LETTER: In support of the community centre

Dear Editor: 

As a long-time resident of Bowen Island, I am writing this letter in support of the proposed Bowen Island Community Centre initiative. Over the past 21 years I have used the recreation facilities to participate in health and fitness programs and workshops and appreciate having these high quality programs available in my community.

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In addition to participating in recreation programs, I also facilitate after school arts programing for youth. For me, a purpose-built community centre will provide a place where I can better facilitate arts programming in an inspiring setting. 

Currently the programs I facilitate are held in the Bowen Island Community School classrooms. While I am grateful to BICS that this space has been made available and to the teachers who have welcomed me into their classrooms, it’s not an ideal environment for an after-school program: the physical space limits the type of programming offered, limits the timing of programs and makes it harder for children to unwind after a busy day of school learning. 

The community centre would provide a destination away from the school but still be close enough to easily access after school and would be more inclusive of arts programming for youth and adults alike.

A community centre would be an asset to the whole community; it has the potential to adapt to community programming needs more effectively than it currently can and is worthy of community support.


Tracy McLachlan



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