The Sooke and Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission (SEAPARC) creates recreational opportunities for the public through development, provision and operation of the recreational facilities, programs and activities. SEAPARC is a partnership of the municipality of Sooke and western communities in the JDF Electoral Area (Port Renfrew, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and East Sooke). The commission serves the residents of these areas. Funding for the commission comes from property taxes and user fees. The commission's main facility and service location is the CRD's SEAPARC Leisure Complex. Facilities include a three pool aquatic centre, ice rink, multi-purpose/fitness space, boardroom, sports field, bike park, skate park and golf course.
The commission administrates services at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex and recreation programs for the District of Sooke and the western portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The Commission oversees an administrator and staff, who are CRD employees. The Commission also prepares an annual budget and makes recommendations on operating policy, regulations and fees to the CRD board.
Regular meetings of the Commission take place at SEAPARC and are open to the public. Meetings are also held at the call of the Chair. Agendas and Minutes are posted for each meeting (see link on right of page). The Commission normally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm in the SEAPARC Leisure Complex Board Room (effective January, 2017).
2017 Meeting Schedule (tentative):
January 19 Cancelled
- February 16
- March 16
- April 20
- May 18
- June 15
- July 20
- August 17
- September 21
- October 19
- November 16
- December 21
The commission is comprised of elected and appointed representation from the areas of Port Renfrew, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and East Sooke, as well as the Municipality of Sooke, the JDF Electoral Area Director and a Sooke Municipality Director. One council member is from the District of Sooke, two community members are appointed by the District of Sooke and one community member is appointed by the CRD Board as nominated by the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director. There is also one youth member who is registered in the secondary school program of Sooke School District 62 and is a resident of Juan de Fuca Electoral Area or the District of Sooke.
District of Sooke
- Maja Tait, Regional Director & Mayor, District of Sooke
- Bev Berger, Councillor, District of Sooke (Kerrie Rey, Alternate)
- Patrick Grove, District of Sooke
- Jim Perkins, District of Sooke (Vice-Chair)
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
- Mike Hicks, Regional Director, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (Chair)
- Derek Bishop, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area