The following groups, organizations and societies contribute to the heart of community on Texada for island visitors, residents and businesses:
- Express Lines
- Kids for Saving Earth
- Recycling Depots
Gillies Bay, Texada Island
(Texada Community Hall)
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Van Anda, Texada Island
(across Gillies Bay Road from the gas station)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232
The Texada branch of the Legion received its charter from Legion Dominion Command in 1949. It has operated continuously since then, starting out in a converted brush pickers’ shed by Van Anda Creek and moving to its present location at 2099 Legion Rd in 1961, into a new building built primarily by volunteer labour. Membership in the Legion is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants over 19 years of age.
See our facebook page
- Sandpipers Playcentre
- Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Society (TACT)
Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Society (TACT) was formed in early 2004.
The mission of Texada Arts, Culture Tourism Society (TACT) is to support, encourage, and nurture the arts, culture and tourism on Texada Island in harmony with the existing economic activities that are the mainstay of Texada Island in a manner that supports the entire island community and to develop and stimulate ways for people working in the arts, culture and tourism fields to be a strong part of Texada Island’s economic base.
TACT sponsors this website, as well as various island cultural and family activities.
President: Bob Timms
Email: click here
- Texada Boat Club
The Texada Boat Club lies safe and secure ringed by steep treed bluffs and a mammoth rock breakwater. The dream of a viable community Boat Club started in the 60’s by forward thinking Islanders has become a reality through the dedicated hard work of club members, the generosity of local landowners and the quarries and especially through community support throughout its history. Volunteer work parties are the backbone of the Club’s expansion, which now extends to over 500 feet of docks, including substantial transient moorage for the accommodation of visitor boats, all which generates income for the Club. Membership is open to residents who reside full time on Texada.
For more information contact Gary Grieco (President) at 604-486-7770
The wharfingers, Bob & Maggie Timms, can be reached at 604-414-5897 and monitor VHF 66A
- Texada Elementary School
Texada Elementary School
PO Box 40, Van Anda BC V0N 3K0
- Texada Health Services Society
The Texada Health Services Society provides community advice and support to the Director of the Texada Island Community Health Centre with respect to the ongoing health care of the approximately 1000 residents of this island.
The Texada Health Services Society’s mandate is to facilitate the provision of a range of health care services that will address the changing health care needs of the people of Texada Island.
For more information call President Rob McWilliam at 604-486-0377
- Texada Island Chamber of Commerce
The Texada Island Chamber of Commerce is an association of business owners and individual members who band together to improve business and the community on the Island. The after dinner meeting is an excellent venue for keeping informed with what’s happening on the Island and generally a barometer of local concerns and issues that are acted upon locally or passed on to Regional, Provincial and Federal governments.
Dinner meetings are held at the Legion the last Friday of every 2nd month beginning in September and finishing in May. A wide variety of guest speakers are invited.
For more information, contact chamber president Karen May firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-413-0994
Consideration Feb/Mar 2017:
Do members of the Texada Island Chamber of Commerce want to join the BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC)? This information pasted below is presented for discussion at the March 24, 2017 meeting. Please direct all questions regarding BCCC membership, including medical and dental benefits, by March 12 to Cbabyn@gmail.com or Cindy at 604-344-0428. Questions will be compiled and sent in one communication to the BCCC. Hopefully we’ll receive answers, which can be discussed at the March 24, 2017 meeting. Thank you.
Cost to join BCCC: $13 per voting member, which can be paid quarterly ($3.25 every 3 months).
About the BC Chamber of Commerce
The BC Chamber of Commerce was established in 1951 by B.C.’s local Chambers and Boards of Trade, with a mandate to drive business advocacy on behalf of its B.C.-wide network. To this day, business advocacy remains our core focus. We consistently engage with decision-makers across all B.C. ministries and federal departments to communicate our members’ views on policies and breaking issues. In support of our advocacy, we facilitate a unique, grassroots policy-building process that draws on the innovative ideas and on-the-ground experience of our member Chambers, Boards and businesses in every region of the province.
BC Chamber of Commerce Policy
In a nutshell, from a policy perspective, while you are focussed on making your community a better place to live and do business, the BC Chamber is focused on making the province abetter place to live and do business in. We are a unique organization that represent 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province. This means we are recognized as being the most representative business organization in the province – in short we are recognized as the voice of business in BC. Representing this kind of constituency means government listens, the challenge is to ensure that we say what you want us to say.
