Job Opportunity

Part-time (8hrs/month) year-round position for a Bookkeeping Assistant to support the HIRRA Financial Administrator.

June meeting highlights

Fifty-five people participated in the June 8, 2022 HIRRA Zoom meeting. There has been consistently higher participation in HIRRA meetings by Zoom than previously in person.

The Draft Collective Agreement negotiated between HIRRA and CUPE on behalf of the Recycling Depot employees was ratified by the membership. Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation and Hornby Island Arts Council reported on their activities and upcoming projects. The Fire Chief gave a report on the Fire Department from Victoria where he was attending the Fire Chiefs’ Conference.

Ferries: The Ferry Advisory Committee reported on their meeting with provincial ministers where they articulated Hornby’s untenable ferry situation. Unfortunately, the response was disappointing with no new solutions or actions to improve our service. The Ferry Advisory Committee suggested that it was time to increase the political pressure this year before the next BC Ferry contract is completed. There was animated discussion and support for user surveys, petitions and a broad letter writing campaign. Contact the Executive Administrator for more details on how to have your say about our ferry service.

DRAFT Collective Agreement with Recycling Depot CUPE Employees Ratified

Thanks to the HIRRA negotiating team, Recycling Depot staff and CUPE representatives, the Collective Agreement bargaining was concluded successfully.

The current Collective Agreement is in force until December 31, 2022, but in order to plan the Recycling Waste Management budget for 2023, negotiations took place in May.

The DRAFT Collective Agreement was presented at the June 8, 2022 HIRRA general meeting and ratified by the members. The Recycling Depot staff have also ratified the Collective Agreement. View the complete document here Draft_Collective Agreement 2023-26 . All changes are highlighted in bold in the draft Collective Agreement. Note that an error was found in the pay table on p. 28. The corrected table may be viewed here: Corrected C.A. wage rate chart May 22

Zoom or in-person?

A few people have asked if HIRRA will be returning to in-person meetings. The Executive is exploring the logistics of hosting hybrid (Zoom and in-person) meetings when there is adequate fibre-optic bandwidth. Participation by Zoom has been consistently higher than previous attendance at in-person meetings. Many members have expressed appreciation for the ability to participate from home or when not on Hornby, so for now, meetings will continue to be by Zoom only.

HIRRA May Meeting Highlights

Forty-seven people participated in the May 11 HIRRA Zoom meeting. The 2022 Fall Fair is planned for September 18 at Rosemuir Farm after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

CVRD Director Daniel Arbour and Islands Trustee Alex Allen gave updates on their work and work plans. HIRRA’s Messaging Working Group received support for the public signage to be installed at some beach and forest entrances, and the text for other media.

A pre-summer Community conversation focussed on RCMP plans and challenges. Constable Paul Jones said they intend to focus on parking and speeding violations in areas identified by community groups as having consistent problems (Little Tribune, Ford Cove, playground zone). He encouraged people to report any non-emergency incidents to the RCMP through their non-emergency line or via their on-line reporting form. Building a file of reports on the history of an ongoing issue can help justify future interventions if necessary. Staffing allocations are also based on statistics of reports received.

The proposed minor revisions to three HIRRA policies were approved as presented.

View specific wording changes to documents here:
Committee Terms of Reference,
Employment Policy,
Conflict Resolution Policy

HIRRA Annual General Meeting and Elections

The HIRRA AGM was held Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30pm by Zoom.

View Year-end Review Engagement draft document here: HIRRA Draft yr end review 2021
and the AGM Year-end Financial Presentation here: HIRRA 2021 yr end financials presentation

HIRRA AGM Committee reports Apr 13-22 
HIFR 2021 Annual Report for 2022 AGM

Volunteer Appreciation

Thank you to all HIRRA Committee volunteers (retiring, continuing and stepping up). There are still vacancies for the six positions: Recycling Waste Management member, Emergency Preparedness members, Fall Fair member, Boat Ramp member and appointee to the HICEEC Board. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions, please contact the Executive Administrator for more information.

More than 60 dedicated volunteers, members of our community, work behind the scenes of HIRRA. 
In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these tax-funded services:
~ Fire Protection via Hornby Island Fire Rescue
~ Recycling and Waste Management including the Free Store
~ Community Hall maintenance
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island
~ Invasive Weed Control
~ Emergency Preparedness planning and education
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round
~ Boat Ramp Advisory to CVRD

HIRRA Committees also manage and oversee these services without tax funding:
~ Regional Parks and Trails Advisory to CVRD (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 Tralee Point, and the Hornby Roadside Trails)
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management

In addition, 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 buildings; Farmers’ Market in the Copse, and Hornby Island Arts Council’s new Arts Centre site.

The Doris Savoie Centre building that houses First Credit Union and the HIRRA administration office, and the RCMP office are both located on land owned by HIRRA.

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!

Opportunities to Give Public Feedback

BC Parks is soliciting public feedback on directions for their newly acquired parcels of land to expand the Big Tribune Bay Provincial Park. The online survey on their website: http://helpshapebc.gov.bc.ca/tribune is open until May 8, 2022. Paper copies are also available at the Co-op. View PDF of poster here: BCParks-Hornby-Poster

Food Security Working Group updates

The Food Security Working Group has been meeting to brainstorm how best to support enhanced food security on Hornby. View the full Report on Hornby Food Security here:Hornby Food Security Report 01 18 2022

HIRRA Insurance Situation

HIRRA’s existing insurance coverage was abruptly cancelled by Northbridge Insurance effective Feb. 28, 2022.

