Tuesday, 18 September 2018

All Candidates Meeting

Millions of our tax dollars are spent each year improving services and ideally making our community a better place to work, live and play.

OPSRRA has invited the candidates for this year’s local election (https://opsrra.ca/agms-special-meetings/) to introduce themselves, tell you how they hope to help and answer a few direct questions from our group.

Join us September 30, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the CRD Juan de Fuca Building in Otter Point, Unit 3, 7450 Butler Road. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are available by donation.

Website: Fresh new face for OPSRRA

In our 25th year of operation, OPSRRA is celebrating by launching an updated website.

The new site has a responsive design so it can easily be used either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. It also is updated to the latest security settings - you’ll notice the full address is now https://opsrra.ca.


The new website includes a more robust business directory (https://opsrra.ca/community/business-directory/) to help our community shop local, where possible, and support our local economy. Let us know what you door your neighbour doesso we can add you to our list of resources for the region.

We’re also looking for community contributions, such as photos, calendar updates and news items.  Please email your contributions or feedback to vpresident@opsrra.ca

Community Notice Board Funding


OPSRRA was successful in obtaining funding through its Grant in Aid application to CRD in the amount of $700 for the maintenance and refurbishing of the 37 notice boards in our communities. If you would like to help our team with this project, please contact Brenda at director1@opsrra.ca.

Thanks to our volunteers Arnie, Bob & Dom who are diligently out there working to keep our local notice boards looking good.

We need more great volunteers to also help freshen up our Welcome to signs. If you’d like to help, please reach out to Brenda (director1@opsrra.ca) on our board who is spearheading this initiative.

September Quarterly Director’s Report 2018

Hi Everyone!

Well, our “tinder dry” summer has come to a close and fall rains are here again. We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable warm season! It’s been a busy summer for OPSRRA with many things going on.

All Candidates Meeting: September 30, 2018


OPSRRA has invited the Milne’s Landing School Trustee candidates for this year’s municipal election on October 20, 2018, to introduce themselves, tell you how they hope to improve our school system and answer a few direct questions from our community members. Also joining us at the All Candidates meeting will be candidates for JdF EA Director, and nominees for the Land Use Committee and Advisory Planning Council both for Otter Point and Shirley/Jordan River.

Please join us on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the JDF Local Area Services Building (CRD) at 3-7450 Butler Road in Otter Point. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are available by donation.

Community Welcome Signs: Update and Call for Volunteers


OPSRRA has submitted a Grant in Aid application to CRD in the amount of $1,721.88, as well as a request for a similar matching donation to B.C. Hydro (total of $3443.75) for the creation of wooden “Welcome to Jordan River” signs, similar to what we currently have for Shirley and Otter Point. These will be posted at the west and east CRD boundaries of the community along the highway. We recognize the importance of this signage in acknowledging Jordan River as a growing and thriving community. The sign will also incorporate diitiida, the original landing name place of the Pacheedaht First Nation.

We are also still looking for volunteers to help out with maintaining our existing welcome signs in Shirley and Otter Point (now seven years old!). We have also successfully obtained some funding for this purpose (see below). If you are able to help out, please contact Brenda Mark (director1@opsrra.ca), Fiona McDannold (secretary@opsrra.ca) or Diane Foster (treasurer@opsrra.ca)

New OPSRRA Website


We are pleased to be celebrating OPSRRA’s 25th anniversary by launching our new updated website. The new site has a responsive design so it can easily be used either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. It also is updated to the latest security settings - you’ll notice the full address is now https://opsrra.ca

Another enhancement to the new site is a more robust business directory to help our community shop local where possible and support our local economy. The directory will continue to grow over the months and we invite our members to be a part of this local resource. 

OPSRRA is also looking for community contributions to our website, such as photos, calendar updates and news items. Please email your contributions, feedback and/or business directory listing requests to vpresident@opsrra.ca.


Community Notice Board Funding 


OPSRRA was successful in obtaining funding through its Grant in Aid application to CRD in the amount of $700 for the maintenance and refurbishing of the 37 notice boards in our communities. If you would like to help our team with this project, please contact Brenda at director1@opsrra.ca.

Highway 14 Upgrades: Update


Your Board recently sent a letter to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in August, along with additional earlier supporting documentation, as part of providing public input on Hwy 14 Corridor Improvements on behalf of emergency services. In this letter, we drew attention to:

  1. Two particularly dangerous corners: Jordan River between Cold Shoulder and the gravel pit, around 11950 West Coast Highway; and Muir Creek, around 8800-9143 West Coast Highway which accounts for 50% of the region's accidents.
  2. A request for wider shoulders at regular intervals along the highway to allow for safe pull-offs.
  3. A list of existing shoulders which are crumbling away.
  4. Request for a current traffic count in Shirley during the peak season to provide a better idea of traffic volumes and the wear and tear on these challenging roads.


Again, we’re constantly working to improve the quality of life our members enjoy in our communities, but we really need your help and involvement. If you wish to volunteer your time and assistance in any way, again, please don’t hesitate to contact us at president@opsrra.ca.

Enjoy all the pleasure that fall has to offer in our beautiful corner of the world, be safe and hopefully see you on September 30, 2018!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

October 2018 election: Nomination packages available on the CRD website

The 2018 CRD General Local Election is Saturday, October 20, 2018.

The Capital Regional District will be conducting elections for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director (East Sooke, Malahat, Otter Point, Port Renfrew, Shirley/Jordan River, Willis Point)


Nomination packages are now available. Completed packages must be submitted between September 4, 2018at 9:00 am and September 14, 2018, at 4:00 pm.

Nomination packages are available for pickup at 625 Fisgard Street. Note that these packages must be returned to 625 Fisgard Street. We further recommend that you set up an appointment by email (email link in the following website) with the Deputy Chief Election Officers to review your documentation.

https://www.crd.bc.ca/about/how-we-are-governed/elections-other-voting/candidate-information

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Volunteer Request for Welcome Signs Maintenance




OPSRRA needs volunteers as part of a subcommittee to do some maintenance on our Welcome to Otter Point and Shirley signs.
These signs were made possible through fundraising by OPSRRA in 2011 and with the help of volunteer labour by OPSRRA members. They are a real asset to our communities.

The signs have been inspected and need cleaning and some touch-up painting, possibly structural shoring-up of one post on one of the signs.

We have received a small amount of grant money from the CRD to carry-out repairs, so OPSRRA will cover the costs of materials needed.

Ideally, this work should be carried out before the end of September 2018, and before the rains start. Depending on the number of member volunteers, 1 or 2 teams could form and do the work quickly.

Timeline: August to September 2018

If you can help, please contact:


Brenda Mark
director1@opsrra.ca 
phone 250 646 2598

Fiona McDannold
secretary@opsrra.ca
phone 250 646 2730

Diane Foster
treasurer@opsrra.ca  






Call for Volunteers for the OPSRRA Booth at Shirley Day

Sunday, August 19, 2018
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
(followed by BBQ Salmon Dinner)

We are looking for volunteers to help staff our OPSRRA Booth again this year as part of our membership drive.

It’s a great way to meet and chat with local residents and talk about issues that matter in our community.
OPSRRA enrolled a number of new members at this event last year and our booth was well attended. 

If you can help out by staffing a shift at the booth, please contact:

Diane Foster - treasurer@opsrra.ca  
or
Brenda Mark - director1@opsrra.ca