Message from Community Futures Mt. Waddington regarding the Coronavirus

In recent days we have all become familiar with concepts like “social distancing,” “self-isolation” and
“flattening the curve” – all part of our individual and collective efforts to slow and limit the spread of

Effective immediately Community Futures Mt. Waddington is introducing new temporary measures to
help protect the health of our staff, our clients and the general public by doing our part to slow the
spread of COVID-19.

We will not be conducting face-to-face business and our office will remained closed until further notice.

We will continue to provide services to our clients (new and existing), but all our interactions and
services will now be conducted by phone and/or email. There is also an option to have one-on-one
video calls.

Please use the following contact information during regular working hours Monday to Friday from
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you are new to Community Futures please email:
David Mitchell, General Manager –
If you are already receiving services through Community Futures you should contact the staff member
you’ve been working with directly:
Lawrie Garrett –
Riley Zimmerman –
Christie Dreger –

Please also note that any scheduled training workshops are cancelled until further notice.

We recognize that these measures are an inconvenience to everyone and we will do our best to minimize that inconvenience. We also believe that these steps are necessary and warranted to help limit the spread of the virus.

Community Futures Mt. Waddington provides small business loans, expert advice and a wide range of business tools and resources to the Vancouver Island North and Central Coast Regions.

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Financial Impact

Community Futures Mt. Waddington provides service for the North Island, starting in Zeballos and stretching over to the coast up to Bella Bella and Klemtu. In the past 5 years Community Futures has lent close to $10 million, which has helped start or expand over 100 businesses in the Tourism, Forestry, Marine, Retail and Service sectors.

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For over 30 years, Community Futures has supported rural entrepreneurs to help our communities flourish. We continue to be here, ready to help.
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