So how do we achieve this? The simple answer is by harnessing the power of the network. To do this we have a democratic, member driven policy process. Resolutions are solicited from you, our member chambers. We need local chambers to be active in this process now more than ever. The reason for this is that the process has never been more important than it is right now. The challenges we face within the current economic climate means it is more important than ever that chambers be a stabilizing force for good while also being a catalyst for transformative change – no easy task!! Our process allows us to challenge our members by asking the questions – What vision do you have for your community? What are the challenges facing your members businesses in the short, medium and long term and what are the solutions? What are the opportunities for your community?
The BC Chamber executive team visits local communities annually for Area Meetings where discussions are held on local issues. Facilitated by the BC Chamber staff, this is your chance to get together with your colleagues and review issues of specific interest to your region.
As a member of the BC Chamber, your Chamber has access to many privileges and benefits to strengthen and grow B.C.’s network of Chambers and Boards of Trade, and their member businesses. In addition to effective representation of your business concerns to the provincial government, the Chamber provides:
- Access to a number of tangible benefits some of which give revenue back to your chamber. The attached benefits sheet details the wealth of benefits and exclusive rates that we offer our member businesses.
- Educational Opportunities: Webinars on a variety of topics including Board Governance, Strategic Planning, How to make the most of your benefits program etc.
Further, we hold a number of unique and exclusive events during the year that traditionally have a governmental focus. These events, such as our wildly popular Premier & Cabinet Luncheon, provide members with an opportunity to meet and speak with key decision makers in our province.
ChamberLink is an email list serve dedicated to providing member Chambers of the BC Chamber of Commerce with a simple and effective method of communication. We have a highly engaged membership who are keen to offer advice and suggestions to each other on all manner of topics.
The BC Chamber produces the following newsletters on a monthly basis:
- Targeted specifically at Chamber managers, with info that they may want to pass on to members
- Content includes a Spotlight feature that focuses on one local Chamber that is innovating in some way; benefits updates; events info; updates about Board nominations; and content targeted at member businesses, such as grant and award info.
- Focuses on the BC Chamber’s advocacy pushes – current efforts and results achieved
- Broad readership including Chamber managers, corporate members, government associations and other stakeholders
- Something your members and board members can sign up for directly, to keep current on B.C. business policy developments. Sign up is available on the BC Chamber homepage.
The BC Chamber also produces regular media releases to drive and influence public discussion on key business and policy topics. Some releases are planned well in advance (ex. release for the B.C. Budget, release(s) for Small Business Week) while others are more spontaneous (ex. reacting to a policy change).
For Chamber Executives, these news releases (which can be customized/re-branded to suit your needs) enable you to grow your profile /influence in your community; drive advocacy results; and demonstrate your advocacy value to members and attract new members.
The BC Chamber will provide updates to our Chambers on important and moving advocacy issues, that you in turn can pass on to your members. As well, to support local Chambers’ advocacy work (including letter writing, meetings with officials and placing op-eds in local news publications), the BC Chamber will provide communications support on key advocacy topics. This may include: Key messages (for use in discussions with officials, communications with members etc.); Template letters (that can be localized, modified etc.); Template op-eds (that can be localized, modified etc.)
The BC Chamber will sometimes provide local Chambers with a social media package (suggested posts/tweets) to support Chambers in their social media efforts on a particular issue/topic. We are also active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We use these channels to boost news releases and newsletters, flag free small business tools, showcase news articles featuring the BC Chamber and its policies; build our brand and engage with the public. We hope our social media feeds will provide local Chambers with some advocacy content that they can re-share or take inspiration from in crafting their own posts.
In the end, it is about the network – and the power of having a collective voice to advance our concerns to the Government.
Please see 2017 BCCC Benefits at a glance
- Texada Island Community Society (TICS)
Texada Island Community Society (TICS) has been a registered Society since 1930 and the general mandate is to encourage the enhancement of youth and community, support the advancement of education and to assist the needy.
In addition to hosting the 11 monthly Bingos (1st Friday of each month, September through June, plus Sandcastle Weekend) TICS also has an annual Swap Meet in May. The main revenue generating activity is what is fondly referred to as our ‘Publishing Empire’, which includes the monthly Express Lines, the quarterly Texada Lines and the bi-annual Telephone Directory.
Many island groups and organizations benefit directly or indirectly from TICS. As a sub-committee of TICS, Sandcastle Weekend has run annually for 21 years. This two day event is usually held in July (but sometimes in August) and includes a lip-sync contest, moonbag launch, parade, bed races, chalk drawing, kids crafts, a beer garden and craft vendors.
