Summer Break: Etiquette, Blue Bus and Fire Safety

As Hornby steps into high gear for the summer, HIRRA takes a break. The next general HIRRA meeting will be Wednesday, September 12 at 7:3pm at the Community Hall.

Remember that HIRRA’s Guide to Etiquette of Meetings can be useful in all interactions over the sometimes stressful summer season. Practicing respectful, honest communication, focusing on issues rather than personalities and assuming people have a positive motivation will go a long way to ensuring both residents and visitors enjoy sharing our unique island.

HIRRA again contributed to the Community Bus Project. This is an initiative of Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society in partnership with the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) offering a free summer bus service around the island. The data on ridership, and other feedback, will be key to the future of the Community Bus. If ridership and community support is strong, there may be tax funding available to continue running the bus in the future. Try leaving your car at home and hopping on the Blue Bus when it comes by. (Check the schedule first.)

Finally, thanks to Hornby Island Fire Rescue (including First Responder and Fire Patrol personnel) for promoting safe beach-fire practices and being on call to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Please respect fire regulations, report any concerns, and stay safe as you have fun out there.

Emergency Preparedness Committee formed

Thanks to five islanders stepping up to volunteer for the Emergency Preparedness Committee. The Committee is already starting work on a Hornby Island Emergency Preparedness Plan in consultation with Hornby Island Fire Rescue and Comox Valley Emergency Preparedness staff.

The Committee welcomes more volunteers to help with this project. Their next meeting will be on Saturday, July 21 at 3:00. For more info, contact Committee Chair David Wiseman or the HIRRA Administrator.

Housing on Hornby

Housing continues to be a key issue for on Hornby as it is with most resort destinations. Many Hornby residents are now facing the scramble to find summer shelter as their winter homes are now being used for summer residents or rentals. HIRRA’s Housing Committee is working closely with ISLA and Elder Housing to find solutions and support for Hornby residents dealing with housing issues. Please visit the Housing web-page and contact the Committee if you can offer help or need help with housing.

HIRRA Travel Policy Revisions adopted

The HIRRA Executive has reviewed the current HIRRA Travel Expense Policy and recommended some revisions for approval by the Assembly at the June HIRRA meeting. The revised policy is available on-line as a PDF here: DRAFT Travel policy and forms April 2018.

Appreciation for HIRRA Volunteers

We wish to acknowledge and thank more than 65 volunteers, members of our community, who toil behind the scenes of HIRRA. The Fire Protection and first responders safety net; the goings on at the Community Hall, the Fall Fair, the Free Store and Recycling Depot; the maintenance of the Cemetery, the Regional Parks and Roadside Trails, and the strategically placed public Privies; the “fun in all kinds of weather” Recreation programs; the removal of invasive Weeds; the public well on Sollans Road; and the opportunity for additional non-profit groups to use space in the Savoie Building and on HIRRA land: all these services are stewarded, nurtured and tended to by volunteers. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!

New members are welcome (must be a Hornby resident of at least 6 months or a rate-paying property owner on Hornby). New members are eligible to vote 42 days after registering.

In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District, over fifty volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these services:
~ Fire Protection/First Responders
~ Recycling and Waste Management including the Free Store
~ Community Hall maintenance
~ Regional Parks and Trails maintenance (Including: Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park and adjoining Crown Land trails, Sandpiper Beach, Grassy Point, Hidden Beach, Clamshell Place, Periwinkle Place, St. John’s Point Road and Trallee Point, and the Hornby Roadside Trails)
~ Invasive Plant Control
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island (the Privy Council)
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round
~ Boat Ramp maintenance and management
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management
~ Housing support

Community Emergency Planning Workshop

Comox Valley Emergency Program Coordinators Howie Siemens and George Doerksen gave a presentation on community planning for emergencies as well as how to prepare your own families and homes for emergencies.

Many questions emerge when we discuss potential emergency situations. Where to go? What to do? What supplies to store? Who will help? How to help others? Different situations will mean different answers. An extended power outage or a severe snow storm would require very different responses than a forest fire or an earthquake. Fortunately, being prepared for possible emergencies can significantly improve people’s resiliency and survival (both physical and psychological).

Minutes of the meeting on Saturday, February 17, at 1:00pm at the Community Hall can be read here:
Community Emergency Preparedness Meeting Feb 2018.


2018 Budgets Approved

Thank you to all the HIRRA members who attended the November 8, 2017 HIRRA meeting to review and approve budgets for HIRRA’s tax-funded Committees: Fire Protection, Recycling/Waste Management, Regional Parks and Trails, Invasive Weed Control, Comfort Stations (Outhouses).

2018-2022 approved budgets are posted HERE .

The Recreation Budget is based on a grant from the CVRD, usually disbursed in August. The DRAFT 2018 Recreation Budget was presented, reviewed and approved at the March 14, 2018 HIRRA meeting.

Community Bus Pilot Project Update

Letters of support for the Community Bus can be sent to Hornby’s School Trustee, Sheila MacDonnell (to facilitate having a bus that can carry both students and other island commuters), and to the Area A Regional District Director, Bruce Jolliffe (to facilitate receiving tax funding for the bus).

New Cemetery Land Needed

In the spring of 2017 an ad hoc Committee was formed, charged with finding suitable land for a new Cemetery. The existing Cemetery can still accommodate cremated remains but has little room left for full body burials, so there is an urgent need for more suitable land. Contact the Administrator or Cemetery Committee members for more information.

The Cemetery Stewards are also pleased to announce that the Hornby Island Cemetery now has a space on the Portal for memorial plaques in remembrance of people who lived on Hornby but are not buried here. The plaques can be ordered through “Engrave It”, 4915 Island Hwy, N. Courtenay, (250) 338-6322. 
The cost for a high quality bronze plaque  3″ x 5″, including engraving is approximately $200.  There is a charge of $40 to have it installed on the Portal.
Please email Gemma Colin at gemmacolin1@gmail.com or Tina Wai at tina.waynewai@gmail.com if you are interested in doing this.  


Next Meeting:

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Community Hall.

Regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month except August and January.

We value our unique opportunity to self govern.

Water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via the Vancouver Island Health Authority web-site.

Comox Valley Regional District


The Hornby Island Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association (HIRRA) is a non-profit society registered in the province of B.C. since 1973. Through this association we have an opportunity to be self-governing. HIRRA administers our tax dollars, and as its name implies, membership is open to residents and property owners of the island.
See the About page for complete information.

February 2017 meeting postponed due to snow

 Hall in snow 2017-Feb-07Community Hall in snow


Rat Control

From the November 13, 2013 regular meeting:
Rats and Us: Daniel Siegel created a worksheet on rat management and circulated to all at the November 2013 meeting. There are copies at the Co-op. Doug Shaw addressed the assembly on rat control methods. The Co-op is not licensed to sell rat poisons that are toxic to other animals. Several solutions were advanced. The question was asked can we give out traps? Toxic poisons are the last resort.

Download the rat control worksheet.