Mike Hicks steps down as SEAPARC chairman

Sooke Coun. Al Beddows takes on position

Mike Hicks

Mike Hicks has stepped down as chair of the Sooke and Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission.

He served as chair for six years.

Hicks is leaving the chair position, but remaining on the board, as SEAPARC begins construction of a $2.74-million expansion of the leisure facility in Sooke and development of a multi-sport court box in the SunRiver area.

“Sooke and the Juan de Fuca have a wonderful relationship running SEAPARC. It’s a good time for Sooke to take over the chairmanship,” said Hicks, who represents the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area on the Capital Regional District board.

Most of SEAPARC’s funding, about 75 percent, comes from Sooke taxpayers and the remainder from Juan de Fuca. Sooke contributes $2,014,506 to the operation of SEAPARC annually, while the Juan de Fuca kicks in $653,484.

Hick is seriously considering not running for re-election, and said change at SEAPARC is part of the transition.

“I’ve been really proud of being chair all these years and very proud of what we’ve done, including fixing up the ball fields, building the bike park and trails, buying the golf course and our participation in the all-weather turf field.”

Sooke Coun. Al Beddows is the new chair of SEAPARC. Jim Perkins continues as vice-chair.

“My first impression is that things are running extremely well at SEAPARC,” Beddows said. “I don’t see any problems on the horizon.”



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Credit card frauds target local businesses: VicPD

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Fatherhood draws Victoria man to publish Tsimshian colouring book for children

Leon McFadden is working on 11 more books to finish the horoscope series

Invasive crab spotted near Sooke

Fisheries need more data to know if numbers are increasing

Sea Change building in Gowlland Tod park tipped over and submerged

A building floating on pontoons has tipped over and is almost completely submerged

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

LETTER: A winter cheer for Shirley Delicious

Every February I hanker for an abundance of snow and below freezing… Continue reading

LETTER: Keep your cats indoors

Although one grows accustomed to reading utter hooey in letters to the… Continue reading

Most Read