Adorably elfed-up 10-month-old Remy Chartier sat on Santa’s lap for the first time as Ucluelet welcomed Jolly Old St. Nicholas to a scrumptious pancake breakfast at the community centre on Dec. 14. Along with luring Santa to town, the event also raised funds for the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Adorably elfed-up 10-month-old Remy Chartier sat on Santa’s lap for the first time as Ucluelet welcomed Jolly Old St. Nicholas to a scrumptious pancake breakfast at the community centre on Dec. 14. Along with luring Santa to town, the event also raised funds for the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Elected leaders in Tofino and Ucluelet share their letters to Santa

Officials took time from their busy holiday schedules to share their Christmas wishlists

Elected officials in Tofino and Ucluelet took time from their busy holiday schedules to share their Christmas wishlists with the Westerly News:

Dear Pere Noel:

A white Christmas is always a desire during this special time for my community that I proudly represent. Secondly, I wish to see movement on the affordable housing project on Lot 13. Staff have a deadline of April 15,2020 to have their ducks in order, only to be followed by secondary detached suites for residents wanting to invest in their property.

Creating new opportunities is what I want to see you bring to the residents, which gives us all hope on the housing front.

This year has been a busy year and there is no disputing that. I am looking forward to a slow week or two to allow myself to reset my clock.

I wish for everyone to have a quiet and safe Holiday season.

Time goes quickly so make sure to enjoy your family time.

Having a second chance is not always in the cards so enjoy those around you.

Thank you.

Mayco Noel, Mayor of Ucluelet

READ MORE: VIDEO: Santa visits Ucluelet

Dear Santa

Welcome back to Tofino!

We know you’re on a lightening quick trip through our tiny village, but here’s hoping you’ll pause for an eggnog latte while you recharge your new Sleighmaster2000 all-electric sleigh. While you’re here, we’ve arranged our 70+ voice Tofino & Ucluelet Community Choir to sing some holiday song mash-ups and we’ve booked a hot stone massage so you can rest your shoulders after all that gift-slinging.

We hope you’ve heard that the West Coast is on a path to ditch single-use plastics, so if you’re still stumped for a few gift ideas, please think about toys and gifts designed to last for years to come.

But you know, Santa, we know we live in a beautiful place, with an amazing community, so all I’m really asking for this Christmas is that you keep coming back and inspiring us with the very best of what this season is about – friendship, family, and gratitude.

Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino

READ MORE: VIDEO: Santa visits Tofino

A Ukee Christmas carol

Please use your rhyming imagination, or call it an artistic liberty if you will. And, for those that know my lack of musical ability – please don’t imagine me putting it to song.

On the 12th day of Christmas I dream of Santa bringing to Ukee:

12 ambulance pagers silent

1,100 meters of ʔapsčiik t̓ašii connecting

10 bus stops plotting

9 Healthcare Centre Stakeholders planning

8 km of trail expanding

7 District Budget meetings

6 Staff Teams exceeding

5 Council striving

4th Speed Bump installing

$3 million in legacy (BCF) investing

2 ‘Ucluelet’ schools upgrading

and a Multiplex just down the road.

And, above all, the merriest of the season to all and the best for 2020 for all our community, neighbours, friends and family locally and afar.

Rachelle Cole, Ucluelet councillor

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