Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Sooke Region Age 55 Plus Summit: Aging with Grace



The Sooke Region Communities Health Network's Age-Friendly committee, along with the Sooke Seniors' Drop-In Society, is organising an Aging with Grace Age 55 plus Summit for the Sooke Region (Port Renfrew to Beecher Bay). We will be exploring how you can age gracefully in your community, make you aware of the different services and resources website that is available in our region and provide some entertainment to boot.

The event that will take place on May 18th from 8:30am-4:00pm at the Prestige host. It is free, but pre-registration is required with Seaparc by phone or online. Refreshment and lunch will be provided. A shuttle bus will drive between the Sooke Baptist Church and the Prestige to facilitate parking. We will try to organise carpooling if a ride is required. Please let us know if that is the case.

Online registration

Facebook event
https://www.facebook.com/events/1984692511849020/?active_tab=discussion

Best regards,
Christine Bossi
Coordinator
Sooke Region Communities Health Network

Saturday, 28 April 2018

April Quarterly Director’s Report

Happy Spring, Everyone! We hope you’re all starting to enjoy more outdoor activities as the warmer weather starts to arrive. 

The first quarter of this new year has kept us busy and here are some of the issues we’ve been involved with ... 

Hwy 14 Safety and Access


We continue to work with various agencies including the RCMP detachment, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and CRD Regional Director to address the many issues surrounding our neighbourhood highway and roads. To this end, we’ve invited both Ryan Evanoff (Operations Manager – Southern Vancouver Island at MOTI ) and Staff Sergeant Jeff McArthur (RCMP) as guest speakers to our AGM to discuss the Hwy review and policing, respectively, on Sunday, April 15, 2018. This will provide us with an opportunity to not only hear what progress has been made, but Ryan is also particularly interested in taking away any community priorities we may also have.

New Signage for Jordan River


We have also put in a request to MOTI for erecting new “Welcome to Jordan River” wooden signage, similar to what is currently set up for Otter Point and Shirley, and are still anticipating receiving funding from B.C. Hydro and/or CRD to get these made and erected.

Protecting Muir Creek 


A growing movement is underway, led by our members, to support Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sou-ke First Nations and the desire of other area residents in securing the protection of the Muir Creek watershed from further logging. This includes the return of stewardship of this ecologically important, but small and vulnerable watershed to the T’Sou-ke people, located in their traditional territory.  Other residents have also identified protection of Muir Creek valley and its watershed as a community priority, which was also identified as “potential (open space) parkland” in Sooke’s “Official Settlement Plan” worthy of protection by the CRD as far back as 1988. A letter writing campaign to the CRD Board and individual CRD directors is being conducted asking the Regional Parks Committee to make protection of this resource from further logging and other impacts a high priority. If you would like to participate, please contact info@opsrra.ca.

Freedom Mobile Cell Tower - Invitation for Public Input


Freedom Mobile has submitted a new proposal to CRD for a 50 m cell tower at 2620 Kemp Lake Road immediately adjacent to an unconstructed road right-of-way, with Forestry (AF) zoned land located on the other side of the right-of-way to the north and west.  The parcel located to the south of this location is zoned Agriculture (AG) and is within the ALR.  The subject property itself is zoned Rural A. Comments can be submitted directly to Freedom Mobile using the form on the last page of the Invitation for Public Input document. Juan de Fuca planning will be bringing this proposal forward to the May 15, 2018, Land Use Committee meeting for a recommendation to the CRD Board. CRD will send also send the notice to neighbouring property owners and occupants located within 500 m of the subject property for public comment.

Shirley and Jordan River Official Community Plan (OCP)


It is welcome news that the Shirley/Jordan River OCP will soon be finalized.  The Citizens Committee and CRD staff worked very hard on the draft OCP and received significant public representation.  OPSRRA trusts that the OCP will retain the content and intent that was determined through the intensive and public process.

In the time that has passed since the OCP was drafted in 2016 issues evolved and as a result there may be some changes that will be required due to new or changed circumstances and events.  OPSRRA expects there will be an opportunity for residents to provide input on potential modifications to the OCP at Public Hearing.

New Directors Still Needed


We’re still looking for additional members to fill upcoming vacancies on our board of directors and continue important work we are doing to support our communities. These include things such as liaising with CRD and other external organizations, finances (or skills relating to the treasurer’s position), communications with our members, highway safety and improvements, illegal dumping, shooting safety, water security, community advocacy, sharing community information, and other important issues and projects identified by our members. If you are interested, please contact: president@opsrra.ca.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, and/or you wish to volunteer your time and assistance in any way at info@opsrra.com

Lastly, we look forward to seeing you all at the AGM – Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2PM at the JdF Services Building (3-7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC).



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

OPSRRA Annual General Meeting 2018 Agenda

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Location: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building (3-7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC)

We look forward to seeing the membership at this year’s AGM (agenda below). We have lined up a great group of speakers able to update the community on community policing, highway studies and improvements, overall happenings in the CRD and a glimpse into the history of Otter Point.

