Welcome to Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association (PHARA), previously known as Pender Harbour Advisory Council (PHAC), serving the residents and communities on the Sunshine Coast of BC from Middlepoint to Earls Cove/Egmont since 2013
PHARA is a volunteer organization which exists to support the vitality of the communities of Pender Harbour and Egmont areas as excellent places to live, work and play for residents and visitors. The Association provides a structure that allows residents to identify issues of broad community concern and have them effectively addressed.
The Association draws its main funding from a $10. membership per person per year, or $100 for a lifetime membership fee. It saw a surge in growth as it moved into its expanded mandate but is looking to include more of the residents in the area. To join please go to our Join Us! section. Members receive regular insider newsletters with updates on the latest activities of the association.
PHARA is involved in the community in many ways, with committees dealing with derelict boats, Dock Management Plan revisions, cleaning local waters of debris, the annual trash bash, beach access signage, community volunteer awards, the installation of No Wake signs in the harbour and much more. We invite community input into other projects we should take on as an association.
Roadside Cleanup and Trash Bash, Oct 16 at Lions Park, 10:00 am SHARP!
Continuing a tradition of the past several years, the Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association (PHARA.ca) in concert with PH Hikers are organizing a Roadside Clean-Up and Backwoods Trash Bash. Roadsides to be cleaned are Hwy101 from the Health Centre to PetroCan. You will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, garbage tongs and safety vests (limited supplies of the last two items).
The Backwoods Trash Bash will focus on back road dumpsites in the Pender Harbour area. These “keeping our communities clean” events are consistent with one of the objectives of PHARA which is “To help volunteers initiate and complete community improvement projects.”
Four Exciting New Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Area A now has the opportunity to increase its popular outdoor recreation facilities with four proposed projects to enhance all-season hiking and wilderness adventure, not only for those of us who live here, but also as additional draws for visitors and this will help sustain local businesses to which tourism is vital, especially in the off season.
The goal of increasing recreation opportunities in Area A is clearly stated in the Egmont/Pender Harbour Official Community Plan (2018).
“To enhance public access and use of water resources in a manner that minimizes detrimental effects on the environment and adjacent land uses.” and “To recognize the need for park opportunities at neighbourhood, community, regional and provincial levels to fulfill the recreational needs of residents and visitors”
“To support community groups that can provide stewardship and oversight for beach accesses and trails.”
Did you know?
There are none, or inadequate, wayfinding signage to our most popular attractions which include Francis Point Provincial Park, the Mount Daniel hiking trail, Baker Beach, Martin Cove and Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park. Without adequate signage, visitors cannot access these beautiful parts of our community. We need to improve wayfinding signage.
The SCRD’s Katherine Lake Regional Park surrounds the only lake on the Sunshine Coast that is wholly surrounded by public parkland? Therefore, it is the only lake where it is possible to have a walking trail around the entire lake—again, the only such trail on the Coast. Trails currently exist around about 90 percent of the lake, and these could be improved and the trail network completed.
Dan Bosch Park on Ruby Lake is extremely oversubscribed, with visitors forced to park along the dangerous roadway of Highway 101, and partially block traffic in this 80 km zone. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed walking along the highway. The current beach areas are also extremely overcrowded, yet there is ample room for expanding those facilities.
The stretch of Garden Bay Road between the Pumphouse and John Henry’s/Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is dangerously narrow with no proper shoulders making it dangerous for walkers and cyclists to negotiate this portion of the road. Again, this is a hazardous situation that needs to be remedied.
These four projects described in brief above are fully supported by the Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association (PHARA), the Pender Harbour Rotary Club and the Pender Harbour Chamber of Commerce.
These projects are eligible for either Gas Tax funding and/or other funding agencies. Local community volunteers would also assist in the development of these projects.
To this end, Leonard Lee, the SCRD’s Area A director proposed the following motion, which was passed unanimously, at the June SCRD Board meeting: that “Staff work with PHARA to establish project authorization requirements, planning, development and maintenance costs and time estimates in order that the projects can be considered as part of the 2022 annual budget process and that PHARA continue gathering community input on the proposals.”
