Cowichan Coffee Time

It’s a happy day for Mill Bay’s marine search and rescue team when Chevron steps up with a big cheque. (Submitted)It’s a happy day for Mill Bay’s marine search and rescue team when Chevron steps up with a big cheque. (Submitted)
Groups restore two ancient clam gardens in and around Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. (submitted)Groups restore two ancient clam gardens in and around Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. (submitted)
The staff of Growing Together Child and Parent Society celebrate the retirement of Wendy Fetchko ( second from left). (submitted)The staff of Growing Together Child and Parent Society celebrate the retirement of Wendy Fetchko ( second from left). (submitted)
The children, families, staff and board of Growing Together Child and Parent Society are thrilled with their freshly-painted gazebo, thanks to the help of Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak. From left: Larry Mattin (principal of Cowichan Valley Open Learning), Marilyn Bright and Karolyn Sherman (board members), Lianne MacWatt (parent), Keith Grey (Rotarian), and Karen Rentschler (early childhood educator). (submitted)The children, families, staff and board of Growing Together Child and Parent Society are thrilled with their freshly-painted gazebo, thanks to the help of Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak. From left: Larry Mattin (principal of Cowichan Valley Open Learning), Marilyn Bright and Karolyn Sherman (board members), Lianne MacWatt (parent), Keith Grey (Rotarian), and Karen Rentschler (early childhood educator). (submitted)
Eleven-year-old Peyton Haslam of the Cowichan 4H Beef Club cares for Gibson, a pure Hereford steer during the 4H competition at The Fair at the PNE. (submitted)Eleven-year-old Peyton Haslam of the Cowichan 4H Beef Club cares for Gibson, a pure Hereford steer during the 4H competition at The Fair at the PNE. (submitted)

• From July 21-25, Parks Canada worked with Hul’qumi’num and WSÁNEC Traditional Knowledge Working Groups to actively restore two ancient clam gardens in and around Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

They guided Parks Canada staff, community members and volunteers in caring for two clam garden sites according to the traditional methods passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.

Caring for these clam gardens involves digging for clams, turning over the sediment that makes up the beach, and hauling boulders to a place along the rock walls, which are ancient archaeological structures found in the intertidal zone.

• Jane Kilthei of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay had this to say recently:

“I want to take a moment to thank Cari Burdett and her Lila Music Choir for putting on the ‘Sing for Cedar &Salmon’ benefit concert for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre on June 10 at Duncan United Church. It was an absolutely amazing concert and we are so grateful.

“Thanks also to musicians Yvonne Hernandez and her Coastline Fiddlers, Genevieve Charbonneau, Paul Ruszel and King Tide, Corbin Keep and Tanya Gillespie who sang and played their hearts out to a full house. A good time was had by all and the $1,600 raised for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay is already making an important contribution to hands-on nature education in the estuary.

“We have such incredible talent here in the Cowichan Valley and such a generous and giving community.”

• Chevron’s Adrien Byrne reports that the company presented $10,000 to the Mill Bay branch of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The funding will enable RCMSAR to upgrade their search and rescue vessel and continue to ensure critical search and rescue support around the waters of southern Vancouver Island.