Community

Kim Barnard gives the thumbs up to Roy Davies outside of Style Centre Barber Shop in Shawnigan Lake after Davies takes off all of Barnard’s hair in her successful 2020 Tour de Rock fundraiser. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Barnard loses the locks for Cops for Cancer

“My original goal of $2,020 was surpassed”

Kim Barnard gives the thumbs up to Roy Davies outside of Style Centre Barber Shop in Shawnigan Lake after Davies takes off all of Barnard’s hair in her successful 2020 Tour de Rock fundraiser. (Submitted)
From left, Cowichan Hospice executive director Gretchen Hartley, arborist Warren Walters, Sarah Stokes of Dinter Nursery, and Duncan city councillor Carol Newington put the finishing touches on a newly planted apple tree in Centennial Park, grown from a cutting off a beloved tree that had to be cut down in the Cairnsmore neighbourbood. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cairnsmore apple tree gets new life in Duncan’s Centennial Park

Four cuttings live on from beloved tree on hospice site

From left, Cowichan Hospice executive director Gretchen Hartley, arborist Warren Walters, Sarah Stokes of Dinter Nursery, and Duncan city councillor Carol Newington put the finishing touches on a newly planted apple tree in Centennial Park, grown from a cutting off a beloved tree that had to be cut down in the Cairnsmore neighbourbood. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks usually turn out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legion is requesting that people stay away, attending online instead (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)

Lake Cowichan Legion urges people to attend Remembrance ceremony online

They are also urging people to take part in the annual poppy campaign.

  • Nov 6, 2020
A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks usually turn out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legion is requesting that people stay away, attending online instead (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)
Laura Dickinson handcrafted each of these poppies as a fundraiser for the Duncan and Shawnigan Legions. (Submitted)

Handcrafted poppies offer unique fundraiser for Remembrance Day

Find them at Fabrications, Willow and Orchid Florist or Sun Valley Pools and Spas

Laura Dickinson handcrafted each of these poppies as a fundraiser for the Duncan and Shawnigan Legions. (Submitted)
The cover of the 2021 RASTA calendar. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for RASTA Sanctuary animals

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

The cover of the 2021 RASTA calendar. (Photo submitted)
James and Mary Ford’s family. Douglas Ford, back row, right. (Submitted)

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Stella Fullerton’s Canadian lineage

She traces her Canadian heritage back to 1906

  • Nov 3, 2020
James and Mary Ford’s family. Douglas Ford, back row, right. (Submitted)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Indigenous Court to offer alternative sentencing options for northern Vancouver Island

Final approval from the Judicial Council is expected in January

Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)

Ebiking for empties around Cowichan Lake yields mountain of cans

Lake Cowichan woman supports NGO in Namibia by collecting recyclables on her bike rides

Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
Celebrate Community Inclusion Month with Paul and the Clements Centre. (Submitted)

Just say ‘Hi’ during Community Inclusion Month

Today and every day Clements Centre celebrates with people including Paul.

  • Oct 31, 2020
Celebrate Community Inclusion Month with Paul and the Clements Centre. (Submitted)
Veterans’ remembrance crosses in the Legion section of Mountain View Cemetery. (M. Bieling photo)

Crosses will be placed in Cowichan in honour of veterans, in spite of pandemic

Organizers have been asked to avoid holding the cross placements as public events.

  • Oct 30, 2020
Veterans’ remembrance crosses in the Legion section of Mountain View Cemetery. (M. Bieling photo)
Adam Ireton holds his son Weston, along with Kristen and Beckett as they celebrate Weston's last day of treatment for lukemia. (Kristen Ireton photo)

799 days: ‘Super’ Weston defeats cancer

‘Weston is disease-free now, so we will be going into a period of checkups and things until he’s 18’

Adam Ireton holds his son Weston, along with Kristen and Beckett as they celebrate Weston's last day of treatment for lukemia. (Kristen Ireton photo)
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)

Flashback: Halloween night full of activities, crime

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

‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
Stella Ford. (Submitted)

100 years in Cowichan: Stella Fullerton’s story

Stella was 12 years old when their first telephone was installed in the home

  • Oct 17, 2020
Stella Ford. (Submitted)
QMS takes to the pavement in Duncan for Terry Fox Run

QMS takes to the pavement in Duncan for Terry Fox Run

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Queen Margaret’s School hosted two days of Terry…

QMS takes to the pavement in Duncan for Terry Fox Run