Good to see Community Centre name revert
Dear CVRD directors and Cowichan Community Centre board:
I am very glad to see the Island Savings Centre name reverting to the original Cowichan Community Centre name. The name was changed a decade ago — to the chagrin of many locals, especially when the word “community” was removed — with no community consultation, albeit for a $1 million donation from Island Savings’ members across a 10-year span. (Incidentally, Island Savings’ members were not consulted about paying for that centre branding.)
Our beloved centre belongs to all Cowichan taxpayers and citizens who have a right to say what it is named and how it is run through the community centre commission and the CVRD. If the centre is ever to be renamed, let’s have a community input project for a proper name — not a corporate brand — reflecting a local notable such as a First Nations elder, artist, pioneer, humanitarian etc. That’s only fair for such a great local landmark that was and is ahead of its time.
Peter W. Rusland