June 25, 2021
The District’s flags have been lowered in honor of Chief John Cassidy from Colwood Fire Department. Chief Cassidy passed suddenly Wednesday evening, having dedicated 22 years of service in Colwood – including the last 6 years as Fire Chief. Chief Cassidy’s contributions to the health and safety of the community are unmeasurable. Flags at first responder detachments and city hall’s in the Capital Region are at half-mast in Cassidy’s honour. Plans for a memorial service will be released at a later date. The family and department have asked for time to be able to process the sudden loss and time to grieve Chief Cassidy.
The flags will remain at half-mast until the day of the service for Chief Cassidy.
The Sooke Fire Department has been in contact with Acting Chief Gregg Chow to pass on our condolences and to provide any support that we can to help them through this period.
May 31, 2021-June 8, 2021
District flags are at hast-mast to respect and honour the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the T-Sou-ke and all first peoples, who are dealing with the incomprehensible discovery of the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The flags will remain at half-mast from May 31, 2021 to June 8, 2021, for a total of 215 hours, one hour for each of the children who died.
- CBC: Remains of 215 children found buries at former B.C. residential school, First Nation says
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society – 24 Hour Crisis Line (1-800-721-0066)
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society – 24 Hour Crisis Line (British Columbia) (1-800-588-8717)
- National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (1-800-925-4419)
April 28, 2021
To mark the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace (Workers’ Mourning Day), campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Apr. 28. This annual national memorial day gives Canadians an opportunity to remember workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace, and workers afflicted with industrial disease.
April 9–17, 2021
To honour the memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise on April 9 until sunset on April 17, the day of the funeral and memorial service.
November 11, 2020
Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. To mark Remembrance Day, campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
September 12, 2020
To honour firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty, District flags are flown at half-mast on Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, which is recognized across Canada on the second Sunday in September.