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The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library mandating vaccines for all employees

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is adopting a Vaccination Operational Policy…

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo
“Lady of the Lake Jorden Matson (left), Second Princess Amber Bell (front) and First Princess Mary Batyi have a sit on Kris Kringle’s knee at Country Grocer on Dec. 3 as the holiday season got fully underway this past weekend following the commencement of December Madness.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 7, 2011)
“Lady of the Lake Jorden Matson (left), Second Princess Amber Bell (front) and First Princess Mary Batyi have a sit on Kris Kringle’s knee at Country Grocer on Dec. 3 as the holiday season got fully underway this past weekend following the commencement of December Madness.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 7, 2011)
“Volunteer decorators, Rebecca Oliver (left), Katherine Worsley (second from left), Samantha Oliver (centre) and Brody Elzinga (right) were brimming with Christmas spirit last week as they took part in a decorating blitz of the Visitor and Business Centre in Lake Cowichan last week. The decorating falls in part with this weekend’s approaching December Madness, which will kick the community’s Christmas season into full gear.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 30, 2011)

Flashback: December madness, forestry fights, parcel taxes

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Volunteer decorators, Rebecca Oliver (left), Katherine Worsley (second from left), Samantha Oliver (centre) and Brody Elzinga (right) were brimming with Christmas spirit last week as they took part in a decorating blitz of the Visitor and Business Centre in Lake Cowichan last week. The decorating falls in part with this weekend’s approaching December Madness, which will kick the community’s Christmas season into full gear.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 30, 2011)
Flanked by QMS Junior School principal Susan Cruikshank, Head of School David Robertson and teacher Dominic Smith, Kionah Williams receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry and program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Queen Margaret’s School can count on Kionah Williams

Grade 7 standout named Duncan Rotary Student of the Month for October

Flanked by QMS Junior School principal Susan Cruikshank, Head of School David Robertson and teacher Dominic Smith, Kionah Williams receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry and program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)

Born to be wild: Goat finds family with herd of deer

Greta the Goat sought freedom from the start

Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)
The Jones’s Christmas Village is being prepared for display again this festive season. (Marcia Jones photo)

Jones’s Christmas Village is back this year

Donations go towards cancer treatment

The Jones’s Christmas Village is being prepared for display again this festive season. (Marcia Jones photo)
Rabbi Meir Kaplan, director of Chabad Vancouver Island, lit a large menorah in Duncan City Square on Nov. 30 to celebrate the third day of Hanukkah. Dozens of people attended the event, and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau gave a speech commemorating the occasion. The menorah is making its way across Vancouver Island to mark the season. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Rabbi Meir Kaplan, director of Chabad Vancouver Island, lit a large menorah in Duncan City Square on Nov. 30 to celebrate the third day of Hanukkah. Dozens of people attended the event, and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau gave a speech commemorating the occasion. The menorah is making its way across Vancouver Island to mark the season. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Author and book

Nanaimo author pens an instant-Christmas classic with a modern twist!

Christmas is a time of tradition. Most children look forward to enjoying…

  • Nov 29, 2021
Author and book
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.

Ellie’s journey: Rare condition points to critical research need

BC Children’s Hospital shares need for increased research for childhood cancers

  • Nov 29, 2021
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.
“Elaine Nurse, the lone tarot card reader at the annual Honeymoon Bay Christmas craft fair, poses for a photo beside her other booth at the fair, Mama Nature’s.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 23, 2011)

Flashback: Elections abound and the village becomes a town

A look back into the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Elaine Nurse, the lone tarot card reader at the annual Honeymoon Bay Christmas craft fair, poses for a photo beside her other booth at the fair, Mama Nature’s.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 23, 2011)
An in-person BC Craft Brewers Conference, BC Beer Con, will take place in New Westminster come February, says BC Craft Brewers Guild. (Pixabay photo)

Something brewing for craft beer aficionados in new year with BC Beer Con

In-person craft beer conference takes place in February in New Westminster, B.C.

An in-person BC Craft Brewers Conference, BC Beer Con, will take place in New Westminster come February, says BC Craft Brewers Guild. (Pixabay photo)
The Run for the Claus is back this year with a virtual event. (Citizen file)

Coming up in Cowichan

Events coming to Cowichan

The Run for the Claus is back this year with a virtual event. (Citizen file)
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)
“It was a sombre atmosphere in front of the Lake Cowichan Legion on Remembrance Day as the parade’s participants — war veterans, their friends and relatives, the RCMP and other military factions — prepared to march to the Cenotaph.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 16, 2011)

Flashback: Wildlife warning, ‘women heavy council’, water woes

A look back into the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“It was a sombre atmosphere in front of the Lake Cowichan Legion on Remembrance Day as the parade’s participants — war veterans, their friends and relatives, the RCMP and other military factions — prepared to march to the Cenotaph.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 16, 2011)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)

Salvation Army launches emergency response in support of flood victims

Agency on front lines in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna

The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)
“The placing of the wreaths, was one of Mayor Earle Darling’s last official duties last Monday during the Remembrance Day ceremonies. With him is Mayor-elect, Jean Brown.” (Lake News, Nov. 13, 1996)
“The placing of the wreaths, was one of Mayor Earle Darling’s last official duties last Monday during the Remembrance Day ceremonies. With him is Mayor-elect, Jean Brown.” (Lake News, Nov. 13, 1996)
Bob Collins, a former member of the Queen’s Own in Winnipeg, stands at attention on Oct. 22 at Cobble Hill Cenotaph to honour members of the Canadian military who died in Canada in non-combat roles. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Remembrance Day: Honouring all those who have served in uniform

All the ways we remember our dead in Cowichan

  • Nov 11, 2021
Bob Collins, a former member of the Queen’s Own in Winnipeg, stands at attention on Oct. 22 at Cobble Hill Cenotaph to honour members of the Canadian military who died in Canada in non-combat roles. (Robert Barron/Citizen)