SEAS was established in 2003 for the sole purpose of educating, informing and advocating on issues that affect the rural nature of the Shirley community. Our focus and our goal is always to keep Shirley a rural community. Our motto: “Stay Rural”.
With over 100 community members participating, SEAS continues to be one of the key neighbourhood groups representing Shirley residents on issues of development, growth, watershed protection and drinking water safety.
SEAS has been an active participant in the Shirley Community with regard to monitoring development, maintaining the rural nature of the neighbourhood and acting to educate the public about issues affecting the community.
SEAS represents over 100 lifetime, dues-paying members. We meet regularly and work diligently to stay on top of community developments, and to take actions to educate and inform the public.
It is one of the goals of our Society to work with applicants on all aspects of their proposed developments in the Shirley District.
Our Mission: “Keep Shirley Rural”
The Society was formed under the BC Society Act with, at the time, over 100 life members. The mission was to make sure Shirley would “stay rural” in the face of constant and unrelenting development pressures. That meant reacting, educating and acting against development proposals that did not meet the vision of the official community plan or the concept of keeping Shirley a rural community.
Since that time a core group of supporters has kept the goals and mission alive and is now leading a renaissance of the Society. While the mission has not changed, our focus now is watershed protection and all that entails.
With the strong leadership of founding member and first elected President, Maureen Nelson and others in the Shirley community, SEAS volunteers worked endless hours to educate and inform members of the community about the affect of a number of inappropriate development plans as well as some misguided government proposals.
Along the way, we achieved several important victories:
- no development on the Chew Property;
- a healthy defeat of the amalgamation with Sooke proposal;
- a smarter plan for the Sheringham Point Road property subdivision;
- no development of a gas station or RV park on the mini mart property;
- and many other examples of SEAS volunteers fighting to keep Shirley rural.
Now is the time to join the fight to keep Shirley rural.
Membership is $10.00 for one year and $100.00 for a life membership.