Third (First Anniversary) Repair Cafe

Once again, we’re issuing the call to everyone in Sooke to bring their out-of-sorts gizmos, gadgets, chain saws and whatevers to the  Sooke Repair Cafe #3 (First Anniversary) on Sunday, April 22. It’s one big, critical (to the 5Rs worldview) aspect of our town’s Planet Earth Party: A Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration.  Our coordinator Bernie Klassen has again rounded up an ace crew to assess, troubleshoot and hopefully return to working order whatever you carry in through the door. Hearty hat tip to (in alphabetical order) Elgin Ambrose (wood repairs), Cyal Cassette (bike tune-ups), Dan Cotterell (soldering), Pam FitzGerald (sewing/mending), Paula Johanson (knitted goods), Triston Line (networking demonstration), Jeremy Newell (general repairs), Benoit Renault (electro-mechanical) and Tina Saikaley (appliances). Doors will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, and you’re again invited to bang a gong and drop a donation in the tip jar for any successful repairs.

Cleaning Up for Earth Day 2018

Beecher Bay, East Sooke, District of Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley … and with the promise of more clean-up action to come throughout the Sooke region. The total haul: Five dumpsters packed to the brim (with recycling and metal duly sorted out, of course).  Thank you AGAIN Sooke Region residents! 🙂



Sooke Region Clean-Up on April 14: The Fine Print

Here’s how to participate in the definitive good, clean fun that will be part of the Sooke Region Communities Clean Up, set for Saturday, April 14.

Download the registration form here. Once you’ve filled it out, please email coordinator Wendy O’Connor (  If you have any questions, please call Wendy at 250-361-6569.

Fine print about the clean-up:  Teams can get busy anytime on April 14 and continue as long as they like. Metal, garbage and plastic recycling bins will be set up in strategics spots in each community. Select an area to clean up that is near and dear to you (neighbourhood, favourite spot, an area that has you concerned, even your own backyard or garage). Then check in with Wendy to see whether or not another team has already chosen that area. Feel free to come up with a team theme, crazy team names, wear costumes (while still staying safe), and challenge others to compete against your team! 

 Team Captains can pick up their team kits (high visibility safety vests, gloves and bags) and attend a very short safety briefing with Moonfist, Sooke’s own litter buster hero, at the Stick in the Mud Coffeehouse on Thursday and Friday afternoons, April 12 and 13, between 3 and 5 pm. 


The duties of a team captain are: 1) setting a time frame for your clean-up; 2)  picking up the team kit and listening to the aforementioned  safety briefing with Wendy and Moonfist; 3)  distributing the kits to team members; 4) ensuring team members sign a waiver (if you’re working within District of Sooke boundaries); and finally, when the job’s complete, 5) submitting a team snap of you and your haul + a copy of your registration form and any waivers.

Prizes in a wide variety of categories will be awarded at the Planet Earth Party set for the Sooke Community Hall on Earth Day itself a week later. We’re hoping clean-up crews will be in action across the region on April 14 — Scia’new First Nation, East Sooke, District of Sooke, T’Sou-ke First Nation, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River, Port Renfrew and the Pacheedaht First Nation included.

Okay, now let’s team-up to clean-up the Sooke region!  Once more with feeling: Thanks to our sponsors & supporters ~  District of Sooke (foundational funding), Capital Regional District, PMD Recycling Solutions and Sooke Disposal Limited.