In 1980, the Qualicum Bay Lions Club saw the need for a Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Two Lions members who approached 8 or 9 other local organizations with their vision spearheaded this worthwhile project and a committee was formed that turned the vision into a reality.
The Qualicum Bay Lions Club applied for and received several grants, which equaled approximately half of the building cost, sponsored the Community Centre project. The community raised the rest of the funds by selling bricks in the hall, firewood, holding raffles, garage sales and an auction. The labour to build the hall came mainly from the sweat and hard work of many volunteers.
The Lighthouse Community Centre Society was formed in 1983 to manage the operation of the Community Centre, which officially opened October 1, 1983.
Memories of the beginnings of the hall from Margie Healey
In the 1970’s there was a group called the Kwalicum Ratepayers and Resident’s Association...We had a Ladies Auxiliary to this. We met at the Bowser Legion Hall.
We were great fund raisers and had many dollars in the Bank. Our teas were bar to none. They started out very quietly, but it would not be long until the whole room was extremely cheerful and loud. We always thought that Martha Ward who made the tea put some of her herbs in the tea (she was a great gardener). We had many great times.
We decided we needed a Community Hall, and that we did not wish to be a Ladies Auxiliary any more, so we formed The Community Club. We needed a sponsor to build the Hall, so contacted the Lions Club. Through the Lions Club, Med L'Heureux and Don Nordin and many others raised enough funds and grants to build the Hall.
In the early 1980’s the herring sale was headquartered at our home in Deep Bay, David my husband was a Lion’s member in those days.
Many years have gone by and we have lost so many residents who have contributed so much to our Community as they were retired when they arrived and consequently have passed on. I think of Roger and Irene Strugnell..”Bowser Bills” Alice and Frank Gwilt..La Bella Vista Resort” All dedicated hardworking members of the Bowser Legion 211.
Keith Wilson who donated his house to hold our Advisory Planning Commission Meetings and who was our Regional Director in early days.
Also Ray Borleske and Ed Irving who were our Regional Directors. All donating time and effort to our Community. There are many more.
A story about the Business Association....formerly the Bowser Qualicum Bay Deep Bay Business Association
Being the owner of a Business, I joined the Association as a founding member, met at the Restaurant that is now known as the “Roadhouse” in Qualicum Bay. I served as the Treasurer at first and George Parry who owned the Gas Station in Bowser was President. Sharon Duncan was the Secretary.
We are all still here as we were younger members in the Community. The Richardson’s who owned the Restaurant later sold it to Marg and Jack Wilson who built the “Pub” They called it the “Blue Anchor”. The Richardson's also were good friends....now live in Victoria. We had about 18-20 members. Every year I called on the members and collected $10.00 for dues. With that money, we put out the first Directory for Area H. It was hand typed by Mrs. Abrams, the wife of Cliff who was the Pastor for the Bowser Legion. We worked on it together. In those days my last name was Devine. (David and I have been married 35 years (just in case there is confusion.)
We feel blessed to live in such a wonderful Community.
Sincerely, Margie Healey