École Cobble Hill is making up care packages for people who need them this Christmas. (submitted)

École Cobble Hill is making up care packages for people who need them this Christmas. (submitted)

Coming up in Cowichan: Kids caring for others at Christmas; attainable housing workshops

Students say Everybody Deserves a Smile

Students and staff at École Cobble Hill are gearing up the community with the Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) Kindness Care Package Project and spreading the love in the Cowichan Valley.

Students are asking for the community’s help in creating 380 kindness packages for those suffering from homelessness by donating new gloves, tuques, scarves, and warm socks to the cause.

Students are specifically looking for tuques and gloves in women’s medium and men’s extra-large sizes. Cash donations are also accepted.

“This project is a wonderful example of how engaged our learners and educators are with our community,” said Candace Spilsbury, Cowichan Valley School District Board of Education chair. “To have our youngest generation leading our community in such an impactful way shows that our future is in good hands.”

Community members looking to donate to Everybody Deserves A Smile Kindness Care Package Project can find drop-off locations at: École Cobble Hill: 3642 Learning Way, Cobble Hill; Drumroaster Coffee: 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd., Cobble Hill; Kerry Park Arena: 1035 Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Rd., Mill Bay; and Rona: 3730 Trans Canada Hwy., Cobble Hill.

Further information can be found here: http://edas.ca/project/duncan/

Cowichan Housing Association wants your opinion

Cowichan Housing Association is inviting the public to a series of planning workshops for attainable housing.

Over the past six months the CHA, with Social Planning Cowichan, has been conducting housing research and consultations to develop a Regional Attainable Housing Strategy.

The purpose of the upcoming sessions is to present what has been learned and invite feedback to help develop an action plan.

The sessions are Thursday, Nov. 29, 1-5 p.m. at the lake Cowichan 50+ Activity Centre, at 55 Coronation St. in Lake Cowichan; Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre at 810 6th Ave. in Ladysmith; and Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:30 -4:30 p.m. at O.U.R. Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd. in Shawnigan Lake.

The first workshop features guest speaker Josie Osborne, the second features Judy Stafford and the third features Guy Dauncey. There is also an Ecovillage tour and optional lunch available at the Shawnigan Lake event.

To register for one of the sessions go to eventbrite.ca