Looking Back

Sookie Sam with a new hand in 2011. - File
Sookie Sam with a new hand in 2011.
— image credit: File

A trip through the Sooke News Mirror archives.

Dec. 9, 1987

Christmas Bureau still $7,000 short of target

The Christmas Bureau campaign has got off to a good start with donations, totalling almost $2,000 to date.

However, by the time that you read this, Christmas will be only two weeks away, so we are still $7,000 short of our goal.

If you are planning to donate, please do so without delay.

Judging by the number of applications for hampers we have already reached our original estimate, so the target of $9,000 will be justified.

There still appears to be some confusion over the relative positions of the Community Food Centre and Christmas Bureau. The CFC operates year-round to help those in need and the small, dedicated group of volunteers who run this form the nucleus of the Christmas Bureau, together with numerous extra volunteers in order to cope with the extra demand at Christmas.

Don’t forget that the deadline for applications for hampers is Dec. 15, less than one week away.

Dec. 14, 1988

Sooke’s  building boom continues

Value of building permits issued in the first nine months of the year was $6.5 million -- 44 per cent increase over the $3.9 million recorded in 1987.

The number of building permits issued was 480 -- a 44 per cent increase over the previous year.

The July/September figures are even more dramatic, with a 92 per cent increase in the value of building permits issued compared with 1987 and a 35 per cent increase in the number of permits issued.

The information contained in a quarterly Development Review put out by the CRD. There is similar information for all other regional districts and municipalities in the CRD.

Almost without exception Sooke is way ahead of the pack in percentage increases in the dollar value of building permits issued and in numbers of permits issued.

Dec. 9, 1992

Poppy fund used locally

The poppies may grow row on row between the crossed in Flanders Field, but here in Sooke the poppies help our the community.

This year, Sooke Legion Branch 54 raised about $6,500 for its poppy fund.

Poppy fund chairperson Geoff Barnett said the money raised by the campaign leading up to the Remembrance Day, is toward local projects.

Barnett said this year, the legion donated to both the Sooke and Port Renfrew branches of the B.C. Ambulance Service.

The cash will be used to help improve emergency communication between the two services.

Funds are also directed toward a bursary fund for local students to help them further their education, and towards prizes for a Remembrance Day poster, essay, and poem contest. In addition, the poppy fund makes donations to the Veteran’s Hospital in Victoria and helps look after some of the needs of local veterans and their spouses.

Dec. 13, 2000

Helpers sought to handle hampers

Have you ever wondered how the Christmas hampers are filled and what exactly fills them?

The Sooke Christmas Bureau 2000 will be distributing hampers in just 10 days (Dec. 23) and a band of volunteers will be needed to ensure the approximately 380 boxes of food are assembled.

“It’s like you and I going grocery shopping,” said Sooke Christmas Bureau 2000 chairperson Chuck Robertson, of what’s in the benevolent boxes.

“There’s no way it can all be consumed in one day.”

There are three “hamper days” where volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. until not later than 2 p.m at the Sooke Community Hall.

On Dec. 21, about 20 volunteers will be needed to sort and stack the non-perishable foodstuff on shelves and tables, according to hamper volunteer co-ordinator, Joe Titus.

“It’s an assembly-line operation,” Robertson said.

The next day, 40 helpers are required to fill the hampers with those sorted non-perishables.




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