Please join us for our Annual General Meeting, which will include a presentation by Lisa Banfield and Ryan Vantreight of the Central Saanich Fire Department on Emergency Preparedness and Firesmart.
Snacks and beverages will be available to purchase courtesy of the Empourium.
We are gearing up for the June 1st 2024 Festival and are always on the look out for more volunteers with great ideas!
Please join us at the Empourium at 7 on Tuesday Feb 27th at our next meeting. (Enter through the far door as the main door will be locked)
If you'd like to get involved but can't attend a meeting, email us at email@example.com
Our events are fully accessible and wheelchair friendly. We provide a safe, inclusive and welcome place for everyone to enjoy our events in our community.
Pioneer Park has a new name! This is all thanks to the vision and inspiration of our W̱SÁNEĆ youth. The students chose HEL,HILEȻ as it means "place of gladness" in the SENĆOŦEN language. This is in part, to acknowledge events such as Music in the Park and the Brentwood Bay Festival, and we couldn't be more honoured
After a year-long initiative led by W̱SÁNEĆ youth, the Central Saanich Council approved a request to change the name of “Pioneer Park” to HEL,HILEȻ on September 25, 2023.
In late 2022, youth from the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership School and Stelly’s Secondary organized a gathering to implore the District of Central Saanich to restore a SENĆOŦEN name to the park, citing the harmful colonial connotations of the current name and the park’s function as a much-used gathering place for the W̱SÁNEĆ community. This event drew a crowd of hundreds of students and community members, all uniting to increase awareness of the importance of tangible actions in the reconciliation process.
Here's how to say the new name.
The Brentwood Bay Community Association acknowledges that our events are held at HEL,HILEȻ (Pioneer Park) on the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people which includes W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) and SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) First Nations.