Hall in snow 2017-Feb-07SNOW

Feb. 13 Meeting Postponed One Week

The February 13 meeting has been postponed one week to February 20, 2019.
The meeting will be held at the Community Hall.

2019 Budgets Approved at Nov. 14 Meeting

Seven tax-funded Committees and Property Management presented draft five-year budgets at the November 14, 2018 HIRRA. All the budgets were approved and sent to CVRD for review and approval at their spring 2019 annual financial planning meeting. Budgets are posted here: 2019 Budgets.

HIAC Approval for new Arts Center

The Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) received approval for their motion at the October 10, 2018 HIRRA meeting seeking approval to build the HIAC art centre on HIRRA’s Crown Land lease in the vicinity of the current Teen Trailer adjacent to the existing Gallery in the Woods.

HIAC is now seeking additional infrastructure funding and working with the design team to finalize the Arts Center plan. Current news and a design survey are available on the HIAC web-site.

To contact HIAC, e-mail: hornbyislandartscoucil@gmail.com or call (250) 335-2070

Core Services Draft 2019 Budget

The DRAFT Core Services 2019 budget was approved at the September 12, 2018 HIRRA meeting.  Funding for Core Services comes primarily from HIRRA Committees in proportion to their overall expenses (bigger committee budgets contribute more to Core Services than smaller committee budgets). Core Services includes general expenses for HIRRA as an organization: Administration and Bookkeeping wages and supplies, as well as publicity, Directors’ and Officers’ insurance and professional accounting year-end review services.

The Community Contingency line (any expenses over $1,000 to be approved by Assembly) has in the past provided short term funding for such community initiatives as Halloween Fireworks and Community Bus.

Change of HIRRA Meeting Venue

In the aftermath of the recent School fire, HIRRA has offered the School District the use of the Hornby Island Community Hall from September through December as a classroom for Hornby students. The School District requested that they have exclusive use from Monday through Thursday (school days) so that they only have to pack away classroom furniture and materials on weekends rather than daily.

HIRRA has agreed to move our monthly meetings to New Horizons for those months to accommodate the School. We look forward to lively discussions and the support of our membership during this temporary inconvenience.

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.

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, February 13, 2019 at 7:30pm POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW.
New date: February 20, 2019 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.


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.