Statement from Mayor: Community gratitude and a request as we head into Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – During the pandemic, we have worked hard to support the entire community. As I have said before, 2020 has been a year like no other. As a community, we have supported each other whether that be checking on seniors in the community, choosing to shop at local businesses, or engaging in the Tour de Rock fundraiser – led by a young citizen.

With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, there is so much to be thankful for.  I would like to thank everyone for doing their best to follow the Provincial Health Officer’s directions. Once again, I send my sincere well wishes to those hit hard by the impacts of this challenging new normal.

In Sooke, we continue to work hard to support our entire community. In meeting Dr. Henry’s request that local governments find safe and secure indoor shelter for those who are unhoused, we worked with the Sooke Region Community Health Network (SRCHN) to provide a stable environment and support services for 16 individuals who were identified as being unhoused in the Sooke area. Together with BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, the Sooke Shelter Society, the Sooke Food Bank, AVI Harm Reduction Services and Doctors Around the World, SRCHN continues to support our most vulnerable. I am grateful for all of their efforts.

In speaking of the shelter, I understand some residents are concerned and frustrated. I hear you. I urge you to please contact Sooke RCMP if you are a victim of crime. There is a discrepancy between the anecdotes on social media and the statistics from our detachment. I also urge you to report concerns through appropriate channels. Calling police is an appropriate channel: if there is an emergency, please call 911. Non-emergency calls can be made to 250.642.5241 or reported online. Emailing info@sooke.ca for your comments to be on the public record is an appropriate channel to communicate with the District. Collaboration with the mentioned partners in conjunction with a compassionate community will help us works towards a sustainable long-term solution that supports all members of our community.

Sooke is a kind community. Your kindness shows through your volunteer commitments and community stewardship. Recently the great work of the Sooke ATV Club, Youth Leadership, and the Juan de Fuca Trails Society has resulted in a cleaner community and a community with tremendous natural beauty. I encourage you to take some enjoy the beauty of the outdoors this weekend as you celebrate Thanksgiving.

We are so fortunate to be on the lands of the T-Souke Nation and surrounded by such incredible nature. I am grateful for the nature that surrounds us. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for the community of Sooke.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Mayor Tait

Mayor Tait will continue to provide monthly statements highlighting current District of Sooke events.

 

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