Fundraiser dinner and local trivia contest on Friday evening, facilitated by Joel Delaquis. (Photo by Kelly Bannister)

Extensive Thetis Island Forbes Hall expansion plans in the works

Residents Get To The Point with their fundraising venture

Thetis Islanders know how to Get To The Point.

In fact, that was the name of their fundraiser and the reason for their exercise around the Island Saturday. The approximately 12.5 kilometre walk around the island gathered about 72 participants for the Forbes Hall Expansion and Renovation project.

Forbes Hall is Thetis Island’s community centre and main gathering place, but it’s going to be undergoing an extensive transformation.

“The whole other hall will still be there,” noted Ann Dickie, one of the main organizers of the weekend fundraising activities. “We’re basically adding a new assembly hall and a new kitchen.”

It’ll all be brought together under one roof, if you will, with expanded facilities to essentially double the current space. A more expansive kitchen was especially required to meet the needs of the community.

A total of $100,000 was made available to Thetis – and also Penelakut Island – from BC Ferries from cost savings that resulted after a revamped ferry schedule between the Islands and Chemainus.

“Instead of protesting, we worked hard and got a schedule that worked for us,” noted Dickie.

“That kickstarted the whole thing and generous Islanders chipped in a whole bunch.”

A total of $25,000 came from the Thetis Island Community Fund, plus additional donations of $105,000, $100,000 and two of $200,000. Islanders are matching one of the anonymous $200,000 contributions.

With a final tab at $930,000, the Forbes Hall expansion plans are with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Islands Trust. Dickie said there’s just a couple of matters to be dealt with before the project goes to tender.

“We’d love to start this spring,” she said.

If everything doesn’t quite fall into place, the last planned start date would be June 1 next year.

In either case, Thetis Islanders are going to take great pride in having a modern facility for future endeavours, with an athletic floor for badminton, dance or other such functions being a featured attraction.

The walk brought everyone together in the spirit of adventure and required participants to be taken by boat for part of the course. Walkers were picked up at Pilkey Point to the end of North Cove for the last five kilometres.

After the walk, “we all go home really proud of ourselves,” quipped Dickie.

A $25 per plate lasagna dinner and local trivia night was held Friday night at the hall. The final total raised from the event was still being determined.

 

Everybody’s into the boat for part of the trek. (Photo submitted)

Boat ride to enable the walkers and bike riders to get back to the start. (Photo by Tatiana Ishwari)

Start of the approximately 12 km walk/ride on Saturday morning. (Photo by Tatiana Ishwari)

There were about 72 people registered for the Get To The Point fundraising event on Thetis Island. (Photo by Tatiana Ishwari)

Above, Tatiana Ishwari, left, and Val Brown volunteer for the registration and display custom Thetis Island T-shirts. Left, it’s everybody into the boat for part of the event. (Photos submitted)

Walkers head on their way. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

Countdown is on to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games

Cowichan Valley hosts on July 19-22

Province steps up to help Catalyst Paper in war against U.S. duties

Paper company hit with more than 28 per cent in American tariffs

Jersey Day in the Chemainus Valley

Strong show of community support for the Humboldt Broncos

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

LGBTQ advocates turn Victoria SOGI protest into dance party

Counter-protest outnumbers anti-SOGI activists on lawn of B.C. legislature

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Scooter crash leaves Island man with critical injuries

RCMP said a truck was making a left-hand turn when it collided with the scooter travelling through the intersection

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read