Champney’s West a Winner: Newfoundland Power Envirofest 2015 Grants

Champney’s West is one of the proud winners of Newfoundland Power’s Envirofest Grants 2015.  This funding will facilitate a community clean up day, date to be announced and the creation of a community garden by the Heritage House.  We are hoping for lots of fresh veggies in the Fall.



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Thank you Martin, Welcome Shelly


Thank you Martin Hiscock

A heartfelt thank you to Martin Hiscock, for the fabulous work he has achieved over the last year as Champney’s West’s first Community Development Officer.  Anyone visiting our community can see the results of that work. The foundations and floor of the aquarium being the most obvious.  There was of course plenty more work going on in the background, the outcomes of which we will see over the coming months and indeed years as our projects develop.

We are glad to say that Martin is not leaving us but has kindly agreed to stay on as secretary to the Board of the Champney’s West Heritage Group.  He will also be there to assist our new community development officer as she takes over the reins.


Welcome Shelly Blackmore

Shelly Blackmore is our new Community Development Officer; she started work at the beginning of January 2015 and will be with us for a year.  Her past work experience includes the role of economic development officer for Discovery Regional Development Board and owner/operator of Captain Blackmore’s Heritage Manor in Port Union.   So she knows the area well.

Shelly has been involved with the Aquarium project since its early stages. She was instrumental in preparing the application that was submitted to the Federal and Provincial governments for the funding of the aquarium. This included writing the economic development aspect and having a detailed understanding of the budget.


Shelly’s busy year will be focused on:


  • Ensuring the completion of the Aquarium build
  • Continuing work on the proposed Fox Island Trail Expansion
  • Exploring the options for an archaeological dig


Please do not hesitate to contact Shelly if you would like any more information on any of these initiatives.


Mail:     Champney’s West Heritage Group Inc

Box 12,

Site 9,

Port Rexton,


A0C 2H0


Tel:      709-464-2173



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Champney’s West Weekend – 2014

Even the weather cooperated (eventually) and Champney’s West days were once again a huge success, thanks to everyone’s hard work

New to this year’s event was the Go Cart racing, only one wipe out, the rest sailed, at various speeds, but all in style over the finish line.



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The famous Cardboard Boats races were a huge success again this year.  Here is a sample of some of the fantastic boats that took to the water that day.  How some stayed afloat , with that many people in I will never know.



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Sorry for the delay posting these photos, but I hope you will agree they were worth the wait.  Thanks to Michael Fabricant (MP UK)  for the camera work

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Marine Aquarium and Touch Tank CBC Interview

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CBC On The Go

Wednesday September 19, 2012

Guest host Mack Furlong speaks with Bill Driedzic, an Ocean Science Professor at Memorial University, about the the Champney’s West Heritage groups efforts to build a marine aquarium and touch tank in the community.

 Click Here To Listen

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Champney’s West Aquarium Initiative gaining support

Kevin Curley Published on August 22, 2013



The Champney’s West Aquarium has recently expanded to join forces with the Oceans Learning Partnership.
The partnership is another stepping-stone toward their initiative of building a public aquarium centre and touch tank in the community.

The idea was first conceived by Champney’s West resident Wanda Pippy and brought to Bill Driedzic, a summer resident and professor of ocean sciences at Memorial University.

From there they moved forward in taking the idea to the Champney’s West Heritage Group who agreed to be the umbrella organization for the project. They crafted a concept plan and today they are in the stages of raising funds to make it a reality.

“We’re almost there,” Driedzic told The Packet,  “We have had meetings with the federal and provincial funding agencies who have encouraged us to move forward.”

The funding agencies told the group they would come on board if $100,000 could be raised.

Driedzic says they are half way to meeting their goal and the initiative went public with their fundraising drive on Aug. 10 as part of this years Champney’s West Days Festival.

“Total project cost is about $260,000 and we have a substantial amount of that as incoming contributions from Memorial University and from the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in New Brunswick,” he says.

 Click Here to read the full story at The Packet online

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Under Water Watching



CBC Central Morning

Thursday August 28 2013

Great Interview with  Marilyn Sonnenberg on CBC’s Central Morning podcast talking about the plans for the upcoming Champney’s West aquarium!

“The tiny community of Champney’s West has big plans for an aquarium project designed to attract tourists. We hear from a person pushing it along, as well as a person who founded a similar facility on the Avalon.”

Click Here To Listen Online

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