Other highlights include a silent auction featuring unique items donated by local businesses and the presentation of HAT’s Conservation Legacy Award.
Chris Darimont spent his formative years exploring the forests and tide pools of Canada’s west coast islands. Never far behind him was Kala, his family’s loyal canine companion. This legacy prepared Chris well to initiate and lead the research team that uncovered the fascinating natural history and science featured in The Last Wild Wolves (Ian McAllister, Paul C. Paquet, Chris Darimont). Chris worked closely with Ian to seamlessly integrate his team’s findings into the book’s first-person narrative.
The wolf project research earned Chris a PhD. from the University of Victoria, and an opportunity to cultivate a decade-long relationship with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which supported the research since its inception in 1998.
Chris is considered an emerging expert not only in Conservation Biology but also in informed advocacy, in which the Raincoast team advocates for wolves and their precious rainforest in multiple public media. Several television documentaries have focused on Chris’ work with Raincoast including Discovery Canada’s Rainwolves, Canadian Geographic’s Secrets of the Coast Wolf, and National Geographic’s Last Stand of the Great Bear. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Chris has written popular pieces for Wild Earth, International Wolf, Howlings, Counterpunch, Arts and Opinion and many more.
Chris has been recognized for his scholarly, conservation, and volunteering contributions with numerous awards, including a Compassion in Science Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a Legacy Award from the University of Victoria, and a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) graduate fellowship.
Chris continues to lead the Raincoast wolf project with Dr. Paul Paquet, and is currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Santa Cruz). He splits his time between sunny California and the moist islands of the Great Bear Rainforest. Learn more about the Raincoast wolf project at Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
For a Sneak preview of some of the items up for auction please check out our Facebook Prize Abum in addition to the list below:
2 Nights Accommodation - Deluxe King Room ($1,300 Value) - Four Seasons Hotel Whistler
One Year Subscription - Alternatives Journal
Wine Basket - BC Wine Guys
One Month Pass - Barefoot at ♥ Yoga
Robert Bateman Print - Robert Bateman & Island Blue
Beautiful Blue, Asian Tea Basket - Karen Wood
Piece of Pottery - 'Chosin Pottery
Sandpiper by Sue Colman, giclee print - Karen Wood
2 FREE 1-on-1 Personal Training Sessions - Coastal Fitness Solutions
Organic Wool All Season Duvet - The Good Planet Company
inside, signed print by artist, Lyle Schultz - Paul McNair
One Night Accommodation - Kiwi Cove Lodge
Beer Lover's Gift Basket - Lighthouse Brewing Co
Longevity & Auspiciousness, Crane Gift Basket - Karen Wood
$50 Gift Certificate - The Market on Yates
One Month Unlimited Classes - Moksha Yoga
Hiking Backpack & Accessories - Mountain Equipment Co-op
Kayak Rental - Ocean River Sports
Surfing Lessons for 2 - Pacific Surf School
Gift Certificate - WetCleaner
Weekend Accommodation at Pender Cottage
Beer Lover's Gift Basket - Phillips Brewing Company
Selection of Seeds - Saltspring Seeds
Hand Crafted Celtic Rope Mat - Marvin Eng
Bank of Montreal Swag - Bank of Montreal
Spa Gift Certificate - Sapphire Day Spa
Gift Certificate - Share Organics
Gift Certificate - The Soap Exchange
$250 Gift Card - Wine Kitz