Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chemical Bank Workbee

October 13th was a bank holiday and the Discovery Center had the special good fortune to be visited by a team of twenty-four employees from the newly renamed Chemical Bank (f/k/a Northwest Bank). They came and worked all morning performing the labors of Hercules at the Discovery Center. They spruced up, cleaned up, and winterized the entire campus. And when you’re dealing with a large property, five buildings, and a waterfront, that’s a lot!

While we’re extremely grateful for all of the hard work from the two dozen Chemical Bank employees who gave up their morning to the Discovery Center, we also hope that helping us out was an effective team-building activity for the group.

Chemical Bank employees

18 of the 24 Chemical Bank employees who worked the Discovery Center on October 13th

Thanks to everyone:

Mona Alpers
Scott Ashurst
Jeff Bach
Mick Baird
Mack Beers
Lynn Chouinard
Candice Cole
LuAnne Dennis
Trish Dormitzer
Sam Drelles
Eric Fournier
Zach Hegg

Ian Hollands
Amy Jay
Matthew Knust
Sabina Landt
Lindsey Martinchek
Vickie Mathis
Justin Street
Susan Tarczon
Sid Van Slyke
Lori VanAntwerp
Cory VanBrocklin
Justin Wolf


Sister Facility in Campbell River Vancouver Island, BC

Amazing and weird to have stumbled on another facility so similar to the proposed Discovery Center Community Pier! A Maritime Heritage Center, public fishing pier (actually named Discovery Pier) and an aquarium. All projects of the local Rotary Club, making much out of surplus and ignored city-owned property. Click here to check out their website and read their story:

From an undistinguished piece of land to a showplace for Campbell River, the Maritime Heritage Centre has had a remarkable evolution.

The Maritime Heritage Centre project began in 1998 when the District of Campbell River (now the City of Campbell River) solicited ideas for potential uses for the land near the Discovery Pier.  The land had previously been the site of the old sewage treatment plant, since upgraded and relocated to an area north of town.

The Campbell River Daybreak Rotarians proposed that a maritime heritage type centre be built to showcase the history of the local coastal waters and their links to the community.  The City approved the concept and the Rotarians, through a separate society, built the Maritime Heritage Centre.  The completed centre was turned over to the City, and the Maritime Heritage Society now operates it.

The transformation of the site rid it of the stigma attached to its prior use.

Building the Maritime Heritage Centre was a Community Service Project of mammoth proportions for the Daybreak Rotary Club, with an impact on Campbell River for years to come.  The Centre is not considered a Museum, but rather an activity centre, containing facilities for education, research, exhibitions and social engagements – and most importantly, the reconstruction and housing of the BCP45 fishing seiner that once adorned the back of the Canadian five dollar bill.

This facility is a marvelous example of how a community and government can work together to make a beautiful, useful and functional facility which even today, continues to grow and improve.