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Coming up in Cowichan: Prayer circle, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Alzheimer webinars, Fun Fair

What’s coming up in Cowichan
Dr. Heather Cooke will be speaking at a presentation by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. on May 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

Everyone is invited to Station Street Park in Duncan for the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Thursday, May 5.

There will be a prayer circle at 9:30 a.m., and red dresses will be hung in the park to symbolize those who have been lost.


Get something for your veggie garden and support Ukraine at the same time on Sunday, May 14.

There will be a tomato plant sale at 6441 Tyler Place in Duncan that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers say there will be 250 tomato plants available for sale, going for three plants for $10.

Proceeds will go to support Ukraine.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley is looking for bowlers.

The organization is hosting their annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake at Duncan Lanes on Sunday, May 15, and they are looking for teams of up to six players to joining the fun.

The event raising money for local mentoring programs.

You can bowl either five or 10 pin and times are from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a minimum $50 pledge to bowl.

For more information or to register phone 250-748-2447 or go to


When a person in the Cowichan and Chemainus valleys living with dementia moves into long-term care, attending care conferences becomes part of the process, ensuring that everyone involved in the care team provides the best care possible.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is helping local families make the most of the conferences. It’s offering a new webinar, Understanding Care Conferences.

The Alzheimer Society has invited Dr. Gloria Puurveen and Dr. Heather Cooke to speak about their experiences with families affected by dementia and discuss what to expect at a care conference. The session will cover what questions to ask, what documentation is needed in advance, and tips for effective communication with the care team.

As a researcher who is passionate about understanding the experiences of older adults and people living with dementia, Puurveen focuses on dementia experiences in relation to “living well” to the end of life, personhood and social citizenship. Cooke has more than 25 years of experience working in dementia care, in both a front-line and research capacity.

Previously a research associate at the UBC School of Nursing, she now works at the Alzheimer Society of B.C., where she leads the organization’s knowledge mobilization efforts.

The free online session takes place on Wednesday, May 18 at 2 p.m. To register visit

Upcoming webinar sessions available to Cowichan and Chemainus valleys families and caregivers also include:

• Understanding communication changes (Wednesday, May 25, 2 p.m.): Explore how communication is affected by dementia and learn effective communication strategies.

• Living safely with dementia (Wednesday, June 1, 2 p.m.): Explore how people living with dementia and their families can live safely in the community.

• Focus on behaviour: Understanding behaviour changes (Wednesday, June 8, 2 p.m.): Learn practical strategies to better understand changes in behaviour and respond in supportive ways.

To learn about other upcoming webinar topics, visit


Cowichan Open Learning is hosting a Spring Fling Fun Fair fundraiser on Thursday, May 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There will be a barbecue, bouncy castle, inflatable orbs, games, prizes, chicken poop bingo, candy table, Loonie Toonie and silent auctions.

“This is a great opportunity for community members to come together,” said organizers.

If you are able to volunteer, you can sign up at

You can check out the online silent auction at

Dr. Gloria Puurveen will be speaking at a presentation by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. on May 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Alzheimer Society of B.C.)