Last year Jim Bulmer created a fundraising local currency on Hornby Island in British Columbia, Canada. Here's an update with information on
the 2019 edition. Thanks. These are a fun and useful way to raise funds for good local causes. Readers looking for more information, or to acquire
examples can contact Jim at email@example.com. -Editor
NEW HORNBY TRADE TOKEN CELEBRATES FIRST NATIONS TOTEM POLE
The Hornby Island Trade Token is in its second year. It is a Municipal Trade Token with a face value of $20.00, and will be valid in trade on
Hornby Island, British Columbia with participating merchants and artisans until it expires, October 31, 2019. An accompanying 1 1/4" Pin of the
Island and Orca side ($3.00) will also be available. Mintage: Tokens: 500; Pins: 800.
Conservation is the watchword of the Island and the Obverse of this year's Hornby Trade Token depicts a the Island with an Orca swimming in
front, to represent the importance of our resident Orca population. The Reverse features Hornby Island's new K'omoks First Nation Totem Pole,
carved by artist Karver Everson, which depicts Thunderbird and Sisiutl, lords of the Upper and Lower Worlds, and a Herring beneath signifying the
yearly Herring Spawn which vitalizes our sea life: Orcas, Sea Lions, Salmon and countless other varieties of Fish and Sea Birds.
The Pole was erected on Hornby Island last August in Helliwell Provincial Park as a token of friendship and momento of the "unceded land of
the Pentlatch People" on which our small population resides. The Token Project received the generous permission of the artist to use the totem
pole image on this years' issue.
It is a Fundraising Token. Like a $20 Gift Card, it is fully backed by money in the bank, so can be used with no loss to the merchant. All profits
from this project go to the Hornby Island Community Fund, and the visitors and collectors who take them home help support the entire island.
Last year, the first, the Token Project donated $1,000 to the School Fund (our school burned down last August), and $1,000 to the Community Fund.
This year's token should be a sellout.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
HORNBY ISLAND MUNICIPAL TRADE TOKENS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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