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Chemainus firefighter and parademic Alex Meyer. (Photo by Devon Gillot)

Firefighter who beat cancer this year giving back through fundraiser

Meyer initiates campaign for chemotherapy unit where he spent a lot of time

Chemainus firefighter and parademic Alex Meyer. (Photo by Devon Gillot)
Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan’s Gerry Giles is the 2022 Rural Woman of the Year

Community activist served 15 years as CVRD director for Cobble Hill

Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
“Low hanging clouds offered up moments of rain and snow flurries for the assembled crowd along the parade route and at the cenotaph on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Lake Cowichan. The weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of the estimated 150 plus crowd as lake area residents paid their respects for veterans everywhere as well as their own local heroes. Carol Martel, Janet Tipton, and John Trottier pose with their brother Sergeant Major Gerald Trottier at the Lake Cowichan Remembrance Day ceremony. Gerald grew up in Lake Cowichan and is now stationed in Winnipeg. Gerald placed a wreath at the cenotaph in honour of his twin brother Tom who died in Cyprus while on peace keeping duty April 25, 1988. Gerald has served 600 days in Afghanistan.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 14, 2012)
“Low hanging clouds offered up moments of rain and snow flurries for the assembled crowd along the parade route and at the cenotaph on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Lake Cowichan. The weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of the estimated 150 plus crowd as lake area residents paid their respects for veterans everywhere as well as their own local heroes. Carol Martel, Janet Tipton, and John Trottier pose with their brother Sergeant Major Gerald Trottier at the Lake Cowichan Remembrance Day ceremony. Gerald grew up in Lake Cowichan and is now stationed in Winnipeg. Gerald placed a wreath at the cenotaph in honour of his twin brother Tom who died in Cyprus while on peace keeping duty April 25, 1988. Gerald has served 600 days in Afghanistan.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 14, 2012)
The museum is just outside of downtown Victoria with bus routes (Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum)

Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum offers salute to Canadian Forces history

The museum is open to the public, providing visitors a glimpse of military life

The museum is just outside of downtown Victoria with bus routes (Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum)
Among the many names on the Duncan Cenotaph are those of Charles Hoey, VC, and his brother Trevor. (T.W. Paterson photo)

Remembrance Day: Winnipeg’s Valour Road

This year, Canada Post issued a postage stamp honouring the 3 who inspired the naming of Valour Road

  • Nov 11, 2022
Among the many names on the Duncan Cenotaph are those of Charles Hoey, VC, and his brother Trevor. (T.W. Paterson photo)
Mr. David Carey receiving the Canadian flag and medals belonging to his great-uncle Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey. (Dept. of National Defence military history photo)

Remembrance Day 2022: Canada’s ultimate honour: identifying her dead

The Casualty Identification Program works to identify newly found skeletal remains

  • Nov 11, 2022
Mr. David Carey receiving the Canadian flag and medals belonging to his great-uncle Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey. (Dept. of National Defence military history photo)
Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied

B.C. man completes seven-week term guarding the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Master Corporal Steve Pederson has been a Canadian Ranger for 31 years.…

Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied
A new campaign offers remembrance lawn signs for $20.

Remembrance Day: How we remember

We’ve been honouring our fallen veterans for more than a century now

  • Nov 11, 2022
A new campaign offers remembrance lawn signs for $20.
Crossed were placed at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan on Sunday afternoon by cadets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Remembrance Day: Don’t take their sacrifices for granted

Remembrance Day and the election are inextricably entwined

  • Nov 11, 2022
Crossed were placed at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan on Sunday afternoon by cadets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A Totem seaman poses with ‘Shonkie,’ the smaller of two Cowichan totem poles aboard HMS Totem. (Historical photo)

Remembrance Day: Did a ‘Cowichan Curse’ sink Israeli submarine?

Mysterious loss of an Israeli submarine

  • Nov 11, 2022
A Totem seaman poses with ‘Shonkie,’ the smaller of two Cowichan totem poles aboard HMS Totem. (Historical photo)
Charles Etchell graduated high school in 1943 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force that July. (Courtesy Carlton House)

Former military members in Oak Bay reflect on remembrance

Carlton House veterans recall service, share value of Remembrance Day

Charles Etchell graduated high school in 1943 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force that July. (Courtesy Carlton House)
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coins on tombstones, an American tradition that has gradually taken root in Canada

Denomination of coin can show relationship to fallen soldier

  • Nov 11, 2022
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)
Craftspeople from all over the world are represented at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar in Duncan on Nov. 12 and 13, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Craftspeople from all over the world are represented at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar in Duncan on Nov. 12 and 13, 2022. (Submitted photo)
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
Victor Earl Ordano’s headstone at the Chemainus Cemetery. (Photo by Mike Russell)

No Stone Left Alone links family’s history to Penelakut

Close connection found from a friend in teacher’s research

  • Nov 10, 2022
Victor Earl Ordano’s headstone at the Chemainus Cemetery. (Photo by Mike Russell)
Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)

PODCAST.: B.C. chef Jade Berg gets creative on Disney’s ‘Chefs vs. Wild’

TODAY IN B.C.: Foraging in the woods on the Sunshine Coast to create a 5-star meal

Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)
Sherry Deptuch and Mike Bieling lay out crosses at the gravesites of vets at the Westholme All Saints’ Churchyard. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Additions made to veterans’ Remembrance cross placements at Westholme

Research continually turns up more names for ceremonies around the valley

Sherry Deptuch and Mike Bieling lay out crosses at the gravesites of vets at the Westholme All Saints’ Churchyard. (Photo by Don Bodger)
“Legion member Lola Sinclair was busy selling poppies around Lake Cowichan last week. Here she helps Lois Atchison purchase her poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. The mission of The Royal Canadian Legion is ‘to serve veterans and their dependents, to promote Remembrance, and to act in the service of Canada and its communities.’ The major source of funding for the Legion to accomplish this work is the annual Poppy Campaign, the foundation of the Remembrance Program. It is the generosity of Canadians through this program that enables the Legion to ensure that veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance and now every November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 7, 2012)
“Legion member Lola Sinclair was busy selling poppies around Lake Cowichan last week. Here she helps Lois Atchison purchase her poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. The mission of The Royal Canadian Legion is ‘to serve veterans and their dependents, to promote Remembrance, and to act in the service of Canada and its communities.’ The major source of funding for the Legion to accomplish this work is the annual Poppy Campaign, the foundation of the Remembrance Program. It is the generosity of Canadians through this program that enables the Legion to ensure that veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance and now every November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 7, 2012)
Alayna Ross has won a bursary/scholarship from the Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (Submitted)
Alayna Ross has won a bursary/scholarship from the Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (Submitted)