Lots of Good News to Share

We’re excited to be on track to connect the new Water Treatment System (WTS), sanitize and test-run it by June 15.  Then follows inspection by Island Health’s Public Health Engineer to verify the system is built according to the Construction Permit.  After that, we apply for a Permit to Operate the WTS, which involves successful water tests to meet safe drinking water standards and inspection  by the Environmental Health Officer, who can then issue us that Operation Permit.

Once water is running, the hot water system in the building is calibrated. A final cleaning of the building, plus other health and safety items can be done prior to occupancy.  Our priority is to move tenants in as soon as possible, so some non-essential items will be finished after that. All being well, we anticipate that the tenants will move in during late July to start tenancy for August 1. 

Thanks to volunteers, our other on-site projects are well underway too.  Carpenter volunteer, Johann Wieghardt, is building the patio dividers.  Obtaining a Healthy Communities grant has allowed the Quadra Island Health Society to build the community garden and help seniors learn to grow and prepare their own food.  A volunteer crew assisted the Health Society to build the raised beds and will erect the fencing on the June 12-13 weekend.  Dick Whittington donated wood for the beds, François Charron donated his carpentry skills so that a volunteer work bee could assemble the beds quickly.  Adam Pullman from IslandScape provided the soil at a discount. The Seedy Sunday group, Garden Club and Legion Ladies Auxillary donated  seeds and seedlings to give the gardeners a head-start on the growing season. . Another volunteer proposes to design native plant landscape features around the retention pond to attract birds, salamanders, frogs and dragonflies and create a pond ecosystem to prevent algae and mosquito larvae growth.  Other volunteer projects are being planned for the Fall.

Thanks to our generous community, talented artists and tech-savvy Quadra Children’s Centre volunteer, Jesse Millard, our online Art Auction was a great success, generating $5,775 in a weekend.  We have raised over $100,000 in cash, donated goods and volunteer services this Spring.  Thank You, Quadra Islanders and friends from afar!

Contacts: project information:  Maureen McDowell 285-2221; to donate materials and services or to volunteer: Betty Doak: 285-3590; to make a cash donation visit www.qishs.ca, or see Fairleigh Taylor at Coastal Community Credit Union. 

More good news coming soon!