Oceanside marks Earth Day 2011

Earth Day celebrations were held in Qualicum Beach April 16 and residents gathered to pay homage to the environment, listen to politicians, learn about local organizations and eat some cake.

Portia Miller turns five on April 22 and asked everyone to help save DL10 in Qualicum Beach.

Portia Miller turns five on April 22 and asked everyone to help save DL10 in Qualicum Beach.

Earth Day celebrations were held in Qualicum Beach  April 16 and residents gathered to pay homage to the environment, listen to politicians, learn about local organizations and eat some cake.

The event was organized by Annette Tanner of the local Wilderness Committee and her husband Scott. Celebrations included the singing of the national anthem by Maureen O’Hearn, aka The Merry Minstrel, and addresses to the crowd by MLA of Alberni Pacific Rim Scott Fraser, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Qualicum Beach Councillor Barry Avis and Regional District of Nanaimo chairperson Joe Stanhope.

Among other speakers, local federal candidates also had their chance to speak, with candidates taking the microphone from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties.

Portia Miller, the young lady that organized a Hamilton Marsh clean up for Earth Day last year, was in attendance at the event and spoke a few words about being good to the environment and stopping pollution. She turns five on Earth Day this year, and instead of presents for her birthday she’s asking for money that she can then donate to saving DL10  in Qualicum Beach from being logged, a rare Coastal Douglas-fir floodplain.

Her mother said the environment seems to be her dearest passion.

Earth Day is celebrated throughout Canada on April 22.