Letters to the editor – Nov. 18

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Mourners left out with no elevator key

On Nov. 7, a very beautiful and heart-filled Celebration of Life was held at Sooke Community Hall.

It seems more often our hall is being used for these celebrations. It brings our wonderful community together for the grieving families and friends that are still close by, from out of town or from far away.

On this occasion, a longtime Sooke resident and close friend to family was unable to attend as there was no one present outside to operate the elevator.

Being such an emotional time the last thing anyone thinks of is the key to the elevator. Hearing the touching speeches can leave anyone teary eyed.

I was wondering why is there no one available for hire to operate the elevator  when you rent the hall? You could offer the contract to one of our local security services or let the person renting the hall have the option.

No one should be left out in the cold.

Deb Stolth

Sooke

 

Parks contractor goes above and beyond

Has anyone else noticed our  parks gardening contractor out in inclimate weather cutting, pruning and keeping not only our public spaces in great shape but also weed  wacking, and blowing the debris off the roadways coming into Sooke?

Steve McKague does a lot of work without charging the district. Why?

He loves where he lives and wants people to be proud of their town and give a good impression of our town when folks first arrive.

McKague not only cleans  up the garbage at the sides of the road leading in and out of town but has cleared blackberries and broom and now keeps the grass cut and tidy.

Behind the scenes, he builds lovely benches, repairs park structures, prunes trees and shrubs and is well liked in the community for his efforts.

I have heard countless comments on how well he does his job and the work he does above and beyond his contract.

I have been to some of the parks, which had a sign but were not accessible, transformed into a work of art and accessibility.

I would like to commend his efforts and publicly thank him for his community spirit and give credit where credit is due.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke