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Issue No. 6 | November 7, 2014

Issue No. 6 | November 7, 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical
  • Sooke Community Arts Council's Winter Show and Sale
  • Registration for Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th.
  • Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report
  • Vote 'Yes' for Community!
  • Deryck Thomson Award information


Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Philharmonic Society is selling poinsettia, wreaths and arrangements. 

We are selling these as a Christmas fundraiser and would appreciate your support if you’re interested. 
The plants are beautiful and come from a reputable Nursery on the mainland.  They will be delivered to the home of Margaret Lintern at the end of November for your pick-up, and must be paid for at the time of ordering. Orders must be complete by Nov. 13th so I would appreciate hearing from you a.s.a.p. if you would like to order. Click here for the order form. I could arrange to come to you for your order and money before Friday this week but then will be away.  You could also contact Kathryn Mainguy, an SPS Board director at 250-534-0405 © or 250-425-1106 (home)  email kathray1@gmail.com

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser


Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical

EMCS Theatre, 6218 Sooke Road, Sooke
Only 6 shows left!
Fri Nov 7 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 8 @ 7 pm
Sun Nov 9 @ 2 pm
Fri Nov 14 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 15 @ 7 pm

Sun Nov 16 @ 2 pm

Everything you want in a great musical! Action! Adventure! Drama! Comedy! Fantasy! Romance! Even a sword fight! And, of course, awesome music! An all-ages show, with an all-ages cast!
Written by local playwright and songwriter, Thom Southwood.

Click here for more information.


Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th. 

Please mark your calendar for this year's annual Sooke Santa Parade on November 30th!  The parade starts at noon from Sooke Elementary along Sooke Road to Shields Road, culminating at the Sooke Community Hall of Eustace Road where hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.
Please see the attached registration form for more information and to participate.  There is no charge to participate.  If you know of anyone who is interested in participating in the parade with a float, vehicle, walking group or as a volunteer, please forward and share the attached form to submit to the Chamber office.
Thank you so much for your support!  Best regards,
Aline Doiron, Office Administrator
Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, #201-2015 Shields Road, Box 18, Sooke, B.C., V9Z 0E4
Telephone: (250)642-6112
Email: info@sookeregionchamber.com                Web: sookeregionchamber.com 


Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report

A group of 33 concerned citizens – the three mayoralty candidates and five individuals running for council included – huddled with six of Transition Sooke’s core team to discuss and map out next steps related to the day’s discussion topic: “In a spirit of cooperation and self-reliance, the people of Sooke have successfully established lives, overcome hardships and responded to change for more than 160 years. (And the people of T’Sou-ke have done so for much longer). Within this tradition, how can we elect and support a council that will transform current and future challenges into opportunities?”

Seven discussion topics were determined at the day’s start in an open process by the attendees:

i) energy independence and collaboration with the T’Sou-ke Nation;

ii) health, education and social services;

iii) jobs and transportation;

iv) local food economy; v) quality of life (beautification, trails and parks, infrastructure);

vi) council/community relationship (structure, communications, integrity); and

vii) emergency response services.Open Space meetings allow participants to express diverse opinions, self-select into discussion groups, work through each issue and, at day’s end, reach firm and meaningful conclusions.

Invites to the event were extended to Transition Sooke members, election candidates and to the community at large via ads, bulletin-board posters and social media.

Prepare to be inspired!  Click here for the final summary of ideas generated at the Open Space meeting on Oct. 18 at the Sooke Harbour House They are circulating the report to the District, local community organizations, the media and as many other interested parties as possible. Please share with your own circles as well.  Check out their website for more information on

Vote 'Yes' for Community!

On November 15th, 2014 Voters will be asked:

“Would you support the District of Sooke working with the community to develop multi-use community centre facilities?     YES or NO”

This question is designed to allow the electors of the community an opportunity to give direction to the newly elected Council as to whether or not the renovation of existing buildings and / or construction of a new building for multi-use purposes is a community priority.

Representatives of community groups and non-profit organizations have been working to assess the needs of the community. Involving community groups in the process from the visioning stage to planning and beyond is of primary importance to ensure community ownership of the project.  Extensive work is required to expand on information already collected, including a full review of existing facilities, further exploration of sharing opportunities, detailed functional planning, location identification, prioritization, as well as funding opportunities.



Deryck Thomson Award

The Deryck Thomson Award was established by the SPARC BC Board of Directors to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to social planning and social justice in BC. December 19th, 2014 is the deadline for submissions and winners will receive $5,000.00 to help continue their good works.  Click here for more information and here for the application form.


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