Click below for more information on these projects. Please show your support for these community initiatives.
What Happened? Closing the Pender Harbour Landfill and the proposed Enhanced Drop-Off/Resource Recovery Facility
In September 2008, Sperling Hansen Associates was retained by the SCRD to assess Waste Management Options for the Pender Harbour Landfill. The Pender Harbour Landfill was slated to reach capacity in 2010 and the SCRD wished to decide on the best option to hand the area’s waste going forward.
Three options were considered: 1) Expanding the existing landfill to the west, 2) Expanding the landfill to the north, 3) closing the landfill and developing a transfer station to haul waste to the Sechelt Landfill.
The document is an interesting read. Now, 13 years later, do you think the SCRD made the right choice?
SCRD’s Solid Waste Management Plan – 2011
As part of the 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan, consideration was given for Enhanced Drop-Off/Resource Recovery Facilities for Pender Harbour, Gibsons and Sechelt. Ten years later, this item has not been actioned and should be considered again by the SCRD during development of their upcoming revision of the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), to be revised and updated in 2021.
Pages 33 and 34 of the SWMP—Item 5.3.1 “Enhanced Drop-Off and Resource Recovery Facilities (One Stop Shop)” calls for developing enhanced recycling and resource recovery facilities, first in Pender Harbour, then in Sechelt and Gibsons. In part, it reads: “The SCRD will provide enhanced drop-off services for recyclables (e.g. resource recovery facilities) in the three distinct service areas. A request for proposals (RFP) process will be used to solicit competitive bids on this service from the private and not-for-profit sectors. This is a high priority initiative and should proceed during the initial implementation phase.” This would be a much more comprehensive facility than GRIPS.
The report continues: “A facility will be developed in Pender Harbour at a location that is suitable to the community. Conceptual plans call for a “One Stop Shop” facility that will be a pilot for future facilities in the SCRD. Resource recovery capabilities of this facility are calling for expanded Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program drop off areas, food and yard waste collection including transfer for processing, textile collection including transfer for processing, Styrofoam collection and processing, recycling of mattresses and bulky items, enhanced materials salvage and reuse, and storage/processing areas for local artisans and other markets for recovered materials. The process for developing the resource recovery facilities will follow the recommendations from the Pender Harbour Resource Recovery Facility – Conceptual Plan Workshop (July 12-14, 2010)” (see below for link).
Please support the Pender Harbour Rotary Club
And you could win big! The following initiative of the PH Rotary Club is being distributed to members of the Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association as a community service
As we know only too well, 2020 & 2021 have been very challenging times for everyone. Your Pender Harbour Rotary’s fundraising ability has been sadly curtailed for the same COVID related reasons, which translates to fewer Community Projects. Our BBQs at town functions, Show and Shine Car Show, Scotch and Wine Tasting events, the Dunk Tank all being cancelled due to Covid.
We need your help! In an effort to replace our past and proven ways of helping our community, we are rolling out our monthly 50/50 cash draw. We are excited that this fundraiser allows total community participation, while providing everyone a chance to WIN BIG each month. Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in the 50/50 residing in BC, 19 years and over.
Purchase your tickets online at the following website http://penderharbourrotary.rafflenexus.com/
Since this is a monthly draw, your chances of winning are greatly improved by purchasing multiple tickets for each draw.
Best of Luck and thank you for supporting our community
Your Rotary Family
PHARA held a Zoom Town Hall Meeting on January 31. Our Zoom account only allowed 100 participants and we apologize for those who were unable to log in. To this end, we’ve posted a summary of the meeting as a text document (Town Hall Summary) as well as the full audio of the meeting below.
The full audio version is 2 hrs, 14 min. in length
To access speakers, slide the timeline to the number showing below.
Derelict Boats (Peter Robson) 14:40
Beach Access (Peter Robson) 19:00
Dock Management Plan (Sean McAllister) 23:30
Lifetime Achievement Award to Rose-Marie Everett (Jon Paine) 33:04
Community school (Francine Clohosey 39:05
Rotary Club (Bill Charlton) 55:27
Health Care Center (Susann Richter) 1:13:46
SCRD Area A Director report by Leonard Lee 1:41:05
Rotary updates (Bill Charlton), Click here for the Rotary Briefing
Pender Harbour Community School Society (Francine Clohosey, Manager). Click here for her Town Hall presentation
Derelict Chuckanut has been moved to its new home, container bound for the dump.
