mary winspear centre

The Foundation

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The Mary Winspear Centre Foundation

The Mary Winspear Centre Foundation formally  SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation (SCCCF) was created by the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society in 1996 for the purpose of raising funds to revitalize and expand SANSCHA Hall and create in its place a new facility. To this end a $6 million capital fundraising campaign Honouring the Past - Building for the Future was launched in the spring of 1999.

The revitalized SANSCHA Hall - now the Mary Winspear Centre, a modern new facility better able to meet the community and cultural needs of the area - opened its doors in September of 2001. The campaign theme stressed the importance of honouring the memorial nature of the land and the generous spirit and memory of community members whose original vision in 1921 saw the creations of SANSCHA lands and, subsequently, in 1958 the building of SANSCHA Community Hall. It highlights the importance of using these earlier beginnings as a foundation on which to continue to evolve this community legacy for generations to come.

Purposes of the Mary Winspear Centre Foundation Society

  1. To promote the aims, interests and objectives of the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society;
  2. To raise funds to provide for the construction, management and operation of a Community Cultural Centre upon real property owned by the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society;
  3. To manage and disburse funds of the Society in order to make available funds to the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society;
  4. To promote community, cultural and recreational activities in Sidney and North Saanich in co-operation with the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society;
  5. To sponsor events and activities to promote the aims, interests and objectives of the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society;
  6. To solicit, or otherwise encourage and to obtain, and to provide a medium for gifts, donations, bequests, endowments and other acquisitions of funds and real or personal property of any kind;
  7. To establish terms and conditions by which the Society will disburse, donate and make available funds and real property of the Society to the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society.

SCCCF Board Members

  • Sheilah Fea - Chair
  • Conny McBride - Vice Chair 
  • Steve Duck - Past Chair
  • Dennis Sutton - Treasurer
  • Louise Cooke - Secretary 
  • John Bell – Director
  • Jill Winspear - Director 
  • David Spence - Director 
  • Mel Sangha - Director 
  • Christie Hall - Director 
  • Jane Hall - Director 
  • Richard Paquette - MPS Chair 
  • Brad Edgett - Executive Director