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January 2015

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 - 9:10am


Best wishes from the District of Wells for a very happy 2015!


Community News

What is the Wells and Area Community Association?

By Lindsay Read
December 20, 2014
Wells, BC ~ The Wells and Area Community Association (WAACA) is a non-profit umbrella organization incorporated in April 2013. The mandate of WAACA is to be an umbrella organization (defined as 'an association of groups who work together formally to coordinate activities or pool resources') which represents the interests and needs of the Community of Wells and surrounding area, to cooperate with other community groups in the area on projects of mutual interest and to undertake projects and support activities that make Wells a more resilient and viable place to live.
Here are a few facts about WAACA that you may not know:
  • The programs that are currently under our umbrella are; The Huckleberry Day Care Centre, the Wells Community Garden and the Wells Farmer's Market.
  • In 2014 there were about 20 people who put in 1360 volunteer hours for WAACA, with 5 of those people doing 85% of the work.
  • The official priorities of WAACA are: food security, Day Care, health and social services, housing, recycling and transportation.
If you have any questions about WAACA or any of our programs...

December 2014 Wellspring

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 9:47am

Hi! Please click here to read the December Wellspring.

2014 Election Edition

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 3:35pm

Key Election Dates

Advance Voting: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:00am to 8:00pm in the Wells Community Hall

All Candidates Forum: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Wells Community Hall

General Voting: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8:00am to 8:00pm in the Wells Community Hall


  • Two (2) pieces of ID when you come to vote
  • Voting is conducted IN PERSON only on the above dates


  • Please contact Chief Election Officer, Katrina Leckovic at (250) 994-3330.
  • Additional election information is available on the District of Wells website at www.wells.ca

Councillor Candidates for Election by Voting (Four to be Elected)

Surname Usual Names Jurisdiction of Residence
Dodd Kelsey Margaret Avenue, Wells
Doerksen Tyler Bowman Crescent, Wells
Kilsby Mandy Mildred Avenue, Wells
Kozar Lorraine Hardscrabble Road
Leroy Phil Blair Avenue, Wells
Machan Robert...

November 2014

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:56am

District of Wells News

Volunteer Fire Brigade Rises to the Challenge

The Fire Chief of the Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade, Dennis Manuel gave the following response when the Wellspring inquired about the fire that occurred on Wednesday October 22, 2014:

“A fire broke out in Apartment 43 of the Wells Apartments at 10:15. The alarm was sounded at 10:15 PM. Seven minutes and thirty-eight seconds later the Fire Department arrived at the scene.

The entrance to Apartment 43 was totally engulfed in flames which originated inside the apartment. The initial attack by the firefighters was to knock down the flames outside to prevent them from spreading to the roof, which could have been disastrous. After the outside flames were knocked down the inside flames were extinguished through the ground level windows. The ground level of the apartment was completely destroyed.

A huge thank-you to the Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade for a job well done! The fire investigator commended the Fire Brigade for their skillful job of extinguishing the fire.”

We are all grateful that the Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade exists. They are always looking for recruits.  If you are interested, call Fire Chief Dennis Manuel at 250-994-3330 or come out to practice on Wednesdays at 7pm.

Election 2014 Updates

  • Advanced Voting Day November 5, 2014
  • Voting Day November 15, 2014
  • Remember to...

October 2014

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:43pm

District of Wells News

Wells-Barkerville Community Forest Approved

After many years of work, negotiation, patience and tenacity, the Wells-Barkerville Community Forest has finally been approved for the District of Wells. Having a Community Forest License offers the community of Wells new opportunities in forestry that focus on our community's needs. This would not have been possible without the tireless work of past Economic Development Officer, Jason Griffin, to whom we owe many thanks on this project.
The Wells-Barkerville Community Forest encompasses 4,530 hectares on Cornish Mountain with a total annual allowable cut of 5,000 cubic meters.
Watch for future announcements of public meetings and developments as we move into the next phase of management in our local forest.
Submitted by Margaret Inoue

Election 2014 Updates

  • Nomination Period September 30th to October 10th, 2014

  • Nomination Packages available at the District Office

  • Advance Voting Day November 5, 2014

  • Voting Day November 15, 2014


Most improved Property Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following:
First Prize Residential – Leah Martin, Joey Johnson &Josh Trotter-Wanner
First Prize Commercial – Barb Schmode’s Gift Shop

September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:50pm

District of Wells News

The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon visited Wells and Barkerville on the Labour day weekend. MLA Coralee Oakes also visited Wells at the same time. The Lieutenant Governor and the MLA toured the Water Treatment Plant, Huckleberry Daycare, Barkerville Gold Mines, Island Mountain Arts and the Wells Museum. Here are a few photographs from the visit , submitted by Mayor Robin Sharpe. (For photos, find the printed version of the Wellspring at the District Office and Jack 'o' Clubs General)

Wells Farmers' Market

The Wells and Area Community Association has held four successful farmers’ markets so far this summer!
The remaining market dates are: September 7 & 21. The markets will all be held a the Willow River Park on Barkerville Hwy (where the redroofed gazebo is).
If you are a food producer and interested in selling your wares, please contact Margaret Inoue (marketing@wells.ca) or Rebecca McCarthy (finance@imarts.com) for more details.

