Five words ultimately sum it up based on my council experience these last four roller-Covid-coaster years: Planning, process, preparation, patience and persistence.
I've thoroughly enjoyed working with my council colleagues guided by staff expertise. We're individuals with varied personal and working styles who reflect a diversity of Sooke viewpoints.We listen to staff reports and public input. We discuss and debate as our perspectives evolve. We vote. We accept the results gracefully (for the near-most part; hand's up here for losing my cool on a few occasions, immediately cautioned by the Mayor and sparking a prompt apology for not acting my advanced age.)
And we move on to whatever's next on our always packed agendas. Serious business but never short of laughs, compassion, goodwill and an eagerness on all our parts to be of community service. (And tears too at the loss of the irreplaceable Brenda Parkinson). I genuinely like and appreciate our circle of seven, and have always enjoyed those rare occasions when we retire (non-quorum) to the Sooke Brewery after council meetings that end before closing time.
What ultimately matters, of course, is that the District is in professional hands to deliver the everyday essentials: protective services, operations (parks, roads, sidewalks, wastewater), planning (new development, variances, permits), and financial and corporate services (budgeting, legislative process.) Sooke's municipal staff does all these things well while also recognizing that the District is a work in ever after progress as it matures into an increasingly effective, adaptable, responsive and professional organization.
Council is to a large degree a stewardship group, and ours (Sooke's seventh since incorporation) have been good, responsible, compassionate stewards, I sincerely believe. Hope you agree! We certainly did get some stuff done.
Achievements of the 2018/22 Sooke Council and District staff
(followed by my own personal accomplishments these last four years)
Working respectfully together, Mayor Maja Tait and her council has achieved the following in collaboration with District staff (led by our VIP hire and sole employee CAO McInnis and his interim Don Schaffer) along with public committees, consultants, community stakeholders and other orders of government.
* Creation of a four-year Council Strategic Plan with considerable staff and community stakeholder input + Introduction of an implementation process in which "now," "next" and "later" priorities are identified for staff and council action every six months (a first for Sooke thanks to CAO McInnis, who has also introduced annual staff service plan reviews, and worked successfully with Finance Director Raechel Gray to optimize Sooke's annual Five-Year Financial Plan process to best legislative standards and timetables.)
* Near-adoption of a solid and actionable new Official Community Plan laced with Sooke Smart Growth policies, a 120-point implementation plan and best-practice development guidelines -- all rooted in high per-capita public engagement (Covid-era or not) compared to OCP participation rates in other communities.
* Initiated a set of vital new planning documents and reports to guide Sooke's short-and-mid-term future: Transportation, Parks & Trails, Housing Needs, Economic Analysis and Child Care included.
* Renewal of good relations with the T'Sou-ke Nation through a reinvigorated Memorandum of Understanding and the first regular series of meetings between the two councils since the largely inert MOU was established in 2007.
* Creation of five council committees following open calls for applicants: Community Economic Development, Land Use & Development, Climate Action, Sooke Program of the Arts and OCP Advisory Committee.
* Operationalization of a climate adaptation and mitigation "green lens" for all District decision-making through the Low Carbon Resilience co-benefits model. It brings a balanced approach to consideration of social, economic and environmental factors.
* $1 million-plus from the Province of BC for upgrades to the West Coast Family Medical Clinic, providing team-based care for an additional 4,000 unattached patients in the Sooke region. Continuing advocacy for Ayre Manor's expansion plans and with the province for an Urgent Primary Care Centre.
* Strong focus and quick action on short-term priorities within the Transportation Master Plan, notably active transportation corridors in the town-centre stretches of Otter Point Road and Church Road, with Charters to follow. Extensive shovel-ready design blueprints completed for the Throup/Grant Rd. West bypass route (including roundabouts).
* Adopted a new Sooke Building Bylaw (2020), added staffing to the building permit department and began a major review/overhaul of the Development Permit Approval process scheduled for completion and enactment next year.
