Seymour Salmonid Society
Fisheries Enhancement on the North Shore since 1987
Located in North Vancouver, the Seymour Salmonid Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the fish populations of the Seymour River. Salmon are important to our environment and our local stocks are assisted by protecting existing and creating new habitat. Since its inception, the society has created over 40,000 square meters of habitat below the Seymour Falls dam to assist in the revitalization of the salmon population in the Seymour.
The society promotes environmental awareness and aims to educate British Columbians about the value of the Seymour River and salmonids. Gently Down the Seymour, the society’s largest education program, gives elementary students a unique, hands-on learning experience at the salmon hatchery and the opportunity to observe salmon in their natural habitat. The society is proud of their work with children and works tirelessly to raise the funds needed to provide this program for free.
Like many community organizations, the society depends heavily on volunteers. Without their involvement it would be impossible to achieve many of their objectives. There are a number of activities including fish releases, egg collecting, and fin clipping that volunteers are able to help with throughout the year. Anyone can be a volunteer and there is no experience required.
North Shore residents interested in volunteering or visiting the hatchery should visit the society’s website to learn more.
Neptune Terminals is a proud supporter of the Seymour Salmonid Society and the work the organization is doing to conserve the fish and habitat of the Seymour River.
NVFC Kick Starting Children’s Passion for Soccer
North Vancouver Football Club’s innovative “Kick Start” program will be back for its third year this September. Kick Start gives boys and girls under the age of five a chance to have fun while getting introduced to the game of soccer. And the best part for parents? The program, which runs from September to March, takes place entirely indoors.
Sessions are 45 minutes long and take place on Saturdays. This season the program will run out of Sutherland Secondary School and Parkgate Community Centre, helping to keep North Vancouver families closer to home and allowing kids to play with other children from their neighbourhoods.
Registration is still open for new players, but parents interested in enrolling their children are encouraged to contact NVFC as soon as possible as the program is expected to fill up this season. Click here for more registration information.
Kick Start is instructed by professional coaches who will teach basic soccer skills in a safe and fun environment. Children benefit from the very low coach-to-player ratio, which helps ensure more attention is provided to each participant. This is also great for parents interested in coaching as they get to observe our certified coaching staff and learn how to run a practice. In addition to getting kids involved in the most-played sport in Canada, Kick Start also helps to keep children active and teaches good habits about leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
In the first two years, Kick Start was run as an 8-10 week program, but the strong support from the community has convinced NVFC to run it as a regular age group with weekly sessions through the entire soccer season.
Neptune Terminals is a proud sponsor of Kick Start, helping to ensure children from lower-income families are able to take part and enjoy The Beautiful Game.
Kick Start is just one part of the NVFC, a boys and men’s soccer club (with the exception of Kick Start which is open to boys and girls) that has 3,500 playing members and approximately 200 teams. NVFC operates with the invaluable support of approximately 1,000 volunteers from the community.
North Shore Neighbourhood House
Located in North Vancouver since 1939, North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) has been delivering services to residents for generations. Whether it is childcare or youth or seniors programs or helping new immigrants adapt/familiarize themselves with the area, NSNH is continually building and evolving its programs to meet the needs of the community.
Built on strong foundations of partnership, participation and volunteerism NSNH staff are driven to provide services that are: relevant, high quality and affordable. They have a network of 11 sites across the North Shore, truly making the organization a hub for area residents.
Inclusivity is central to how the neighbourhood house operates and every day 500 kids walk through the doors of NSNH to participate in their childcare or after school programs. Last year approximately 5000 different people enrolled in at least one program offered by the neighbourhood house. Over the next five years the organization is focusing on continuing to deliver high calibre programs, expanding their offerings to meet the community’s needs and growing partnerships with other service providers to maximize the space available at all their facilities.
North Shore Neighbourhood House is gearing up for a busy summer program that will include archeology digs, trips to Whistler, kayaking, and days at the PNE. North Shore residents interested in participating should visit their website to learn more.
Neptune Terminals is a proud supporter of North Shore Neighbourhood House and the relationship between the organizations is best described as a partnership. Together we will make the communities on the North Shore stronger for everyone.