Youth Activities Report February 2021

At the September 14th Council meeting, the Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN) development and operation of an Elders Complex with youth programming on the Northeast quadrant of Lot A was approved. The complex will include up to 79 affordable housing rental units for individuals 55 plus and an elder’s centre on the ground floor for socializing, recreation, and enrichment. On behalf of the District of Sooke, SRCHN undertook a comprehensive youth consultation to determine what programming would meet the needs of our youth and elders.

In the name of coordination, Edward Milne Community School Society and the District of Sooke contributed with questions in order to support their youth activities and the Operational Community Plan respectively.

The consultation took place through online surveys, paper surveys and focus groups with youth aged 11-19.

A special thanks to all the youth that participated, both Journey Middle School and Edward Milne Community School for accommodating the consultation process and to the youth service providers in our region for their important insight on youth issues and needs in our region.

Youth Service Providers Consulted:

Brandy Daniels - Cultural Youth Worker - T’Sou-ke First Nation

Carla Simicich - LGBTQ+ Youth Program - Sooke Family Resources Society

Colleen Hoglund - Program Services Manager - SEAPARC

Debra Johnston - Youth Services - Sooke Rotary Club

Elaine and Les Haddad - Coordinators - Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program Emily Rennalls - Urban Planner, Associate - DIALOG

Hammond Dominchelli - Teacher - Westshore Centre for Learning and Training (Sooke)

Katrina Abell - Vice-Principal - Journey Middle School

Megan MacKeigan - Recreation Program Coordinator - SEAPARC

Nicky Logins - Executive Director - Sooke Family Resource Society

Sandi Brumsovsky - Youth Navigator - Sooke Family Resource Society

Teresa Winter - PEACE Counsellor - Sooke Transition House Society

Todd Powell - Vice Principal/Leadership - Edward Milne Community School

Vanessa White - District Principal, Safe & Healthy Schools - Sooke School District (SD62)

Ashely Green - Youth Coordinator - Edward Milne Community School Society