Sno’uyutth welcome pole by Butch and Clarence Dick at Oak Bay High. The pole is now five years old. (Kris Nichols photo)

Sno’uyutth welcome pole by Butch and Clarence Dick at Oak Bay High. The pole is now five years old. (Kris Nichols photo)

Oak Bay quietly marks five years since the Sno’uyutth welcome pole went up

Legacy scholarship keeps rolling

Nov. 22 in Oak Bay came and went like many other fall Sundays.

It was a dreary day, mostly rainy, no sun, and a high of 6C. Not a particularly great day, even if there was no pandemic, and Oak Bay could have gathered for a fifth year anniversary to commemorate the Sno’uyutth welcome pole at Oak Bay High.

The annual celebrations are more than just a gathering, said Joe Blake, who is a lead on the Sno’uyutth’s Legacy Scholarship. They’re a reminder that the excess funds raised for the original cost of the welcome pole are now a scholarship that has helped support five graduating students.

The pole was designed by Songhees master-carver, Butch Dick (Yuxwelupten), and carved by his son, Clarence Dick (Wa’shk). The initial excess funds for the pole were $15,000. That’s when Blake, with the Community Association of Oak Bay, partnered with local CPA Rod Sim of Oak Bay Rotary to install a scholarship.

READ ALSO: Celebrating the second anniversary of Sno’uyutth welcome pole

“We were working with the Songhees and recognized what we need to do is help kids,” Blake said. “I learned, we have kids in Oak Bay High from all over, such as Metis and Inuit, and not just local.”

With Oak Bay Rotary able to cut tax receipts for donations, the scholarship project grew to $25,000. Much of the cash came from the concerts that jazz vocalist Joe Coughlin helped put on, and performed in, at Oak Bay High’s Dave Dunnet Community Theatre.

And the fundraising is still on, though the latest concert, Sinatra and the Count, with musician Phil Dwyer leading an 18-piece band, is still in limbo since being postponed in the spring.

READ MORE: Sno’uyutth Day a time to celebrate in Oak Bay

“We’re pretty ambitious about this scholarship,” Blake said. “The balance stands at $26,780. We want to get it to $100,000, so we can give more.”

So far, five Sno’uyutth scholars are at university. Four put their money into tuition at the University of Victoria and one went to Vancouver Island University. A sixth will be identified in June. The current grant is $1,500.

Meanwhile, Blake held a pandemic-long plant sale for the scholarship, and has raised $1,000.

To donate, visit oakbayrotaryfoundation.org.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter< and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Friends have identified the man killed in Friday’s shooting in Metchosin as Shane Wilson. (Shane Wilson/Facebook)
West Shore RCMP continue to investigate shooting death in Metchosin

Man killed on Sooke Road Friday night identified by friends

Fire Chief Darren Hughes, right, pulls the old Firemans Park sign off ahead of the parks name change. The new sign for Firefighters Park is coming. (Oak Bay Fire Department Twitter)
Oak Bay changes the name of Fireman’s Park

New sign for Firefighter’s Park on the way

The WHL’s Victoria Royals will compete in a 24-game season starting March 26, <strong></strong>based out of a Kamloops and Kelowna B.C. division bubble (Kevin Light/Courtesy Victoria Royals)
‘Important to cherish every moment’: Victoria Royals not taking bubble season for granted

The Victoria WHL team’s coach and GM calls the season a ‘privilege,’ expects fierce rivalries

The Victoria Fire Department was able to contain a fire to one room after a bed placed directly against a heater ignited. (Black Press Media file photo)
Early morning Victoria balcony fire causes $20,000 in damages

Victoria Fire Department said nobody was injured in the fire on View Street

Postmark Group, an Edmonton-based development firm, bought two properties at 6641 and 6643 Sooke Rd. last year, and is reaching out to the community and local groups for feedback before they begin planning the designs for the development. (Photo contributed/Postmark Group)
Waterfront village development eyed for Sooke

Postmark Group development firm bought two properties at 6641 and 6643 Sooke Rd. last year

Const. Nancy Saggar, who has 11 years in policing, offers advice for other women who may pursue both policing and family. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pregnancy prompts sage advice from RCMP officer for women thinking about policing

West Shore constable with 11 years experience heads off on maternity leave

Montreal Canadiens right wing Paul Byron (41) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Monday, March 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Captain Clutch: Horvat nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Habs 2-1

Vancouver, Montreal tangle again on Wednesday

(BC SPCA)
Is it safe to give your dog some peanut butter? Not always, BC SPCA warns

Some commercial peanut butter ingredients can be harmful to dogs

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.
21-year-old motorbike rider dies after crash with ATV on Nanaimo back road

Incident happened Sunday afternoon near Boomerang Lake

Rising accident rates and payout costs have contributed to billion-dollar deficits at ICBC. (Comox Valley Record)
B.C. appealing decision keeping ICBC injury cases in court

David Eby vows to ‘clip wings’ of personal injury lawyers

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases: 545 Saturday, 532 Sunday, 385 Monday

Focus on Prince Rupert, Lower Mainland large workplaces

A special committee has been appointed to look at reforming B.C.’s police act and is inviting the public to make submissions until April 30, 2021. (Black Press media file)
Have thoughts on B.C.’s review of the provincial Police Act?

Submissions will be accepted until April 30

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
New COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home includes fully vaccinated seniors: Henry

Two staff and 10 residents tested positive at Cottonwoods Care Centre

Most Read