July 8, 2020 Zoom Meeting

Once again, we will be holding the regular HIRRA meeting by Zoom video conferencing software on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm.
Contact the Administrator to register to receive meeting ID and password. If you registered for the May or June HIRRA Zoom meetings you do not need to e-mail again as your e-mail will be on the list.

July 8, 2020 Agenda

  • Minutes of the June 10, 2020 Zoom AGM
  • Executive report
  • Community Announcements
  • Comfort Stations (Privy Council) report
  • Ferry Advisory Committee report
  • Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement (HICEEC) updates
  • Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) updates
    To approve updating HIRRA’s Crown Land Lease to allow the HIAC trailer to be located next to the HDCHCS office as a storage/meeting space and to adjust the site of the HIAC Arts Centre.
  • Islands Trust updates

Thank You, HIRRA Volunteers!

Over fifty people attended the June 10 HIRRA Zoom AGM, including six new members. We were glad to have had a “practice” Zoom meeting in May as there were a lot of details to manage. All Committees presented their annual reports and the accountants’ 2019 Year-end Review Engagement financial report was approved.
Two new Executive members and most Committee members were elected by acclamation. There was an election (by Zoom polling) for the Parks Committee where seven people were standing for election to the five-person Committee.

We appreciate everyone who stood for election and all the members who attended to participate in local democracy.

The HIRRA Executive has two-year staggered terms. Lynn Nunley, President, and Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer, are half-way through their terms and their positions will be up for election next year. Lynn and Rudy will not be seeking re-election. Jeremy Payne, Vice-president, and Alpen Kelly, Secretary, were elected this year and their positions will be up for election in 2022.

The following Committee volunteers were elected for one-year terms to manage HIRRA’s community services until the 2021 AGM:

Recycling: Jan Kennedy, Ilze Raudzins, Barbara Baird, Alsoon Brine, Kathi Sauve.

Fire Protection: Tor Nawrot, Brian Amos, Jim Garton, Don Peterson, Phoebe Long.

Regional Parks and Trails: Betty Kennedy, Brian Kittleson, Sasha LeBaron, Rusty Harrison, Tom Rutherford.

Community Hall: Vicki Bale, Judith Lawrence, Cathy Bonner, Hilary Wood-McDonnell, Gabriel Jeroschewitz.

Recreation: Bill Hamilton, Cindy Ackland, Eben Walmsley, Alex Lamont, Karen Young.

Comfort Stations (Privy Council): Nym Hughes, Tony Law, Shelley Beckett.

Invasive Weed Control: Anna Zielinski, Eva Wetzel, Liz Earle.

Boat Ramp: John Struthers, Colleen Work, Peter Walford, Larry Wasserman, Mike Pedneault, Rich Ward, Sally Englund.

Cemetery Stewards: Gemma Colin, Margaret Pethick, Tina Wai, Larry Smith, Iain Palmer, Gloria Herbert, Kathleen O’Brien.

Fall Fair: Alsoon Brine, Alison Stevenson, Landys Klyne, Liz Earle, Jeff Rabena (Note: this year’s Fall Fair has been cancelled because of the Covid crisis.)

Emergency Preparedness: David Wiseman, Russel Roy, Amy LeBaron, Gary Burtinsky, Albini Lapierre, Helen Grond, Michael Berman.

Committees that end up with vacancies may fill them by appointment until the next AGM.

Participate: Interested community members are welcome to attend HIRRA Committee meetings. Please contact the Administrator for upcoming meeting dates, or to share your ideas and feedback in written form.

July Meeting: The next HIRRA meeting will be held by Zoom video-conference on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm. We expect to have some updates from community groups, but the exact meeting agenda has not been finalized as of the First Edition deadline. Watch for the regular HIRRA agenda insert in the Tribune. Note that there will be no HIRRA meeting in August.

Please e-mail the Administrator to register for the July Zoom meeting. This is a security precaution to reduce the chance of offensive “Zoom-bombing”. Everyone already registered for the Zoom meetings will receive an e-mail invitation with the meeting ID and password a few days before the meeting. 


Visitors Welcome… But Later

Hornby Island normally welcomes visitors. At peak times, our winter population of less than one thousand swells to six or seven times that number. The well-being of our working populations and their families depends on this inflow of visitors. But the spread of COVID-19 virus now means that our community welfare and the welfare of all Canadians can only be assured if visitors remain at home.

