(Gazette file photo)

(Gazette file photo)

West Shore Parks and Recreation Society under new management

Owners appoint CAOs as interim board while creating plan for society’s future

The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society is under new management.

Formerly governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from the five owner municipalities, the society is now under the oversight of the municipalities’ chief administrative officers.

“It was a tough decision,” said Metchosin Mayor John Ranns in a statement. “But we felt it necessary to achieve a workable solution.”

At the annual general meeting Thursday night, the owners agreed to put their CAOs in charge, taking over the board of directors in the short term.

The ownership group is made up of the City of Langford, City of Colwood, Town of View Royal, District of Metchosin and the District of Highlands. Each contributes, through tax requisition, towards the operation of West Shore Parks and Recreation’s facilities.

“Change is never easy,” said Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton in the same statement, “but I am very optimistic about the prospect of having all five West Shore municipalities working together to bring a new energy and efficiency to West Shore Parks and Recreation.”

Highlands Mayor Ken Williams noted they’re “working together to provide a blueprint for a vibrant future.”

According to the municipalities, the five owners are “working together on a plan to maximize the incredible potential of the facilities and programs offered.”

Langford Mayor Stew Young added “I’m very excited that this review is going forward. An independent and thorough assessment of the society’s facilities and operations will ensure that ongoing programs meet the needs of a growing West Shore and are of good value for taxpayers.”

The move came after an ongoing review of the society’s facilities, operations and programs. The owners will collaborate on a new vision and strategic plan for the society to ensure it continues to provide diverse, accessible and affordable sports and recreation options.

“We believe that these actions will result in a stronger and more sustainable future for West Shore Parks and Recreation,” said View Royal Mayor David Screech. “View Royal thanks the board and the staff at West Shore Parks and Recreation for their work and commitment.”

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