Hello and warm wishes for a heartfelt festive season, joy with family and friends, and delight as we spin together toward lengthening daylight.

Board meeting changes
New for 2024, the Board has chosen to meet once per month rather than twice monthly as in 2023. I’m interested to see how this unfolds… and how long the meetings will be. The Electoral Area Services Committee and First Nations Relations Committee continue meeting monthly (on a different schedule than Board days). It’s my hope that the new schedule will keep applications & processes flowing in a timely manner.

Presenting to the Board
Thank you to members of the Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement Society who recently presented to the Board about QCove’s riparian areas and the Pidcock Creek watershed. Did you know individuals and groups can present to the SRD Board or the Electoral Area Directors? Delegations are permitted up to ten minutes to present. The application to be a delegation is available at srd.ca/government/committees.

2024 Appointments
At the December 13 Board meeting, Directors received external agency and committee appointments for 2024. I’ll be representing the SRD at the AVICC Special Committee on Solid Waste and Circular Economy, the Marine Planning Partnership, and the Strathcona Community Health Network. I’m grateful to continue as a member of the First Nations Relations Committee. As well, all Directors are members of two functions the SRD shares with the Comox Valley Regional District: Comox Strathcona Waste Management and Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District. Lots to keep me occupied!

An evening of Ligwiłda’xw History Sharing
A little reminder that islanders are invited to a presentation of We Wai Kai Nation history by anthropologist Dr Dierdre Cullon on Wednesday January 17. Doors open at 5:30, presentation at 6pm at the Quadra Community Centre.

Ligwiłda’xw History Sharing

Connect with me
Over the Christmas season I’m planning to step away from my email for at least a few days and focus on sharing time with family and friends. You’re welcome to connect with me with questions or concerns, however through the holidays please expect a delayed response. You can email RMawhinney@srd.ca, call me at 250.203.2468, or book an in-person meeting at calendly.com/robynmawhinney.
Until next time,
Respectfully and sincerely,
Robyn Mawhinney