Knox Centre, Sooke - History

History of Knox Centre

In May of 2008 a group of 8 members, appointed by Knox Presbyterian Church, Sooke, met to envision how the congregation could give practical expression of God’s love to the community.

Many ideas arose, but the predominant conclusion was to assist in providing suitable, affordable housing for residents of Sooke on property owned by the church.

A registered ‘Not-for-Profit’ Society was established in December of 2008 under the name Knox Vision Society.

 

Knox Centre, Sooke - Under ConstructionKnox Vision Society Vision Statement:

Knox Vision Society exists

To Glorify God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

by offering Christian love

through services and programmes

to all people.

 

Based on: Matthew 22: 37-40 which says:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment. 

And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

The journey to the present-day building (currently under construction) was complex with many alternate plans and models. Re-zoning of the property and determining permitted uses took a considerable investment of time and finances. After engaging several architects, engineers and consultants progress began to be evident with the removal of the old house in 2014 and then with the clearing of the land in 2017.

The Vision Society is indebted to Atcorr Consulting, Joe Newell Architects and Knight Contracting for graciously working with us in developing the 42 Unit – affordable Housing complex. BC Housing partnered with the Vision Society by providing a portion of the funding and a guarantee for the mortgage of this $11.4 million project which is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019.