The Sooke Community Hall, an 80 year old heritage structure raised by community efforts and paid for by a days-gone-by community event, was defaced with graffiti on the evening of Sunday July 2, 2017. There are tags at the front of the building, and along the parking lot facing the murals. See the photos below.
Karl Linell, President of the Sooke Community Association (the organization that manages the Sooke Community Hall), expressed significant frustration at the senseless graffiti tags.
“Why destroy a building they can use?” he asked. “I honestly don’t know what I am going to do.”
He has a few calls out, but would appreciate any kind of supportive community input. He can be reached by calling 250-642-5521, where you can leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can.
The RCMP have been notified. They have taken photos of the tags and, according to Linell, sent them off to see if they can be identified.
If you know who is responsible for these graffiti tags, please contact the Sooke RCMP. They can be reached at 250-642-5241.
Update: A community clean-up is being planned! Please read this article Organizer’s rally for community cleanup of the Sooke Community Hall for details.
The following photos of a defaced Sooke Community Hall were sent to SPN by a concerned reader.
About the Sooke Community Hall
The Sooke Community Hall was built 80 years ago, in 1937, through community effort. The funds were raised from the long-gone Sooke Days, an event that used to attract 10,000 to 20,000 visitors over the logging celebration weekend.
The Hall replaced two earlier halls, Charters Hall (built in 1888) and the Old Sooke Hall (built in 1911).
It is currently owned by the Sooke Community Association, a community volunteer organization. According to the Sooke Region Volunteer website, “The Sooke Community Association (SCA) was incorporated in 1935 to serve Sooke and surrounding communities. The primary objective of the Society was to purchase land to build a community hall, which they did in 1937 on donated land; then to ‘operate, lease, rent or allow the use of, and otherwise manage the hall in such manner as may be decided upon by the Society from time to time.'”
This building is truly a heritage structure.
Currently, the Hall hosts a number of community events, concerts, clubs, and activities. It is also home to the Sooke Food Bank.