Letter to the Editor

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the West Coast Multiplex Society attended the presentation by the design/costing team of Vic Davies Architecture (VDA) in respect of the final layout and costing of the proposed Multiplex phase one Ice Arena and accommodation for future phases (pool, fitness center, etc.).

The detailed appraisal addressed the architects’ in-depth assessment of the proposed building, comparing standard “Pre-engineered buildings” with “Sprung” facilities. Both options have benefits and detriments relative to the west coast environment:

Pre-engineered can be more flexible for planned additions and have less rigid constraints on a fixed rectangular footprint; however, they require more on-site construction time in an area challenged by accommodating a construction team and inclement weather.

Sprung, while somewhat limited to a rectangular footprint, and expansion either longitudinal or at 90 degrees, offers ease of erection of the pre-formed aluminum structure in a shorter time-frame thereby minimizing the on-site time spent. (It was evaluated based on the success of a similar building at the Shawnigan Lake School).

The assessment determined that while there were specific costings provided by developers of up to 50% less than the VDA evaluations, they felt it necessary to work on the assumption of a worst case-scenario. As such, they offered a possible capital cost of up to $18M (construction, site-development and start-up costs).

While these figures are higher than the original assessment provided in the phase one business plan, the Multiplex Society has committed to funding this phase without any financial liability to the 8 communities within the area (other than, of course, any in-kind and tax-deductible donations by supporters of the project). Indeed, the Society believes that the achievement of the worst-case scenario funding will actually serve to create a surplus of monies available for the subsequent pool phase of the project.

A survey is being prepared to assess the current support of residents for this exciting project. More details will be forthcoming as the survey is finalised, and the Society will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in this regard. (Information will be available on our webpage – www.westcoastmultiplex.org)

Your Multiplex Society seeks your support in bringing this 20-year dream to a reality.

Samantha Hackett on Behalf of the West Coast Multiplex Society

Fundraiser Thank You

The West Coast Multiplex Society and all those who share the dream of a Multiplex on the West Coast would like thank the 60 golfers for their generous support during the 17th Annual West Coast Multiplex Scramble formally the Stick in the Mud Open. It was our most successful tournament yet with over $20,000 raised.

A really big thanks to all the businesses in our communities who supported this event, as well as supporting all other local fundraising events. Without the constant generosity from local businesses it would not be possible to fundraise for local causes to achieve, improve and assist within our communities. Please shop locally and support local businesses so they can continue to support the community.

Thank you to the tournament sponsors Ahousaht Council, Black Rock Resort, Creative Salmon, Crystal Cove Beach Resort, G&N Towing, GI Charles Water Taxi, Gibson Bros Contracting, Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, LA Grocery, Long Beach Golf Course, Long Beach Lodge Resort, Mascon, MEC Projects, Mieke Dusseldorp Personal Real Estate Corporation, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities, Rods Power & Marine, Shelter Restaurant, Sprung Instant Structures, Stick in the Mud Landscaping, Superior Propane, The Flooring Depot, Tofino Co-op, Tofino Fish Guides, Ucluelet Rent-it Centre, Vic Van Isle Group, West Isle Construction, and Westerly News.

Thank you to the hole sponsors Adventure Tofino, Alandace Contracting, Albion Electric, Cedar Grill Restaurant, CIBC Tofino & Ucluelet, Coastal Community Credit Union Tofino & Ucluelet, Creative Salmon, Mascon, MEC Projects, Ocean West Industries, Relic Surf Shop, Rods Plumbing, R-Town Long Beach TV, The Place TV, Tofino Co-op, Ucluelet Petro-Canada, Ucluelet Rent-it Centre, Ukee Ice and West Coast Recycling.

Thank you to Alberni Glass, Best Little Hair House, Big Daddy’s Fish Fry, Body By Kara Fitness Training, B&C Food Distributors, Chocolate Tofino, CIBC Tofino & Ucluelet, Claire Watson, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust,  Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Driftwood Gifts, Eagle Aerie Gallery, Epic Pharmacy, Gail Hellesen, Geoff Johnson, Gray Whale Deli, Harbour Pizza Factory, Howler’s Family Restaurant, Image West, Jay’s Clayoquot Ventures, Jiggers, Judy Gray, Kyler Vos Photography, Lil’ Ronnie’s Backyard BBQ, Long Beach Auto, Long Beach Golf Course, MacDermott’s Insurance, Market Canvas Leather, Maureen Wells, Middle Beach Lodge, Murray’s Grocery, Nurture Day Spa, Ocean Outfitters, Pacific Rim Navigators, Pacific Surf School, Pina, Rhino Coffee House, Rick Nikiforuk, Rubio, Sajja Drugs, Storm Light Outfitters, Storm Surf Shop, Subtidal Adventures, Sugar Shack, Superior Propane, Sysco Victoria, Tan’s Gift Shop, The Blue Room, The Fish Store & Oyster Bar, The Place TV, The Schooner Restaurant, Tofino Air, Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino Brand, Tofino Brewing Company, Tofino Coffee Company, Tofino Massage Therapy, Tofino Pharmacy, Tofino Resort & Marina, Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild, Tuff Beans, Treehouse Gifts, Ucluelet Aquarium, Ucluelet Co-op, Ucluelet Liquor Store, Ucluelet Petro-Canada, Ukee Ice, Westside Surf, West Coast Fitness Center, and West Coast Roastery for their generous donations.

A special thanks to the Long Beach Golf Course Team Cody, Cory, & Dakota for their much appreciated effort and enthusiasm.

We look forward to doing it again next year!


West Coast Multiplex Society

Photo Credit: Josie Osborne
Left: Cody, LBGC
Centre: Josie Osborne Texas Wedge Winner!
Right: Cory, LBGC

Photo Credit: Tom Campbell
Lil’ Ronnie’s Backyard BBQ smoker


Annual West Coast Multiplex Scramble fundraiser golf tournament

On Saturday September 16th, 2017 we will be hosting the 4th Annual West Coast Multiplex Scramble fundraiser golf tournament at the Long Beach Golf Course. In 2014 this event took over for the popular Stick in the Mud golf tournament, which ran strong for 13 years.  This tournament is the most important event for the annual fundraising efforts of the West Coast Multiplex Society, and we are proud to carry on the tradition.

It is a very exciting time for the Multiplex as we have just recently completed the business plan for Phase One of the project. We have also selected the architectural firm for the project and they have already begun the design of Phase One.  With the business plan completed and the design underway, we will soon have the key pieces in place to build our capital fundraising package.  We expect fundraising for construction of the project to begin in earnest over the next year.  With capital fundraising about to commence and the project getting so much closer to reality, there has never been a more important time to get involved.

We are writing this letter to request corporate sponsorship for the tournament in one of two ways. This year we are offering tournament sponsorships for $400 as well as hole sponsorships for $200.  The support of our corporate sponsors is absolutely critical to the strong success of this tournament and we hope to have you involved.  As a tournament sponsor your name and logo will appear on the posters advertising the tournament, as well as the tournament gift that each player receives.  Hole sponsors will have their names listed on the tournament gift as well as have the chance to promote themselves on one of the holes during the tournament.  As in the past, the tournament will be a fun 9 hole Texas Scramble with a combined team mini golf challenge.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Alternatively, our tournament is also in need of any form of donation whether it be physical goods or gift certificates to use as prizes and auction items.  Volunteer hours are also always needed.

We are certainly very fortunate for the incredible support that local businesses provide towards local fundraising efforts and we would be delighted to have you involved in working towards this important goal.

Thank you so much for your consideration.


Ryan Orr

On behalf of the West Coast Multiplex Society