Islands Trust Conservancy News Release

Salt Spring Island philanthropist continues her conservation legacy of protecting islands for future generations


Lək̓ ʷəŋən, METULIYE/Victoria, B.C. – Late Salt Spring Island resident Susan Bloom continues to build on her conservation legacy with a recent donation of $100,000 to help protect islands in the Salish Sea.


Islands Trust Conservancy has received a donation of $100,000 in support of its continued conservation efforts on islands in the Salish Sea by the late conservationist and philanthropist, Susan Bloom of Salt Spring Island. Susan Bloom passed away in December 2021. She was genuinely committed to the protection of wildlife, their habitats, and the protection of ancient forests and oceans, and is perhaps most well known for her donation and work to protect Clayoquot Island near Tofino with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

“Susan believed strongly in grassroots organizing and worked to help small groups of passionate people do extraordinary things,” says friend and estate trustee Janet Theunisz.

“I feel sad that Susan Bloom, the epitome of quiet philanthropy, has passed away; and at the same moment, happy to discover that her legacy included Islands Trust Conservancy,” says Carla Funk, Fund Development Specialist with Islands Trust Conservancy. “We are honored to be entrusted with her bequest. Careful consideration will be made to ensure that use of these funds is in keeping with her lifelong passion for conservation on the islands.”

Islands Trust Conservancy works with individuals to support them in taking voluntary actions that help to protect islands in the Salish Sea.

“Creating a conservation legacy is often about doing what you can with what you have. There are lots of options open to individuals from any financial background when it comes to philanthropy,” Mark Horne, Q.C. estate trustee and legal adviser.

Islands Trust Conservancy was selected by Bloom’s estate trustees in her memory in recognition of the conservancy’s efforts to preserve our natural heritage

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