* Sooke Fire Service: Adoption of Fire Master Plan (2022); implementation of phased paid on-call system for volunteers; equipment renewal (Engine 3, 4x4 heavy duty pick-up truck, rescue pumper apparatus); Capital Region Mutual Aid agreement; Silver Spray Protection Agreement review. Planned purchase of Engine 4 has been deferred in favour of an Initial Attack Fire Apparatus based on Master Plan recommendation. First Nations artwork and "Brenda" logo added to fire trucks.
* Endorsement of two Sooke firsts: Climate Action Plan (July 2022) and Community Economic Development Strategy (October 2021) to champion localism while reducing carbon emissions and building a complete community that's better positioned to face emergencies.
- Approval of Climate Action Committee Workplan (Oct. 2020); introduction of a Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy approach (Jan. 2021); green lens/climate-first definition through Low Carbon Resilience model (April 12, 2021); 50% target for GHG emissions by 2030 (April 26, 2021); council resolutions in support of PACE enabling legislation and Help Cities Lead initiatives (April 2021); adoption of the 7% Solution GHG reduction strategy (June 28, 2021); approval of preliminary Climate Action Plan framework and citizen engagement strategy (June 28, 2021); Sooke consent for funding increase to CRD Climate Action Service Bylaw (Nov. 22, 2021); nine-month contract hiring of interim Climate Action Coordinator (Nov. 2021); new-development impacts/carbon accounting presentation by CAC's Anna Russell (Dec. 13, 2021); Community Economic Development Strategy adopted (Dec. 13, 2021); council directs staff to prepare the Climate Action Plan and for the draft to be presented on a T'Sou-ke MOU meeting agenda (Dec. 13, 2021); CRD EV charger infrastructure network (June, 2022); Climate Action Plan presented (July 18, 2022) and endorsed in principle by council (July 25, 2022); council defers to the next council the Climate Action Committee recommendations to hire a full-time Climate Action Coordinator and creation of a Community Education and Engagement Society to assist the District with its Sooke 2030 campaign (July 25, 2022),
* Re-establishment of Sooke Chamber of Commerce service agreement after a five-year lapse + first-time District membership in the South Island Prosperity Project
* Hiring of first-ever DOS Community Economic Development Officer to steward the CED Strategy and, in part, the Climate Action Plan. The CED Officer sourced contract funding for Sooke's first interim Climate Action Coordinator (November 2021 to July 2022).
* Planning for the Lot A town centre hub, where our iconic new library-in-the-round is to be paired with the Gathering Place intergenerational centre, seniors affordable rental housing, a southwest public plaza in the design stage and the possibility of expanded health care facilities as the site is integrated with an evolving Evergreen Mall.
* Strong support for the Sooke Homelessness Coalition, leading to District involvement in Covid-era shelters at SEAPARC and John Phillips Memorial Park ... followed in turn by what would have been considered a miracle five years ago: The establishment of Sooke's first dedicated transitional and supportive housing project run by the Sooke Shelter Society at the Hope Centre.
* Approvals for nearly 500 town-centre rentals -- market-rate and affordable (via BC Housing) apartments as well as, town homes and small-lot single family dwellings. An equal number is in planning stages for council consideration. All address priorities identified in the Housing Needs Report (2019). Introduction of the DOS Development Tracker.
* Initial negotiations with three major mixed-use developers who collectively are proposing additional market-rate housing and over 150k square feet of retail, office and other space in the town centre.
* Liaison with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on the $65-million four-lane improvements in North Sooke, the paving of Connie Road and the 600m MOTI sidewalk extension from the town centre stoplight to Ed Macgregor Park (with plans for future extensions continuing to Whiffin Spit Rd.)
* Liaison with BC Transit in the development of the Sooke Local Area Transit Plan, delayed by Covid yet promising to dramatically improve local and regional transit options as it is implemented in a regional plan that includes RapidBus service from Langford.
* Advanced, for public dialogue, the Sooke Lions long-cherished vision of a multi-use community centre after 15+ years of fruitless talks with previous Sooke councils, moving it forward for what has proven to be a robust debate on its pros, cons, possible services, design and proposed location -- all as a prelude to any final decisions or alternative ideas raised by the next council.
