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5 Days in, The 1.2 Million Dollar Campaign Launch and Initial Thoughts

Last week, we began working on an 11 month Canada Helps Fundraiser to ensure the continuation of Camp Bowen well into the future. The story has been picked up by several news agencies and has begun receiving its first donations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Henry ContreraS, Ms. Kristy van den Bosch and our various anonymous donors for their contributions to such an important program. Your donations will help us to make sure that Camp Bowen will be enjoyed by generations to come.

We’d furthermore like to thank CKNW, the 24 Hours newspaper and Global BC, for giving us the chance to share our story. Their various reports are linked to below.

We are only 5 days in and there is already a lot of positive excitement building around this campaign. If you’ve been thinking about donating to the project but haven’t yet, now is a great time to do so, by visiting our campaign page. We have a long way to go yet, but if we continue to pull together, we will help build a brighter future for Canadian’s living with visual impairments.

Special September Session at Camp Bowen, Sunshine, Discounts and a Weekend of Fun!

Recently, we announced the availability of a new September session out here at Camp Bowen. The new session will run from Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7, otherwise known as the 2015 September long weekend. This program will be geared towards adults 19 years and older and will share a format with our standard adult camp and young adult camp programs, that is to say, campers get a choice between structured activities or free time.

This is the first session for which we have widely available funding to help offset the cost of camp. To find out if you are eligible for funding, simply call +1 (844) 692-6936 and ask to speak to your local community coordinator.

Note: You don’t need to qualify for funding in order to take advantage of this extra camp!

To find out more, please visit the Adult Camp or young adult camp sections of campbowen.ca or call your local community cooardinator at +1 (844) 692-6936.

We look forward to seeing you at camp.

Announcement of AGM, Join Us on Bowen or by Teleconference

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, we will be holding the Camp Bowen Annual General Meeting to discuss the future of Camp Bowen. The meeting will also serve as a great way to meet the community coordinators and board of directors responsible for camp operations. Finally, this meeting will be an opportunity to contribute to the planning of future Camp Bowen programs. This is, after all, your program and we value your input.

We are offering two ways to participate in the meeting. You can either meet us on Bowen Island itself or call in via teleconference.

For those of you planning to come out to Bowen, the plan is to meet at the Bowen Island ferry terminal at 12:40. When you come off the boat, stay to the left and we will be waiting by the first building.

The meeting is expected to last from 1:15 to 2:30, giving on-site visitors a chance to catch the 3:00 ferry back to Horseshoe Bay.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Welcome speech
  • State of the Program
  • Society report
  • Financial report
  • Appointment of new directors
  • Community discussion
  • Q and A

Interested in a Position?

We are accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • Community Cooardinator (Alberta)
  • Community Coordinator (Saskatchewan)
  • Community Coordinator (Fraser Valley)
  • Community Coordinator (Sunshine Coast and Upper West Coast)
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer

To nominate yourself or someone you know, please call Alex Jurgensen, Community Coordinator for the Bowen Island Region, at: +1 (778) 908-0521.

We hope to see you all there at the meeting. If you require any assistance getting off the ferry or generally have questions or concerns, please direct them to your local community coordinator by calling +1 (844) 692-6936.

From the Front Desk (August Edition)

At Camp Bowen, we are always trying to find new ways to connect with the community. Therefore, when a camper approached us and requested that we begin a monthly newsletter, we jumped at the idea.

Out of this request was born “From the Front Desk”, the headlining column that will begin every news letter. “From the Front Desk” will be a place where the community Coordinators will be able to write personal messages to the community and share their thoughts. It will be followed by a series of articles that will make up the bulk of the newsletter.

The newsletter will be available on campbowen.ca, on canadianblindnessservices.com, by E-mail, by telephone and in hardcopy Braille/Large Print.

To sign up for the newsletter, please contact your local community coordinator by calling +1 (778) 402-1392 (Victoria) or +1 (844) 692-6936.

