News Briefs for October 6

Island Savings launches newly established community endowment

Island Savings launches community endowment

Island Savings is inviting charities on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands to apply for funding from a newly established community endowment, housed within the First West Foundation.

The Island Savings Community Endowment is intended for charities that promote resilient and sustainable Island communities. There is $70,000 available in early 2016, and expressions of interest for grants are being accepted now.

The endowment grants are designed to enhance Island Savings’ communities by funding programs that improve people’s capacity to care for themselves and their families, to learn new skills and develop the resilience to overcome challenges,” says Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation.

For more information on grant guidelines and to submit an expression of interest, visit

Chemical poisoning killed pigs at sanctuary

Whatever killed 13 pot bellied pigs at the RASTA Sanctuary recently was neither a viral nor a bacterial infection Lucie Cerny, who runs the sanctuary reported in a recent post to its Facebook page.

“We now know that the potbelly pigs were killed by ingesting some kind of poison,” she said.

“What type of poison has yet to be determined, and so our samples are now being sent off to the States for a full toxoligy screening.”