Ducks Unlimited Dinner & Auction

September 27, 2014 6 PM
Wells Community Hall
Tickets $40 Each
More info: Robin 250-994-3243


August 2014

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 3:20pm

District of Wells News

BC Timber Sales Referral Proposed logging on Island Mountain

BC Timber Sales is proposing a number of cut blocks in the Big Valley Area (on Island Mountain) to be
developed (logged) over the next 3-4 years. They have submitted a referral notice to the District of
Wells for recreational concerns in the area.
The District of Wells will be gathering and forwarding comments community members may have. A
map and details on the proposed cut-block will be on the wells.ca website under “Latest News”.
If you require additional information or have any comments, please forward them to Margaret Inoue at
marketing@wells.ca or at 250-994-3330.

Bear Alert!

It is still bear season, so please be extra careful out there! Here are a few rules of Bear Safety:
  • Make sure that all food, garbage, or other possible attractants are stored where bears cannot get access.
  • Put garbage out only on the morning of garbage collection day.
  • Report bear incidents to the RCMP (994-3314)
  • Do not feed bears – or any wild animals.


The Wells Detachment of the RCMP, Constables Jason Archer and Bryce Fiegehen, would like to pass along the following information to the residents of Wells:
  1. Random speed checks...

July 2014

Posted on Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:12am

District of Wells News

Theft and Vandalism in Wells

Unfortunately, there have been a number of thefts in the District of Wells in the past two weeks. Equally unfortunately is the fact that most of these incidents have not been reported to the RCMP. The RCMP Officers have assured us that no incident that involves theft or vandalism is too petty and all incidents should definitely be reported.
Please notify the RCMP at 250-994-3314 and report all incidents.
The RCMP Officers currently in Wells are:
  • Constable Jason Archer
  •  Constable Bryce Fiegehen

Building Permits

Please note that when you apply for a building permit you MUST submit a drawing which must then be approved by the Building Inspector BEFORE you are granted a permit to proceed.

Bear Alert!

It is bear season, so please be extra careful out there! Here are a few rules of Bear Safety:
  • Make sure that all food, garbage, or other possible attractants are stored where bears cannot get access.
  • Put garbage out only on the morning of garbage collection day.
  • Report bear incidents to the RCMP (994-3314)
  • Do not feed bears – or any wild animals.

Most Improved Property Contest Now Open!

Prizes available in two categories: Commercial and Residential.
Each category has a $500 first prize...

June 2014

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:43am

District of Wells News

Wells Wellness Grant

On Wednesday, May 7th, BC Healthy Communities and PlanH announced the approved grants for their Community Capacity Building Fund. The program received over 150 applications, of which only 49 were approved. The District of Wells is pleased to announce that our application was successful and we will be receiving $5000 through the “Learn & Connect” stream of the program.
The “Wells Wellness Plan” project is to create a long-term wellness plan for our community through discussions and input from community members, health professionals and Northern Health. The results will help us assess the success of past health projects as well
as identify how to target efforts to fill the gaps that still exist.
Since our busy summer season is already beginning, the project is set to begin in the fall. We always look forward to new ways of improving our community’s health and look forward to engaging individuals and clubs in this project.

School Use Committee

At the May 13, 2014 District of Wells Council meeting, District Council unanimously passed a motion to establish a committee to examine the long-term use of the Wells-Barkerville Community School. Councillor Wilkins will act as the committee Chair, while committee members will represent the school board, school user groups and local...

May 2014

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:22am

District of Wells Announcements

The District of Wells is pleased to announce that Katrina Leckovic has been appointed as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Wells. Katrina will replace current CAO, Gary Champagne, who had returned to the position after retiring in 2011.

Mayor Robin Sharpe and the Wells Council selected Leckovic from a wide pool of local, regional and national applicants. Of the appointment, the mayor says, “after an extensive search and great candidates, I am pleased to welcome Katrina to our wonderful little town and look forward to working with her. Katrina will add a new dimension to our office and is bringing many new ideas and experiences to the community.”

Leckovic comes to Wells very highly recommended by the Town of Antigonish in Nova Scotia where she was most recently the Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Although Antigonish was hoping to keep her for their senior management position, Katrina was keen to move back to BC. In reply to inquiries that have reached the District Office, yes, this is the same Katrina Leckovic who was a professional golfer and qualified for the US LPGA tour in 2008.

Despite the cold, snowy, thaw weather we had in April, during her brief visit to Wells last month, Katrina was impressed by the people she met and the sense of community that was apparent. Katrina will begin in her new position on May 5, 2014 and will work with Gary through a...


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