Town council wants your input on South Shore road project

Construction on the eco-friendly parking lot for the arena has begun, and will contribute to improving our town’s appearance.

Construction on the eco-friendly parking lot for the arena has begun, and will contribute to improving our town’s appearance.

Along with the arena’s renovations, the enhancement will put a finishing touch to the project, focusing on the environmental impact of the project and the goals of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society and the Cowichan Water Board. This is an exciting and important initiative.

Recently, representatives of the Vancouver Island Regional Library provided us with a look at the preliminary plans for our new library. This is going to be a great addition to our downtown core. Look for future notices for the public to have a chance to see what is planned.

As we continue with the revitalization of our town, implementing a strategic plan to attract businesses is an important goal.

Our rich history and natural environment should help in creating those possibilities.

I will reiterate once again, council would like to hear your ideas for South Shore Road. Meetings have begun in preparation for next year’s paving and we don’t want to hear your great ideas after completion of the project. My colleagues and I always appreciate your thoughts and feedback on projects of this magnitude.

It takes all kinds to make up a community and our town has been blessed with some incredible people.

I would like to bring to your attention one of our talented young people – Jackie Johnson.

I have to confess, I hadn’t paid much attention to the BC Ambassador Programme until recently.

Days prior to leaving for Merritt to represent Cowichan Lake, Jackie allowed me the opportunity to see her final rehearsal before the pageant. This young lady put so much hard work and time in preparing for this event.

To memorize three separate speeches and to complete them within seconds of the three or four minutes allotted for each category was impressive, and it was an honor for me and for our town to have someone like her represent us.

It was heartwarming to hear her words regarding our community. From all accounts, her performance in Merritt was flawless. She placed in the top five in all categories and won the Top Community Award, plus the People’s Choice Award and won scholarships. Congratulations Jackie! We are all very proud of you.

The ½ Cutz Ball Tournament is another great example of people turning a fun event into helping others.

This event raised a lot of money for kids with cancer in the Cowichan Valley.

Kudos to the organizers, helpers and participants for your generous contributions. Expenses for these unfortunate kids are huge and money from this tournament goes a long way to help offset the costs.

The Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society held the annual river cleanup, Saturday, August 27.

We all benefit from the beauty and cleanliness of our river, so please help out by doing your part in keeping it clean. Good people who care for each other will keep our town strong.

Thank you to our staff, employees and all of you who contribute to making our town a better place to live!