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BIM Moves forward on Community Centre

Project poised to move ahead! 

The design team for the Community Centre has completed 95% design drawings for a home for the Bowen Island Municipality, the community, recreation and the arts. The Municipality, who will own and operate the public amenity, expected to cost approximately $14.5 M, has submitted its grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program. Investment by the community includes approximately $1.2 M in capital reserves plus an additional amount of $1.3 M raised through donations. In order to secure funding to reach the capital goal, the Municipal Council gave third reading to a loan authorization bylaw to borrow just over $4 M. The next step will be a referendum, set for Mary 4. At that time, islanders will vote to decide whether they will allow the Municipality to borrow up to $4,040,000 to build the Community Centre.

Key things to know before you vote:
  • Of the proposed borrowing amount, $2 million will be tax neutral, based on the amount of money BIM currently pays to rent the Municipal Hall and recreation spaces. 
  • $40,000 covers the security against loan default. It will be repaid with interest.
  • $2 million will have an impact on property taxes for the average residential property assessed at $1,144,000 (2019), this would translate into an annual increase of $45 in property taxes.
  • Borrowing is dependent on a positive outcome of the grant submission, expected in the Fall of 2019. 
  • Borrowing would occur, if needed, only once all other project funds are committed.
It's now up to the people of Bowen Island. Do we want to seize the rare opportunity of an investment of $8M from the federal and provincial governments towards our community centre? Do we want to build a place to come together, an accessible and inclusive space that will bolster our health and wellness, and offer new experiences that will enhance our sense of belonging and connection? The decision, on May 4, is in our hands. 

If you have questions about the project, we invite you attend one of the upcoming open houses, with dates and times to be announced soon. You can visit the Community Centre website, which is loaded with information including a list of frequently asked questions. Or please contact us directly. Email Shauna Jennings, Manager of Recreation and Community Services, Bowen Island Municipality, by clicking here or Jacqueline Massey, Executive Director, Bowen Island Arts Council by clicking here.

Donate NOW to the CHAC fund

  

Help build the CHAC Endowment Fund

December is a busy time of year on Bowen. It offers many splendid opportunities for our community to come together, to celebrate in song, to join in dance or to be entertained by the many talented neighbours, with whom we share the island. Our craft fairs, choir concerts, theatrical performances and other assemblies all draw us together to revel in a group experience of our vibrant culture. But we are a growing community, with limited and often inadequate venues. This makes it more and more challenging to achieve that connection so important to our collective sense of identity.

To ensure our community spirit is nurtured and can continue to thrive, there are many who are dedicated to realizing the dream of opening a civic centre where we can all meet and mingle. From developing a strategy, to securing financing, to designing plans, there's much to be done. Luckily, there's also no shortage of islanders who want to make it happen.

The Community Hall and Arts Centre (CHAC) committee of the Bowen Island Arts Council has created one effective way in which individuals can forward the vision of a flourishing centre for all residents. It's an Endowment Fund that was set up last year through the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Arts Renaissance Program. Once a community centre flings open its door, interest from the Endowment will help offset costs and help ensure the operation of the facility is financially viable. The opening balance of the account, established one year ago, was $100,000. That sum was reached when the community donated $50,000, a sum that was matched dollar for dollar by the Vancouver Foundation.

Administered by the Bowen Island Community Foundation, the fund has already earned interest of approximately $2500, which will be reinvested. And the CHAC committee has been working to grow the fund in 2008. But they are again turning to the people of Bowen to ask them to invest in arts and culture. Tax receipts are available for donations, but in order to appear on this year's income tax return, contributions must be received before the end of the 2008.

Please consider a gift to the Endowment Fund. It's like giving twice, because each dollar contributed will be matched. The investment will help create a legacy that will reap benefits for years to come.

To contribute, please write and send a cheque to BIAC (Bowen Island Arts Council), Box 211, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G0. Or submit a donation online. For more information, contact BIAC at .