Whaletown Community Club Cemetery by-laws

On September 21 at 7pm at the Gorge Hall,  the Whaletown Community Club members will be asked to discuss the first by-laws that will govern the administration of the Whaletown cemetery. This will be a general meeting and members will then vote to approve these by-laws.

These by-laws will allow the WCC to officially provide green burials at the Whaletown cemetery, in compliance with  permitting regulations.

As the responsibility for the cemetery passes from one set of volunteers to another, these by-laws will provide management consistency, and a framework for knowledge transfer over successive generations.

Even though only WCC members will discuss and vote on the by-laws on the 21st of September, all community members need to be informed of the management of their final resting place and that of those they hold dear.  

The traditions that celebrate our lives and its passing do evolve and new traditions are created.

Under the guidance of Margaret Verschuur and with the assistance of Noah Davidson the Whaletown Community Club is proposing to create a green burial section in the expanded  portion of the cemetery.

The map of that new section is below

On September 13 at 7pm at the Gorge Hall  Margaret Verschuur and Noah Davidson will make a presentation to the community on green burials and answer your questions and consider your suggestions.

For the WCC

Gabriel Dinim, president

If you wish to become a member of the Whaletown Community Club to vote on this important issue, please mail your contact information and your fee to WCC Box 54 Whaletown, V0P 1Z0.

Family $15    single $10

You can also buy a membership at the general  meeting on the 21st of September

WHALETOWN CEMETERY

BYLAWS

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  1. INTERPRETATION

In these Bylaws:

Terms defined in the “Cremation, Interment, and Funeral Services Act” and the “Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority Act” and all regulations made thereto, as amended, revised, consolidated or replaced from time to time shall have the meaning ascribed to them unless expressly defined otherwise in this Bylaw.

In this Bylaw unless context otherwise requires:

“Board”Means“Whaletown Community Club”, which is the registered owner of the Whaletown Cemetery and is responsible for the administration and maintenance of same.  
“President”MeansThe person elected by the Board from its members to perform the duties of the President.  
“Secretary”MeansThe person appointed by the Board to perform the duties of Secretary.  
“Cemetery Committee”MeansThe committee of volunteer(s) appointed by the Board to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Whaletown Cemetery in accordance with any enactment of British Columbia or Canada, as the case may be, and any bylaw of the Board, as amended, revised, consolidated, or replaced from time to time.  
“Burial Plot”MeansA designated space in the Cemetery that provides one grave and is intended for burying the human remains or cremated remains of one (1) person.  
“Burial Permit”MeansA legal document issued in the Province of British Columbia acknowledging the registration of a death with the Vital Statistics Agency of B.C. and required for a burial of human remains in the Province of B.C.  
“Spouse”MeansA person who: is married to another person or;has lived with another person in a marriage-like relationship for a period of at least 2 years.

The use of words signifying the masculine shall include the feminine.

  1. LANDS USED AS THE CEMETERY

The following lands, owned and maintained by the Whaletown Community Club, have been set aside and used for Cemetery purposes:

Whaletown Cemetery, legally described as being:         

Roll: 16304.005 PID: 009-785-523 Legal: Section 34, Sayward Land District, Cortes Island PT NW ¼ Shown in Red on PL 352R Street: Carrington Bay Road

  • FILING AND CUSTODY OF PLANS AND CEMETERY BYLAWS

On request, copies of the plans and of these bylaws shall be submitted to Consumer Protection BC for review and filing. A copy of the Plans of the Cemetery and Bylaws shall be submitted to the Cemeteries Branch for acceptance and filing. Copies shall also be kept for inspection by the public at the Gorge Hall.

