Joan Sorley-2018 end of term report

Joan Sorely

End of term Report 2018



Dear Fellow Area F resident,

As I write this, my final report to you, I am filled with mixed emotions.   First, though, I am excited that there is a race in Area F, and an opportunity for a fulsome discussion of the issues facing our communities.  I want to thank and congratulate all three candidates who have stepped up and offered to serve:  Shannon Rerie, high-school teacher;  Conrad Turcotte, volunteer firefighter and retired millworker; and Brice O’Neill, businessman and current School Trustee.  Both Shannon and Conrad live in 150 Mile House, and Brice lives in Williams Lake.  There are two all-candidates meetings scheduled so far:  October 9 at the Miocene Community Hall at 7pm, and October 10 in the Likely Community Hall at 6:30 pm.  Please attend one or both, and/or reach out to the candidates to find out where they stand on your issues.  Most importantly, don’t forget to vote October 20th!

I am honoured and humbled by the overwhelming support that all of you have given me for the past 8 years.  I am very proud of our community spirit, and to represent you and advocate for our issues at every level of government.  Looking back, we have accomplished a lot together, and while community volunteers did the work, I am extremely proud to have had a small part in projects such as Horsefly’s new fire hall, seniors centre, and community hall improvements; Miocene’s community hall improvements, Big Lake’s community hall and heritage site improvements and their new fire truck; Likely’s community kitchen, potable water system, community hall improvements and their new fire hall; the 150 Mile Little Red Schoolhouse; to name a few.  My challenge to our next director is to continue to support similar projects in future, as well as tourism and other economic development opportunities as they arise.  Please continue to show him/her the importance of keeping our rural communities vibrant so that our kids can come home and raise their kids as they were raised.

I am disappointed in a couple of things.  One, of course, was our failure to achieve substantial benefits for the communities of Big Lake, Miocene and Horsefly from the Williams Lake Community Forest with the majority of its tenure based over our communities.  I am extremely hopeful, though,  that the invitation to apply for a new community forest license, issued jointly to the Big Lake Community Association  and the Likely/Xatsull Community Forest, will result in a successful application.  My challenge to our new Director is to continue the advocacy work at our Board table as well as with our MLA and Ministry staff and elected officials.

The other disappointment has been my failure, despite multiple requests, to convince Mount Polley and the Ministry of Environment to include the community of Likely and the residents of Quesnel Lake in a more robust communication strategy than presently exists with the Public Liaison Committee.  I met with Minister Heyman and MoE staff as recently as last month to ask again.  My challenge for our new director in this regard is complicated:  to understand and support the economic value Mount Polley brings to our communities and the region, to encourage and celebrate the massive remediation efforts and the successful habitat restoration, to support projects that will ultimately lead to the cessation of discharging treated water into Quesnel Lake, to hear the concerns of the residents of Likely and Quesnel Lake, to serve on the Public Liaison Committee, and to continue to advocate for those who are most impacted.

I’m also leaving with a really strong feeling of unfinished business arising from our Emergency Preparedness  Committee.  We did a lot of work in early 2018, then we had another summer of fires, and then the election period started.  While I believe that we implemented a lot of lessons learned this year, there is still much work to be done.  Work has started in Horsefly, Likely and Big Lake in developing community preparedness plans.   I have offered to continue this work with the communities if our new director would welcome this.   My challenge to our new director is to ensure that this work continues.

I also have a strong feeling of unfinished business on the issue of fire protection for the residents of Lexington and North Lakeside.  My challenge to our new director is to continue to work with our staff, WLIB staff and the 150 Mile Fire Department to bring home an agreement that will result in more cost-effective service for all.

I have loved this job, and I am filled with gratitude for a lot:  for the opportunity to have served you, for the warm welcome you give me wherever I go throughout Area F, for the lifelong friends I have made in the course of this work, for the opportunity to work as part of a team on issues that affect our region and the entire north, and for the platform that has allowed me to give voice to my passions.

I am especially grateful for the excellent Cariboo Regional District staff.  Always professional, always helpful, they always made me look like I knew what I was talking about.  If I have done my job well, it is mostly because of them.

I have issued some challenges to our new director.  I also promise to support and work with him or her as he/she undergoes a very steep learning curve, and I know you will as well.

My decision not to run, on balance, is the right one for me and for my family at this time.  Vince and I plan to travel a bit more in the summer in our 5th wheel, and I would like to have more time with my family.  I do plan to continue some of the work that I am passionate about, and maybe write a little, take up my knitting, or finish that quilt I started years ago.

Thank you all for your kind words, and for your unwavering support.  It has been my honour and my privilege to have served you.


Joan Sorley

Director, Cariboo Regional District Area “F”

PO Box 147

Big Lake Ranch, BC  V0L 1G0



“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

Margaret Mead

CRD Area F All Candidates Forum

CRD Area F All Candidates Forum




Special Meeting

Hosted by the Likely & District Chamber of Commerce

October 10, 2018


Likely Community Hall

1. Welcome and review of meeting procedure

2. Introduction of Area F Candidates

3. Ask for written questions from audience (will have paper & pens available)

4. Candidate opening statement – 10-minute limit

5. Questions from the audience- each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond to questions.

6. Closing

What is a candidates forum?

A candidate’s forum allows candidates seeking public office to express their views openly so community members can understand their positions and make informed voting choices.

Format: Moderator – Audience question-and-answer session. 1. An unbiased event moderator will pose questions to the candidates through written questions submitted by the public and moderate questions from the floor at the event 2. The event moderator will maintain order and decorum for the event. 3. Each candidate will have an equal and fair opportunity to express his or her position on issues. 4. A timer will be used to indicate end of time allotments. A signal will indicate that the candidate’s time has elapsed.

General Forum Rules: 1. Order of appearance of candidates will be chosen at random and will be reversed for closing comments. 2. Opening statements of up to 5 minutes will allow candidates to introduce themselves. 3. An opportunity to submit written questions will be given at the beginning of the meeting. The moderator will read the questions. Moderator will also take questions from the floor if time permits. Answers to these questions on issues will be limited to 2 minute and each candidate will be given the chance to answer. 5. Each candidate will be given 2 minutes for closing statements to wrap-up and cover any issues not yet discussed.

Proper Decorum: 1. No candidates, board members and event organizers will be allowed into the venue wearing campaign buttons for their candidacy or any candidate at the event. 2. The forum is not a debate. No interaction or debate among candidates will be allowed. 3. All interaction by a candidate or community member will be through the event moderator. 4. There will be no “winner” declared by the moderator or event sponsors. 5. No ‘grandstanding’, speaking off topic or off-color remarks will be permitted and will be called out of order by the moderator. 6. Candidates or candidate supporters will be allowed to hand out materials after the meeting has adjourned.

The candidate’s forum is meant to inform the citizens of our community and create an opportunity for community building. If all candidates adhere to the rules everyone will benefit through increased visibility and general interest in the community.