As of Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, HIRRA secured property and general liability insurance for most operations, including the Recycling Depot.

Unfortunately, Parks and Trails liability was specifically excluded and HIRRA is now unable to fulfill the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) service contract requirements for managing the Regional Parks and Trails. Therefore, as of Feb. 28, 2022 the CVRD has taken over management of Hornby’s Regional Parks and Trails directly. Parks users may notice some small changes to signage, but should not experience a change in their day-to-day activities.

HIRRA appreciates the support of Hornby residents, Committee members and staff, and the CVRD through this stressful and uncertain time.

Community Accomplishments 2021

Dear Friends,

As this challenging year draws to a close, we wanted to share with you the accomplishments of these past few months following the intensity of last summer. We believe that we are turning a corner together and hope that you can see this as well.

  • We now have a housing network in which most if not all of the community organizations with interests in parts of our housing crisis are sitting together and sharing their progress. HICEEC has submitted the paperwork for the “pillow tax,” the possibility of a “hamlet” is being explored, and Joe King is looking into the possibility of providing a limited number of summer campsites for seasonal workers.
  • Our emerging food security working group under Nym’s leadership has shared the results of a research project and is now moving toward implementation strategies.
  • Mary MacKenzie has pulled together a working group on education and signage to help people learn how to behave while on Hornby and to understand and respect the island’s limited capacity.
  • A new loan fund is coming into being to help people make the transitions needed to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • New efforts originating in the Health Society promise an effort to create a profile of our community, bringing together fragments that already exist along with an expansion of the contents of this profile. And, as indicated in The First Edition, there is a plan they are soon to share with all of us which will help preserve our way of caring for each other.
  • Water Stewardship (a Project of Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society) is working on water conditions signage and, with the Trust helping to find out what the carrying capacity of our island is which will likely confirm what we know intuitively; namely, that we are at or nearly at capacity now.
  • We revived a practice from some years ago to recognize one person at each meeting for their contributions to the community. We have been blessed by the eloquent and heartfelt way in which community members have expressed their gratitude to those we have singled out.

And, in addition to the above (and whatever we’ve forgotten to include), we kept up with our internal business. We’re making repairs to the Savoie Centre, working with the CVRD on our next contract, and responding to concerns raised by individuals.

Again to paraphrase Alex’s editorial in The First Edition, even if we haven’t been at our best all the time, we still did well most of the time. So let’s take this holiday season as a time to celebrate our accomplishments, applaud our ability to manage our stress most of the time, appreciate our Hornby family, recognize the value of compassion, and enter 2022 with hope.

With best wishes, HIRRA Executive: Daniel Siegel, Jeremy Payne, Kent Lukinuk, Lynn Nunley and Administration Staff.

Community Conversation: Housing, Water and Visitor Issues

Aside from a few standard agenda items The Nov. HIRRA Zoom meeting focused on a broad Community Conversation with input from: Hornby Housing Network (see background documents posted on HICEEC.org), Water Stewardship Project (hornbywater.org), Comox Valley Regional District Director, and Hornby Is. Community Economic Enhancement Corp.

Although we didn’t require the increased Zoom meeting size, there was an impressive turnout of 82 participants. The discussion covered familiar overlapping issues of community concern: water shortages, lack of affordable housing, impacts of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs), roadside camping, light pollution and messaging to visitors.

Several interesting suggestions were raised around water catchment, signage at Buckley Bay and developing messaging to visitors. There was also a lot of appreciation for everyone quietly working on solutions to Hornby’s community challenges. Contact HIRRA with your concerns and ideas for addressing  island-wide issues.

Budgets approved at October 13 HIRRA Meeting

Thank you to all the HIRRA members, staff and Committee members who attended the Oct. 13 HIRRA meeting to review and approve the 2022 budgets and five-year financial plans. All the HIRRA tax-funded Committees 2022 draft budgets and five-year financial plans were approved and will now be sent to the CVRD staff for their review and presentation to the CVRD Board.
Click to view PDFs:
Comfort Stations,
Communtiy Hall,
HIFR Fire Protection,
Recycling/Waste Management,
Invasive Weed Control,
Regional Parks and Trails,
Emergency Preparedness.
HIRRA’s Property Management budget was also approved.


Covid Community Conversation Report April 2021

The Covid Community Conversation report is available here: Hornby Is COVID Community Conversation Report, April 2021. The facilitators took all the notes and feedback from the April 11, 2021 community conversation by Zoom and created this final report with accompanying whimsical artwork by Rae Mate.

Thank you to HIRRA, HICEEC, HDCHCS, HIES and Hornby Co-op for financial support and to Resilience Initiative and Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society for planning input.

Next HIRRA Meeting:

July 13, 2022 7:30pm by Zoom

Contact Administrator to register for the meeting.

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

We value our unique opportunity to self govern and respectfully acknowledges that we are meeting on the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation.

Ferry Location Tracker

Follow this link to view the real-time location of the Hornby and Denman Island ferries: Hornby/Denman Ferry Location

Water Sample Results

Well water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via searching the Island Health drinking water web-site.

Beach water sample results can be viewed in the “North Island Beach Sampling Results” PDF on the Island Health recreational water 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.


HIAC Approval for new Arts Centre 2018

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 2017

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 2013

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.