* District staff secured $11 million in provincial and federal grants, including funds for wastewater treatment plant expansion (full details), town centre sidewalk extension, and active-transportation corridors (Otter Point, Church, plus new application made recently for Charters) - see below for mostly complete list of these and other grants.
* Sewer expansion masterplanning with primary funding focus on extension east to Kaltasin (grant and resident-approval dependent) to eliminate harbour pollution hotspots, permit shellfish harvesting and develop employment lands east of the Sooke River.
* New community amenties including the multi-sports court box at Raven Ridge Park in Sunriver; public trail wayfinding and trailheads for the Stickleback and Sea Walk urban trails; waterfront-access staircases at Cains Family Park and Sooke Bluff Park; the Ponds Corridor Stickleback dog park; the SEAPARC Weight Room & Fitness Studio; and phased work on the future DeMamiel Creek pedestrian crossing.
* Stabilization of what had become a somewhat shaky District organizational structure starting with the hiring of CAO Norm McInnis. He, in turn, has begun the process of revitalizing Sooke's corporate reputation and culture with valued existing staff and bright new hires. (Everyone, of course, sends immense good wishes to Norm during his medical leave.)
* The hiring of a first-ever Communications Coordinator who has skillfully launched a (long overdue) new era in local government transparency and outreach via email newsletters, media relations, social-media content and a diverse, creative array of in-person, print and electronic public engagement through the Let's Talk Sooke platform. Subscribe to the email service here and watch for continuing improvements to the District's jam-packed, hugely informative website.
Miscellaneous Council Actions, 2018-2022
- Endorsed the Charter for Compassion (making Sooke the 103rd city in the world to do so)
- Annual funding for Wild Wise Sooke Society
- Sister city relationship with Natori, Japan
- Declaration of a climate emergency (passed unanimously by council on April 8, 2019; Sooke was the 162nd local government in the world to pass an emergency declaration; the first was the Melbourne, Australia suburb of Darebin on Dec. 5, 2016; as of Oct. 2022, 2,275 jurisdictions and local governments representing more than 1 billion citizens world-wide have declared emergencies.)
- Enlisted in FCM Partners for Climate Protection's five-milestone program
- Sooke 2030 community development campaign for personal and corporate carbon emission reductions
- 7% Solution GHG reduction strategy
- Teleworking advocacy
- Advocacy for implementation of BC Transit Sooke Local Area Transit Plan
- Council support for Island Rail Corridor
- Formalized ban on anticoagulant rodenticides in District operations
- Tree bylaw (defeated 4-3), followed by commitment to Sooke tree management strategy, urban tree canopy expansion and tree-planting collaborations with Sooke schools as a starter.
- First-ever service agreement with Sooke Family Resource Society (for youth navigator, pre-natal & adult counselling services to Sooke residents)
- Development Permit approvals for Sooke library, Wadams Farm, BC Housing projects, Evergreen Mall and the mixed-use residential/commercial project at the former Mulligans.
- Approval for CRD Regional Housing First borrowing to provide 400 new shelter-rate units on South Island
- Agricultural Land Reserve protection via recommendations (to ALC) to reject exclusion requests (with one exception being the small ALR chunk at the corner of Church and Throupe so as to faciliate a roundabout on our future connector route bypass)
- Sooke pilot project: Village Farm Hamlet (District partnership with Greenplan's Jack Anderson)
- Participation in CRD Regional Foodland Access Program.
- Cannabis regulations and retail licensing
- Public funding ($50k) for one-third of costs for new seating in the EMCS Community Theatre
- Waived building permit fees for Sooke River Jack Brooks Hatchery
- CRD Animal Control contract renewal
- Financial support for Art Morris Park ball field improvements and pickleball court upgrades
- Approval for 17 Mile House expansion with compact retail plaza
- Public toilets and water fountains added to John Philips Memorial Park and Whiffin Spit
- Invasive species (including Japanese knotweed) removal by parks staff and the Greater Victoria Green Team
- Demolition of the Tin Grotto
- Revisions of Viewpointe Estates multi-phase parks and trail covenant
- Progress on DeMamiel Creek connector and sidewalk phased project, Sunriver to schools
- Wastewater treatment plant centrifuge replacement and overall system upgrades
- Five Year Road Improvement Program
- Sewer inclusion for various properties, including Woodside Farm and homes on Maple Park Terrace
- Community Parks permit exemption for Sooke Country Market and assistance to relocate it to north of the Fire Hall while a first-ever dedicated parking lot for John Phillips Memorial Park is being constructed due south of the Municipal Hall.