Just a reminder that we will be holding board elections.
If you are interested in being a part of the board for the coming year, please email president@opsrra.ca—we’re looking to fill two key roles in communications and as treasurer. Meetings are quarterly and it is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Agenda


1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Appointment of a Recorder
3. Introductions and Announcements
4. Approval of the Minutes of the April 23, 2017 Annual General Meeting
5. President’s Report
  • Update on Activities
  • Financials
  • Membership
6. Election of Officers
  • Report of the Nominations Committee
  • Elections for the Board - Mike Hicks
7. Guest Speakers
  • Arnie Campbell: Interactive History of Otter Point
  • RCMP Staff Sgt Jeff McArthur: Community Policing 
  • Ryan Evanoff, Operations Manager, MOTI: Highway 14 Review
  • Mike Hicks, JdFEA Regional Director: JdF updates
8. Membership forum
9. Adjournment


Refreshments are available with a donation!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

OPSRRA Annual General Meeting 2018 Second Notice

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Location: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building (3-7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC)

Guest Speakers


  • Arnie Campbell: Interactive History of Otter Point
  • Staff Sgt Jeff McArthur, RCMP: Community Policing
  • Ryan Evanoff, Operations Manager: MOTI-Highway 14 Review
  • Mike Hicks Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Regional Director: Juan de Fuca updates

New Directors Needed

We’re looking for additional members to fill upcoming vacancies on our board of directors and continue important work we are doing to support our communities. These include things such as liaising with CRD and other external organizations, finances (or skills relating to the treasurer’s position), communications with our members, protecting our communities from highway safety and improvements, illegal dumping, shooting safety, water security, community advocacy, sharing community information, and other important issues and projects identified by our members.

Contact: president@opsrra.ca

Monday, 12 March 2018

OPSRRA Annual General Meeting 2018 First Notice

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Location: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
                 (3-7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC)


New Directors Needed


We’re looking for additional members to fill upcoming vacancies on our board of directors and continue important work we are doing to support our communities. These include things such as liaising with CRD and other external organizations, finances (or skills relating to the treasurer’s position), communications with our members, protecting our communities from highway safety and improvements, illegal dumping, shooting safety, water security, community advocacy, sharing community information, and other important issues and projects identified by our members.

What’s Involved in Being a Board Director? 


Typical board director responsibilities include the following:

  • Regular attendance and participation at quarterly board meetings (or as required), as well as regular participation in discussion and collaboration by electronic means.
  • Serving a one-year term. 
  • Participation in the annual general meeting held in early spring and annual board retreat held in late spring. 
  • Supporting community engagement in different projects and activities by OPSRRA. 
  • Providing advice and support to the board president (and executive), as part of a collaborative working team. 
  • Assisting with OPSRRA communication activities including correspondence, Facebook updates, website, electronic newsletter (quarterly) and monthly event calendar sent out to membership 
  • Representing OPSRRA interests at outside meetings in our communities, as required. 
  • Bringing community concerns and issues to the board for discussion. 
  • Grant applications for board-approved projects. 

 How Can I Become a Board Member? 


Residents and property owners in Shirley, Jordan River and Otter Point who are members in good standing of the Association may stand for nomination for election to the OPSRRA Board up to, and including, the date of the AGM. If you are interested, or would like to submit nominations, please join us at our AGM or contact us at president@opsrra.ca

NOTE: We will send a second email notice with the Agenda and additional information a little later.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Disaster Preparedness Resources

In light of the inconsistent response to the Tsunami warning for the west coast of Vancouver Island on January 22, 2018, OPSRRA has compiled a list of resources for our members in case of a major emergency. OPSRRA is not a disaster-preparedness organization per se, but we do want to provide our members—and others—with basic information on emergencies, as self-education and preparation are essential.

Keep in mind that you would need to play an active role to ensure your own safety, well-being, and security for such possibilities (or eventualities, if you are of the glass-half-full persuasion). You also would be responsible for your family and pets.

Please be aware that governmental resources/responses could be delayed, inaccessible, and/or inadequate during potential crises—especially for residents in more remote areas.


CRD Resources


This CRD link includes a good general overview, with a very thorough PDF worth downloading to help you prepare for future emergencies.

On the CRD site above, there is an opportunity for residents to sign up for alert notifications, which is well worth doing here.


Other Resources


Twitter is an option for those who are comfortable with the platform and technology (of course, your mobile device would have to have power, be turned on, and within earshot to hear the audio notification of a “tweet” for emergency purposes).

EmergencyInfoBC further explains the alert notification system, some of which are in the development phase (for instance, text alerts are slated to begin in April 2018):

Within the Juan de Fuca area, Juan de Fuca Emergency Management has a great deal of information.

It is important to familiarize yourself with resources on potential weather-specific disasters:

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Highway 14 Improvements announced by Premier Horgan

Premier John Horgan is fulfilling his commitment to improving Highway 14 (Sooke Road and West Coast Road) in an announcement of $10 million in upgrades.  There are two particular improvements to note, west of Sooke:

  • A slow-moving vehicle pullout, just east of Muir Creek and
  • A new rest area at the Sombrio lookout, featuring picnic tables and washrooms.
OPSRRA believes that these two endeavours are good starting points on the long and winding road and look forward to additional future improvements.