I attended the council meeting on Monday, April 8 and was quite impressed with the proposal put forward by Sharon and Patrick Groves in regards to the Sooke Juan de Fuca Centre for the Arts. It’s a brilliant idea and one that just has to come to fruition.
The old Mulligan’s Restaurant location is perfect for all the reasons outlined at the meeting: location by a park, lots of usable space, 40 parking spaces, ease of access. And most importantly — need.
Sooke (and surrounding areas) have such an abundance of hard working, highly creative individuals who lend their identities to the Sooke area. For any Sooke resident, young or old, to have access to these incredible skill sets through classes, seminars, workshops, and such in one facility would be a huge feather in the cap for the district and would put Sooke on the map as a destination for these activities from all over the world. Sounds like a win-win to me.
To accomplish this would require dedication, vision, and lots of elbow grease by volunteers (we are known as the Volunteer Capital of Canada after all) so I’m sure the community of Sooke is up to the challenge.
Now we just need to get council on side to take this proposal into serious consideration and get the ball rolling.