- Transit bench advertising agreement
- Preliminary work on development of a waste management strategy, including yard-waste depot in the Sooke public worksyard and a report from the Climate Action Coordinator re: Sooke's place within the CRD Waste Managment Strategy
- Covid-19 operational protocols, return-to-work planning, virtual meetings and relief measures for local business
- Covid initiatives: Approvals for patio expansions, Food trucks service in parks program, delegated authority to staf for liquour license amendments,
- Support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (out of our supposed lane, but took fully five minutes of council time as we joined communities world-wide in calling for this ban.)
- (last, lucky horseshoe not-least) Renewed agreement with Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association
New, updated, consolidated and amended bylaws and policies, 2018-22
- Flag Protocol (including T'Sou-ke, Ukrainian and Pride flags at Municipal Hall)
- Council Procedures Bylaw
- Sooke Building Bylaw
- Floodplain Regulation Bylaw
- Business License Bylaw
- Memorial Plaque Contribution Policy
- Council Remuneration & Benefits Bylaw
- Development Cost Charges Bylaw
- Fees & Charges Bylaw
- Blasting Regulation amendment
- Check-Out Bag Regulation Bylaw
- Community Grant & Sponsorship Policy
- Freedom of Information and Privacy Bylaw
- Council Parental Leave Policy
- Purchasing and Disposal of Assets Policy
- Fire Services Protection Bylaw - Backyard Burning
- Sooke Potholes Gate Policy
- Community Parks Regulation (user fee reduction)
- Unsightly Premises Bylaw
- Public Interest Disclosure Policy
- Public Complaint Resolution Policy
- Bylaw Enforcement Policy
- Letters of Support Policy
- Covid Safe Restart Fund Bylaw
- Naming of Municipal Assets & Infrastructure Policy
- Electronic Meeting Participation & Etiquette Policy
- Fireworks Regulation Bylaw
- Soil Improvement and Deposit Bylaw
- Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw
- Election Procedure Bylaw
Grant endorsements and successful applications, 2018-22
- Wastewater Treatment Planet expansion ~ $4.6 million (total budget: $6.58m)
- Otter Point Active Transportation Corridor ~ $1.8 million (430 meters of sidewalks and 720 meters of bike lanes)
- Church Road Active Transportation Corridor
- Development Approval Program Project ~ $494,270
- Multi-Sport Court Box ~ $400k
- Housing Needs Assessment ~ $20,000
- Strengthening Communities (Sooke Shelter Society) ~ $540,000 + in 2021/22 and 2022/23
- Age-Friendly Communities' Healthy Eating for Active Living program
- Sunriver emergency route planning ~ $25k (funding criteria)
- Emergency Operations Centre development ~ $25k (funding criteria)
- FireSmart staffing + Regional Vegetation Management program
- Child Care Needs Assessment ~ $x through Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Tree Canada planting program
- EV charger program
- UBCM Poverty Reduction Grant for food security research ~ $25k
- Phased Sooke sewer service area expansion ~ $27m
- Charters Road Active Transportation Corridor ~ $7m
- Charters South Active Transportation Grant ~ $500k
How I spent the last four years
* A+ attendance record as an attentive, informed, engaged presence at 250+ meetings (regular council, in-camera, COW, CRD, committee and council appointments, in-person and virtual, 2018/22)
* Council liaison, Climate Action Committee (2021/22) ~ The CAC delivered (as foundational starting points in the wake of the District's declaration of a climate emergency) the Climate Action Plan, the 7% Solution GHG reduction strategy and the Sooke 2030 citizen and corporate engagement campaign in close collaboration with District staff, consultant Denise Withers and gifted committee members Anna Russell and Beth Lange in particular.
