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Saltair Community Society News



Hello, members and volunteers!

It looks as though winter may now be behind us, and we can jump into spring! So exciting to see that yoga is now available regularly at the Centre, and that spaces are available to sign up! connect [at] alignwithjessica [dot] com

The Chemainus Arts group will be hosting a show from May 3rd through 5th, in the gym, and you are invited to come by and see some local talent, and enhance your art collection. A nice gift for Mother’s Day, perhaps? 7-9 p.m. on Friday, the 3rd, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th.

Tuesday’s Quilting group is also very busy, with many new projects on the go. Knitting, weaving, fibre artists of all sorts are always welcome.

Our resident Massage Therapist, JEM Massage, is available for appointments.        Call(250)245-0808.

As the May 6th Nanaimo-Ladysmith Federal By-election draws near, candidates are scheduling public meetings in the gym, and knocking on doors. It was inspiring to hear MP Elizabeth May rave about our community centre when she was here on April 5th. Saltair appreciates her efforts to mitigate the idling of ships off our fragile coast line, and her taking petitions to Ottawa on our behalf.

Our very first inaugural Seedy Sunday was held at the back of the gym, outside on Sunday April 7th, with a great turn out from families and aspiring green thumbs. Thanks to the Sandpiper in Chemainus for the Gift Basket donated for our raffle to support the new community gardens at the southeast corner of the building. A marvelous educational opportunity for everyone, but especially the children in the daycare, one of our anchor tenants. You will see fences being moved to create more parking at the west side, and a new play area for the daycare developed on the east side very soon. The community gardens are being spear headed by Judith (250)616-7060, so give her a call if you want in on the action. Plans are under way for a first meeting of those interested on April 29th. If you have hoses or tools to donate, please let us know. We hope that excess produce will be given to the Food Banks, and flowers given to shut ins and local hospices, as available. Looking for wood to frame the gardens, and some fencing material, too!

May 1st will be a meeting of the Ratepayer’s Association at 7 pm in the gym. New members welcome.

Friday, May 10th, starting at 9 a.m., we will host The Village Project all day. This is an educational and interactive program to address reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action. “Cultural Connections has a story to share about reconciliation: its highs and lows, the emotions it stirs up and unimaginable gifts. A team of Cowichan Elders will take you through the story of the first 145 years of Canada’s history and into the era of reconciliation. Participants will laugh, reconsider, reflect, answer some tough questions and perhaps inspire a few new ones.      $40 includes lunch, morning snacks, tea and coffee. Payable through EventBrite or at the door.”

April 26th at 11 a.m. will be the official opening of the Saltair/Chemainus Corridor of the Cowichan Valley Trail (Cook Street Entrance).

Coming soon = WiFi will be installed at the Centre.

Members, send in your info for the next News Flash, events, ideas, etc. We want to make our Community Centre a hub for great things. Contact Lia by phone: 778-927-4991 or email: versaevel [dot] liamarie [at] gmail [dot] com

Submitted by SCS Director Lia Versaevel

Chemainus Art Group Big Five-O Art Show

Chemainus Art Group is Celebrating Its 50th!

Its time to celebrate!  On this 50th Anniversary, we salute our founding members – their vision, their talents and their endowments to our group.  They ensured succession of the joy from making and sharing art.

You’re invited!

The Chemainus Art Group is pleased to be celebrating its 50th anniversary! Please join us at The Big FIVE-OH! Art Show which will be held at the Saltair Community Centre, All islanders and art lovers are invited.

Come and enjoy our Big Five -Oh Art Show!

Saltair Community Centre Auditorium

3850 South Oyster School Road

May 3rd, Friday, 7 :00 to 9:00 pm

May 4th,  Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

May 5th,  Sunday,  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Women’s Iyengar Evening Yoga Classes

Monday Strong
Iyengar Yoga Classes for Women

Where: Saltair Community Centre Gym

When: Mondays May 6th – June 24th. 7 sessions. (there will be no class on Victoria Day May 20th)

Time: 5:45-6:45 pm

Price: $105 for 7 sessions. 

Iyengar yoga offers specific practices that are hormonally stabilizing and intelligently embrace the myriad hormonal changes that women move through month-to-month, year-to-year.  The emphasis in Iyengar Yoga is cultivating awareness through alignment and feeling the changes that arise when we come into ourselves and undo negative habitual patterns- physically and mentally. The sequencing for women offers nourishing work that cultivates deep integration with the bodies natural processes.

My hope is that these classes will be a sanctuary and build a community that will help women develop true confidence through body and mind awareness. Women need to come together and share these practices now more than ever. Yoga offers exercise, awareness, stability outside of competitive environments that focus on results and performance.  We all deserve this kind of protected space to grow from within and to honour the miraculous changes a women moves through in her lifetime.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to share these teachings and my passion for both the discipline and creativity required to unveil our true selves.

Register and for more details contact Jessica

Jessica Lowry
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Jessica Lowry
‘The study of asana (yoga postures) is not about mastering the posture. It’s about using the posture to understand & transform yourself.’ BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga For Teen Girls


I am is a series of classes for pre-teen and teen girls ages 12-16.  Iyengar Yoga will be a regular practise with the intention of fostering awareness of self, balance and emotional stability. There will be a special focus on this practise offering pose work to stabilize the hormonal body and nourish ourselves during this time of great physical, mental and emotional change. Iyengar yoga offers specific beneficial practises for girls/women.

