Council seeds support for welcoming pole with last of grant funds

The official campaign kicks off to fund the welcoming pole at Oak Bay High this weekend

When the official campaign kicks off to fund the welcoming pole at Oak Bay High this weekend it will already have some cash in the bank and the backing of council.

Oak Bay plans to contribute the remainder of its grant in aid fund, $6,187 to the Sno’uyutth Pole Project, it decided during last week’s council meeting.

The Community Association of Oak Bay sought support for the project and $20,000 funding over two years toward the estimated $88,000 project. Council agreed to put the remainder, $13,813 in the 2015 budget, though there’s some hope that the CAOB may not even need the funding if all goes well in the interim with the project that officially launches its fundraising campaign Sept. 27.

The association began work in ernest this spring, commissioning master Songhees carver Butch Dick to provide a drawing and getting the OK from the school district to place a welcoming pole or figure near an existing sequoia at the front of the new Oak Bay High.

“It would be a wonderful addition to the community,” said Coun. Michelle Kirby. “We still have that sequoia and we have a real opportunity here with the welcoming pole. … It sends a really positive message to our youth about inclusivity.”

“The First Nations in our community have been under-represented in our community for a long time,” agreed Coun. Pam Copley, adding it’s long overdue.

Council briefly considered a lower amount, $3,500 to keep a small reserve in the fund. But this signals the support of council to other possible donors, noted Coun. Tara Ney.

“I think it’s reasonable but should be driven by the community,” said Coun. Kevin Murdoch. “It’s very easy to be generous with other peoples’ money.”

Coun. John Herbert was supportive in principle but wished it was a couple of years down the road as the school is looking to fund things like theatre seats to the tune of $2 million.

“There will be a dozen other things that may come up … that are higher profile than this,” he said, adding it is still a “wonderful idea.”

“We have, as a municipality, contributed $1 million to the theatre,” noted Coun. Cairine Green. “This is a very important piece of that development project.”

The CAOB hopes to see the pole in place by fall 2015.

Budget has wiggle room

Oak Bay recently finished paying off its 10-year payment towards the City of Victoria multiplex which means the grant budget is set to decrease by $17,800 for next year, allowing some room for a proposed $13,813 grant in 2015.

 

 

Just Posted

Autism support dog helps Langford boy hold his head high

Family shares story for Autism Awareness Month

Give your immunity a boost for National Immunization Awareness Week

Immunize Canada calls on Canadians to stay up to date with their immunizations

Bear sightings historically rare in Langford: City staff

51 bear complaints or sightings in last year

Families hop over to Easter celebrations at Millstream Village

Annual Easter Eggstravaganza had lineups before 11 a.m.

Parishioners bear the weight of a large wooden cross on Good Friday

Good Friday Passion Procession winds through streets of Victoria

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Most Read