The goals of this non-profit horse club are the improvement of access to both the front country and back country areas of the Robson Valley, as well as exploration and re-opening of some of the historic pack trails, including advocating for improvement of trail access and involvement in such activities as improving trail heads and staging areas, GPSing and mapping of existing trails so they are officially recognized, building new trails, and maintaining and preserving existing trails for day rides and back country excursions. For more information contact chair Brian Wallace at 250-569-2324 or click on link.
Among other things, the Dunster Community Association owns and maintains the Dunster Community Hall, the Heritage Train Station, and the Dunster Community Picnic Site. The Association puts on the Ice Cream Social, the Mid-Winter Buy and Sell, the Summer Farmers Market, and the Dunster Winter Market.
It also provides a bursary to all Dunster students graduating from high school and continuing their education. All of these activities would not happen without the volunteer efforts of community members like yourself. So, if you're not involved, get involved! Come to a meeting, find out what is happening, find out what needs to be done, volunteer for something! The association holds three general meetings per year. Check out the events page for more information.
Registered Society # S- 0049465 Incorporated July 25, 2005
In 2012 we harvested approximately 2,000m3 above the Horsey Creek Gravel Pit, with Dave Salayka and his sons (plus two other valley youth) completing the logging and hauling of wood to Carrier Lumber. In early 2013 Shane Bressette was our temporary manager and assisted the DCFS in harvesting approximately 12,000m3 from above McNaughton's and from Shere Lake area, with Vern Michelson of Valemount completing the contracts. In the beginning 4 years ago, the DCFS was created with the support of community members through cash donations and loans. As a result of the above logging the DCFS was able to pay back all loans and begin building a bank account. All hauling is complete from both logging sites. Also as a result of the funds we have accrued we recently hired Ray Thiessen as our Community Forest Manager. He will put together a plan for winter harvesting for the Board to approve in the near future. Our five year cut control License comes due in March 2014. We are meeting with the Ministry of Forests to determine the AAC (Annual Allowable Cut) and necessary land base to be sustainable for the future.
Dunster quilt tickets are still on sale at the Dunster General Store.
The first Dunster Community Quilt was made and raffled in 1976. Every year since, a new theme has been chosen for the current, unique version. A number of local ladies interpret the theme in their own way and work it with embroidery and/or applique on their block. The basic rules are"no paint, liquid embroidery or laser printing. Embellishments such as beads, buttons, etc. are welcomed." For many (25+) years, Bonnie Culp was the 'construction person' who drew all of the blocks together into a co-ordinated top. In recent years Marg Johnson has joined her and they have shared the construction challenge. All who are willing, get together, in a traditional quilting bee, to hand quilt the 'sandwich'. This year, "All Buttoned Up" was quilted in the sunshine outside Dunster's Community Hall - perfect conditions!
Proceeds from the raffling of the quilt have always supported the swim program at the Dunster school, now known as the Dunster Fine Arts School. Through this program, every student in the school takes a session of swim lessons each year of their elementary school years - instruction that is, otherwise, not available to our local children.
We are always looking for people willing to take on the challenge of working their idea of the current theme onto a square of fabric and/or helping with hand quilting. For more information contact Marg Johnson at 250-968-4351 or Bonnie Culp at 250-968-4309.
The Dunster sacred dance circle holds more than 400 dances from around the world that represent different cultures, the wheel of life as represented by nature/agriculture and wildlife, the phases in our lives and the challenges we may confront and celebrate.
We dance with reverence and respect for those dances we reclaim. The ancient dance forms, thus renewed by our creative attention and participation, nourish our understanding of the body as sacred. This occurs on three levels: our individual bodies, the collective body of the dancing group moving as one, and the body of the earth upon whom we dance. Ultimately we seek the integration of ancient and modern forms of dance and ritual in a movement event that represents the DANCE OF LIFE itself. Circle dancing is a catalyst for integration within the self, communities and earth that has immediate as well as far reaching effects. There is a healing quality within the dance itself which enables people to become more poised and self confident within their bodies. The body and the heart learn these simple and flowing dances with ease.
The circle gathers at the Dunster Community Hall every second Saturday from 7pm to 9pm. For more information contact Debby Ladouceur at 250-968-4429 or Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358.
The Three Valleys Community Development Co-operative was formed by a group of interested citizens of the Canoe, North Thompson and the Robson Valleys . A few people gathered in the fall of 2001 to look into the possibility of forming a co-op but it was not until a meeting on May 13, 2002 that 22 people from all over the Three Valleys area came together at the Dunster Community Hall and decided to go forward with the idea.
The Dunster Trappers are part of the Robson Valley Trappers' Association, which extends from Crescent Spur to the Kinbasket Lake and south along Highway 5 including the North Thompson River drainage. There are seven traplines that are whole or partially overlapped into the Dunster footprint.
The 4-H program provides young people with an opportunity to learn how to become productive, self-assured adults who can make their community and country a good place in which to live. This is fostered through project and program work, experiences with their 4-H club members and leaders and their participation in district, regional and even provincial programs.
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