Wood Islands Welcome Centre is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We have been working hard the last two years with a very small Board of only three dedicated volunteers, who have been with us for a very long time. Many thanks to John Rousseau, Dorothy Oulton and Gwen Davies for their continuing efforts and time, and doing such a great job of holding down the fort.
So it is with extreme excitement that we welcome a host of new Board members to help us keep Wood Islands the place to come relax, play and enjoy those lazy summer days that seem to pass by us so quickly.
Welcome new members!
Harvey Sawler – a long history of working with the tourism industry
Daniel Emery – an engineer who lives in Wood Islands and son of Stuart Emery, a past Board member.
Kyle Cook – a Wood Islands resident whose father Jim Cook, was also a past Board member
River Waterman – working with BAWG (Belfast Area Watershed Group) for the summer and one of our youngest members
Jasmine Katz – is really devoted to Environmental Sciences. She loves the woods and will be one of those who works hard to take care of the planet.
We are excited to have an influx of new perspectives and new ideas to help us improve the Wood Islands experience. The donation of their time and energy to our community will ensure our success in that endeavour.
To that end, we are working on a revitalization plan and taking first steps towards rebranding. In the months to come you may notice some new signage and banners as we move forward. Stay tuned for future posts on our plans as we progress.
When travelling between provinces it’s important to be aware of regulations regarding the transport of firewood. The Don’t Move Firewood (DMF) campaign was created to help educate the public on the importance of limiting the movement of firewood to prevent the spread of invasive species across our North American forests. The overarching campaign is managed by The Nature Conservancy.
The Wood Islands Village is recognized as being one of the two entry points to PEI, so The Wood Islands and Area Development Corp. was invited to participate in this opportunity for DMF drop-off sites. The provincial government has been contracted to organize the emptying of the bins and have contacted the local watershed for that support. The wood will be destroyed at PEI Energy systems. More information on the exchange program for donated wood, please contact, email@example.com.
A sad farewell to the Fishing Village
The little fishing village situated near the Wood Islands Lighthouse has been a delight for locals and visitors alike. It was a labour of love by locals and constructed with local materials. Built in the 60’s by local trades people, with logs hauled out by horses from local woodlots, it has held a place that was near and dear to many hearts. It was not only a peek into history to educate but also a commitment by community to keep history alive.
Time and weather have had their effect though, and recently the Province deemed it unsafe and scheduled removal.
But have no fear! While we are horribly saddened to see this local icon disappear from our shore, we are hard at work on a solution to replace it, so that we can continue to pay homage to our local history. With love in our hearts and a tip of the hat to history, we hope to one day have a safe, new fishing village on our shore for all to enjoy once again.