 Broughton Blvd, Port McNeill (next to library).

Open as follows:

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Advance poll available at this location

October 11, 12, 13, 14, 2019.


POLLING STATION in Alert Bay Election Day ONLY:

Monday, October 21, 2019

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #198

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Transitioning from Summer to Winter/Shoulder Hours

Good Day Everyone:

As we begin to wind down from Summer Hours.  This is a friendly reminder as we transition into Winter Hours:

 Alert Bay Visitor Centre:

Summer: August 28 to August 31, Daily 9 am to 5 pm

Winter: (CLOSED: September 1 & 2-Stat) September 3, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm closing for lunch at 1 pm to 2 pm unless otherwise posted

U’mista Cultural Centre:

Summer: August 28 to September 2, Daily 9 am to 5 pm

Winter: September 3, Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm

Cultural Shock Interactive Gallery:

Summer: August 28 to September 2, Daily 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Winter: September 3, Tuesday to Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm


Summer: August 28 to September 1, Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Shoulder: (CLOSED September 2 & 3) September 4, Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm  

The rest of the Stores will remain on their regular hours (meaning they did not have summer hours).

Wishing you a great day.

BC Ferry adjustment to sailing Saturday Augst 24, 2019

Summary: #ServiceNotice - #PortMcNeill - #AlertBay - #Sointula #BowenQueen has a schedule adjustment on Saturday, August 24, 2019

Note: This Service Notice affects the following route(s):

Port McNeill - Alert Bay (Cormorant Island) - Sointula (Malcolm Island)

A Service Notice, Schedule Adjustment - Port McNeill - Alert Bay (Cormorant Island) - Sointula (Malcolm Island) - Saturday, August 24, 2019, has been posted to BC Ferries' website and is now available at:


For users of handheld mobile devices, please follow:


Schedule Adjustment

Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula

Saturday, August 24

On Saturday August 24th 2019, the schedule will be adjusted on the Port McNeill–Alert Bay– Sointula route to allow the vessel crew additional time for training and drills.

The required training will take place in Alert Bay on Saturday August 24th.

The 3:15 pm sailing from Alert Bay will be delayed by one hour until 4:15 pm.

The schedule for the remainder of the day will operate 1 hour behind the regularly scheduled departure time.

Every effort will be made to minimize the impact and delay of the drills and training on vessel operations.

For more information or traffic updates please follow @BCFerries on Twitter, visit our website at bcferries.com, or call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779).

Low Carbon Economy Challenge

CivicInfo BC: Posted a Grant

 Low Carbon Economy Challenge
 Grant Provider: Government of Canada
 Subject Areas: Environmental Protection and Management,Climate Change
 Posted: August 14, 2019

The Partnerships stream: Small and Medium Business Intake will support greenhouse gas mitigation projects such as commercial building retrofits, fuel switching and process changes, district energy systems to heat or cool existing buildings, among others. The fund is limited to applications from Canadian small or medium-sized private sector, for-profit businesses with 1 to 499 employees. Applications are now being accepted and the stream will remain open until November 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm (PST).
 Click here for more details

 CivicInfo BC, #203 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria, BC V8Z 6L8 E: info@civicinfo.bc.ca, P: 250-383-4898
If above link does not work here link is again: https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants?grantid=841

Small Pocket Cruise Ship Schedule UPDATE

Good Day Everyone:


There have been two updates to our Small Pocket Cruise Ship Schedule:

 Quest September 9, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (changed from September 10)

 Venture September 17, time TBA (changed September 18)

 Please replace any schedules you may have with the one attached.

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