  • QUALIFICATIONS FOR INTERMENT OR SCATTERING OF CREMATED REMAINS
  1. Those persons qualifying to have their bodies or cremated remains buried or their cremated remains scattered in the Whaletown Cemetery are limited to:
    1. An owner, past or present, of land on Cortes Island,
    1. A full- or part-time resident, past or present, of Cortes Island,
    1. A grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, spouse or sibling of such an owner or resident
  • BURIAL PLOT ASSIGNMENT, FEES AND CHARGES
  1. Burial plot assignment shall only be made at the time a burial plot is required for an interment of human remains or cremated remains. Where possible, a spouse may reserve the burial plot next to their deceased partner.
  • There are no charges for a burial plot. The opening and closing of the grave and fees for this are the responsibility of next of kin or estate of the deceased.
  • Voluntary donations towards the maintenance and improvements to the Whaletown Cemetery can be made to the Whaletown Community Club.
  • INTERMENT AND EXHUMATION
  1. Interment shall be in respect to human remains only.
  • Interment shall be below ground level only.
  • Each interment in the cemetery shall be made in a grave, dug to provide for a minimum of four feet of earth between the lower level of the container and the level of the ground surrounding the burial plot.
  1. Each placement of cremated remains shall have twelve inches (12”) of earth between the cremated remains and the surface of the plot.
  • The location, layout, opening and closing of graves, and the placement of the memorial of each burial plot shall be supervised by any member of the Cemetery Committee.
  • There shall be no liner or vault placed in a grave space.
  • A Burial Permit must be provided to any member of the Cemetery Committee before human remains can be interred in the cemetery. This certificate becomes a part of the permanent records of the Secretary.
  • Exhumation of interred remains shall only be carried out by written order of a competent authority, as designated in the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act.
  • THE SIZE OF BURIAL PLOTS
  1. The size of a burial plot for human remains shall be six feet by ten feet (6’x10’).
  • The size of a burial plot for cremated remains shall be two feet by two feet (2’x2’)
  • Cremated remains may be placed in a grave of a family member.
  • Family members are reminded that the conditions of Article F, 5 of these Bylaws also apply to cremated remains.
  • MEMORIALS
  1. All types of memorial markers are acceptable, as long as they meet all of the following conditions
    1. fit inside the curbing, If there is no curbing, fit within one foot (1’) of the plot boundaries, and
    1. are less than three feet (3’) high, and
    1. do not contain plastic
  • CONDUCT WITHIN THE CEMETERY
  1. The Cemetery will be open from dawn to dusk.
  • No person shall damage or deface any memorial, fence, gate, construction, structure or any other improvement in the Cemetery.
  • Except for routine tidying and maintenance, no person shall plant, remove, cut down or destroy any trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, or bulbs in the Cemetery unless prior authorization is received from the Board or its appointed representative.
  1. Any person not behaving with proper decorum within the Cemetery or disturbing the quiet and the good order of the Cemetery, may be evicted there from by the Board or any member of the Cemetery Committee.
  • No person shall enter the Cemetery in a vehicle without prior permission from any member of the Cemetery Committee.
  • No person shall discharge firearms, other than in regular volleys at burial services, in the Cemetery.
  • NATURAL BURIAL
  1. Natural burial (also referred to as green burial) is an environmentally sensitive practice wherein the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and contribute to new life.
  • The Bylaws of the cemetery in their entirety together with those that follow here shall apply to the provision of natural burial rights of interment, natural burial interment of human remains, interment of cremated remains in a natural burial area, scattering of cremated remains in a natural burial area, and memorialization.
  • Natural burial plot assignment shall only be made at the time a burial plot is required for an interment of human remains or cremated remains.
  • The size of a burial plot for human remains shall be six feet by ten feet (6’x10’).
  • The size of a burial plot for cremated remains shall be two by two feet (2’x2’)
  • Cremated remains may be placed in a grave of a family member.
  • Once burial lots are fully utilized, they shall be left to become part of the natural landscape. Only locally indigenous trees, bushes, shrubs, groundcover and wildflowers native to and typical of those found in the Whaletown climate zone shall be planted in a natural burial area.
  • Interments – Human Remains shall:
  1. be in a natural state and shall not be embalmed, and;
    1. be clothed, wrapped or shrouded in natural and fully biodegradable fiber or material, and;
    1. be enclosed in a shroud, casket or alternative container that is primarily constructed of fully biodegradable and environmentally sustainable materials, and;
  1. not have any non-biodegradable item, memento or article placed inside the space occupied by the remains, and;
    1. be enclosed in a shroud, casket or alternative container that permits the dignified transport and safe handling of the human remains by all persons so charged.

The interment of human remains shall be made at a depth deemed sufficient to achieve effective, natural decomposition of the human remains interred and be of sufficient depth to ensure the interred human remains will not be disturbed by wildlife.

  • Interments – Cremated Remains

There is no requirement for an urn or other container to be used for the interment of cremated remains. When an urn or container is to be used for interment of cremated remains, it shall:

  1. be fully biodegradable and constructed of environmentally sustainable materials, and;
    1. not have any interior non-biodegradable liner, container or bag.

Whether or not in an urn or other container, the depth at which cremated remains are buried should provide for twelve inches (12”) of earth above the remains.

  • Scattering – Cremated Remains

Cremated remains may be scattered in an area so designated by any member of the Cemetery Committee. They must not contain any non-biodegradable materials.

  • The Board shall approve the installation of any memorial structures to commemorate natural burial interments.  
  • ADMINISTRATION

The management and administration of the Cemetery is carried out by the Board, assisted by such committees as may be appointed

Notwithstanding anything herein contained, the administration and operation of the Cemetery shall be carried out in accordance with the “Cremation, Interment, and Funeral Services Act” and the “Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority Act” and the regulations made there-under.

REVISED AND APPROVED AUGUST 2021.

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Secretary                                                                       President

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The Whaletown community club is a social organization  dedicated to providing the Cortes Island Community with cultural events and  programs for all ages .

The Whaletown community Club is responsible for the Gorge Hall, the old School House Gallery, the Whaletown Library,  the cemetery, and the Gorge Harbour park.

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