Happy reading

Alex Jurgensen,

Community Coordinator for the Bowen Island Region

Camp Bowen Will be at Dog Days of Summer 2015, A BC Guide Dog Fund Raiser in Our Own Back Yard

This upcoming August ninth, you can come find us at the Camp Bowen table at the 24th annual Dog Days of Summer event, hosted by our friends up the road at the Union Steam Ship Company.

Camp Bowen staff have been invited to be on site to hand out information on and talk about the summer opportunities we offer. If your curious about our programs and/or just can’t resist the attention of some cute dogs, pop by and say hi.

The event is a great way to connect with the local community here on Bowen and all proceeds will be donated to BC Guide Dogs.

Resident Guide Dog, Zandra, will be here, soaking up the sun and generally basking in the attention. She says that, though she is a Guide Dogs for the Blind graduate, she is going to come along to support her K9 buddies at BC Guide Dogs, so that they too can reach their dreams of being paired with a loving blind person. According to Zandra, “we need to develop and disseminate an entirely new paradigm and practice of collaboration that supersedes the traditional silos that have divided governments, philanthropies and private enterprises for decades and replace it with networks of partnerships working together to create a globally prosperous society,” though I suspect that she may have borrowed the quote from Simon Mainwaring, who she has been reading about lately.

What can I say? My dog has her own tastes in books.

If you require a guide from the ferry, please contact Alex Jurgensen, Community Coordinator at Camp Bowen, at: +1 (778) 908-0521. Arrangements should be made at least 1 day in advance. For general inquiries about the event, please contact the Union Steam Ship Company at: +1 (604) 947-0707 Extension 2.

The official press release follows below:



Come on over to Bowen Island for a celebration of mans’ best friend and help support B.C. Guide Dog Services. It’s a full day of tail wagging fun including contests, prizes, exhibits, refreshment and dog-themed entertainment. A great event for the whole family and its free for spectators!

Dog contests, dog demonstrations, and exhibitions. Fun activities and contests, Dog parade, Best-dressed dog, Best dog trick, Bobbing for wieners and more!
The Union Steamship Co. Marina lawn, Snug Cove, Bowen Island
Sunday August 9th, 2015. Registration starts at 11am, events start at 12 noon

Dog days is sponsored by The Bowen Island Building Centre, Bowen Island Dog Ranch, Bowen Island Pub, Doc Morgans Restaurant, Cranimals, Bowen Vet, Bowen Pet Supply, Cormorant Marine and Tug & Barge, Dee Elliot for MacDonald Realty, Snug Cove General Store, It is hosted by the Union Steamship Marina on Bowen Island, and all proceeds will be donated to B.C. Guide Dog Services.
B.C. Guide Dog Services is a registered charity dedicated and committed to the development of the Guide Dog Movement. Their aim is to improve availability and an increased level of service through the provision of professionally trained seeing-eye dogs for the visually impaired, and Autism Support Dogs for children with autism aged four to ten years.

In past years there have been dog demonstrations such as:
FIERCE FLYERS FLYBALL- Flyball races match two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog is released to run the course but can’t cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all 4 jumps and reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins the heat.
CANADIAN K9 DETECTION SECURITY- Established in Vancouver since 1997. They are the largest full service “Security Consulting, Investigations, Security & Canine Detection” firm in Western Canada. K9 detection services include: explosive, weapons, narcotics, marijuana grow operations and methamphetamine labs.

HOW TO GET THERE: Bowen Island Ferry from Horseshoe Bay. Ferries leave 10am, 11am, and 12 noon. Ferries return from Bowen Island every hour on the hour from 3pm on.

ADMISSION: Free for spectators and $5 for dogs participating in the contests. No pre-registration is required. Just show up with your dog!


I checked with Zandra and she did indeed borrow that earlier quote from Simon Mainwaring. She defends her use of the quote by saying, “We all need to work together to support one another. That is the only way social change can happen effectively. And, yes, these are my own words now. By the way, I’m hungry!”