McKenzie Interchange Project

The GTCA this morning sent out the following report and media release on the McKenzie Interchange Project:

GTCA Report on Homelessness in Saanich

GTCA President Rob Wickson was on CFAX Radio April 11, 2016 with Terry Moore. It starts at around the 5:40 mark.

CFAX 1070 with Terry Moore - April 11, 4pm

The GTCA has been concerned about homelessness in our community and more generally in Saanich and the Capital Region for some years. This fear was brought into sharp focus over the summer and fall of 2015 by numerous reports of campers in Cuthbert Holmes Park, and worries about this situation expressed by local residents. The GTCA also released the following documents about homelessness in Saanich:

2016-2017 Board Elected at AGM

At the end of the March 31, 2016 Annual General Meeting, per By-Law 28(2), the sitting Board of Directors ceased to hold office and the newly elected Board has begun its year-long mandate.  While most were returned in the evening's elections, we say good-bye to Wendy Farwell. Thank-you, Wendy, for your service and your voice.

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association now has a new Board of Directors for the next year. Irena Jaswinski joined the Board as a General Director and we are excited to have her.

Returning on the Executive are, all by acclamation, Rob Wickson as President, Scott Karpes as Vice-President, Chris Kask as Treasurer, Vera Wynn-Williams as Secretary, and Christine Fedoruk as Membership Secretary.  We all look forward to another year of advocating for the Gorge Tillicum Community!

2017-2018 Board Elected at AGM

At the end of the April 03, 2017 Annual General Meeting, per By-Law 28(2), the sitting Board of Directors ceased to hold office and the newly elected Board has begun its year-long mandate.  While most were returned in the evening's elections, we say good-bye to Christine Fedoruk, our former Membership Secretary. Thank-you, Christine, for your service.  We also say a heartfelt thank-you to two Directors who resigned in early 2017 and did not run again - Richard Bouchard and Bill Williamson will be sorely missed.  They both were heavily involved in so many areas and were key players on the Gorge Canada Day Picnic Committee.  Thank-you for all your service to the community Richard and Bill, we miss you already!

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association now has a new Board of Directors for the next year. Russ Godfrey and Ed Pullman joined the Board as a General Directors and we are excited to welcome them to the Association.

Returning on the Executive are, all by acclamation, Rob Wickson as President, Chris Kask as Treasurer, and Vera Wynn-Williams as Secretary.  We thank both Scott Karpes, previously the Vice-President, and Christine Fedoruk, former Membership Secretary for their past years of service.  Scott continues on as a General Director this year, while Christine has left us to focus on her family and job.  Replacing them we welcome newly elected executive members, Gabe Epstein as Vice-President and Irena Jazwinski as Membership Secretary.

We all look forward to another year of advocating for the Gorge Tillicum Community!

Gorge Road Pump Station

The District of Saanich is constructing a new pump station at the bottom of Austin Avenue, in the grassy area along Gorge Waterway Park beginning July 6, 2015.  This will run for 10 months until April 2016.  The GTCA has discussed this project with Saanich over the past few years.  There is going to be a new public bathroom building included with this project.  Please see the advisory at http://www.saanich.ca/services/engineering/projects/index.html

New 2015-2016 Board elected at AGM

At the end of the March 26, 2015 Annual General Meeting, per By-Law 28(2), the sitting Board of Directors ceased to hold office and the newly elected Board has begun it's year-long mandate.  While most were returned in the evening's elections, we say good-bye to Norma Dowler and Julia Menard.  Thank-you for your service and your voices.

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association now has a new Board of Directors for the next year.  Check out everyone's biographies on our Board Members page.  A new General Director was nominated and elected - Richard DuBouchard, who has been helping us out on the Gorge Canada Day Picnic Committee over the last two years, is now on the Board and we are excited to have him.

Returning on the Executive are, all by acclamation, Rob Wickson as President, Scott Karpes as Vice-President, Chris Kask as Treasurer, Vera Wynn-Williams as Secretary, and Christine Fedoruk as Membership Secretary.  We all look forward to another year of advocating for the Gorge Tillicum Community!

Gorge Park Community Gardens Membership

We have added the Gorge Park Community Gardens memberships as one of the options on our Memberships page of this website!  You can now become a member of the Gorge Park Community Gardens to support it and have a say on the Garden Committee.  Membership does not mean you have to have a garden plot; it shows your support of the Gardens, allows you voting rights on the committee, and will help you stay involved in the exciting events and developments of the Gorge Park Community Gardens.

