Last Saturday, View Royal residents voted in favour of the town borrowing $5.49 million to build a new fire hall thanks in part to the work of Royal Roads University.
The School of Leadership Studies and Community Relations and Advancement were approached by View Royal to facilitate a community engagement strategy and open community session with the aim of passing the referendum for support for building a new volunteer fire department hall. After several meetings with key stakeholders, a strategy and meeting process was developed that could engage upwards of 300 community members in a public forum with the intent of discussing potentially contentious issues related to finances, operations, space, location and development of a new fire hall. On Nov. 14, community members were invited to an open community forum to participate in an RRU-facilitated session with a panel of experts providing information related to the construction of a proposed fire hall. The meeting was a resounding success and on Nov. 24, the community voted in support of constructing a new hall and exceeded historical voter turnout. RRU appreciates the partnerships it has with local community agencies and seeks to assist wherever it can. The faith placed in the university to demonstrate applied leadership and facilitation is testimony to the continued growth and credibility of the university in its environment.
Read more about the decision here.