For more information call Elayne Boloten (President) at 604-486-7457.
- Texada Island Heritage Society
Texada Island Heritage Society
Texada Island Museum, Archives and Historical Society – preserving the past of Texada Island.
Ken Barton 604-486-0044
- Texada Island Lines Newspaper
- Texada Island Recreation Commission
The Texada Island Recreation Commission is a volunteer board made up of Texada residents that works with the Powell River Regional District to manage recreational facilities on Texada. The Commission also considers Grant in Aid requests from local recreation groups. Thanks to volunteer efforts and the Island’s industrial past it has a relatively large number of recreational facilities to manage. These include the Texada Island Community Hall, the Gillies Bay tennis courts, Smithson Park and the Gillies Bay Ball Field and Farmers Market area. Recent acquisitions are Erikson Beach, the Van Anda Cove Property and the Old School.
For more information call chairman Keith Frankiln 604-223-4220
- Texada Island Stickleback Society
Texada Island Stickleback Society
Enhancing and protecting the rare and scientifically important stickleback species pairs of Texada Island.
- Texada Island United Church
Texada Island United Church
The first church on Texada Island was built and dedicated in June of 1900, and was named the Texada Presbyterian Church.
With church union in 1925, the congregation voted to join the new United Church of Canada – a union of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches across Canada. The name was changed to Texada Island United Church.
The United Church on Texada has been serving this community for over one hundred years. Marriages, funerals, Christenings, and baptisms are performed right here on the island. Christian education, both adult and for children and youth, has always been a part of our mission.
We are a community church – and have always respectfully served a variety of Christian denominations.
Our mission statement is: to foster spiritual development of all members of our community as revealed in the Bible.
Contact Karen May, Minister at 604-486-7284 or on her cell phone at 604-413-0994. or visit texadaunited.ca
- Texada Island’s Volunteer Fire Departments
Texada Island’s Volunteer Fire Departments
Both Van Anda and Gillies Bay and the surrounding area are protected by two volunteer fire departments that routinely work together to fight fires on the island. Both departments are members of the Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Association of British Columbia. Members of the two departments hold weekly meetings and training sessions, where proper equipment usage and maintenance is covered.
The fire departments are responsible for issuing burning permits and also informing the public of fire bans during the fire season.
Current Fire Chiefs:
– Van Anda – Mike Craggs – 604-486-0394 or 604-414-3601
– Gillies Bay – Doug Paton – 604-486-7109 or 604-414-5121
For more information about joining please call either chief at the numbers listed.
- Texada Library
The Texada Library is located in the Seniors’ Centre of the Old School at Gillies Bay. The Library maintains a permanent collection, donated and purchased, of fiction, non-fiction, reference materials, DVDs and other AV materials. Special collections include Children’s fiction, current and classic, local histories and biographies. Any resident or visitor to Texada Island may borrow circulating Library materials.
The library has two computers with Internet access for public use. A rotating block loan of approximately 75 books is supplied from the Powell River Public Library collection every two months; included are Fiction, Non-fiction, Mysteries and Children’s.
Block loan books should always be returned to the Texada Library. Texada residents who borrow books directly from the Powell River Public Library may return those books to a book drop box at the Texada Island Inn in Van Anda.
For information about the Texada Library call 604-486-6728 during open hours.
Library Open Hours: Monday Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Noon to 2 p.m.
- Texada Seniors Council
Texada Seniors Council (formerly OAPO Branch # 153)
(Also known as the “Texada Seniors”). Open to everyone over the age of 18. The organization was formed in 1932 to fight for senior’s rights and now fulfills a social function providing members a number of ways in which they can enjoy each others company such as potluck dinners, excursions, weekly community luncheon, a spring tea and bazaar and many other interesting functions. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month Sept. to June at the old school in Gillies Bay.
For more information call Dale Rinehart (President) at 604-486-0050
- Texada Women’s Island Network
Texada Women’s Island Network (TWIN) is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-affiliated group and does not have any single focus interest. The group has a monthly luncheon meeting and is dedicated to bringing women together from all walks of life so that they may share and support each others goals and interests, exchange ideas and enjoy each other’s company.
For more information call Linn Rairie at 604-486-7468.
- Thrift Store
Open Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 11:00 to 1:00 in Gillies Bay
- Van Anda Museum
Van Anda Museum
Van Anda Elementary School Building, Van Anda