Never say never when looking for parking near Youbou’s Arbutus Park on Regatta Day. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Never say never when looking for parking near Youbou’s Arbutus Park on Regatta Day. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Volunteering is a Cowichan Valley way of life

This week’s column takes you all over the Valley, and throws in a bit of absurdity for good measure

Looking for an exciting place to volunteer?

How about the Chemainus Theatre?

The unique facility has a long-standing tradition of hard-working volunteers, which, theatre folks say, “is a great reflection of community enthusiasm for the Chemainus Theatre. Our volunteers have been utilized for important theatre tasks since we were founded in 1993, and many of our volunteers have been with us for 5+, 10+, 20+ years!”

Volunteers receive complete training as ambassadors, coat checkers, ushers and more. If you would like to experience theatre from the inside and share your love of the performing arts, visit and fill out an application.


Now that it’s officially wound up for another year, I’m taking a moment here to thank all the folks involved in organizing yet another exciting 39 Days of July.

That means not just Longevity John and “Dr.Ted Cadillac”, the ones you saw every single day at Charles Hoey Park, but all the other volunteers, and, of course, the performers who enjoyed the chance to be part of this truly unique event.

On top of that, there’s also the downtown business community, who have come to realize that this free festival brings a lot of foot traffic through the core of Duncan every night for more than a month and who have been offering special window displays and offers to showcase the city’s delightfully walkable central area.

Bravo to all of you and bring on next year.


And, to end on a wonderfully absurd note, all those who wail about Duncan’s tight parking situation or how tough or the difficulty of getting a spot anywhere near the core of Lake Cowichan during tubing season, I include a picture that proves beyond a doubt that there are people who will never say “never”.

The owner of one sturdy, black four-by-four, faced with a total lack of parking near Youbou’s Arbutus Park on Regatta Day, simply backed up the hill and backed up and backed up until he’d made himself a place.

So what if it’s nearly vertical? What’s a four-wheeler for, anyway?