I received the Final Report from the Village Vision Planning Committee and noted that several items are focused on gaining cooperation from the Islands Trust and RDN to adopt and implement them.
RDN Staff will be setting up a meeting to discuss what is being asked for with the Islands Trust and Village Vision Planning Committee. You can download the full report from the Village Vision website.
The RDN combined the 50th anniversary of the RDN and the opening of the trail between Parksville and Coombs. The 7 km of multipurpose graveled all weather trail will service the two communities for years to come.
I have been attending as many of the From Truth to Reconciliation group discussions and films as I can. The group are trying to move the community towards understanding what happened with residential schools in Canada and then move forward from there. I was at the Nov 24th talk at the Surf Lodge on the Nanaimo Indian Hospital. It was a night to remember and to stop and think about how we can change.
November 12 was the AGM for the Gabriola Community Hall Association and it was good to see new faces with new energy elected to the Board. The Hall was damaged after large amounts of water entered the building during a roof repair. The Hall`s insurance should cover the repairs but the Hall will need to close early in the New Year to deal with the ongoing roof repair and the Hall restoration. The Community Hall Association Board is looking for cash donations to help offset lost income during this period. Please go to their Gabriola Community Hall website for details.
The Gabriola Community Hall cannot be put on the tax rolls as it is NOT eligible. I have asked their Board to apply for community works funds up to $40.000 per year to do the long overdue repairs and upgrades to the hall.
The RDN held an Gabriola Emergency Services Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Surf Lodge, with about 20 in attendance. Emergency Services Volunteers train to be ready when they are needed but are seldom recognized for what they do.
The Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee (POSAC) will be losing two members (Kyle Clifford and Allen Johnston) and I would like to thank them for their service to the community. The RDN Board will review the applications to join the POSAC Committee and make the selection and appointment in 2018.
I recently was in Victoria with RDN Chairs Ferry Committee for Vancouver Island to meet with the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Claire Tervena. We secured 45 minutes with the Minister and during my 5 minutes I brought up the issues regarding the size of the Bowen Queen and the number of overloads we have been and are currently experiencing. I was also able to leave a file on the safety issues the Gabriola Ferry Advisory Committee has regarding at the Gabriola ferry terminal.
By the time you read this report the playground at Huxley Park will be open and I can hardly wait to try out the new double slide. It will be fun to race Derek down the new slide.
If I do not see you before hand, have a great Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.
Still having fun,