The unveiling of the recently completed gallery exhibits at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre provided an opportunity for the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Association (NVISEA) to show its appreciation to funders, donors, and supporters.
Wine and hors d'oeuvres were served to about 75 North Islanders who saw for the first time the new theatre, salmon science exhibit, mezzanine and Corey's Sea Wall.
"It's excellent," said Grant Anderson, Chair of NVISEA. "The highlight of the evening for me is that Corey's father, Brian could be here to see the wall that he and Elizabeth donated to the Centre in memory of their son, Corey."
Designer Ernie Tomlinson watched the flow of people through the space he designed and gauged the public's reaction. With 25 years of experience to use for comparisons he was pleased with what he saw.
"It's working. I think this has supplanted the Newfoundland Freshwater Resource Centre to become my new favourite design," he said. Tomlinson, who heads up Interpretive Design, said he has had his Newfoundland design at the top of his favourites list since 1990.
Assistant manager Erin Wright said she is thrilled with the new space. Wright, who began as a volunteer about 12 years ago, said when the centre began it was housed in an old Atco trailer Western Forest Products donated.
"The trailer was already 15 years old when we got it," said Wright. "We were happy to have it, but this (gesturing at the new exhibit hall) is amazing."
In addition to the new exhibits, Wright points to new signage in and around the building, making self-guided tours possible.
Wright said the centre also has a new computer station, lots of interactive exhibits and much more for visitors to see and do.