* Co-chair, Sooke Homelessness Coalition (2021/22) ~ Bi-monthly meetings with a wide range of service agencies, RCMP, Sooke bylaw, Sooke Fire Services and others addressing local issues related to the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness. A working group involving Sooke Shelter Society and Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness representatives, myself and others have recently completed the SHC's first three-year Strategic Plan arising from a series of community brainstorming sessions.
* Sooke Trustee, Vancouver Island Regional Library Board (2018/22) ~ Doing my small but impactful and tremendously satisfying part as the District's latest VIRL Trustee in helping our landmark new library across the finish line after 15 years of prelude highlighted by sharp moves by earlier councils (i.e., the 2016 purchase of Lot A for a fifth of its current value.)
* Alternate Director, Capital Regional District (2018/22) ~ Stepping in as requested and required for Director Tait at CRD board, SEAPARC Commission and Transportation, Parks, Governance, Housing, and Planning & Protective Service committee meetings. I've received a substantial 101 working education in such matters as the Regional Growth Strategy, First Nations Relations (and the CRD's statement on reconciliation), the Regional Water Supply Master Plan, SEAPARC operations and planning, the Regional Parks Strategic Plan, the Solid Waste Management Plan, the Regional Housing Affordability Strategy, the CRD Climate Action Strategy, the Regional Transportation Plan, the Regional Food and Agricultural Plan, the Regional Emergency Management Partnership, first-time (for the CRD) Mountain Biking Guidelines, corporate operations and advocacy strategy. (In my experience, the CRD is a hugely competent, progressive, fiscally responsible and professional organization guided by priorities determined by its board on a four-year cycle that starts again post-election.)
* Chair, Lot A Northeast Quadrant Task Force (2019) ~ Ground-setting consultation work for the future (fingers crossed) Gathering Place project now moving smartly forward under the direction of the Sooke Region Communities Health Network with solid support in principle from the District.
* Participant, T'Sou-ke Housing Solutions Lab (2021/22) ~ Half-dozen virtual workshops facilitated by the IISAAK Olam Foundation and dedicated to "influencing meaningful change related to housing and home in T'Sou-ke traditional territority" through various themes: creative housing types; cultural education and reconciliation; innovative models of home ownership and financing; and "working together as one" strategies.
* Council Appointee, Greater Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee (2018/22) ~ Participated in the CRD review that promises to revitalize the education and advocacy mandate of this regional group of councillors, school district trustees and front-line service providers (founded 1966). With its Communications Committee, I helped produced its annual reports and wrote advocacy letters to the province on behalf of the Mobile Youth Services Team and in support of the Roads to Revival legal services review.
* Advocacy efforts in process through letters I've written for Mayor Tait's signature: Province of BC teleworking office requested for Sooke; Enhanced Roadside Assessment tests for Sooke seniors (pilot project established in 2020 and continuing today); second-generation anti-coagulant rodenticides ban; enhanced cosmetic pesticide regulations; protection of Vancouver Island sea wolves.
* Exacting attention to detail: Research and intensive homework on all agenda items to the best of my abilities. Keeping council informed about my appointee work during verbal reports. And unofficial role as council watchdog for errors and oversights in the minites. (doubtless more examples above as ever - all of us need proofreaders, I readily acknowledge ;-)
Start date: Nov. 5, 2018
Final Meeting: Oct. 3, 2022
What follows are more fine print details about these last four years , including my attendance record at meetings & conventions plus material drawn from a log of council agenda items I've diligently maintained.
