I am pleased to be elected as the SCRD Board Chair for 2017. With a provincial election coming next May, it is important that SCRD staff and board approach the present provincial government to get as many local government requests supported or completed quickly, and we will be doing so.
Last week a contingent of seniors came before the SCRD board to get support for community meetings in each rural area. Their request was for the directors in each area to arrange a local meeting for people to discuss senior health concerns and needs for the future. They felt they were not communicated with before a recent decision for a seniors residence on the Coast was made. The Seniors Group organizers would design a survey and then collect the information from the community meetings and submit it to Vancouver Coastal Health for future reference.
Please take advantage of the Sunshine Regional District Corporate Newsletter and follow along on a monthly basis. Go to the SCRD website and you will find at the bottom of the first page a place for you to subscribe. You will then be able to get up-to-date information on facilities, regulations, and upcoming events on a monthly basis.
Last weekend Rural Area A (Pender Harbour and Egmont) volunteer OCP committee presented the new Official Community Plan to 70 members of their community. The SCRD staff and directors appreciate the time and efforts that local area volunteers put in to assist their communities. These volunteers give up time over a year to attend meetings in order to assist staff to complete an OCP. Each area has an official community plan that indicates zoning and accepted planning for that area. You can find the OCP for your area on the SCRD website.
After surveying their users to get suggestions and ideas, Gibsons and Sechelt library boards and staff are making improvements to their facilities. Each library is funded by members of the SCRD. Gibsons Library is funded by the Town of Gibsons, Area F Howe Sound, Area E Elphinstone, and Area D Roberts Creek. Sechelt Library is funded by District of Sechelt, Sechelt Indian Band, Area B Halfmoon Bay, Area A Pender Harbour, and Area D Roberts Creek. Area D Roberts Creek splits their funding between the two libraries. Two areas, Roberts Creek and Pender Harbour, also fund a reading room. Both libraries get some operational funding from the provincial government. The library associations in both Canada and the United States suggest a dollar number for funding libraries, which is around $42 per person living in the funding area. Please help your local library with their renovations by giving a donation. Please check with your local library staffs to find out all the services you get for your tax dollars.
Please contact me at 604-741-2427 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss SCRD programs or plans.