OFF THE GRID IS OK: Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell recently toured the Judith Fisher Centre on Lasqueti Island

OFF THE GRID IS OK: Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell recently toured the Judith Fisher Centre on Lasqueti Island

Lasqueti Island’s Judith Fisher Centre continues to expand services

The community has raised the majority of the funds for the centre (more than $550,000 so far) with $48,000 coming from the province

OFF THE GRID IS OK: Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell recently toured the Judith Fisher Centre on Lasqueti Island, which continues to expand its services to the 420 people who live on the Island. Above, volunteer project manager Ray Lipovsky shows Stilwell some of the building’s hot water heating system. Lasqueti Island is not on a power grid. The community has raised the majority of the funds for the centre (more than $550,000 so far) with $48,000 coming from the province’s B.C. Remote Communities Implementation Program. The Lasqueti Last Resort Society was formed in 2002 to plan Island housing options for seniors but broadened its mission to include health and wellness services. The Judith Fisher Centre opened in 2013, with an elder cottage added in 2014. Construction of the health centre interior was completed this year.