91 regular and special council meetings
27 Committee of the Whole meetings
x In-Camera meetings
CRD Alternate Director
14 Capital Regional District board meetings
3 CRD Planning & Protective Services meetings
8 CRD Parks and Environment committee meetings
6 CRD Governance committee meetings
3 CRD Transportation committee meetings
6 SEAPARC Commission meetings
1 CRD Meeting of Councils meeting
1 CRD First Nation Perspectives training
Council Appointee & Liaison
16 Climate Action Committee meetings
18 Vancouver Island Regional Library board meetings
5 Northeast Quadrant Lot A Task Force meetings
27 Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee meetings
30+ Sooke Age-Friendly Committee meetings
10 Sooke Homelessness Coalition meetings
x Sooke Homelesness Coalition working group meetings
8 OCP Advisory Committee meetings (virtual)
x Community Economic Development meetings (occasional)
x Land Use and Development meetings (occasional)
1 Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention (Quebec City, 2019)
2 in-person (Vancouver, Whistler) & 2 virtual Union of BC Municipalities conventions
2 in-person (Powell River, Victoria) & 2 virtual Association of Vancouver island & Coastal Communities conventions
3 Local Government Leadership Academy forums - 2 in-person (Parksville, Richmond) & 1 virtual
1 FCM Sustainable Communities conference (virtual)
1 NewCities conference (Victoria, 2020)
1 Newly elected orientation session (Esquimalt, 2018)
Advocacy (Issues largely identified in Council's Strategic Plan)
- Community Health Centre/Urgent Primary Care Centre/Ayre Manor expansion
- Moratorium on hunting of Vancouver Island Sea Wolves
- Sooke Homelessness Coalition
- Enhanced transit service via implementation of BC Transit's Sooke Local Area Transit Plan + CRD Regional Transit Plan and related documents
- Increased Canada Community-Building Fund (aka Gas Tax) monies to Canadian municipalities (amount was doubled in the 2020 and 2021 federal budgets; UBCM page)
- Municipal & Regional Development Tax (aka Hotel Tax; responsibility of SRTA)
- Community gateway revitalization
- Seniors Enhanced Roadside Assessment testing through Coast Capital (Sooke pilot project, 2020-22 ongoing)
- Cosmetic lawn pesticides (response: BC will continue to refine Integrated Pest Management Act)
- Rodenticides (response: ban on second generation poisons re: BC pest management page + July 2022 consultation)
- Telecommuting Office (response: Sept. 2022, Sooke will be considered in future provincial telework decisions)
- Island Rail Corridor (business case + Federal government must decide its level of commitment by March, 2023)
- Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) funding inclusion
- Wastewater grant opportunities (response: Province funds 70% of $6.8m treatment plant expansion costs)
- Little River crossing funding (2021 grant application to Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program failed + 2023 budgeting for further work)
Sponsorships, Council Contingency and Community Grants
- Sooke Food Bank
- Wounded Warrior Run
- Victoria Green Team
- Rotary Club hockey and golf tournaments
- Canada Day funding + lumberjack skills presentation
- Sooke Shelter Society/Coldest Night of the Year
- Saunders Family Golf Tournament
- Navy League of Canada Sooke Branch
- Sooke Harmony Project drive-in movies x 3
- Gas cards for Christmas Bureau
- Sooke Fine Arts
- Chamber of Commerce
- add Community Grant recipients x 30+ organizations
- Wild Wise Sooke (Sam Webb)
- Royal Roads University's Sooke baseline study (Brian White)
- Sooke Chamber of Commerce (Britt Santowski, Karen Mason)
- Surfrider Vancouver Island Foundation/Zero Waste Sooke
- Sooke Food Bank (Kim Kaldal)
- Sooke Shelter Society (Sherry Thompson, Melanie Cunningham)
- Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative: Sooke Compassionate Action Plan (Mark Ziegler)
- Compassionate Community signage in town centre (Don Brown)
- Decolonization (Jonathan Francoeur)
