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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, december 3, 2014 www.sookenewsmirror.com A1

    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

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    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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    The District of Sookes new council is, left to right, Bev Berger, Ebony Logins, Rick Kasper, Mayor Maja Tait, Kevin Pearson, Brenda Parkinson and Kerrie Reay.

    Sookes new mayor addresses community at inaugural meetingMayor Maja Taits

    Inaugural address: Good evening and

    welcome to the inau-gural meeting of the new District of Sooke council. Its wonder-ful to have you all join us here tonight to sup-port us as we com-mence this new term for Sooke. We acknowl-edge and thank all the previous councillors

    that have served for joining us here tonight. Let us begin this term by formally recognizing the traditional territory of the TSouke Nation, upon which we gather, live and do business.

    A sincere thank you to outgoing mayor Wen-dal Milne for his service and commitment to our community throughout his term, as well as out-

    going councillor Herb Haldane for his time and dedication for the last two terms.

    This years elec-tion saw just over 40 per cent turnout at the polls, which speaks to the passion and engage-ment that our residents have for our local gov-ernment. This passion and commitment is shared by those that

    campaigned for office, as well as our dedicated district employees and community organiza-tions.

    I would like to thank all of the candidates that campaigned in the past election, and lets take a moment to congratu-late those that were suc-cessfully elected.

    Every member of council brings their

    individual perspective, talents and expertise to the table. Collec-tively we will bring our experience, fresh ideas and collaborative spirit forward to success-fully achieve goals and objectives for the bet-terment of our commu-nity over the next four years and beyond.

    Where the rainforest meets the sea, Sooke is

    a strong, caring com-munity with a unique history and a bright future. As we continue to grow and evolve, we will be faced with both challenges and oppor-tunities. We will meet these head on with a spirit of openness and inclusivity.

    During the elec-tion, there was a strong desire to:

    Actualize our vision of a vibrant town cen-tre and economic revi-talization;

    For our residents to be healthy and active, with access to our hills and harbour, with side-walks, trails and path-ways;

    To promote our tourism potential and

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  • A2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, december 3, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    SHOP SOOKE!SHOP LOCAL!

    Sponsored by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

    The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce invites you to partici-pate in Shop Sooke! Shop Local! Event. We will be placing entry boxes at several loca-tions in Sooke for shop-pers to enter the draw. Draws will be held Dec 6, 13 and 20. Win-ners will receive Sooke Shopping Dollars to redeem at participating merchants. The value of the weekly draw will depend on the number of participating mer-chants. Your cost is only $40.

    The event will be advertised weekly in the Sooke News Mirror, first advertisement Dec. 3 announcing the SHOP SOOKE! SHOP LOCAL! Event. The following weeks will list the par-ticipating merchants as well as announcing the winner of the weekly draw. Winners will be notified via telephone, Sooke Shopping Dollars to be picked up at the chamber office. Sooke Shopping Dollars will be in denominations of $5 and $10 and have no cash value.

    Here is how it will work:

    Winners shop with Sooke Shop-ping Dollars at par-ticipating merchants. Merchants accept Sooke Shopping Dol-lars for purchase, face value, no cash back. Merchants exchange Sooke Shopping Dollars at the chamber office. This is not a fundraiser, it is to help local Sooke m e rc h a n t s . C h a m -ber Membership not required to participate.

    For additional infor-mation:

    Jeannette Wilford at 250 642-6331

    Or Nel Burger at 250 642-3231.

    Counter Attack launched

    The B.C. govern-ment, police and ICBC have launched the December CounterAt-tack campaign to urge drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home if

    their holiday festivities involve alcohol.

    While attitudes toward drinking and driving have changed considerably over the years, an average of 86 lives are still lost every year in B.C.

    Getting home safely should be part of every-ones holiday plan-ning but the reality is that impaired driving remains a leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C., said Todd Stone,

    Minister of Transpor-tation and Infrastruc-ture. Do your part this Christmas season and look out for family and friends take a stand and dont let them get behind the wheel impaired.

    Take your turn as the designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose.

    ICBCs helping to pre-vent impaired driving this December through a month-long educa-

    tion campaign, funding for CounterAttack road-checks and promotion of designated drivers with businesses, sports facilities and commu-nity groups.

    ICBC also supports Operation Red Nose, a volunteer service in 25 B.C. communities that provides safe rides to drivers who have been drinking or feel too tired to drive during the holidays.

    It will cost you approx. $4,500 for an impaired driving con-viction.

    This and ThaTCounter Attack begins

    A2 www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

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