Community Emergency Planning Workshop

Saturday, February 17, at 1:00pm at the Community Hall

Comox Valley Emergency Program Coordinators Howie Siemens and George Doerksen will give 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).

HIRRA and the Hornby Fire Department are co-hosting this event and providing pizza for participants. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided courtesy of the Hornby Co-op. Everyone welcome! Come out and join the conversation.

Draft HIRRA Bylaws Available for Review

In conjunction with the required BC Societies Act changes to the HIRRA Constitution, the Executive has reviewed HIRRA’s Bylaws and proposed some changes. As required in the existing HIRRA Bylaws, this notice is being widely advertised more than 42 days before the meeting to approve the changes, and copies will be available in two public places on Hornby.

The Bylaws, with 17 proposed changes highlighted, are available as a PDF HERE and hard copies will also be available for review in two public places: the Hornby branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the HIRRA box at the Co-op Free Post.

The proposed changes will be fully discussed at the March 14, 2018 HIRRA meeting, and the changes will only be enacted if they are approved by the Members at that meeting.

All HIRRA members are encouraged to attend the March 14, 2018 meeting to ensure quorum.

Recreation Budget for Review

The Recreation Budget is based on a grant from the CVRD, usually disbursed in August. The DRAFT 2018 Recreation Budget was presented and reviewed at the December 2017 HIRRA meeting. Due to lack of quorum, the Budget could not be passed at the last two meetings and will be again on the agenda for approval at the March 14, 2018 HIRRA meeting.


Budgets Approved at November 8, 2017 Meeting

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 .

Community Bus Pilot Project Update

This summer HIRRA contributed to the Community Bus Pilot Project. This is an initiative of Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society in partnership with the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) that offered a free summer bus service around the island in August. The data on ridership, and any other feedback, will be key to the future of the Community Bus. If ridership and community support is strong, the bus may continue to offer service throughout the year.

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, March 14, 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.


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!