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”Homecoming party-goers get into the spirit of things at wine and cheese party Friday which launches three days of reminisce and recollection of days they spent as students at Lake Cowichan High School during fifties and early sixties. This crowd at the arena did not represent all of 800 people who came to reunion; about two-thirds of total are in photo.” (Lake News, July 1, 1981)
”Homecoming party-goers get into the spirit of things at wine and cheese party Friday which launches three days of reminisce and recollection of days they spent as students at Lake Cowichan High School during fifties and early sixties. This crowd at the arena did not represent all of 800 people who came to reunion; about two-thirds of total are in photo.” (Lake News, July 1, 1981)
The Nature of Us is a non-profit storytelling platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices. (Courtesy of Winnie Weston)

Island-based storytelling platform provides space for marginalized voices

The Nature of Us shares underrepresented stories, like residential school survivor Eddy Charlie

The Nature of Us is a non-profit storytelling platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices. (Courtesy of Winnie Weston)
A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)

Vernon man accidentally locks wife, dog on rooftop in heat wave; lives to post about it on social media

The man left for work and jokingly asked friends to ‘send up water’ to stranded pair who were safely unlocked from patio

A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)
Jan Bate is the new executive director at the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society. (Submitted)

New executive director at Cowichan Women Against Violence Society

Jan Bate had been CWAV’s resource development director

Jan Bate is the new executive director at the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s 52 graduating Grade 12 students celebrate a new chapter of their lives with a ceremonial tossing of their caps during their well-attended Saturday, June 25, graduation. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 29, 2011).

Flashback: Camping, classrooms, and a huge high school reunion

Do you remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s 52 graduating Grade 12 students celebrate a new chapter of their lives with a ceremonial tossing of their caps during their well-attended Saturday, June 25, graduation. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 29, 2011).
From left, Tim McGonigle, Ian Morrison, Pat Weaver, Jamie Goodman, Lorne Scheffer, Richard Weir, Gretchen Hartley, Christa Fox, and Andrew Fox celebrate a donation of $100,000 from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative to Cowichan Hospice House. ( S.W. Lorimer photo)

Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-op donates $100K to Hospice House

The secure medication room will be named to recognize the gift

  • Jun 25, 2021
From left, Tim McGonigle, Ian Morrison, Pat Weaver, Jamie Goodman, Lorne Scheffer, Richard Weir, Gretchen Hartley, Christa Fox, and Andrew Fox celebrate a donation of $100,000 from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative to Cowichan Hospice House. ( S.W. Lorimer photo)
The Cowichan Valley Alano Club needs help preparing their new location at 450 Whistler St. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan Valley Alano Club needs help preparing new location

Group that assists people with addictions needs to raise $15,000

  • Jun 24, 2021
The Cowichan Valley Alano Club needs help preparing their new location at 450 Whistler St. (Submitted photo)
From left: Jane James of CanTRA, Andrea Gillies Award for Outstanding Instructor award winner Helgi Sangret, and CTRA’s Jessie Fraser. (Bren Pickel photo)

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding instructor awarded national honour

Helgi Sangret has shown extensive dedication in all aspects of her role

From left: Jane James of CanTRA, Andrea Gillies Award for Outstanding Instructor award winner Helgi Sangret, and CTRA’s Jessie Fraser. (Bren Pickel photo)
Saskia Kelly has been awarded with a Beedie Luminaries scholarship of up to $40,000. (Submitted)

Cowichan students earn prestigious scholarships

Beedie Luminaries program and Duke of Edinburgh Award

Saskia Kelly has been awarded with a Beedie Luminaries scholarship of up to $40,000. (Submitted)
Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com

Vancouver Island dog calendar seeking submissions for fundraising initiative

Contest will raise funds for Operation Freedom Paws Canada

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com
The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Lifeguard services returning to Fuller Lake Park, Crofton Pool

Summer schedule starting after hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic

The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is about to begin. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club set to launch

‘Crack the case’ the theme to this year’s efforts to keep kids reading

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is about to begin. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)

Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Cowichan seniors have a new resource. (submitted)

Free Cowichan Seniors program offers social prescriptions

Seniors 60 and over who are at higher risk of frailty due…

Cowichan seniors have a new resource. (submitted)
(The winning Lady of the Lake candidates demonstrate their talents during the annual Opportunity Night, Wednesday, June 8. Mary Batyi, left, does a Highland Dance routine, accompanied by a bagpiper; Jorden Matson, centre, shows people her artwork while telling the crowd what her inspirations are; Amber Bell tells people about competitive swimming, before providing a virtual demonstration.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 15, 2011)

Flashback: Water meters, ‘Porky’, and Lady of the Lake

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old…

(The winning Lady of the Lake candidates demonstrate their talents during the annual Opportunity Night, Wednesday, June 8. Mary Batyi, left, does a Highland Dance routine, accompanied by a bagpiper; Jorden Matson, centre, shows people her artwork while telling the crowd what her inspirations are; Amber Bell tells people about competitive swimming, before providing a virtual demonstration.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 15, 2011)
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.

Tips to avoid scams targeting Vancouver Island seniors

In most cases, fraudsters impersonate an individual, business or agency seniors recognize and trust

  • Jun 15, 2021
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.
Grade 12 students Sophia Kazakoff and Catherine Yuan accept QMS’s Stigma Free Designation award from Stigma-Free Society president, Andrea Paquette. (Submitted)

Duncan’s QMS earns ‘Stigma-Free’ designation

“No school in the province has accomplished what QMS did in such a short period of time”

  • Jun 13, 2021
Grade 12 students Sophia Kazakoff and Catherine Yuan accept QMS’s Stigma Free Designation award from Stigma-Free Society president, Andrea Paquette. (Submitted)
“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)

Flashback: A.B. Greenwell, Lady of the Lake, good and bad news for the Lake News

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)
A sea anemone in the Discovery Passage Aquarium on June 8, World Ocean Day.

VIDEO: Island aquarium spreads the word about World Ocean Day

Highlights importance of marine conservation and what people can do to help the ocean

A sea anemone in the Discovery Passage Aquarium on June 8, World Ocean Day.
Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island next week. Hosted by multiple award winning humanitarian engineer and top mountain biking coach Anita Naidu of  Whistler (pictured). Photo supplied

Bike Fest Series coming to Cumberland, Cowichan Valley

Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island next week. Hosted by award-winning…

  • Jun 9, 2021
Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island next week. Hosted by multiple award winning humanitarian engineer and top mountain biking coach Anita Naidu of  Whistler (pictured). Photo supplied