Community: Giving Back

Firewood Draw

North Cowichan's Municipal Forestry program annually donates three logging truckloads of firewood to non-profit groups supporting youth in the Cowichan and Chemainus Valley. The youth-oriented groups are to be based in the Cowichan and Chemainus areas with the majority of their membership coming from North Cowichan. A maximum of three awards will be made annually.

Currently the Firewood Donation Program is suspended following the completion of the Municipal Forest Review. For more information on the forestry review including public engagement, please visit Forestry Review.

View the list of past firewood draw winners, here: Firewood Draw Winners


The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to offer the Forest Legacy Scholarship and Bursaries. The $1,200 scholarship and two $600 bursaries are funded from Municipal Forest Reserve revenue through the Municipal Forestry Program. The Municipality established a $40,000 Reserve Fund in 1998 to generate annual interest income to fund these awards. The Municipality’s Community Forest Program takes great pride in assisting the youth of North Cowichan through these scholarships and bursaries.

The Municipality of North Cowichan Tom Walker Forest Legacy Scholarship and Bursaries will be awarded to a secondary school graduate who is a resident of North Cowichan. The applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary institute such as a technical school, College or University enrolled in a 1st year program. While all students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students who are enrolled in science related studies such as forestry, environmental, fisheries, hydrology, geotechnical etc. In the absence of an applicant pursuing a science related field, the scholarship and bursaries will be awarded based on a scoring system that evaluates the applicant’s submission as outlined in the application form. The Municipality will award the scholarship and two bursaries directly to the winners upon proof of enrollment in a post secondary institute. To apply for the scholarship or bursaries, please submit a completed North Cowichan application with outlined requirements.

To apply complete the scholarship application form [PDF - 850 KB].

View the list of past scholarship recipients, here: Scholarship Recipients

Woodworking Contest

North Cowichan's Forestry Department conducts a local annual woodworking contest. Schools that have been involved include Chemainus Secondary, Cowichan Secondary NS Duncan Christian School. The Municipality provides the school with the project criteria and lumber to complete the projet. The first place prize is $500, second $300 and third $200 in gift certificates. Judging is based on workmanship, project functionality, marketability and originality with the winning projects put on displayed at the Municipal Hall during the summer.

If your school would like to get involved, contact us, by phone (250) 746-3124 or email

View the list of past Woodworking Contest winners, here: Woodworking Winners