Check it out at http://www.gorgetillicum.ca/site/index.php/membership/online-membership-application

 

New 2014-2015 Board elected at AGM

At the end of the April 10, 2014 Annual General Meeting, per By-Law 28(2), the sitting Board of Directors ceased to hold office and the newly elected Board has begun it's year-long mandate.  While most were returned in the evening's elections, we say good-bye to Olivia Anderson, Vincent Gornall, Brian Menzies, and long-time member and long-time Secretary of the Board Arden Little.  Thank-you for your service and your voices.

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association now has a new Board of Directors for the next year.  Check out everyone's biographies on our Board Members page.  Replacing Arden as Secretary, Vera Wynn-Williams was elected.  A new General Director was nominated and elected - Marcus Fedoruk, who has been helping us out with our online presence over the last two years, is now on the Board and we are excited to have him.

Returning on the Executive are, all by acclamation, Rob Wickson as President, Scott Karpes as Vice-President, Chris Kask as Treasurer, and Christine Fedoruk as Membership Secretary.  We all look forward to another year of advocating for the Gorge Tillicum Community!

Gorge Park Community Gardens is a GO!

New Community Garden Approved For Gorge Park

Extended collaboration results in exciting community project

On Monday, 18 November 2013 Saanich Council approved the establishment of a new community garden in Gorge Park. The decision comes after 15 months of extensive collaboration between the Gorge Tillicum Community Association (GTCA), Saanich Parks and Recreation staff, and members of the wider community. The garden will be built early in 2014 and be operational later the same year. The GTCA Board will enter into a user agreement with the District of Saanich and oversee a Garden Committee that administers the operation and development of the garden.

The establishment of the community garden is consistent with objectives described in the Saanich Official Community Plan and the Strategic Plan vision of having a community garden in each of the District’s 12 local areas by 2036. The placement of the garden in Gorge Park fits with its designation as a “natural and horticultural” park in the municipal Local Area Plan for Gorge Tillicum.

The physically and financially accessible community garden will contribute to local food security with members growing not only ornamental plants and plants providing habitat for local pollinators, but also food for personal use, for donation to agencies, and for sharing amongst garden members and the general public.

The garden will serve to enhance ongoing efforts to upgrade the quality of the park environment as well as the health and vitality of the wider community through opportunities for social interaction, recreation, cultural expression and celebration, and various educational opportunities. To quote Laurie Jones, a local resident, “These are the kinds of initiatives that make a desirable neighbourhood, building aesthetic and community values,” and, “I'd like this space to … be a positive, beautiful, happening place where people are welcome to come and share, on whatever level they wish, the benefits of growing food.”

The approval of this project by council was made possible by the contributions of many members of the wider community – people who shared their opinions, thoughts, suggestions, visions and expertise regarding the proposal and its potential – and by the excellent and ongoing collaboration between the GTCA Board, Saanich staff, and community volunteers. The passion and hard work of the past 15 months has created a strong foundation for the work ahead – that of building a beautiful, interesting and productive community garden.

 

Formal agreements and further planning work is planned for January and February of 2014.  The gardens are planned to begin construction and preparation in Spring 2014.  Anyone wishing to get on the Allotment waiting list should email Gabe Epstein at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You will also be able to be a member of the Gardens by purchasing an annual membership, those should be available in early 2014.  Membership can be purchased without having a plot.  All plot holders will have to be a member.  Some people may wish to be supporters and be involved in the activities of the Garden Committee or activities at the garden through being a member who supports the gardens.

Gorge Tillicum Walkability Report 2012

In May, 2012 the Gorge Tillicum Community Association sponsored a "Jane's Walk" to assess the walkability of our neighbourhood.

Jane's Walks are held in honour of Jane Jacobs, a well known urbanist who believed that local people should be active advocates for the place they live. Each year Jane's Walks are held across Canada, during which citizens observe and interact on issues in their community.

The event was publicized to the members of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association (GTCA), and public invitations were posted at the local library, recreation centre and in the neighbourhood. Approximately 25 people met at Pearkes Recreation centre at 9:30 am for a brief orientation before heading out on one of three walking "tours" led by local volunteers.

The three walks focused on the Tillicum, Gorge and the Tillicum Centre areas. We regrouped at 11:30 am for refreshments, discussion and debriefing about what we had seen on our reconnaissance. The fourth walk in the Burnside neighbourhood took place a week later.

Have a look at our walkability report (draft) to learn more about the Jane's Walk and our walkability assessment.