Giving Back

Since 2018, the Co-operative, joined in partnership with the Pacheedaht First Nation at Port Renfrew, and together, holds the Qala:yit Community Forest Agreement.

Sustainable forest management on this ‘community forest’ now provides funding for use in both communities.

Cowichan Forest Co-op Success Stories

Donation ceremonies share the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Coop’s commitment to the community.

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Members of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative with the Cowichan Lake area fire halls’ fire chiefs on June 3 to thank them for their service. (image borrowed from the Gazette)


$30,000 for 6 Cowichan Lake area fire departments

June 9, 2022

“Because of the efforts of each fire department’s volunteer members practising, training, and working to be at the ready to protect people and properties, they make each of our communities and homes safer places to work, live and recreate in,” said Lorne Scheffer, chair of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative. “The CLCFC board and residents recognize and appreciate the important role the fire departments play in our communities.”

The money given to the fire departments and other community projects is a direct result of the forest coop’s partnership in the Qala:yit Community Forest Agreement.

New Lake Cowichan playground at Duck Pond

April 2022

The Forestry Co-op generously donated $50,000 toward the Duck Pond revitalization project. April 2022

“It is the pleasure of the board of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-op to be able to help the Kinsmen Club of Lake Cowichan with their legacy project for the Duck Pond,” said CLCFC president Lorne Scheffer. “The funds provided by the CLCFC for this and other projects are the direct results of our partnership in the Qalayit Community Forest License Agreement.”

The Grand Opening of new ‘inclusive’ equipment and soft rubber surface happened in August 2022.

From left: The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative’s Lorne Scheffer, Ed James and Pat Weaver (second from right), join Rod Peters (Kinsmen), deputy mayor Kristine Sandhu, councillor Carolyn Austin, Kinsmen member Dustin Mayo, and Kinsmen President Steve White for a special cheque presentation Friday April 22, 2022.  (image from Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Image from Elder Care Facebook page

Lake Cowichan Elder Care

May 2022

Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-op donated $60,000 to the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society. This is in support of their purchase of ‘the much needed neighbouring parcel’ of land necessary to construct Lakewood Manor.
The Town of Lake Cowichan donated the initial lot and a half to provide the start to this iniative.

The future Lakewood Manor will meet the needs of our senior citizens.

Cowichan Hospice House

June 2021

The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative is donating $100,000 to support whole-person care at Cowichan Hospice House. 

Opening in late 2020, this new facility is a compassionate, person-centered, end-of-life care centre available to Cowichan Valley resident

From left, Tim McGonigle, Ian Morrison, Pat Weaver, Jamie Goodman, Lorne Scheffer, Richard Weir, Gretchen Hartley, Christa Fox, and Andrew Fox celebrate a donation of $100,000 from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative to Cowichan Hospice House. ( S.W. Lorimer photo)

For convenience, adult names shared only.  (Left to Right)

Jennifer Smith (Back Row L), Jarret Deck (Back Row C), Ed James, Richard Wier, Cst. David Prak (Back Row R), Jolene Prak (Front Row L), Jenny Court (Front Row C)

1st Lake Cowichan Scouts

In 2019, a $5,000.00 donation was made to purchase equipment for the ‘1st Lake Cowichan Scouts’ of Lake Cowichan.  

Ed James and Richard Weir appear in the photo, representing the Forest Coop.

Photo taken February 2020, when the 1st Lake Cowichan Scouts held their annual Baden Powell Dinner.

Community Services Bus Purchase


The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative has donated $10,000 towards the purchase of the Community Service Bus.  This bus provides access to services to the community.

From Left to Right:  Richard Weir, Carol Blatchford, Pat Weaver, Ed James