General News · 3rd February 2011
3rd February, 2011
Bill Holdom Chair Vancouver Island Regional Library
Dear Mr. Holdom
Thank you for your letter of 1st February explaining the community consultation process which took place before the decision to relocate the library on Quadra Island.
I have to express my deep disappointment that the only meeting held was in Campbell River and no meetings were held in the smaller communities: Quadra Island, Cortes Island or in Sayward. This decision underlines my concern that the interests of people living in rural communities will not be considered in planning the future for our library system.
Many people who live on Cortes, on Quadra and in Sayward do not make regular trips to town, either by choice or, more often, because of affordability. The very users who depend on small library branches in the hearts of their communities have been denied having their voice heard by the central meeting, held in Campbell River, well over a year ago.
Further, I remain very skeptical about the willingness of the Library Board to keep a library on Quadra Island in the event of continued restrictions on finance.
It is quite clear that the Library Board already has made its decision for the Quadra branch. I would only hope that in future planning – and for the maintenance of a free public library service within our rural communities – people are consulted where they live and where they expect the service to be provided.
Claire Trevena, MLA
This letter was also sent to Rona-Rae Leonard, Vice-chair, VIRL Board