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McTavish Elementary School Video Project

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Below I’ve copied an email that Alex Cook sent me regarding a spectacular undertaking by some kids out here on the Peninsula.

Show your support and help them win $50 000 by voting for their project at http://www.quantumshift.tv/schools/.

Thanks Alex!

Sean

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Hi there!

Something big is hopefully about to happen for a little school right here on the island. McTavish Elementary School (a school of less than 200 students) has entered a video contest for creating change and environmental impact. The first prize is $50,000. They have made it to the final 3 and now they are up against 2 high schools in the United States.(so that makes McTavish the only elementary school and the only school in Canada to make it this far! Due to the larger populations at high schools and the US we have our work cut out for us) At this point it is who can get the most votes. So this little school needs your help! Please view their video - they have worked extremely hard and have had an impact on the whole Peninsula Community with their recycling program.

Click on  the link below and choose Join/Login from the top menu bar. After creating a login, view the McTavish Green Team video.  If you think they have done a good job and you would like to see the money go to a local school please vote for them.  All voting must be completed by May 30th!

http://www.quantumshift.tv/schools/

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pass this on anybody you think would help.

May 26th Council Meeting

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At this past Monday’s council meeting I had the pleasure to present, on behalf of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, a letter expressing the Chamber’s support of The Butchard Gardens being removed from the Tourist Development Permit Area under the new OCP (The Official Community Plan).

The proposed changes in the new OCP would require The Butchart Gardens to obtain a development permit each time they make any alterations to their land or build any new structure. A current councillor said it best when they stated that Butchard Gardens ought to be giving Central Saanich advise on landscaping, and not the other way around. Forcing Butchart Gardens to go though a formal process every time they make an alteration would potentially delay changes for 4 months, add costs to their operations ranging from $300 to $1000 per application and most importantly greatly inhibit their ability to continue the spectacular display they have put on for the world to see over the past 100 years!

In fairness to the current Mayor and Council, this was not their idea. This zoning change was put in to the new OCP by the consultants who are currently working on it.

Below is a copy of the letter from Terry Stewart, the President of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 

Business Vancouver Island Newspaper Interview

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Island View Golf Centre has taken the concept of the “driving range” and taken it several notches up. In fact, to call it a driving range is really a misnomer. Island View Golf Centre is a golf practice facility where people can hone all aspects of their game.

The facility is truly unique and in general manager Sean McNulty’s words, “came out of the gate with guns blazing” when it opened in early 2005. It immediately was named the best new range in Canada and second best in North America by Range Times Magazine, a well-known American publication.

More recently, in April of this year, it was named Business of the Year for companies with 1-25 employees by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

“We felt spectacular,” McNulty says about winning the award. “We worked hard to get the organization to this level. The award is a symbol of the hard work we’ve put in in the past three years.”

McNulty credits the team that has been there since the beginning, with the centre’s recognition and success. Scott Keenlyside is the head CPGA professional; Andrew Wintraub is a CPGA professional and Hyo Sang Yoon works with the other team members to ensure that the business runs smoothly.

McNulty says the organization’s success is also due to discipline, consistency and focussing on delivering an excellent product to the customer. “But the big thing is discipline,” he says. “As I tell the employees on a regular basis, it’s not about being great four or five days a week. If you want to be a great company you have to be consistently great. Consistency is a mark of greatness. You look at a guy like Tiger Woods. He’s not a great golfer because he shot one great game of golf. He’s shot thousands of them. That’s what it’s all about – delivering top quality seven days a week.”

Everything about Island View Golf Centre is different, McNulty says. It starts with the driving range which looks like the fairway on a golf course. It has been designed with hills and bumps and many of the features that one would expect on a course. It’s also part of an overall beautiful facility. McNulty notes that many driving ranges enjoy a poor reputation when it comes to maintenance and esthetics. Island View has raised the bar considerably.

“I haven’t seen anything like this facility before,” McNulty says.

The driving range can accommodate 50 players with 25 upper and 25 lower stalls. Island View Golf Centre also features a putting green and a short game practice area where a golfer can except to encounter all the challenges he would face at a golf course from 40 yards in. This is a place to practice shots out of sand traps, chip shots and so on, McNulty says.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of Island View Golf Centre is the golf academy headed by Scott Keenlyside. Keenlyside has been awarded the Canadian CPGA Golf Teacher of the year, the BC CPGA Golf Teacher of the Year and Score Magazine’s Golf Professional of the Year. Keenlyside and Wintraub are both Class A professionals.

“They’re the cream of the crop when it comes to instruction,” McNulty says.

The golf academy offers instructional videos and lessons both at the centre and at neighbouring golf courses. “It’s a big part of our business,” McNulty says. “When we get into the summer they’re teaching lessons all day, every day.”

Everyone from experts to beginners can take lessons with the centre’s pros. They also teach group clinics, which are very popular with beginners and they do individual coaching where people sign up for a coaching session once a week. Coaching sessions usually take place on golf courses. McNulty likens it to having a personal workout trainer.

In McNulty’s words, clients are “ecstatic” with the lessons and coaching and the centre gets extraordinarily positive feedback. “The biggest sign that they’re doing the right thing is that a good portion of their business is repeat customers and referrals,” McNulty says. “They’re consistently great – and that’s the key.”

The clubhouse contains a pro shop that offers golfing gear including good quality used clubs and the center also does club fitting.

Business has been improving every year, McNulty says with 2007 seeing a 20 per cent increase over 2006. Future plans include converting a house on the property to a restaurant and bar. Also on the table is the possibility of creating a mini golf centre on the land. “There’s still some more expanding we’re going to do here so we’re really looking forward to the future,” McNulty says. “It’s going to be a very bright one.”

Island View Golf Centre is at 7081 Central Saanich Road.

www.islandviewgolf.com

Letter to Mayor and Council regarding the Proposed Raven’s Landing Business Park located at 1746 Verling Avenue.

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Dear Mayor and Council,

I am writing this letter in support of the proposed Raven’s Landing Business Park at 1746 Verling Avenue.

The first item any rezoning or development must address is the legitimate neighborly concerns of the area. When someone buys property zoned a certain way, they are not only entering an agreement with the municipality, but also with the neighbors, as the neighbors purchased their property under the assumption that the zoning would stay the same.

I had the opportunity to meet with the individuals involved with this project and they showed me the original plan and what it has now progressed to. I can see some significant neighborly concerns with the original plans, but the developers did a terrific job in working with the local area to come up with something that will work for everyone. The neighborhood views won’t be affected, sewage is treated on site, storm water is being dealt with on site, rainwater is collected and stored on site, an arborist has been hired to ensure the survival of the trees along Verling, the traffic will all be directed to Sean heights road, the site has been designed as per LEED standards, it’ll add local jobs and add to the municipal tax base!

This is an excellent project and one that would make a great place, Central Saanich, an even better place to live.

Sincerely,

Sean McNulty
Mayoral Candidate in Central Saanich
7081 Central Saanich Road

 

OVERHEAD VIEW

VIEW FROM VERLING AFTER DEVELOPMENT

The Silent Majority Tour Begins!!!

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It’s my pleasure to announce that the Silent Majority Tour officially kicked off tonight! 48 doors were knocked and I enjoyed speaking and meeting with the good people of Central Saanich.

I will be updating the Silent Majority Page as I go and you’ll be able to track my progress at SeanForMayor.com in real time!

See you soon,

Sean