Parsville Rotary Club and Speedy Glass Fundraising

Hats off to the Parksville Rotary Club and Speedy Glass for their amazing fundraising for worthwhile causes through their recycling program. Every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, a crew of dedicated volunteers receives and sorts community donations of refundable bottles and cans in Speedy’s parking lot. Over three years, they have raised an astounding $240,000. In January alone, the ring-leaders of this operation, the "Three Amigos" John, Joe and Bill along with their hard-working crew raised $22,000! Thanks to Glen for showing me around when I dropped by to learn more about the program on Saturday.

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West Coast Multi-Use Path

It's been a long time coming but the final leg of the 42km West Coast Multi-Use Path is now officially complete, thanks to the determination of MLA Josie Osborn, ACRD Chair John Jack, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government President Charles McCarthy and a legion of community leaders, including past and present mayors of Tofino and Ucluelet, and Parks Canada, municipal, and ACRD Staff, Elders and many volunteers. The path closes the 1.2-kilometre missing link between the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ʔapsčiik ta̓ šii Trail and the ACRD Multi-Use Path that begins at the Junction and connects to the District of Ucluelet’s MUP. It has been made possible through important investments by the BC NDP provincial government, the federal government, ACRD and local fundraising.

On Friday I was proud to be included in the ribbon-cutting and took the occasion to speak to the significance and importance of active transportation for our physical and mental health, for the environment, connectivity between communities, lowering infrastructure costs and the local economy. Klecko Klecki to all involved! 

79th Annual Ceremonial Review for 386 Komox Air Cadets

Last weekend, it was my pleasure to participate in the 79th Annual Ceremonial Review for the 386 Air Cadets under the command of Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant- Colonel Francois Fasqulle. I was delighted to see so many constituents among the ranks and visitors. LCol Fasquelle emphasized the importance of teamwork, leadership, community service, courage and knowing your limits during his very inspirational remarks to the Cadets. 

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department

Thanks to Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department Chief Leo Groenewegen and his all-volunteer crew for welcoming me to Saturday’s celebration of the Department’s 50th anniversary. I was glad to hear his view that my private members bill which led to the doubling of volunteer firefighter tax credits will help with recruitment. Great to see Parksville Councillor Sean Wood again along with RDN Chair Vanessa Craig and Electoral Area E rep Bob Rodgers. I enjoyed meeting volunteer firefighter John Thompson who retired after thirty-two years service. This fire hall handles more than two hundred calls a year, many health emergencies and motor vehicle accidents. All of the members are volunteers, contributing their time and making personal sacrifices along with their families, to provide an essential service to the community for which we are very grateful.

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