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Bill Irving , Past Mayor, Ucluelet

On behalf of the council of the District of Ucluelet I would like to express our support for the plan for a regional recreation facility.  This is an important investment to the residents and families of the West Coast.

Brendan Morrison, NHL

In my opinion, having the West Coast Multiplex facility built in Tofino would provide many positive benefits for the surrounding communities. Speaking from my hockey experience, being part of a team from a young age taught me many important qualities in life — teamwork, commitment, drive, work ethic, and humility. These are all traits that help mold children and adolescents into the adults they will become.

Willie Mitchell, NHL

, Owner Tofino Resort and Marina

The one thing Tofino and the surrounding area lacks is a place for the people of the communities to gather, connect with each other and stay healthy through physical activity. Recreational facilities are a great place for everyone in the community to gather and build connections with each other creating a more tight knit community.

Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

As the elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and as a parent whose daughter grew up on the West Coast, I would like to add my support for the West Coast Multiplex initiative. I can think of no better project to promote health and wellness on the West Coast for residents of Tofino, Ucluelet and the five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of the region. I believe the Multiplex will assist in bringing together residents from all across the region and will build relationships and strengthen bonds between communities and cultures. This will be a true and lasting investment in our youth and in our future.

Martha McCabe, Canadian Olympic Swimmer and Medalist

A community centre in Tofino would be extremely beneficial not only for the surrounding communities, but it will expand and help bring together the entire Vancouver Island in a healthy, active way. Facilities like this provide community members with a place to become united in an active environment and will help promote healthy living, team work and cooperation amongst many other benefits. Individuals working together through sport bond in a way that goes much beyond the competitive environment.

Adam Sollitt

Adam Sollitt, International Ice Hockey Federation

After personally touring recreation facilities in over 60 nations around the world, I’ve seen first-hand the need for and positive impacts of recreation facilities; places of which not only encourage health and wellness, but provide opportunities to bring together, educate, and strengthen communities. Having such a facility made available to those on the West Coast, would bring such opportunity, and benefits enjoyed by multiple generations. I anxiously look forward to the day this project is realized.

Dawn Coe-Jones

Dawn Coe-Jones, LPGA

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small town similar to Tofino. The Vancouver Island community of Lake Cowichan was totally involved in sports and fitness and families gathered on week nights and every weekend for what ever sport was being played. Whether you played the game or volunteered, it was a team andcommunity uniting effort.

I learned that teamwork was really the name of the game in life as well as insports. Even though I went on to play professionally in an individualsport, I could not have done it by myself. Support of my community was an integral part of my path to success.

The West Coast Multiplex would unite the community of Tofino and all would prosper. Young and old would come together through being active, and being active is a lifelong mission. A community without a facility to promote a healthy lifestyle would be missing out on many great things, moments and memories.

Jay Bowers

Jay Bowers, Pacific Surf School

Even though many West Coasters get in the water every day to surf, it would be good to have an indoor facility where we all can try different things, stay in shape and have fun, even in the winter months. I believe the West Coast Multiplex is synergistic with our surf culture and, or any culture. If it was built, I believe people of all ages would use it.

Vi Mundy

Vi Mundy, Ucluelet First Nation

I fully support the West Coast Multiplex. The Multiplex will probably be the single most valuable asset the west coast has in terms of potential to create a recreational, cultural and entertainment facility that stands out within the Tofino ­ Ucluelet and surrounding communities. I believe this venue would transform the area. A Multiplex would be a jewel in west coast’s crown, a focal point for civic pride and a unique visitor attraction. A Multiplex in the area can act as an organic catalyst for wider regeneration. This project would attract other businesses to the area and stimulate the nighttime economy and would be of vital importance to current businesses and residents alike, and make our area a more attractive place to live.

Tom Campbell; Ahousaht, BC

The West Coast Multiplex is a great idea for all communities. It will encourage healthy living and children and all ages will benefit greatly from this venue. I currently coach soccer, baseball and basketball and would love to be more involved.

Tom McEvay, Former Vice President Alberni District Arena Society

I encourage all people living, working and doing business in the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino and the surrounding west coast area to support the drive for a West Coast Multiplex facility. There are many, many good reasons to support such a facility but for me the lasting legacy of our successful quest to build the Alberni Valley Multiplex was the opportunity to bring Port Alberni and the surrounding rural areas together for the first time in a common goal for the common good. We sent a message to everyone, including ourselves and future investors, that we believed in our community and that we were prepared to invest in its future and the future of its citizens young and old. That legacy continues even stronger today over a decade later and it will last for decades to come.

Sgt. Jeff Swann, Vancouver Island RCMP

Growing up with a father in the RCMP, my family and I transferred quite regularly between small communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In each of the communities I grew up in, I have played hockey and participated in tournaments in other outlying communities. I have fond memories of these times. My Dad still reminds me and tells me of stories that helped our family and community bond.

Now as an RCMP officer myself and raising four children of my own, I am very hopeful that an arena will be built on the West Coast. I currently drive a minimum of three times a week for my kids to play hockey in Port Alberni and wish that we had our own facilities close at hand.

Speaking on a professional level as a police officer, I can tell you that developing a sense of community and providing healthy opportunities to youth is one of the greatest attributes that can be passed onto our youth. I can unequivocally state that if these skill-sets are learned by youth, it prevents so many of the negative aspects of policing that I typically come across, such as violence, drug and alcohol addictions, as well as bullying and property damage.

Raph Bruhwiler, Owner, Bruhwiler Surf School

I think it would be great to have a multiplex for all the kids growing up in Tofino , Ukee and the sourounding areas who don’t get to experience one of Canada’s greatest sports — ice hockey. Also. for all the surfers, hockey is great cross training.

Mike Jacobsen, Shelter Restaurant

The rink is a community gathering spot, a place to celebrate and a place to learn. Participating in team sports taught me hard work, dedication and motivation. Now that I am fortunate enough to call Tofino home, I know the addition of the Multiplex will positively impact our community in ways that aren’t always measurable.

Moses Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

I believe that the proposed West Coast Multiplex is important for the health and wellbeing of the entire region. In particular, the future of our youth is at stake. Our children need more things to do to stay away from trouble. We also have significant health issues in our region — especially amongst youth — that can be helped with a year-round facility that provides more options for staying active and engaged in healthy pursuits.

We have witnessed significant development in this region over the past several years. At the same time, we have seen very little in the creation of public facilities that benefit all 8 communities who can work together to make it a success. We live next to each other, work together and we don’t get enough chances to play together and really get to know and understand one another.

If this facility changes someone’s life then it is worth it. The West Coast Multiplex will be an ideal place for us to live, work and play — together.

Peter Devries, Pro Surfing Champion

I fully support the West Coast Multiplex. As a father and someone who was born and raised in Tofino, I feel a multiplex is something that really brings the communities together.