Society set up for school tops Dorey’s priorities

Mel Dorey has been on the Cowichan Valley Regional District board representing Area G (Saltair/Gulf Islands) for nine years, but he’s not done yet. "I’ve got a few unfinished things," Dorey said.

First and foremost on his agenda should he be re-elected for another term on Nov. 15 is the formation of a non-profit society to run the recently purchased old Mt. Brenton School building.

He envisions something like the group that runs the Honeymoon Bay hall or the HUB at Cowichan Station. He’d also like to continue work on the branding of "Sunny Saltair", promoting his area as a great, unique place to come and live.

"That actually keeps property values up and makes people feel proud of their community," Dorey said.

He says there is also a discussion needed in the future about whether or not his area should join the Cowichan Valley transit system.

It is not now a part of the system, and everyone in his area owns a vehicle, he said, but some people in the community want to have that discussion.

Dorey also emphasizes that Thetis Island residents are an important part of his constituency and he will continue to work of their behalf.

Dorey said what he brings to the table is a the perspective gained by his love of reading on a wide range of subjects, as well as his significant experience.