- Victoria Foundation Vital Signs Report
- Mosaic Forest Management (Pam Jorgenson)
- RV/Homeowner Matchmaking Pilot Project (Shadley Taylor & Richard Sawatsky)
- Moms Stop The Harm/International Overdose Prevention Day (Melanie Cunningham, Ben Groener)
- EMCS Society theatre seating (Anne Bell, Ashley Green)
- SRCHN Youth Engagement Study (Christine Bossi)
- SRCHN Beyond the Paradise: Homelessness in the Sooke Region (Christine Bossi, Gemma Martin)
- SRCHN Food Security report (Christine Bossi)
- School District #62 (Chair Ravi Parmar)
- Agricultural Land Commission (Chair Jennifer Dyson)
- Transition Sooke (Alan Dolan)
- Zoning Issue (Wayne Smith, Kevin Pearson)
- Firearms and Bow Use regulation (Terrance Martin)
- CRD Foodlands Access Program
- Cycling in Sooke, dark skies lighting policies (Oliver Hockenhull)
- Climate Action Committee (Anna Russell, Beth Lange, Bernie Klassen)
- BC Housing (Malcolm McNaughton)
- Chamber of Commerce/Kurry King (Ramesh Nandhini)
- Greater Victoria Green Team
- Youth Arts Exhibit (Diane Moran)
- 606 Water Group (Chris Moss, Lynn Moss, Heather Phillips)
- Pesticide Education Group re: ban on cosmetic pesticides (Yvonne Court)
- Mouck Marine Energy (Capt. Mouck)
- Building permit process (Herb Haldane)
- Tin Grotto (Dennis Woodward)
- Remote Control Car Racing Club
- Waste to Energy (James Kernaghan)
- Food truck waste/grease disposal
Rezonings & Development Permits with Variances
- Sooke Veterinary Clinic
- Montessori School
- Felderhof Road/Church Child Care Centre
- New WorkLink building approvals (Church)
- SilverSpray East Sooke Rd. realignment
- 6735 Eustace Road
Other miscellaneous that I attended ...
4 T'Sou-ke/Sooke council dinners (in person)
7 T’Sou-ke Housing Solutions Lab meetings (virtual)
1 T'Sou-ke flag-raising ceremony at the Municipal Hall
1 Memorial and tree-planting for the late Brenda Parkinson
1 Memorial to the late Cam Sullivan
4 Council Strategic Plan sessions with consultants, staff and and community stakeholders
1 Lot A Charette (2 sessions)
2 Service Capacity Workshops with local government consultant Gord MacIntosh
1 BC Girl Guide Blue Lights event
3 Sooke Homelessness Coalition Strategic Plan engagements, Baptist Church (2021/22)
4 Economic Development Group meetings
20 Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative meetings
15 EMCS Society meetings
x Tale of A Whale documentary creative meetings with Phoebe Dunbar et al. (2019/22)
1 BC Wild Salmon policy meeting (2019)
5 Wild Wise Sooke Zoom meetings
2 Rising Economy Week virtuals (South island Prosperity Project)
1 Emergency Operations Centre workshop (partial)
1 Royal Roads University MOU meeting
1 Wild Arc tour
1 District of Sooke staff and council Colours workshop (I'm a blue with strong leanings towards green)
1 Building Permit Review meeting with development community (2019)
1 Dahr Jamail presentation to DOS staff and several councillors
2 Hartland Landfill tours
2 North Sooke Highway 14 meetings
1 20th Anniversary District of Sooke picnic/film night
1 By-election speed rating session
1 Cains Park Staircase ribbon-cutting
1 Poirier Elementary/DeMamiel Creek sidewalk ribbon-cutting
1 West Wind Harbour Cohousing ribbon-cutting
1 Stickelback Trail ribbon-cutting
1 Sooke Library ground-breaking
2 VIRL Library openings (Sooke, Chemainus)
1 Sooke 4 Reconciliation group walkabout with Chief Planes
4 Remembrance Day events (two in-person, two virtual)
3 Santa Claus parades
2 Canada Day at the Flats
1 Rotary Club of Sooke Auction
1 Sooke Lions Sookerama
1 SRCHN BC Accessibility Community consultation
1 SRCHN Sooke Region Non-Profit Summit (2022)
x Open Houses (District Budget, OCP and Master Plan presentations + MOTI, BC Transit, Aragon Development, BC Housing, Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Club, Gathering Place and others)
- Meetings (Freedom Mobile, BC Hydro, BC Ambulance, Telus)
- UBCM meetings (virtual and in-person) with BC Ministers of Education, Health, and Mental Health & Addictions
3 Coldest Night of the Year walks