Jay Groberman, from TBC Teletheatre BC, stands in front of screens showcasing live horse races around the world that patrons at Chances Cowichan gaming centre in Duncan can now bet on. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Duncan’s Chances gaming centre introduces live horse racing

Business notes

Horse racing fans in the Cowichan Valley now have the opportunity to watch and bet on races being held live around the world at Chances Cowichan gaming centre in Duncan, located at 436 Cowichan Way.

TBC Teletheatre BC has recently introduced Racebook, in which live horse races meet the latest video technology, in Chance’s Lounge area.

TBC spokesman Jay Groberman said 12 screens recently installed in the lounge broadcast horse races being held across the globe, and people have the opportunity to bet on them at betting machines as if they were actually at the track.

He said information on each horse, including background, name and racing statistics, is also provided to help people decide which horse to bet on.

Island Savings giving away $50,000; apply now

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, is looking to donate $50,000 to a deserving charitable organization.

The major gift is an extension of Simple Generosity, a community investment program sponsored by First West, that applauds volunteerism and supports local non-profits in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“As a credit union, we recognize that children and families are at the heart of vibrant, thriving communities,” said Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at First West Credit Union.

“This is why we’re so proud to commemorate this monumental year in Canada’s history by supporting those who make our country so special.”

Non-profit and charitable organizations are invited to apply for the grant until May 25 at islandsavings.ca/SimpleGenerosity.

Holistic health coach teaching healthy eating

Ruth Haynes, a holistic health coach, is doing her part to teach healthy living and eating habits.

Haynes just completed teaching a four-week pilot program on healthy meal preparation, totaling 24 hours, to nine members of Cowichan Tribes.

She said she taught the participants better and more economical ways of eating, including the basics of cooking, different ways of preparing foods, which foods are better for you and generally promoting healthy lifestyles.

Haynes is a certified chef and has worked at Cowichan District Hospital.

Haynes, who is also privately coaches people to live healthy lifestyles, has agreed to continue to teach the program to members of the Cowichan Tribes.

“I see so many people going into grocery stores and just buying two litres of pop and a case of Kraft dinner,” she said.

“I want people to know there are better and more economical ways to eat.”

For more information, call Haynes at 250-812-7578.