Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia,


Latest Press Release from Wonders of The Wild

Wonders of the Wild
1452 Ironwood Mall,
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 5T5
Ph: (250) 287-2374
Fx: (250) 287-2005

For Immediate Release: Wonders of the Wild set for Second Season

One only has to take a quick look around to discover the wondrous beauty unique to the North Island coast. In this spirit, "Wonders of the Wild", now in its second season, is working hard to once again bring together a four- month celebration of wildlife and culture.

Launched in 1999, this four-month celebration was an attempt to capitalize on the growing demand by visitors for ecotourism, educational and cultural activities. The 1999 campaign was deemed a success and during the last several months the host for the project, Campbell River Tourism, has been working with H.R.D.C. staff to extend the previous contract, which expired at the end of March.

Campbell River Tourism President, Tom Buxton said, "We would like to acknowledge the contributions made by all of the businesses, organizations, volunteers and staff in 1999. With the experience and partnerships gained, we look to this summer with optimism and attempt to build upon the successes of this community celebration."

Kathryn Compton, HRDC Manager said, "Not only does this project showcase Campbell River's incomparable beauty, but the on the job work experience for those involved in the program is invaluable. HRDC has extended the existing contract with Campbell River Tourism because of the huge success of the project, it provided job creation for participants, and the experience and knowledge gained lead to employment for past participants."

In addition, the project has received a generous boost of $5000 from Community Future Development Corp. of Strathcona to assist in securing other marketing commitments. "We are proud to support this project. This initiative is helping Campbell River grow and diversify tourism," says Marc Crain, Acting General Manager.

This year, Sean Junglas will be acting as the Coordinator, Laverne Puglas will offer her skills and knowledge as the First Nations Coordinator, and Tricia Scavarda will act as the new Assistant Coordinator.

Wonders of the Wild Coordinator Sean Junglas said, "We are actively working on this year's celebration. We are in the process of forming community and corporate partnerships to guarantee a successful celebration. "

Last year the "Wonders of the Wild" had a terrific season, kicking off in June with a celebration of bears, July a celebration of eagles, August a celebration of whales, and September a celebration of salmon. Activities will be ongoing throughout the four-month celebration. Each month contained community events, art displays, special speakers, cultural workshops and tours.

As fun and exciting as last years events, "Wonders of the Wild" will again offer another wonderful summer full of fun for the whole family. For further information, please contact "Wonders of the Wild" at (250) 287-2374 or visit their website at www.campbellrivertourism.bc.ca/wow

Contact Information
Wonders of the Wild
Sean Junglas
Coordinator
250-287-2374
E-mail: wow@island.net

Campbell River Tourism
Murray Callaghan
Marketing Director
250-286-1616
E-mail: info@campbellrivertourism.bc.ca

Tom Buxton
President
250-286-1616

HRDC
Kathryn Compton
Manager
250-286-6212 Ext: 306

Community Futures
Marc Crane
Acting General Manager
250-830-1141

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