Oaklands neighbourhbood campaign to save St. Albans nears deadline

Victoria residents rallying to raise $1.1 million to buy church

The task at hand seems daunting, but an innovative model of community investment is proving it can raise funds in a hurry for the right cause.

The Oaklands Community Centre and Association is raising money in a hurry to purchase St. Albans church and hall, home to Lansdowne Co-operative preschool.

“We respect that (the preschool has) been here for 48 years and that they do a great community service,” said Kristi Rivait, executive director of the centre. “It’s a beautiful space for a community hub.”

Oaklands hopes to raise $1.1 million by May 18. It’s a 11th-hour rush the community tried to avoid.

Two years ago it approached the Anglican Diocese with an interest in purchasing the property. At that time, the Diocese wasn’t ready to sell and Oaklands bought the former Discovery School instead, where it operates a child care centre.

Shortly afterwards, the diocese put St. Albans on the market and a private developer purchased it. The sale was finalized April 16.

The developer has a plan to build private homes on the lot, but is willing to sell it to the community instead, at a small profit.

“The developer has been terrific in giving us extra time,” Rivait said.

Oaklands’ main fundraising strategy revolves around a type of investment to own St. Albans through a self-directed RRSP.

“This is a bit of an innovative approach,” said Rivait.

The details of the investment and its returns are still being worked out, but it has so far generated $100,000 in pledges, mainly from parents belonging to the Lansdowne Co-operative preschool.

Lansdowne operates with low fees and in return, parents help run the school. It’s recognized as the last fully co-operative model of preschool on the island.

To learn more about the campaign, visit savestalbans.com.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Researchers head out from Sidney to explore Canada’s largest underwater volcano

The Explorer Seamount is as large as Greater Vancouver and full of previously undiscovered species

Victoria businesses remain plastic-bag free, despite court ruling

Business association says no one has inquired into re-establishing the use of plastic bags

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Saanich Mayor says ‘no costs asked of municipality’ for proposed film studio

Mayor Fred Haynes made that comment after questions from watchdog group

RCMP identify Sidney bank robbery suspect, believe he is still on Vancouver Island

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Most Read