The turnout for, and the result of, the incorporation referendum yesterday were both satisfyingly decisive. For myself the result marks a conclusion to the question of which governance model is appropriate for our community and I hope others feel likewise. Work remains to be done on island to continue to preserve and protect our environment and to build a better community and I look forward to devoting my energies as a trustee to advance both.
I would like to thank the ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (now the ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing), in particular Linda Galeazzi and Marijke Edmondson for supporting the community throughout this process.
The review would not have been possible without the energy, commitment and time devoted by islanders, in particular those who served on the two study committees, the Governance Review Committee that reported in 2013 and the Incorporation Study Committee that concluded its work last year. My thanks to them for the huge amount of work and the excellent service they provided our community.
Islands Trust staff undertook considerable work with diligence and objectivity in order to assist islanders to understand the implications of a change in governance for the agency. I am grateful to them for their hard work, their commitment, and for the quality of service they continually deliver.
My fellow trustees at Trust Council are due my thanks for the patience they have exercised whilst the Salt Spring community undertook its lengthy deliberations. I am pleased for them that the uncertainty generated by the review is finally over and we can resume our collective efforts to improve our islands and our communities.
Lastly, my thanks to my colleagues, CRD Director Wayne McIntyre and trustee Peter Grove, without whose fellowship the governance review would not have been possible and who helped make the years we have spent since embarking on it both educational and pleasurable.