Starting in the 2019 budget, the District of Sooke will have a new line item added to the budget: $10,000 will go annually to the Canada Day Committee, an arm’s-length committee of the Sooke Lions.
Al Beddows presented, representing Steve Wright of the Canada Day Committee, addressed Council on June 11, 2018 with this request.
Beddows said that for the past five years, the Sooke Lions have taken over this project, successfully so. Noting that Canada Day is not going away any day soon, the Canada Day Committee will coordinating and facilitating this event every year, in perpetuity.
He made the point that it currently costs about $20,000 to host the affair, and they are dealing with volunteer burnout.
Canada is celebrated every year at the Sooke River Campground (aka, “the Flats”), and admission is by donation beginning as low as zero. There is also a free shuttle bus service, due to the limited parking space at or near the event.
Council supported the request. It means that the Canada Day Committee won’t have to apply every year, and can instead begin their efforts with a guaranteed amount of funding already available. Staff was asked to prepare a report for Council by early fall.
This year’s celebrations will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. The event will close with a firework show, scheduled for 10:00 p.m. For more on this year’s celebrations, including opportunities for vending, performing or volunteering, visit them online.
Present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Ebony Logins, Kevin Pearson, Brenda Parkinson, Bev Berger, Kerrie Reay,
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