In memory of Rose Marie Everett
SHÍSHÁLH-BC LAND USE PLAN (FOR CROWN LANDS IN OUR COMMUNITY)
The BC Government is moving ahead with a Land Use Planning process for the Sunshine Coast in conjunction with the shíshálh Nation. For some time our Area A has requested some control over zoning of Crown lands and for the opportunity to be involved in how decisions are made.
The public is invited to complete a questionnaire (see link below) in order to help the shíshálh-BC Land Use Planning Table understand the early interests, opportunities and concerns as they relate to the planning process and initial planning themes. The questionnaire is open to anyone with an interest in this planning area.
By filling out the “Participant Questionnaire,” (which only takes a few minutes) community members have the chance to share their thoughts, mostly through multiple-choice questions, anonymously. It is not often that we are given the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect us and our community, so let’s take advantage. The questionnaire must be completed by January 31. Sorry for the late notice, it is a narrow window and one of the issues going forward will be facilitating better timing and platforms for the public to respond.
Further details can be assessed by clicking the links below.
Click for the shíshálh-BC Joint Land Use Plan Backgrounder
Click for the shíshálh-B.C. Land Use Planning Questionnaire
Click for an overview of Land Use Planning for Provincial Public Land
Help Build a Ride Hailing Service in Pender
Coastal Rides (coastalrides.ca) is a Sunshine Coast based ride-hailing service. Users can hail a ride using a smartphone app. Drivers are needed in the Pender Harbour area. Drivers need to have a Class 4 license, undergo driving and criminal record checks, and have a vehicle that is 10 years old or newer. This is a great opportunity for drivers to work on their own schedule and help get people where they need to go. Potential drivers can learn more and sign up here: https://www.coastalrides.ca/drive-with-us. The company is also working with another local company called Care For A Lift to get a wheelchair accessible van on the system.
The sea is a big part of our lives on the Sunshine Coast, and one of the main reasons for living or spending time in the area. Many of us get out on the water whenever we can to fish, sail, kayak, paddleboard, or simply explore one of the most beautiful and varied marine environments in the world.
Yet despite its beauty, the waters that surround our coastline can be very unforgiving. Weather conditions change rapidly, turning a gentle sea into crashing waves, driven by fierce winds. Strong currents drag us and our vessels in ways we never expected. Rocks lurk beneath us. Engines break down. Even the most careful and prepared among us sometimes make mistakes, putting our lives and the lives of those who set off with us on the water in jeopardy.
When things go wrong, the volunteers of the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCMSAR) Station 61, based in Pender Harbour, are there to respond. The dedicated team aboard their specialized vessel, the Iona C, covers a vast portion of the Malaspina Strait, as well as Jervis Inlet, Princess Louisa Inlet, and Hotham Sound. Throughout the year, no matter the conditions, they set out to help those who are in distress. They also provide support and act as safety vessels and first-aid assistance to community events year-round.
Donations are always appreciated: you can help at www.rcmsar61.ca/donate
To learn more about Station 61, checkout their new website www.rcmsar61.ca where they offer resources for boaters, including webcams and weather around Pender Harbour.
Residents Association Responds to Proposed Madeira Park Name Change
Your community association is well aware of the controversy surrounding the recent proposals to change the highway signs and rename Madeira Park. In that light, PHARA along with the Chamber of Commerce prepared two letters: one strongly opposing the proposed name change and the second requesting a hold be put on dual language sign implementation. We are confident that all affected parties will be able to come together in the very near future to ensure that our voices are heard. The two letters are now in the hands of the SCRD, the shíshálh Nation, the Area A Advisory Planning Commission and provincial government officials.
In the spirit of reconciliation, we look forward to undertaking a process of consultation with all parties to discuss dual language signs and the more important issue of the proposed name change to Madeira Park.
