Coastal-themed handmade quilt on raffle block for WISAR

There is an exciting raffle going on in our communities right now. Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for training for its members and equipment replacement from the damaging fire experienced in August of 2013.

The Pacific Rim Quilters have created an amazing “West Coast” quilt over the winter and have donated it to WISAR as the Grand Prize for their Wrap Up for Winter Raffle. This queen sized quilt, expertly stitched by local quilters, Darlene Rouleau, Judy Heuvelman, Heather Griffin, Lisa Dunsmore, Mary Rimmington, Anja Braiden and Lenore Gibson, features wolves, sea lions, salmon, bears, and whales and is sure to wrap the winner up in the warmth and community spirit that is the west coast.

Seven other prizes have been generously donated by the community including a 2-night winter stay at the Wickaninnish Inn, a 2 night winter stay at Black Rock Resort, a hand woven cedar hat by Molly Haipee, a hand carved paddle from Raymond Haipee, $150 gift certificate for Jeni Mack Clothing, a family set of four Ukee Toukees, and a collection of West Coast books from

Adrienne Mason and Shirley Martin.

Tickets are $5b each and will be sold at various events around Tofino and Ucluelet including the Ukee Friday Night Market, Tofino Market, Ucluelet and Tofino Coop. Tickets are also available at Windsor Plywood and Blackberry Cove in Ucluelet and Tofino Sea Kayaking and Storm Light Outfitters in Tofino. The draw for prizes will be held on September 9th, 2014 at 7pm at the WISAR Hall in T ofino.

WISAR is based in the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet and provides Ground and Inland Water Search and Rescue services to local police authorities (RCMP and National Park) for Clayoquot Sound, and parts of Barkley Sound. In addition, the Society responds to mutual aid requests from other parts of the Province of British Columbia.

WISAR is a completely volunteer based organization and is funded through donations and grants from local and provincial governments, local individuals, and businesses. The WISAR Team currently has 26 active volunteer members from the Tofino, Ucluelet, Tlao-qui-aht, and Yuu-thlu-ilth-aht communities and last year alone were sent out on over 20 call-outs in the Clayoquot region.