After a decade spent being known as the Island Savings Centre, what the James Street facility’s name will be is still up in the air. (Wikivisually.com)

Not so fast: CVRD board wants more info before community centre re-named

Lake Cowichan director Tim McGonigle agreed, calling the ISC Commission’s recommendation “premature”.

If you have horses, you’d best be holding them. The board of directors at the Cowichan Valley Regional District has opted not to rubber-stamp the reversion of the Island Savings Centre back to Cowichan Community Centre, instead referring the issue back to the Island Savings Centre Commission.

SEE RELATED: Island Savings Centre to be renamed Cowichan Community Centre

“Before we jump to just go back to the old name, I had a thought…that we might consider consulting with Cowichan Tribes and coming up with a new name that would better reflect the cultural diversity of our communities,” said Ladysmith mayor Aaron Stone. “I appreciate the desire to go back to something maybe recognizable but I just thought that maybe we could be a little more creative if we’re going to be spending money to re-brand the centre. I think some consultation might be warranted.”

SEE RELATED:Cowichan community centre’s renaming process delayed due to election turnover

SEE RELATED: Duncan’s community centre losing its name

Lake Cowichan director Tim McGonigle agreed, calling the ISC Commission’s recommendation “premature”.

“It came from the commission and it is ultimately the decision of the board to endorse or look at other options,” he said. “There was some discussion about not only collaborating but seeking some more advice from our friends at Cowichan Tribes about the possibility of renaming that facility. I would like to look at other options.”

READ MORE: Are we ready for more corporate names?

READ MORE: Sponsorship plan draws fire

The naming rights to the James Street facility purchased 10 years ago by Island Savings Credit Union officially expired at the end of October, 2018.

Following the CVRD board meeting, board chair Ian Morrison explained that it was his belief the directors were not comfortable with not having all of the information regarding how the ISC Comission came to its recommendation.

“It’s a bit of a tough one because I think there might have been a few folks that were surprised at the recommendation that came to the board and we didn’t have the folks that were key players in that recommendation present in the boardroom so there wasn’t the abillity for a full-throated explanation to be provided to the board to either approve or deny,” Morrison said.

North Cowichan mayor Al Siebring was present at the comission meeting but absent from the board meeting and while Area D director Lori Iannidinardo was present at the board meeting, she was absent from the comission meeting. Morrison said the board simply desired more information and they weren’t sure if the commitee had investigated the cultural component, he said.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Family of transplant donor gives gift of popcorn at Cowichan hospital

“a really powerful part of our healing process.”

Andrea Rondeau column: The opioid, homelessness crises are on our doorstep

They had used three naloxone kits in three weeks to treat random people they’d found overdosing

Bantam Bulldogs mauled by Bears in provincial final

Cowichan’s first loss comes in championship game

Sarah Simpson Column: There’s no wrong gift if it comes from the heart

Angel Tree program a way for the non-profit to collect new clothing and toys for children in need

Inspired 49ers get past Saanich

Cowichan masters rally after midfielder’s red card

VIDEO: ‘Holiday Magic’ when Celtic Rhythms and Summit Dance joined forces in Duncan

Fun and frolic combined with more serious selections to make a satisfying evening for everyone

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Most Read