Rare Kudos To City Council: Fire Hall Plan

I’m not always a downer on Victoria City Council, I do actually post about great things accomplished by our council, they just happen once in a blue moon.

We rarely see big positive developments coming from City Hall, it’s usually tackling some minor issue and kicking the can down the road on anything substantive. Here we actually have a substantial solution to a large problem that Victoria has been struggling with for quite some time due to the aging infrastructure/lack of seismic stability of Firehall No.1 on Yates.

So here it is: Bravo Victoria City Council, and thank you. Oh, and bonus points for it being a P3!

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Vice Chairman of THS

Proud to announce that last night I was elected Vice Chairman of Threshold Housing Society. The past year and a half on the Board of Directors has been a fantastic and rewarding experience and I can’t wait to begin contributing even more to such an incredible organization by serving as its Vice Chair.

2017-2018 is going to be a big year for combating youth homelessness. The Greater Victoria Coalition To End Homelessness will be focusing on youth this year and a Task Force will be struck with Threshold’s involvement.

If you’re looking to get involved in non-profit work and give back to the community this year, please do get in touch as we still have some openings on the Board of Directors.

Saying Goodbye To A Mentor: David Butterfield

Saturday was both sad and so beautiful.

David Butterfield took a chance on me, hiring someone basically straight out of university, to be the Head of Government Relations & Communications for his company, the Trust for Sustainable Development. We met at a couple of political fundraisers in 2014 and apparently he saw something in me which prompted an out of the blue “I want you to come work for me.”

Working for David for almost 2 years was an absolute pleasure. I learned a great deal from him and he was always pushing me to strive for more in life. When the opportunity came up to manage a campaign for the Federal Liberals in 2015, I barely even had to ask to take the time off from work for the writ period. He understood my passion for politics and told me to go.

We had the best political conversations and I always had a sneaking suspicion that half the reason he hired me was so that he had guaranteed regular access to someone to talk politics and world affairs with in the middle of the work day. I certainly didn’t mind.

We also both liked to drink and had many a night at Clive’s talking cocktails and mixology. We often hosted events up at the Spirit Bay development site and “Resident Bartender” ended up as part of my responsibilities over time because I always loved making drinks. Near the end of my time working for him I think I had almost mastered “David’s Margarita” a drink that required a truly unprecedented tequila to everything else ratio. To me it was barely drinkable and so far off of standard margarita measurements, to him it was delicious.

It is a regret of mine that life got so busy that the “Let’s grab drinks and catch up” never got around to happening so I didn’t get a chance to see him this year before he died. I know he was proud of me for taking a job at the Legislature in January but I also know part of him was sad to see me go. We sure had some good times.

Thank you for everything David.

THS Event w/ Bernard Richard

It was a pleasure to attend an event featuring BC’s new Children & Youth Advocate, Bernard Richard, put on by my fellow Board Members at Threshold Housing Society.

Glad to hear Richard talk of a “reset” of relations with the BC Government, as well as hearing from two of the youth that we currently serve. Always heart-warming to hear the stories of those who would otherwise be homeless if not for the incredible work that Threshold does in our community.