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Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror
Days after the departure of long-time corporate officer Bon-nie Sprinkling, the District of Sooke has hired a new director of corporate services.
Gabryel Joseph has exper-tise in communications, human r e s o u r c e s and economic development.
J o s e p h comes to the district after serving as the strategic coor-dinator for the City of Edmon-tons transpor-tation depart-ment, and has several years of experience in local government affairs.
District of Sooke chief admin-istrative officer Teresa Sullivan worked with Joseph in the past. She was not immediately avail-able for comment and did not return phone calls by deadline.
Sullivan wrote on Josephs online Linked-In page:
Gabryel inspires loyalty and goodwill in others, because he acts with integrity and trust him-self. He is decisive and impas-sioned, is capable of bold and courageous moves, and is con-fident in his ability to deal with situations as they arise.
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A 36-year-old Sooke man is facing numer-ous charges after police arrested a sus-pect attempting to steal items from a vehicle.
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Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror
Last summer, the Sal-vation Army closed its doors in Sooke, leaving countless needy resi-dents with little choice of accessible and affordable local items.
Not all was lost, how-ever, as Sally Annes departure became the catalyst for yet another enterprise in Sooke, one that is run by the community, for the community.
Its called the Thrift Shop, run entirely by the Sooke Fam-ily Resources Society, also known as SFRS, a charitable organization focused on providing services in the commu-nity, such as child care resources, prenatal education, family sup-port programs, among others.
The idea was to cre-ate a sustainable cycle where income from the sales go back into programs and services that SFRS offers to the Sooke community, said Nicky Logins, executive director of SFRS.
Items are donated by the community to get reinvested in the community, she said.
Before serving as an arm of SFRS, the thrift store was a clothing exchange, but after
outgrowing the pro-gram, the organization was already looking to expand.
And surely, the opportunity came along.
When the Salvation Army left, we thought it as an opportunity to develop it into a social enterprise, Logins said, adding that after encouragement from the local community, the store went forward, opening up shop right next to the power tools store.
Thats where Bev Lewis, the Thrift Shops manager, comes in. Lewis took on the reigns of the new shop when the store opened last October.
We had a soft open-ing, and the community has been wonderful with the donations, she said, adding that hot items right now are womens clothing, as well as housewares such as pots and pans.
Even if an item cant be sold as-is, the objec-tive is still to give back to the community.
If we get some medi-cal equipment, it goes to the Loan Cupboard, and if there is some-thing we cant sell, we contact the Crisis Cen-tre, so nothing gets wasted.
The store is also
working on a repur-pose area where visitors can pick and choose from a variety of scrapped materials for decoration or art-work.
Lewis is the only paid employee at the shop, working with an army of 25 volunteers to keep the wheels moving. Among them are also Edward Milne Commu-nity School students who are helping out as part of their life skills
program. One student, who
is autistic, brings a unique set of organi-zation skills not often seen.
He counts puzzles and makes sure the pieces are all there, which is fantastic. Hes organized the books, DVDs and video games for us alphabetically and numerically, Lewis said.
Hes a very gifted young man.
The students get trained on the cash register and how inven-tory works in a profes-sional working environ-ment.
Those who want to see the place for them-selves can do so from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The store will host a grand opening on Feb. 13 with a tent out front with cake and coffee, at 11 a.m.
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Sooke Family Resources Society Thrift Shop manager Bev Lewis runs a pretty tight ship and one full of interesting goodies of all kinds.
Thrift shop helps fill co