SAVE VIC HIGH's MEMORIAL STADIUM REVITALIZATION PLANS: DONATE TO FOVH LEGAL ACTION FUND

SAVE VIC HIGH's MEMORIAL STADIUM REVITALIZATION PLANS: DONATE TO FOVH LEGAL ACTION FUND

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Stephen Dorsey, Co-Founder - Friends of Vic High started this petition to Jennifer Whiteside (Minister of Education) and

AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS OF MULTILATERAL EFFORTS WORKING TO CONVINCE SD61 TO RECONSIDER THEIR PLANS TO TRANSFER CRITICAL LAND NEEDED FOR VIC HIGH EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, THE FRIENDS OF VIC HIGH SHIFT FOCUS AND PREPARE FOR A POTENTIAL COURT CHALLENGE. 

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Background:

Since early 2019, the Friends of Vic High (FOVH), a group of community advocates, including Vic High alumni Moe Elewonibi, a former NFL / CFL footballer and Superbowl champion, and Hans de Goede, former captain of Canada’s national rugby team, and Dr. Richard Hunt a preeminent Indigenous artist,  has been asking SD61 and the City to keep their promise to donors, and current and future Vic High students to revitalize Memorial Stadium as envisioned (and nearly $600,000 funds raised or pledged) by the Vic High Alumni for more than a decade.

The group claims a lack of transparency and the improper process by SD61 in regards to a statutory right of way that will impede the planned 8-lane metric track for Vic High’s Memorial Stadium Revitalization Project – a key element of the much-publicized project championed by the Vic High Alumni since 2012. 

Esther Callo, a Fernwood resident and co-founder of the group, has been leading the investigation for nearly two years. Her review of undisclosed plans and documents obtained by her via the freedom of information act appears to reveal a series of back-room dealings poised to once again disadvantage Vic High students.

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In late 2021, the SD61 board voted to transfer the lands, and soon after, the City of Victoria voted to modify bylaws to allow new development on said land.

Through documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) the FOVH has meticulously detailed how the City of Victoria, the GVSD, and the CRHC worked together to orchestrate a land lease for money deal, arguing the funds were needed to make up a shortfall in the budget for Vic High’s seismic upgrade, even though a budget shortfall was never fully itemized for public review— this seemingly at the same time the City of Victoria and the GVSD were supporting the envisioned stadium plans that include a metric track, an artificial turf field, and lighting.

An appeal to the Minister of Education to intervene in March 2022 has failed to mobilize action. Read the letter here.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S9uozdRNZJQ7HLK9PAUFnY60VEx8SnIQ/view?usp=sharing

Please join many Vic High luminaries and supporters in helping raise monies to continue our battle to advocate for the equality rights of current and future Vic High Students. Thank you.

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About the Friends of Vic High (FOVH):

The Friends of Vic High (FOVH), formed by Esther Callo, Taki Niketas and Stephen Dorsey, is a group of community advocates and former Vic High alumni who are seeking to have the originally envisioned Memorial Stadium Revitalization Project for Vic High built and delivered as promised. The group’s sole interest is advocating for the rights of current and future students of Vic High as it relates to this project and to ensure equality of treatment and opportunity.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/208406680932681

Stephen Dorsey, Co-Founder,, Friends of Vic High
VHS 84 stephen@stephendorsey.com

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