The Gabriola Community Hall has served Gabriola for 100 years as its largest publically owned building. Weddings, memorials, concerts, plays, fund raisers, meetings, elections, dances, socials, craft and food fairs, etc are all held there. There is a pre-school in the building and both scouts & guides use the Hall. Badminton, pickleball, ping-pong, line dancing, folk dancing, karate, tai Chi, etc are all held there. The Hall is truly part of the fabric of Gabriola life.
The Hall costs about $30,000 per year to operate and we earn about $18,000 per year from rents. The shortfall is made up by fund raising, particularly the annual Salmon BBQ and there is very little 'extra' money. We apply for grants & donations from the RDN, Lions, Nanaimo Foundation, Village Foods, etc to help pay for some of the maintainance.
Our building is now 33 years old and some bigger maintenance items will soon need attention. Particularly the flat roof will need re-surfacing, the floor re-finishing and the original electrics installed in 1984 needs updating.
We also have a long list (below) of projects that would improve and expand use of the Hall. With assured long-term funding, we could manage the coming larger maintenance needs and be pro-active in developing to better meet the needs of Gabriolans.