Whether big or small, from far-away waters or from our own backyard, the aquatic animals and marine life in our habitats captivate a million people each year.
For some guests, picking a favourite animal or exhibit is impossible, while for others, they have a clear favourite. The reasons for having a favourite vary widely, but the stories we hear about why guests love certain animals or exhibits are always so interesting.
In large part, it is why we developed the Exhibit Your Support program – an annual fundraising initiative that allows supporters to “own” their own exhibit for a year, with the first right of refusal on renewing this support.
Several of our donors have been participating in this program for many years and truly feel a special connection with the Aquarium as a whole, and their exhibit in particular. One such supporter is Ann Howe, who sponsors the Banks Island exhibit in the Treasures of the B.C. Coast Gallery. This region was near and dear to her late husband, Bruce. Bruce used to love scuba diving in the area. In particular, he was drawn to the abundance of abalone and the diversity and colour of marine life in that area. Ann’s exhibit plaque honours Bruce’s memory, and whenever she is at the Aquarium, always visits the exhibit to feel that special connection with him.
Others support exhibits because of their love of the animals within, and still others like this unique way to support the Aquarium’s mission to conserve aquatic life.
Regardless of the reason, the Exhibit Your Support program is a very special and unique way to remember or honour loved ones, or to demonstrate support for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and our commitment to the conservation of aquatic life.
As a self-supporting not-for-profit organization, these gifts and others help us to undertake our important and critical research, conservation and education work.
We have recently revamped the program and added some unique benefits. Later this year, we will be unveiling a new plaque design and colour scheme. To learn more about this program, please visit our donations page online or call 604-659-3472.