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u s i n e s s f e a t u r e DON ALLAN Economic Development Officer CCCFA Central Coast Commercial Fisheries Association Don Allan had already semi-retired when he heard that Central Coast Commercial Fisheries Association (CCCFA) was looking for an Economic Development Officer. When the position came up, he was extremely excited. "I felt it would be a dream job for me," Don says. He joined CCCFA in March, 2015. “The rewards of working with young fishermen and families are immense; this is generational strategic planning in motion,” he says. Don, who has worked in economic development since 1985, relocated to BC in 1998, starting in Prince Rupert and eventually moving south. He was instrumental in the launch of the City of Coquitlam’s Economic Development Department. His experience includes economic development in Powell River as well as four other Canadian provinces, and in Europe and China. Don Allan The CCCFA is a joint venture of the Kitasoo/ Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations. Putting a package together for young entrepreneurs, and then watching them purchase a vessel is simply so rewarding. This partnership allows the Nations to share economic benefits and enhances their individual buying power. As for CCCFA’s biggest challenges, Don says, “We are continuing to grow access to assets like licences for young fishermen.” The Association actively searches out funding and additional programming. To date they have served over 200 clients. Currently, training for First Nations' divers is offered for geoduck diving and harvesting. There has been 100% uptake in the courses, and all those who have completed the training are working in this area or in related fields. NORTH ISLAND COMPASS | ISSUE 8

u s i n e s s f e a t u r e IDYLLIC HOMES | LIZ YARD & ANNETTE ELLIOTT Photos L-R: Geoduck Dive Training; Central Coast fishing boat ©ccira.ca; Wuikinuxv Village ©Michael Wigle Don says that innovation has been key to their success and to finding more access to financial instruments. Grants via Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) have anchored support in First Nations’ commercial fisheries enterprises. “We’re always looking for more opportunities; we have superseded some of the original five year goals and we are on target for the next five years," he says. "With the parent organization of Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA), the entire Economic Development program is built on a compelling and transparent foundation and a platform of sustainability. This is a long-term approach in the industry and there is joint-management with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans." Highlights for the next couple of years include harvesting and licencing acquisitions as well as new investments in Bella Bella. At this time, CCCFA holds $15million in licence assets, projected to triple to $45million in the next five years. The economic impact spins off into neighbouring communities with demand in diesel mechanics, fish processing, and value-added productions. All of this allows the local transportation systems to become more efficient. Don’s final thought: “As an economic developer, putting a package together for young entrepreneurs and watching them purchase a vessel—it simply is so rewarding.” Connect with CCCFA and Don at ccira.ca For more on CCIRA and CCCFA’s progress on Investing in Central Coast Fisheries, visit ccira.ca/newsletters treasure THE MOMENTS Treasures are items we collect that represent a moment in time. The challenge with these “treasures” is that they may not hold the same value now as when we found them, but we still like to hold on to them. If they are hidden from our view, then it is time to re-evaluate their importance. A good tip to follow If you have not seen your treasure in over two years, it's time to reduce, recycle or repurpose that treasure - it will find a new beginning in the hands of another treasure hunter. Is the time right? It is time to purge when treasures give you more stress than the beauty of the memory gives you pleasure. If your treasures are packed away, are they still treasured items? Treasures should be displayed with pride and joy. What to do with all your stuff? A fantastic place to donate to is Habitat for Humanity. This organization provides homes to hard-working families in our own community. Idyllic Homes, certified members of the Canadian Staging Professionals, donate to Habitat for Humanity while helping homeowners organize and declutter their homes. Is your closet overflowing? A great way to monitor how often clothes are worn is this: at the beginning of the year, turn all your hangers backwards. After six months, any in-season items that still hang backwards should be donated. As well as Habitat for Humanity, other donation options include Salvation Army, Transition House, and privately owned thrift stores or consignment shops. Why wait? A new trend has started, providing another possible home for your treasures. People are deciding to give to their families now, rather than waiting for the inevitable. Why not pass along those deeply treasured items to the family member who will enjoy them the most? Liz & Annette of Idyllic Homes bring to life a comfortable, usable and well laid out design to maximize your living space. www.idyllichomes.ca WWW.NORTHISLANDCOMPASS.CA | 13

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