Thank you to all volunteers!

Thank you to all the people who volunteered to stay on or join HIRRA Committees at the April 12, 2017 AGM.
Sixty-five volunteers do the day-to-day work involved in overseeing and managing twelve essential community services.
HIRRA appreciates the dedication of time, energy and thought that these volunteers consistently provide to ensure that our community services are running smoothly.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 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.

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.

AGM Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Volunteers needed The HIRRA AGM is coming up on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30pm. All the Committees will report on their previous year’s activities and Committee members will be elected. All Hornby Island residents and taxpayers welcome.
The Privy Council (public privies), Fire Protection and Community Hall Committees are seeking volunteers to help over-see these tax-funded services. Please consider volunteering or recruiting others to stand for election to these Committees.HIRRA deeply appreciates the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who over-see the important services managed by HIRRA. They are essential to the well-functioning of the Association and the Hornby community. 

February 8 meeting postponed until Feb 15 due to heavy snow.

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

New Cemetery Land Needed

At the December HIRRA meeting, the Cemetery Stewards made a motion to form an ad hoc Committee 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.
Unfortunately, there were not enough members in attendance at the December meeting to pass the motion. People are encouraged to attend the upcoming February 8 HIRRA meeting to ensure there is quorum to form this ad hoc Committee.  Anyone interested in joining such a Committee may attend the meeting or contact the HIRRA Administrator 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.  

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.


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