I will foster a unique, non competitive, exploratory, fun and safe space for teen girls to explore their authentic selves, voices, feelings through intelligent yoga practise.

Awareness is the gateway to change. And this is yoga.

Additionally, there will be a specific focus on leaving your phone at the door, exploring what that feels like through journalling, creative expression, and connection – to hold space for one’s self and for each other without a screen in between. Participants, by choice leave phones, internet aside.  ** No journalling will be required to be shared.

Our aim post i am classes is a return to the world, as a warrior in control of your destiny- more aware of tendencies and more importantly feelings, as they arise. You will leave with positive tools including several balancing Iyengar yoga sequences to navigate the world of self and others outside of the veil of connectivity that can be a dark side of technology.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to share these teachings with a generation that deserve the tools to lead  and live with clarity, confidence and love.

Please feel fee to share with those who might be interested.

Where: Saltair Community Centre

When: Mondays May 6th-June 24th, 3:30-4:30

Who: Girls ages: 12-16 

** There will be no session on the Monday 20th, Victoria Day.

Cost: $90 for 7 sessions. If financing is an issue please contact me.

Register and for more details contact Jessica

Jessica Lowry
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Certified Iyengar Instructor, Jessica Lowry
‘The study of asana (yoga postures) is not about mastering the posture. It’s about using the posture to understand & transform yourself.’ BKS Iyengar

Saltair Water Systems Public Meeting

Saltair Water System Public Meeting

Hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District, Water Management Division

  • Monday, April 8th, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Saltair Community Centre  Gym
  • 3850 South Oyster School Road


CVRD are inviting customers of the Saltair Water System to a public meeting.  This is an important meeting is  for residents to learn more about critical upgrades needed to the water system and to also provide input to your Area Director Lynne Smith and CVRD Staff on decisions facing our community.  By now, you will have received a letter in the mail dated March 8th, 2019 from the CVRD providing information on  water related issues that eventually  need to  be resolved.

The public meeting will provide further details on the surface water treatment options  and repairs needed to the Stocking Lake Dam as well as provide an update on the current Watermain Upgrade Project.  CVRD encourages residents to attend the meeting; staff will provide a presentation on each topic followed by a question and answer period plus input from residents.

Please contact Lisa Daugenet at 250-746-2530 or lisa [dot] daugenet [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca if you have any questions regarding this meeting.

Spring Yoga Classes at Saltair Centre


Spring into Iyengar Yoga at the Saltair Community Centre

  • Saltair Community Center
    Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-10:15 am
    March 12th to  June 27th 2019
    ** there will be no class on Thursday, March 28th

Register now! Click on highlighted text to register

Whole session (31 classes): $320

8 class pass (can be used for any Tuesday or Thursday class): $110 – renew as needed.

Building a Foundation, part II will:

Focus on the building blocks of correct alignment: posture, strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and proprioception/awareness. Additional focus will be on how to build a practise at home. Even 5 minutes a day! Work well with heart and humour and be rewarded with a deep, nourishing restoration.
Offer Yoga for Every Body. Beginners and all levels encouraged!

These are beginner classes for those new to yoga or new to Iyengar yoga. Iyengar yoga is taught by rigorously tested teachers who train over several years: anatomy, philosophy, and practical, applied teaching skills. The Iyengar method offers yoga that is progressive, detailed, hands on, safe and accessible to every body.
Here is what students in Saltair are sharing about their experience:

“Your classes are fabulous! I had hip surgery last January and my hips felt better after this morning’s class than they have felt in a year! Thank you!” – Deborah Zellermeyer
“I have practiced a variety of yoga styles for many years and am only now hearing through Jessica’s Iyengar classes, how to pose properly. Jessica demonstrates point by point how to position and offers instruction which ensures safe and effective practice. I always feel grateful for our class.” – Celia Norris

“After a few weeks of teaching by Jessica, I am in love with this amazing yoga practice. Jessica is cheerful, professional, exceptionally knowledgeable and always fully prepared for the classes. She gives excellent group instructions and individual corrections to bring out the best in each of us in our practice. I have re-registered for additional classes and plan to make Jessica’s classes and Iyengar yoga a basic in my life.” – Deirdre Saunders

Contact Jessica to register and for further details. Class registration will be limited. Potential for additional classes if registration exceeds 25 students. Click on highlighted text for further information or to register

Jessica Lowry
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Jessica Lowry, Certified Yoga Instructor

Interested in Serving on Area G’s Advisory Planning Commission?

Advisory Planning Commissions

Advisory Planning Commissions are established within the Regional District to provide advice and recommendations to the CVRD Board on planning related matters of the following:

  • Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendments
  • Rezoning Applications
  • Development Permit Applications
  • Other applications as requested by the Electoral Area Director

The APC brings a broad community perspective to initiatives that promote a sustainable community by linking land use, environment, climate change, economy, and social and cultural considerations, all of which represent the community vision as defined by the OCP.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one of the nine Electoral Area Planning Commissions please complete this application form and submit it to the CVRD in hardcopy or by email: ds [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca by noon on Friday, December 7, 2018.

*This form is fillable online.  Once completed, save the form, then email to the address above. (Digital signatures are acceptable). Any questions regarding form submission please call 250.746.2620