Monterey Recreation Centre co-ordinator Lesley Cobus hopes to attract both exhibitors and interested community members for the upcoming Community Expo to be held at the centre.

Oak Bay Community Expo shows off range of clubs and services available to residents

Organizers hoping for broad representation from community

A lot happens behind the scenes at Oak Bay.

That’s the message the Monterey Recreation Centre is promoting to residents, as it partners with the Community Association of Oak Bay to host the Oak Bay Community Expo.

The second annual event, happening Saturday, Sept. 14, will offer residents a chance to drop in and get acquainted with all the user groups, sports organizations, societies and services in the district.

“There are so many things going on in Oak Bay, and people have no idea,” said centre co-ordinator Lesley Cobus. “We are so lucky to have such a diverse community, and this is a really interesting way to get people together and get to know what’s happening in your own backyard.”

She hopes the “huge” number of active groups in Oak Bay will be reflected in the day’s event. Organizations from Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Oak Bay Seniors Association and Girl Guides to sports groups, private schools, Rotary Club and emergency service providers have been invited. There will also be a business presence at the expo.

“We not only live in the most beautiful location in the world, we have so many active community groups – there is really no need to leave Oak Bay,” Cobus said.

Services represented will be tailored to the needs of kids, adults and seniors, she said, adding many tables will showcase supports that seldom receive the recognition and representation they deserve.

“Only the people on the inside of each organization know what the real scoop is. (The expo is) a chance for us to work together with these groups, find out what’s really going on out there and prove what a vibrant community we live in.”

Due to demand, Cobus has extended the deadline for businesses and organizations to sign up for a space at the expo. Fees are $45 for a six-foot table and all groups must sign up by Sept. 3.

For more information on the event, or to book a table, contact Monterey Recreation Centre at 250-370-7300. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the centre, 1442 Monterey Ave.

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