Amid the April showers, we had a very productive Board (never bored!) meeting on the 18th.

We are getting ready for the Paul Gellman concert on May 3rd and also for a very interesting workshop with Brent Barootes on April 24th. Elizabeth Iachelli and I attended one of his seminars at Vancouver Island University some months ago and we found it very enlightening. Subsequently, Brent offered to do a session on Gabriola to which we could invite representatives of other Island organisations. Elizabeth did all the hard work to make it happen. To get an idea of just how much Brent is in demand across the country, see his website.

We have visited and made friends with the members at Cedar Community Hall – they will be attending the Barootes seminar and will join us for lunch and a tour of our amenities. I think we have much to learn from each other. Our Board likes the idea of the Hall providing opportunities for sister organisations to cooperate with us in sponsoring educational and other events that can enrich our whole community.

We have welcomed a new board member. Peter Joyes is known to lots of people as the person who decorates children’s faces with a multitude of colours and designs at our Salmon Barbecue and elsewhere. Peter has a genius for making eye-catching posters and information boards – and has already started work on enlivening the walls of our Hall! Wait and see! He is a really great addition to our team. Lang may yer lum reek, Peter. The only problem is that now we have two Peter J’s (he is Peter 1 and from now on I’m Peter 2). See the mock-up of one of Peter’s efforts below.


Finally, I am delighted (both selfishly and on behalf of the Hall) to say that Julie Stewart has generously agreed to reprise her role as organiser-in-chief of the Salmon Barbecue on August 10th. She did a superb job last year and I have no doubt that this year will be even better. We are all looking forward to working with you Julie.

Thanks again for the donations that keep coming in towards the flat roof. We still have miles to go, but it’s coming along.

Peter Jones
Community Hall Association