30th Anniversary: A message from the mayor

Saanich mayor feels local office fosters stronger ties between residents and their community

For the past 30 years, the story of Saanich has been told within the pages of this newspaper and we have a lot to be proud of.

As a community with a 110-year history, we have developed into the largest municipality on Vancouver Island and Saanich News has been there to record it since the first edition rolled off the presses 30 years ago.

We’ve read thousands of articles on community happenings and events, business news and development, Saanich council reports and compelling stories centred on personal achievement.

When I learned from the editor in 2014 that Saanich News was about to open a local bureau within walking distance of municipal hall, I knew that it would not only benefit local coverage, it would also serve to foster stronger ties between residents and their community by keeping us better informed.

Saanich News is also printed locally which in itself is another Saanich business success story.

When I look ahead to our future, I’m confident that community publications like Saanich News will continue to play a vital role, covering the stories that matter to Saanich residents and recording these events for future generations. In fact, important articles that appear in Saanich News are archived by Saanich municipal staff at the Centennial branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Thank you to Saanich News and Black Press for being there and keeping our community so well informed.

Congratulations on this 30th anniversary milestone and here’s to the next 30 years of the Saanich News.

Richard Atwell

Mayor of Saanich