At the national and provincial level, our public health authorities are urging people, as much as possible to stay at home. The more this happens, the more likely it is that our health facilities will be able to cope with the rising numbers of COVID-19 patients. This is acutely important here on Hornby Island.  We are a small community making us vulnerable and largely unable to deal with increased population during a pandemic.   Health facilities are meagre. We have only one doctor and no hospital. Evacuation of patients is dependent on the ferry system and the 4 helicopters that service the whole province of BC and those in turn depend for their operation on favourable weather conditions. The age group most vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19 is our elders. Two out of five Hornby year-round residents are aged sixty-five or more with 53% of the population aged over 60. We do have excellent Fire Department first responders and healthcare workers but their excellence requires that they themselves are not stricken with the virus. Hornby residents are now practicing social distancing and we urge would-be visitors to do the same by staying home.

As a result of our social distancing, Hornby facilities that might at other times service our visitors are largely shut down. The Co-op and the Ford Cove Store remain in operation but all other commercial operations have closed their doors until the pandemic is over. Arts and entertainment events that usually give vitality to visitors’ experience will not happen in the coming weeks and possibly months. The best way visitors can help is through social distancing which means simply, as our medical experts and government leaders say over and over, please stay home.

This too shall pass! We look forward to a time when Hornby will once again unhesitatingly welcome visitors.

Collective Agreement and Revised Recycling Budget Unanimously Approved Feb 12

The draft Collective Agreement between HIRRA and the Recycling Depot employees, represented by CUPE was unanimously ratified by the Recycling employees on Feb. 11 and then by the HIRRA members at the Feb. 12 HIRRA meeting.  The HIRRA membership also approved the revised 2020 Recycling Budget with an increase in wages/benefits to reflect the Collective Agreement.

The detailed Collective Agreement can be viewed here: Collective agreement Signed Jan 2020-Dec 2022. The approved revised Recycling Budget can be reviewed here: FINAL Recycling WM 2020 5 yr Budget

Recreation Budget Approved

Unfortunately, due to Administrator error, the DRAFT Recreation 2020 budget that was approved at the November 13 HIRRA meeting was not the final version approved by the Committee.

The correct Recreation 2020 budget was approved by the membership at the December 11, 2019 HIRRA meeting.

The correct version is posted here: FINAL Recreation 2020 5 yr Budget

Budgets Approved at Nov. 13 Meeting

The following DRAFT 2020 budgets for HIRRA’s tax-funded Committees were approved by the membership at the November 13 HIRRA meeting:

Comfort Stations 2020 5 yr Budget, 

Community Hall 2020 5 yr Budget,

Regional Parks/Trails 2020 5 yr Budget,

Recycling Waste Management 2020 5 yr Budget,

Property Management 2020 5 yr Budget,

Invasive Weed Control 2020 5 yr Budget,

HIFR Fire Protection 2020 5 yr Budget.

Thank you to everyone who attended the November 13, 2019 HIRRA meeting to discuss and vote on the DRAFT budgets before they were sent on to the CVRD for review and approval.

Core Services 2020 Budget Approved

The HIRRA Core Services Budget covers basic administration, bookkeeping, publicity, D&O insurance, fees and office supplies.
At the September 11, 2019 meeting, the membership approved the Core 2020 5 Year Budget as presented.

Next HIRRA Meeting:

 July 8, 2020 7:30pm by Zoom

Contact Administrator to register for the meeting.

~In person meetings will resume when safe to do so.~

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

Water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via searching 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.

Volunteer Appreciation

We wish to acknowledge and thank more than 60 dedicated volunteers, members of our community, who toil behind the scenes of HIRRA.  New members and new volunteers are always 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 (CVRD), volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these services:
~ Fire Protection via Hornby Island Fire Rescue
~ 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 Weed Control
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island (a.k.a. the Privy Council)
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round
~ Boat Ramp maintenance and management

HIRRA Committees also manage and oversee these services without tax funding:
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management
~Emergency Preparedness planning and education

HIRRA is responsible for the public well on Sollans Road and the Crown Land lease that provides space for the Clinic; Hornby/Denman Community Health Care Society building; Farmers’ Market and Hornby Island Arts Council. The RCMP building is located on HIRRA owned land, and the Savoie Centre building houses the Union Bay Credit Union and Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation office.
HIRRA is truly at the heart of the island and the hard-working volunteers keep everything running smoothly for the benefit of the whole community. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!

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

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.

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.