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This and That – December 17

A brief recap of items of interest to Sooke residents

  • Dec. 17, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Holiday hours at the library

The Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke Branch’s hours will be as follows during the holiday season:

Wednesday, December 24 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closing early for Christmas Eve)

Thursday, December 25 – Closed

Friday, December 26 – Closed

Saturday, December 27 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

Sunday, December 28 – Closed (normal hours of operation)

Monday, December 29 – 1-5 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

Tuesday, December 30 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

Wednesday, December 31 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closing early for New Years’ Eve)

Thursday, January 1 – Closed

Friday, January 2 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

Age-friendly grant for Sooke

Twenty-eight B.C. communities have been awarded age-friendly community planning and project grants to support strategies  to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Each successful local government receives up to $20,000 to help undertake a variety of activities – from setting public policy to delivering information and services – that address the needs of older residents. I

“Community projects, from accessible trails to workshops on preventing elder abuse, have significant impacts on the health of older adults,” said Michelle Stilwell, Parliamentary Secretary for Healthy Living and Seniors. “I am particularly pleased to see numerous communities’ projects focused on accessibility and keeping seniors safe.”

Sooke received a grant of $7,600 for  the project to  Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors. The district will carry out a study to better understand the services and supports needed in the community that allow older adults to remain in their homes.

Pacheedaht receives  scholarship

The Pacheedaht First nation was presented with a cheque for $1,000 to go toward advancing forestry education of a band member.

The cheque presentation was made to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Pacheedaht and the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative to work together to apply for a new community forest agreement.

The co-op and the Pacheedaht joint venture could supply another sawmill in Port Renfrew area. The intention is to build on the success of the Lake Cowichan forest co-operative that has been providing local benefits for their area for the last 20 years.

Lorne Scheffer, chair of the co-op board, wanted to take immediate action toward helping the Pacheedaht achieve their education and training goals.