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The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.

Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
Dr. Peter German is offering a one-day course on “The Money Laundering Threat” for VIU ElderCollege in 2021. German wrote the report “Dirty Money” for the B.C. Government that exposed elaborate money laundering schemes in B.C. casinos and led to the ongoing Cullen inquiry into money laundering in B.C. (Submitted)

VIU ElderCollege rolling out 72 online courses

Courses range from “Populism, Social Media, Elections and Fake News,” to “ Stimulate Your Creativity”.

  • Jan 14, 2021
Dr. Peter German is offering a one-day course on “The Money Laundering Threat” for VIU ElderCollege in 2021. German wrote the report “Dirty Money” for the B.C. Government that exposed elaborate money laundering schemes in B.C. casinos and led to the ongoing Cullen inquiry into money laundering in B.C. (Submitted)
The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)

10,000 old Nanaimo-area garbage bins repurposed elsewhere on the Island

Used containers donated to school districts, communities to be reused

The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)
Amber Clayton took this shot of Cowichan Lake’s Clayton family out on the Trans Canada Trail. (Amber Clayton photo)

Photos from our Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Check out these shots from members of the community

Amber Clayton took this shot of Cowichan Lake’s Clayton family out on the Trans Canada Trail. (Amber Clayton photo)
The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Monolith appears in Vancouver Island yard

Item in Courtenay showed up on Wikipedia list for a little while

The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Taish Tommy, VIU ABE student, is the winner of the Mike Coleman Citizenship Award for 2020. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU Cowichan student awarded for community service

The Mike Coleman Award for Citizenship

  • Dec 28, 2020
Taish Tommy, VIU ABE student, is the winner of the Mike Coleman Citizenship Award for 2020. (Vancouver Island University photo)
“An angel tells part of the Christmas story while shepherds and angels keep watch during the Yount School Christmas nativity pageant.” (Lake News, Dec. 22, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Workers cleared, Jaws used, payment sought

Do you remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

“An angel tells part of the Christmas story while shepherds and angels keep watch during the Yount School Christmas nativity pageant.” (Lake News, Dec. 22, 1980)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
‘Santa at the Co-op was a big success with not only small children, but even his helpers had a big kiss for him, for the job he does so well. Sitting on Santa’s knee is Kimberly Knott (left) and Nina Padjen (right).” (Lake News, Dec. 20, 1995)

Flashback: Vandals, a new pub, and development delays

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

‘Santa at the Co-op was a big success with not only small children, but even his helpers had a big kiss for him, for the job he does so well. Sitting on Santa’s knee is Kimberly Knott (left) and Nina Padjen (right).” (Lake News, Dec. 20, 1995)
Danielle Groenendijk and some of her Vancouver Island University teammates back in 2018. (Photo submitted)

Cowichan volleyball star running for Parkinson’s awareness, funding

Cause in honour of her grandfather the focus of athlete’s energy over 30 days

Danielle Groenendijk and some of her Vancouver Island University teammates back in 2018. (Photo submitted)
Joy Sheldon shares a story from her anthology for Christmas. (Submitted)

Christmas Chaos revisited: the attic

The dreaded trip to the attic.

  • Dec 18, 2020
Joy Sheldon shares a story from her anthology for Christmas. (Submitted)
A new campaign is reminding people not to abandon those in their lives due to a diagnosis of dementia. (Submitted)

Don’t abandon friends with dementia

Alzheimer Society of B.C. awareness campaign this fall: “Don’t change. Even if they do.”

  • Dec 18, 2020
A new campaign is reminding people not to abandon those in their lives due to a diagnosis of dementia. (Submitted)
Thomas Payne, 3, and Ronald Choley, 9, chat with Santa through their car window during a socially distanced visit in Honeymoon Bay on Sunday afternoon For the full story, see page 13. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Socially distanced Santa a success in Honeymoon Bay

24 families take advantage of COVID-safe visits in Honeymoon Bay

Thomas Payne, 3, and Ronald Choley, 9, chat with Santa through their car window during a socially distanced visit in Honeymoon Bay on Sunday afternoon For the full story, see page 13. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
From left, Norm Wills, president of the Mill Bay Community League, Traci Waite CMS Food Bank coordinator, and Shane Ryan, vice president of the Mill Bay Community League and CVRD alternate director for Mill Bay/Malahat. (Submitted)

Mill Bay Community League donates party money to food bank

Many Mill Bay/Malahat residents will avail of this community support

  • Dec 17, 2020
From left, Norm Wills, president of the Mill Bay Community League, Traci Waite CMS Food Bank coordinator, and Shane Ryan, vice president of the Mill Bay Community League and CVRD alternate director for Mill Bay/Malahat. (Submitted)
“Lake Cowichan Fire Department members, outside Country Grocer during their third annual Christmas Hamper Toy Drive event, Saturday, Dec. 11 [2010], wherein they collect non-perishable foods, monetary donations, and toys, for Cowichan Lake Community Services’ Christmas Hamper program. Throughout Friday evening and Saturday, the firefighters collected $1,419 and four truck loads of toys and food. The Christmas hampers will be put together by volunteers at the Centennial Hall, throughout the day, Wednesday, December 15, and distributed to recipients the following day.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 15, 2010)
“Lake Cowichan Fire Department members, outside Country Grocer during their third annual Christmas Hamper Toy Drive event, Saturday, Dec. 11 [2010], wherein they collect non-perishable foods, monetary donations, and toys, for Cowichan Lake Community Services’ Christmas Hamper program. Throughout Friday evening and Saturday, the firefighters collected $1,419 and four truck loads of toys and food. The Christmas hampers will be put together by volunteers at the Centennial Hall, throughout the day, Wednesday, December 15, and distributed to recipients the following day.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 15, 2010)
Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends

VIDEO: Half a dozen humpback whales have play day near Vancouver Island shoreline

Peter Hamilton, founder of Life Force Ocean Friends, submitted this video of…

Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends
You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Visiting hours set for socially-distanced Santa greetings in Chemainus

Walkers and drive-bys welcome at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20

You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus woman warns of scams on dating sites from personal experience

Rose gets her $1,500 back, but most aren’t as fortunate

A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)