Sandspit’s Community Hall Gets Cooking With New Commercial Kitchen And Energy Efficiency Improvements

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District

2012- The community of Sandspit, the Gateway to Gwaii Haanas National Park, is well located on the northeastern tip of Moresby Island on British Columbia's northwestern coast. The only settlement on Moresby Island, Sandspit lines both sides of the low-lying spit of land protruding into Hecate Strait that houses the airstrip, the main airport for Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District has invested in a number of improvements at the community hall in Sandspit to increase its capacity and to reduce the facility's overall energy requirements. With funding assistance from Northern Development, the Sandspit community hall underwent renovations that included the installation of new higher-standard insulation in the walls and roof as well as installation of a new commercial-grade kitchen facility.

The commercial kitchen is now allowing the hall to meet catering needs, host banquets and dinner events, and assists in providing Meals on Wheels for seniors. Washrooms have also been enlarged to accommodate wheelchair access along with showers and a change area so that recreation activities might be better accommodated. Recreation events now being hosted at the facility include classes in Tai Chi, Yoga and Dance.

Positive Economic Impacts in Sandspit

In addition to reducing costs associated with heating the facility, the upgrades to Sandspit's community hall are having numerous positive effects for the community. With the improved capacity, the hall can now host a variety of events making it a hub for social interaction. The hall is generating new revenue streams as it is often rented by community groups for events including weddings, banquets, and meetings.