Tim Hoskin Has His Work Cut Out

By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Jan.14, 2012.

Tim Hoskin has a lot to do as the new director of recreation service.

District’s core service review of its recreational services paints an unflattering picture of miscommunication, antiquated programs, and a general bureaucratic mismanagement at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre.

The review outlines the issues effectively, Hoskin said, and the district will work towards implementing the recommendations.

Tim Hoskin

Tim Hoskin

“We want to review the fees, have the right programs, and maximise the use of the facility,” he said.

He said there is an opportunity for the district to promote tourism by building a strong recreation infrastructure.

“It’s about how we can create strong recreational programs that will attract tourists and families,” he said.

His attention will also be taken up by a new Park and Recreational Master Plan the district is developing.

Hoskin was a senior ranger for BC Parks, managed the public recreation on crown lands with the province, and then went on to work as a national director on the Trans Canada Trail.

He has also worked on the Sea to Sky Trail, along with myriad other projects, such as improving the trails at Brohm Lake and starting a new one at Brandywine.

Engaging different community groups is one of the many skills he will bring to bear on his present job.

“We have to look beyond the walls of our recreation centre and look at opportunities outside for partnerships also,” he said.

Hoskin holds a master’s degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano University.

He has lived in Squamish for over 12 years.

He said he would be willing to hear from the public on their suggestions on how to make recreational service better in Squamish.

He can be contacted at thoskin@squamish.ca.