Photo: Shakesides house in the early 1980s, during the residence of its first official tenant after the death of Hamilton Mack Laing in early 1982.


An Open Letter to Comox Mayor and Council:

We, the Mack Laing Heritage Society of the Comox Valley (MLHS), wish to take this opportunity to thank Comox Council. Their decision to postpone any decision related to the Mack Laing Shakesides house Trust property, for three months, is to be commended. We are encouraged that Comox appears willing to discuss their duties and obligations, as trustees of the Mack Laing Trust.

We fully support an open, public, and transparent discussion between the MLHS, Council, and others. Expert and accurate estimates of time, materials and cost should be sought regarding the conversion of Shakesides into a nature museum/house, as outlined in Mack Laing’s Will and Trust. The MLHS has found many interested local companies and individuals willing to
support and assist in all aspects of this project. There are undoubtedly many more who would come forward, if a true community project is approved by Council. Cost to the taxpayer could therefore be minimal.

The MLHS will shortly issue a public position paper. We have always stated that close adherence to the terms of Mack Laing’s Will and Trust is necessary for the success of a modest nature house or museum. Therefore, we support a community-funded and supported Shakesides facility. Soon, Shakesides could realistically become what Mack Laing intended on his death in 1982
– a small public education facility in the quiet nature park he loved, and which he donated to the citizens of Comox.

Yours sincerely,

MLHS Executive and Members

Mack Laing Heritage Society of the Comox Valley (MLHS)