GIRO build progressing

Gabriola Island Recycling Organization

Press Release

Tuesday, July 28 2015

As some islanders may already be aware, the Gabriola Island Recycling Organization (GIRO) is now undergoing a major renovation. The idea is to add on and combine the Restore and Clothing, due to the structural failing of the existing Clothing Trailer.

The wheels were set in motion by the previous GIRO board who applied for a $75,000 grant from a Federal Gas Tax Rebate. With this money and funds, GIRO set aside for renovations and improvements, and the board consulted with staff and volunteers to vision what the new building could look like. We decided to use the “clinic model” with volunteer labour, as key people had come forward to offer their services. 

Our thanks to: Neila Coe: project manager

Architrave: pro bono building designs

Graham MacDonald: site manager (thanks for the clinic too!)

Tim Mitchell

Tony Adamson

John Campbell

Gord Murison

Judith Madsen: coffee and refreshment provider

Architrave submitted the drawings to the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) for permitting in December 2014, and in January this year we sent a delegation to the RDN to apply for a grant-in-aid to help pay for the building permit. This was successful with $1500 reduction in the permit cost.

Since January we have rallied together tradespeople who were willing to help with the build:

Arbutus Building Supplies: helping with materials

Stevos Roofing

Peter Jordison: roofing helper

Scotty the Plumber: plumbing

Ted Ramey: electrical

Ron Slade: electrical


The anticipated timeline for the build is seven months, and anyone who has visited the Depot in the last week will have seen some temporary changes to accessing both the Restore and some extra legwork around the main building to get to the Clothing Trailer.

Our aim is to update Gabriola regularly on how the build is progressing. 

Visit the DEPOT on Wednesdays and Saturdays to see how things are taking shape.