Dear Mayor Helps
I am the President of the Victoria West Athletic Association(founded in 1896. A Non Profit Society since 1964), and as a group, a customer of the City of Victoria. We are also an investor in the City and in particular, to Topaz Park. It was our organization that installed the lights at Finlayson(now turf) Field and invested a further $25K into the field turf project.
We have approximately 300 members, both men and women, and we use all four soccer fields at Topaz Park. We have rental permits for five nights per week and pay the City $18-$20K every year, for that privilege. Our ladies are already, very uncomfortable using the washroom facilities at the park at night, particularly the one at Topaz sand based field, right adjacent to your proposed tent city. They already only use the facilities by going in pairs. Your proposal has this settlement right next to this field, where flood lights are on until 10PM most nights. On weekends, kids and adults start playing on those fields, with games starting at 10AM and arriving sooner to prepare. These field uses are not compatible with the homeless and I might say, the 'impossible to house', right next door.
Your proposal claims that there will be a non profit group to provide security and clean up. Who is going to provide that? All I see is a recipe for disaster. While your idea is a worthy one, Topaz Park is not the solution nor the right place. As paying users of this park, we at Vic West, strongly oppose your proposal as an infringement upon our purchase, safety and well being.
Respectfully, David Knowles President, Vic West FC
In an effort to bolster all of our lady squads and to fill our Premier Women's team, we will be holding Friday Night Finlayson drop in/training sessions, starting May 29th and running to July 31st at 7-9PM(with the exception of June 26th). The Club's formal training sessions for 2015/16 start Tues Aug 4th.
All women are welcome to attend and please bring your friends and potential Club recruits. The sessions will be a mix of formal training sessions and scrimmage. The plan is to improve and strengthen all our teams.
The sessions will be led by Kristoff Coates(email@example.com). You can contact him if you have any questions.
President: Dave Knowles
Vice President: Becky Fowler
Treasurer: Russell Wilson
Secretary: Brioney Logan
Registrar: Geri Dickson
Directors at Large: Ralph Anderson, Shaun Gurney, Andy Laflamme, Garry Thomson, Mark Urwin
Thank you ALL for stepping forward, once again!
D1 Men - Nathan Bird
D3 Men - Zac Stewart
D4 Men - Devin Stark
MA Men - Carlo Legg
MB Men - Adam Cornett
O40 Men - Russell Wilson
O50 Men - Kurt Dixon
Prem Women - Courteney Logan
D1 FC Women - Sarah Chiu
D1 UTD Women - Becca Fishburne
D3 Women - Jamie Barfai
O30B Women - Pat Kyffin
Alex Stewart(Best Manager) - Shaun Gurney
Ab Travis(Member who goes 'the extra mile') - Geri Dickson
Al Davies(Most Dedicated) - Tim Elwell & Mike Murray
For winners who were not in attendance, your MVP jacket(very smart) will be at the Clubhouse. CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the winners!
The Township of Esquimalt(Victor Brodeur) lists their field conditions here:
SD61(Reynolds HS) doesn't have a Field Status page, but they 'usually' advise the Club on Fridays of any closures.
Some business parking lots do not mind your 'after hours' use(and don't ask me which ones) BUT and most importantly....
You can NEVER park in our immediate neighbour's parking lot next to Complete Residential Management, 3267 & 3273 Tennyson.This is strictly verbotten. And it doesn't matter what day or time of day; it is 24/7.
The owner of that lot has warned us before and now he is threatening to TOW any unauthorized vehicle away, anywhere in that lot. Signs will be posted at the Clubhouse as a reminder to members, but please ensure all of your team and your guests, who are not regular visitors to the Clubhouse, are made aware of this.
Please & thank you