Birth of Tofino's New Community Hall
by Cathy Whitcomb-McDiarmid, Tofino
Its time had come. Like many things in Tofino it was controversial.
It isn't perfect but it's here and it's here for
all to use. It's the beginning of a new social life in Tofino.
From pot lucks to baby groups. Teen dances to hospice meetings. Yoga
to wedding receptions. It's warm and friendly. It's connected
by a cool trail to the school and the ball fields. It has an awesome
kitchen and concession stand. It's affordable. The possibilities
The grand opening party in Tofino on November 9 hosted a vast array
of folks from our communities. 400-500 folks as a matter of fact. The
was positive and a good time seemed to be had by all. The support in
the way of donations has been outstanding. In every way from donations
of food for the opening to kitchen appliances and conference chairs
the end users are taking ownership and are pitching in.
Since the opening we have seen a variety of users. So far a community
arts and crafts fair, TFN Christmas party, Fisheries & Oceans symposium,
Family Ties mom & baby group and nutrition day, Whale Festival
committee meeting and the grade 7 band practices 2 times per week.
Coming up we'll see many recreation programs from yoga groups
to chocolate making, after school care, wedding receptions, belly dancing
class and performance, community pot luck family dinners, birthday
parties, suicide prevention seminar and workshop, movies and music… lots
There are still some things being worked out and some supplies to
be obtained. I keep promising a wish list. We really need kitchen
Plates, bowls, serving utensils, pots and pans, tea towels, pot
holders, silverware. A couple of easy chairs, end tables and floor
be useful. Soon a storage shed will be built. At that point we
will be asking for volunteers to help build it.
Cathy Whitcomb-McDiarmid is a project manager with 'Serves
You Right', a Tofino event planning firm.