Save Sansum Point campaign gets $100,000 Christmas gift

The Save Sansum Point campaign got its hands on the Christmas gift it wished for.

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia received $100,000 from an anonymous donor in honour of Cortlandt Mackenzie and his late wife, Jean, toward conserving Sansum Point, the 128-acre property located on the Stony Hill Peninsula near North Cowichan’s Octopus Point.

“The Mackenzie’s loved the Cowichan Valley and resided there for many years,” a TLC press release says. “During their time in the valley Dr. Cort Mackenzie was the medical health officer for the Central Vancouver Island Health Unit. He later became a professor at the University of British Columbia and was highly regarded for his expertise in environmental health issues. He enjoyed sailing through the Sansum Narrows with its scenic views of the point and coastal bluffs, which are now protected as parkland.”

TLC’s tickled about the pre-Christmas donation.

“I can’t think of a better present to give than the protection of a community treasure like Sansum Point,” said TLC’s executive director Bill Turner. “It’s a gift that will make a lasting difference for current and future generations.”

When the property, valued at $1.85 million, came on the market, TLC partnered with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Cowichan Land Trust to purchase the property.

To make a donation to Sansum Point in time for the 2011 tax year call 1-877-485-2422 or visit

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