Task force creates community grants criteria

Linda Allen will join councillors Kevin Murdoch and Tara Ney on the group created late last year

The Grants Criteria Task Force is ready to create a framework for Oak Bay council.

The final member of the task force was appointed Monday. Linda Allen will join councillors Kevin Murdoch and Tara Ney on the group created late last year.

Allen is a member of the Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission, was on the official community plan committee, is a well known planner and been involved in the community “in a variety of ways over the years,” said Mayor Nils Jensen. “She brings a wealth of community experience and insights to this grants criteria committee.”

Come mid-March, the task force will report on options for creating a criteria for the annual community grants issued by the municipality in April.

“That hopefully will create a bit of a standard that we can measure each grant application by,” Jensen said.

Jaguars return to Windsor for 2015

Council OK’d the popular Jaguar club event in Windsor Park for July 18.

The Jaguar Car Club hosts the annual Jaguars on the Island, known as the largest of its kind in North America. It draws cars from Washington, Oregon, California and across the province into Alberta and raises funds for Victoria Hospice.

The approval is subject to all the usual requirements for an Oak Bay event: holding at least $3 million in public liability insurance and agreeing to pay all invoices from the municipality for costs incurred related to the event.

Kiwanis shred event OK’d for Willows

Kiwanis will hold its annual fundraising shred after receiving approval for the new event Monday night at council.

Oak Bay Kiwanis will collect paper on March 14 in the parking lot of Willows Park.

Council allowed the event, subject to the usual terms covered in a public property occupancy agreement with the District of Oak Bay.

 

 

Mayor joins harbour board

Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen is among the six new directors on the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority board.

Two of the six, Starr McMichael and Gordon Tweddell, are independent directors selected from the community through a competitive process.

The remaining four directors, Jensen, Nicholas Banks, Ben Isitt and David Schinbein, were appointed by GVHA from nominees provided by four of its member agencies.

“We’ve appointed experienced individuals who will serve the interests of the region and add strength to GVHA’s board,” said Bill Wellburn, board chair.

The nominations process focused on the skills and experience required by the board, and the six new directors will join seven others on GVHA’s 13-person board.

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