Since the inception of this project we have been diligent in our community outreach, we believe that by taking ideas from our local community and fitting them within our development plans we will be able to create a development that will truly enrich Sechelt and the rest of the Sunshine Coast. So far we have hosted events and have engaged with various local community groups, and of course we are always looking to continue to improve our plan with local ideas and initiatives. If you wish to arrange a meeting to discuss ideas or concerns about the project please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Guest Book.
Chatelech Secondary Workshop
On February 20th, 2015, a team from SSC Properties, with the support of Mr. Drew Murphy, Senior Planning Teacher at Chatelech, held a visioning workshop with the Grade 11 and 12 classes of Chatelech Secondary. The process involved 60-second pitches to each of the senior classes and extending the students an open invitation to participate further in the Career and Personal Planning room by posting two sticky notes on a timeline. One note asked the students to “describe one activity, resource, event, facility, etc. that would improve Sechelt for you” while the second asked students to“describe something that you think would make the community better.“ A total of 75 students participated in the event and SSC Properties donated $5 per student to the yearly Dry Grad fund.
Public Info Sessions
November 24th, 2015
The public information session at the Seaside Centre in November 2015 was a huge success. Many members of the community showed up to learn more about the proposed SSC community development project and had the opportunity to continue to add their comments that will help shape the final vision for the property.
Sechelt Paddling Festival
A big thanks to the amazing paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and vendors, for a fun day of paddling on beautiful Sechelt Inlet. The almost 1,ooo members of the public who joined us particularly enjoyed the inspiring Welcome Ashore Celebration by members of the Shishalh Band and Dog Dock Diving Competition. We are extremely excited about hosting this event again next year!
Idea Summer Innovation Camps
For the past two years, IdEA, a group from SFU, hosted their annual Summer Innovation Camp at the Seaside Centre. Over the course of five days high schoolers from Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast learned about the fundamentals of design thinking, electronic circuit boarding, coding and 3D printing. By the end of the five days these campers had not only developed an understanding for a new way of problem solving and working with technology but also managed to put their newfound skills to use as they created working prototypes that helped solve real world problems.
Despite an unseasonably rainy day, over 350 people enjoyed a day of FUN at the “Sechelt Is Plugged In Event” in Sechelt, BC. Held on the shore of the picturesque Porpoise Bay, many people enjoyed a “Clean Getaway” from Vancouver during Drive Electric Week. Everyone enjoyed playing games including Human Foosball and Giant Jenga plus great food, beverages and live music by Poppa Greg & The Chillin’ Dylans! Test drives were popular – in cars (thanks, Nissan and Tesla), on bikes (thanks, Shocke Bikes) and on a Segway!
Thanks to everyone who made the 50km Road Trip from Vancouver and to all the local EV owners, volunteers, and sponsors.
Special Interest Groups
- Sechelt Grove Society
- One Straw Society
- Sunshine Coast Housing Committee
- Sunshine Coast Community Services
- Habitat for Humanity
Public Consultation and Visioning Workshop Report
Rockandel & Associates
A Public Consultation and Visioning Workshop was held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Seaside Centre in Sechelt, BC.
“The energy and buzz in the room was significant as people engaged in the visioning with their neighbours. Each table identified a group member to report out and summarize their table’s discussion. During the table reports spontaneous applause erupted for most of the ideas shared. One participant addressed the group stating, “that while many developers had come to the community telling us what they were going to do. This was the first developer who came to the community first and asked us what we wanted to see.”
Sechelt Christmas Carol Cruise 2016
The 2016 Sechelt Christmas Carol Cruise on the Sechelt Sustainable Community waterfront drew a great crowd of people, young and old alike, for homemade hot chocolate, a huge bonfire and plenty of Christmas cheer. The carol ships made a full loop just offshore and the spectacularly decorated Swanson’s Ready-Mix truck was a great photo attraction, not to mention a perfect beacon for the carol ships to head for. Looking forward to making it an bigger and better event in 2017!
Cost Efficient Housing Workshop
On December 8th 2016, Sechelt residents came to the Shishálh Band Hall to hear about the available solutions for providing immediate, cost-efficient housing solutions for the Sunshine Coast. The event included formal presentations from local experts followed by an open question and answer session with the expert panel. With a focus on innovative solutions that can be implemented in the short-term, a positive, "can-do" context was established.
Matt Thomson from the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society presented a definition of the housing spectrum and highlighted what the Sunshine Coast already provides, as well as a summary of the current and increasing need: Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Presentation
Laurie Vance from Habitat For Humanity Sunshine Coast provided an overview of the Habitat For Humanity program as well as asummary of this group's achievements, plans and aspirations: Habitat For Humanity Sunshine Coast Presentation
Gary Kent, co-founder of Roberts Creek Co-Housing provided a background of the growing co-housing movement as a way to leverage the benefits of the sharing economy relating to housing: Roberts Creek Co-Housing Presentation
Our own General Manager, Werner Hofstätter presented the results of the recent Sechelt Sustainable Community RFEOI for Cost-Efficient Housing. Focusing on commercially viable but lower than usual cost, innovative solutions, the respondents demonstrated how the design and building sector is contributing to solutions that are available now: Sechelt Sustainable Community Presentation
The panel of speakers then opened the floor to questions from residents, resulting in a highly beneficial exchange of view and the identification of even more potential solutions for this important challenge.
The Urban Farm on the Sechelt Sustainable Community waterfront has served as a great example of what will happen on a much larger scale once the zoning for the project is approved. The agricultural area on the property will not only be a great source of local produce for Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast, it will also serve as an education and demonstration space to help develop the next generation of urban farmers.