Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Craft Distillery is producing hand sanitizer for emergency operation centres in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

Currently the craft distillery owned by three local volunteer firefighters, John Gilmour, Neil Campbell and Adam Warry, has delivered 150 litres of hand sanitizer to front lines essential services throughout West Coast communities.

“We have been on top of this for weeks now and followed the direction of those in charge of Emergency Co-ordination and have now supplied those EOC departments in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni with this sanitizer which contains well over 70 per cent ethyl alcohol and pure argan oil, which makes it suitable get for skin application,” said Campbell.

Claire Bond, founder of essential oil company Clarity Apothecary, supplied spray bottles, labels, and moisturizing argan oil for the hospital grade sanitizer. Her friend at Smashing Glass events offered up her warehouse for production and the Tofino Brew Co. is supplying growlers.

“It’s been a wild ride. If someone had said to me two weeks ago I would be making sanitizer, I would have told them they were crazy,” said Bond, an integrated health professional.

She said on March 18 the people at Tofino Distillery contacted her and by March 19 they had their first sample.

“In the first couple of hours we were able to come together and collaborate. They could get me the alcohol that I needed and I could get them the bottles and the labels and a way of making the alcohol not burn the hands. It really is a beautiful collaboration,” said Bond, adding that this all come together while she was in quarantine.

Down the road in Ucluelet, Luke Erridge has turned his award-winning Pacific Rim Distilling into a hand sanitizer production facility with the help of Ucluelet Rent It Centre, Sysco, Black Berry Cove and the Ucluelet Co-op.

Erridge said his hand sanitizer is available for free at a pump station behind the Ucluelet Co-op deli counter. People are asked to bring a small refillable bottle.

“In times like this, everyone in town needs to come together. Whatever you have that you can help out, offer it up. If you have an abundance of firewood, offer it up. If you have are a fisherman and you have way too much fish, put it up. If have too many eggs from your chickens, put them up. We have to help each other,” said Erridge.

“I love this place. I’ll pretty much do anything I can to keep everyone safe here,” he went on to say. “It’s for anyone and anyone in town. Just bring small containers. There is no need to be greedy. There is plenty to go around.”

The Tofino Distillery is also working towards creating a World Health Organization version of hand sanitizer for the general public, which will be released in greater volume over the next couple of weeks.

“We are all local firefighters, and this effort is an attempt to ensure those who require sanitizer have access to it. However, as directed by the governments, the general public should still be staying home and practicing regular hand washing as the most effective method to reduce the spread,” said Campbell.

“We also want to give the people of the communities some peace of mind that we are here and will produce this as long as it is required. We are committed to the safety of our front lines, and our neighbours all along the coast.”

Erridge concurred.

“This should go on until the pandemic is over,” Erridge said.



nora.omalley@westerlynews.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

READ: Island distillery switches production to sanitizers

READ: West Coast leaders unite in the fight against COVID-19

CoronavirusLocal BusinessTofino,ucluelet

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

True crime podcaster on mid Island inspired by case of missing Island woman

‘Island Crime’ Season 1 covers 2002 disappearance of 21-year-old Lisa Marie Young

Alberni Valley Community Foundation releases second round of emergency funding

The Alberni Valley Community Foundation will provide $75,000 to support local charities… Continue reading

Port Alberni’s Cruise for Care returns for encore

Car enthusiasts will honour frontline workers Friday, May 29 on route through city

Accident, downed power lines closes Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Detour is available near Hector Road as BC Hydro crews work to restore power

Huu-ay-aht First Nations qualify for national wage subsidy

Limited partnership structure caused concern when CEWS was first introduced

Dr. Bonnie Henry given new name in B.C. First Nation ceremony: ‘one who is calm among us’

The provincial health officer was honoured in a May 22 ceremony at elementary school in Hazelton

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

28 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in ong-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

B.C. poison control sees spike in adults, children accidentally ingesting hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer sales and usage have gone up sharply amid COVID-19 pandemic

Royal B.C. Museum reopens in phases, some galleries remain closed to start summer

Victoria museum and archives open first galleries June 19

B.C. man with Alberta plates gets car keyed and aggressive note

Some out-of-province people are finding hostile reception due to COVID-19 worries

B.C. drive-in theatre appeals COVID-19 concession rules, 50-car limit

With 50 cars and the removal of concession sales, drive-in owner says theatre might have to close

Most Read