Lake Cowichan thanks Lady of the Lake royalty Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy for a great year

Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy enjoy a quiet hug backstage after an emotional ‘recognition ceremony’ that thanked them for their hard work during the past year. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy enjoy a quiet hug backstage after an emotional ‘recognition ceremony’ that thanked them for their hard work during the past year. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lady of the Lake Society’s Desiree Karlsson thanks Denise Allan for her years of hard work with the Lake’s royalty program. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lady of the Lake Society’s Desiree Karlsson thanks Denise Allan for her years of hard work with the Lake’s royalty program. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
2018/19 First Princess Olivia Skinner thanks supporters and sponsors for their help during the year, checking her notes to make sure she hasn’t missed anybody. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)2018/19 First Princess Olivia Skinner thanks supporters and sponsors for their help during the year, checking her notes to make sure she hasn’t missed anybody. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Second Princess Amber Eddy thanks the big crowd at Saywell Park during the ‘recognition ceremony’ for the 2018/19 royalty. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Second Princess Amber Eddy thanks the big crowd at Saywell Park during the ‘recognition ceremony’ for the 2018/19 royalty. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Paul Jordan of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce leads the applause for Lady of the Lake royals, Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy, as they complete their year June 8. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Paul Jordan of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce leads the applause for Lady of the Lake royals, Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy, as they complete their year June 8. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
‘It’s been quite a year and you’ve done a great job,’ Chamber of Commerce’s Paul Jordan tells Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy, as the 2018/19 Lady of the Lake royalty complete their year. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)‘It’s been quite a year and you’ve done a great job,’ Chamber of Commerce’s Paul Jordan tells Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy, as the 2018/19 Lady of the Lake royalty complete their year. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Overflowing gratitude was the order of the day at Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m as the community gathered around the Lake Days stage to see the 2018/19 Lady of the Lake royalty finish their official year.

First Princess Olivia Skinner and Second Princess Amber Eddy received gifts, bouquets, and the adulation of the crowd for their excellent performance of their duties during a challenging year.

It began when Lady of the Lake, Keely McDonald, withdrew from the royalty program, and the difficulties continued when there were not enough potential candidates to run a competition this spring. A decision was made to put the Lady of the Lake on hiatus for a year, and return in 2020, which will be the 75th anniversary of the Lady of the Lake.

It will be a whole new world for the long-running contest next year as Jocelyn Lundberg has taken over the program from Denise Allan, who retired from that position this spring. Allan was called up to the stage at Saywell Park so that Skinner and Eddy could officially thank her both on their behalf and for all the former royalty and candidates she had supported with her warmth and knowledge.

In addition, everyone involved in Lady of the Lake joined the wider community in mourning the death, late last week, of Miriam Coghlan, a tremendous supporter and long-time volunteer for the royalty program.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Paul Jordan and the Lady of the Lake’s Desiree Karlsson led the applause for Skinner, Eddy, Allan, and Coghlan.