Squamish-based Cheakamus Centre receives $55,000 from Pacific Salmon Foundation

Funds to go toward retrofitting centre's cabins

Squamish's Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning has received a funding boost from the Pacific Salmon Foundation's Community Salmon Program.

The $55,000 contribution goes toward the cabin enhancement project at Cheakamus Centre, according to a news release. The centre's nine cabins house students who attend the centre's environmental education programs. 

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The money will be used to retrofit the five-decade-old cabins.

"This generous grant allows us to integrate sustainable design innovation with our educational mission, and continue to deliver life-changing overnight programs for our students year-round," said Cathy Jenkins, project manager for campus renewal at Cheakamus Centre in the release.

More than 15,000 people visit the centre annually.

"Ingraining an ethic of environmental stewardship in our children is vital to the continuing health of our salmon and ecosystems," said Michael Meneer, president, and CEO of the foundation, in the release. "That's why about one-third of PSF's community grants support salmon education programs. We're very proud to be able to contribute to Cheakamus Centre's long track record of engaging the next generation of stewards."

The foundation’s $55,000 Community Salmon Program grant came from recreational anglers who buy the Salmon Conservation Stamp and from the Vancouver-based Methanex Corporation, according to the release.

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