Matteus Clement

Cobble Hill Director Elect

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Music in the park & the cobble hill events society

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This Summer, every Thursday night from 6pm-8pm there will be free music in the park. You just have to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

This is being hosted by the Cobble Hill Events Society. You can find their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1044132068985736/

The group was brought to life by a small group of Cobble Hill citizens who wanted a place to meet other locals and to try and build a little more community in our little village.

Community: the structure of belonging

This was an amazing book that I read over the holiday season that really spoke the the core values that I have as a local politician. I really recommend it, both as a politician and as a citizen.

Here is the link to the book at amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Community-Structure-Belonging-Peter-Block/dp/1605092770

IF I was going to try and boil the whole book down to a couple sentences it would be: Give the keys back to the people. Our communities are amazingly strong.

My recent work with the Cobble Hill Event Society (CHES) has shown that a small group of community members working with local government can help FACILITATE a better community.

CVRD garbage collection in the south end

There have been a few inquiries as to the status of the surveys that were taken in with about possible CVRD garbage collection.

The board has voted NOT to pursue a CVRD garbage collection and PAN disposal will continue to be the sole garbage collector in South Cowichan. You can also drop off your garbage and recyclables at Fisher Road Recycling.

 

Events in the village

This year, Cobble Hill Village will be host to a variety of events thanks to the newly formed Cobble Hill Event Society (CHES). This is a a group of citizens that I met over the last year who asked me if there was a way for more people to connect and meet each other.

These community builders and I have collaborated with CVRD parks, the Cobble Hill Farmers institute, local businesses and volunteers to bring some great events to the village.

The first ever Vancouver Island Homesteading fair is happening July 16th and 17th at the Farmers Hall grounds. It will feature free workshops ranging from bee keeping, canning fruit, veggie gardening and homeschooling. website coming soon.

The Cobblestone pub will help put on a weekend long road hockey tournament in the village which will feature a junior and adult league. (Date to be announced)

A new farmers market will be taking place each Sunday this summer starting June 5th from 10-3. There will also be family events happening with the market such as a cardboard building contest, petting zoo and games day.

Last but not least will be a free open air music night in the village every Thursday evening from 6-8. Bring a blanket, chair and basket to enjoy some music under an open sky.

CHES is looking for volunteers for these events and if you are interested in donating 2 hours of your time, please email cobblehillevents@gmail.com

I am really proud of this small group of people who are committed to making Cobble Hill a vibrant and attractive place to live. In working with citizens, businesses and our local government, I hope that this summer will see people come together and get to know each other.

Near the end of summer and after these events, I will be hosting a Cobble Hill Revitalization workshop. We will talk about what a new Cobble Hill can look like that is in line with the official community plan but gives a better idea of the types of infrastructure, businesses and amenities that could make the village a place where anyone would just want to hang out. I look forward to seeing many of you over the summer.

Matteus Clement

mclement@cvrd.bc.ca

250-715-6874

Free Libraries AKA Book Exchanges

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Someone in the community told me about these. BAM! There had to be some in Cobble Hill this year!! So I put the word out and Elijah Fransen stepped in to help build a rough draft with me.

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RONA has agreed to donate materials for the project!

Two local book stores have agreed to donate books to the cause.

If you would like to have one of these in your neighborhood, please email me at matteusclement@gmail.com

Lake Cowichan First Nations meeting

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A couple weeks ago, members of the CVRD board had a C2C (Council to Council) meeting with Lake Cowichan FN Council. We talked about what each of us was up to as well as possible ways that we could collaborate.

We also talked about our values as councils which we all saw were very similar values such as: environment, transparency and youth.

As it stands right now, the CVRD doesn’t have a policy or system in place for First nation relationships. So historically, its been a free for all ad-hoc system that hasn’t worked very well or at all. Our Chief Administration Officer (CAO), Brian, has identified this as a policy that we need to work on in this term. I couldn’t agree more.

This was a first step in that direction with Lake Cowichan Tribes. Each nation will have different ways to address these relationships but one by one, I hope that we can work on it. While many first nations don’t sit at the CVRD table, we HAVE to work together to move forward in this valley and these protocols are a step in the right direction.

Kerry Park Skate Park upgrade

I make a point of trying to speak with various people in my travels. I do this because I believe that many politicians far and wide fall into the “coffee table” gang. You know, the same people, giving the same opinion. So I ask random people while waiting in the grocery store line or hanging around at a public event.

This includes youth.

And one thing they told me over and over was that the skate park is PACKED in the summer plus it could use amenities like lights, picnic benches and a quarter pipe. So I wrote a piece for WHALES TALE, the Francis Kelsey Newsletter, asking who wanted to help do it. Below is the first meeting with some of the youth who use the park (with my daughter in tow)

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The guy on the right is Liam Tupper, a skateboarder and hockey player at Kerry park. He has taken the lead on door knocking, calling and getting support to try and get the park the much needed love it needs.

While I am the local politician, I am trying to help as just a local guy. I’ll be helping them with flyers, website and videos. My brother was a heavy user of the skatepark in his youth and I am certain that it stopped him from getting in with the wrong crowd AND he was super healthy too!

If you would like to help Liam, you can email him at liamtupper@hotmail.com

You can also email any letters of support to the Kerry Park Commission: kprc@cvrd.bc.ca

My new son!!!

This Christmas brought our family a new present… a baby boy!

Levi Alain Kenneth Clement was born at 3:30am on December 26th at a health 8 pounds.

 

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I would like to thank the community for the love and support they have shown to me and my family since coming into office. Babysitters, gifts, calls and support are always coming into our home from not only Cobble Hill but all over the valley. Being in office has allowed me to run my video business from home and be a “stay at home dad”. Now with Levi in our lives, we are blessed again to see a little person grow up and make their mark on the world.

Again, thank you to all who have helped us over the last year. Here’s to 2016!!!