The proposed name change letter can be found here
The dual language sign letter can be found here
Derelict Boat Success.
After years of effort by PHARA Board members and with the support of the Federal Government, two of the most notorious Pender Harbour derelicts, the Lulu Island and the Kwatna, have been removed for good—but it wasn’t easy or quick.
After more than two years of effort by PHARA, the removal of the two vessels was approved by Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program and contracted to Gibsons-based Freedom Diving Systems Ltd. They teamed up with Sunshine-Coast-based Hiballer Marine for the use of a tug and barge, excavators from Indian Isle Construction based out of Pender Harbour, disposal bins from Coast Bin Rentals as well as organizing all the necessary spill prevention equipment.
The Kwatna was beached on a rocky shore while the Lulu Island had sunk in about 30 feet of water. The initial plan was to recover the two vessels relatively intact. However, both broke up into hundreds of pieces. The Kwatna was mostly removed using an excavator. The salvors found 16 massive batteries and 460 litres of diesel and oil on the derelict. The sunken Lulu Island broke up into slime-covered pieces that had to be placed by hand by commercial divers into large metal bins on the bottom. The bins were then hauled onto the barge where they were dumped and sorted for metals, wood, hydrocarbons and other materials, most of which had to be disposed of off the coast. The project was slated to take place over three days, but the scope of the work required the barge to be on-site for eight days. In the end, though, Freedom Diving Systems did an excellent job removing all traces of these derelicts.
A huge thanks to Penny Harrison and Eliza Kinley for their ongoing efforts over the years to see this project though to the end.
Unfortunately, there are still a number of other derelict eyesores rotting away in the harbour that need our attention. The association is ready to take action, but we need your support. If you’d like to donate to the cause, please email us at email@example.com and we will contact you. For more detailed information on the removal of the derelict vessels, see Derelict Boats under the Projects menu.
Progress on revising the DMP
When the Provincial Government and the shíshálh Nation imposed a new set of onerous regulations concerning dock placement and construction in Pender Harbour without consulting the local community, the community was shocked and angered. In some areas, docks would have to be removed for environmental reasons, though there was no supporting science. Other areas would require new docks to be shared. New dock construction requirements were not based on real science and would actually cause danger. Unproven technologies were given as fact.
This is the major issue of concern for Pender Harbour and will have ramifications throughout BC. For more information, visit Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan
Town Hall Meetings
PHARA normally hosts two Town Hall Meetings each year, once in spring and once in the fall. These well-attended public meetings, held at the Community Hall, serve to up date residents and visitors about the work of PHARA and other community groups. They also include an open mike segment where the general public can express their concerns and issues that they’d like to see addressed. As part of the fall meeting, PHARA in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour, hands out the Community Volunteer Awards.
“Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Town Hall meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.”
Community Volunteer Awards
As a community, Pender Harbour runs on the efforts of volunteers. Most of the wonderful things that happen in the community are the result of countless hours of volunteer labour. This annual award is about recognizing the value of volunteers to our community and honoring specific people or organizations, who, as volunteers, have contributed to significant improvements in the quality of our community. We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour for their generous support for and sponsorship of this award. For more information on the awards, past recipients and/or to nominate an outstanding volunteer, visit the Volunteer Awards link above.
2021 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN
The Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association and the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2021 Pender Harbour Community Volunteer Awards. Individuals or organizations may be nominated for the awards.
The deadline for nomination is July 1, 2021 and all that is required for a nomination is a letter explaining why the nominee is worthy and a few other details. Nomination form with complete details are available from Volunteer Awards Entry Form. The awards will be presented at the PHARA’s Fall Town Hall Meeting.
The award criteria includes:
- Exemplifies the spirit of community service
- Is a leader and role model
- Breaks new ground
- Supports and encourages the development of others
- Shows vision, initiative and creativity
- Makes a difference
- Is respected for their contributions
Previous winners include: Don Fraser, Pender Harbour and Egmont Volunteer Fire Departments, Doreen Lee, Bill Gilkes, Barrie Wilbee, Billy Griffith, Muriel Cameron and Brenda Scoular.