Our Heroes of 2015
For 40 years Mossom Creek has seen dedicated students and volunteers show up and help make a difference on a local creek and the surrounding watershed that feeds into the Port Moody Arm of the Burrard Inlet. The Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society is grateful for the generous support that has helped build and then rebuild this community asset.
We are honoured that the Tri-City News would include our Mossom Creek volunteers in their Heroes of 2015 article. The Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre wouldn’t exist without the hard work of so many volunteers, members and partners. Thanks for all your hard work and contributions!
MOSSOM CREEK HATCHERY (from Dec 30, 2015 Tri-City News)
The volunteers with Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (BIMES) deserve recognition as local notables for 2015 after successfully re-opening the Mossom Creek hatchery in May — a project covered in a more than year-long series of stories in The Tri-City News.
After 17 months of design and construction, Mossom is now a hatchery with a public education centre on the second floor, a green roof, state-of-the-art technology and a wetland, paid for with insurance funds, donations and help from the city of Port Moody, local groups and businesses, including Lafarge Canada, which supplied the concrete, forms and workers. For a full list of building heroes, visit www.mossocreek.org.
Now the group is raising chum, pink and coho, and making sure future generations of Tri-City children learn about salmon.
“I want to see generation after generation coming here,” said Pat Dennett, the volunteer construction manager for the project and BIMES’ vice-president.
The group recently won a $10,000 BC Hydro Community Champions grant and a workshop is planned for School District 43 teachers in January.
To read the full list of amazing Tri-City heroes, click here.