Coffee Time

Georg Stratemeyer, the executive director of Volunteer Cowichan and a community mainstay for 16 years, is leaving the group.

Rhoda Taylor is on it.

"To share memories, to share the funny and the sad times, to celebrate the successes and to acknowledge the transition this brings to us all, I am hosting a Burger and a Beer at the Silver Bridge Travelodge, Saturday, Sept. 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. There will an open mic to share stories," she posted on Facebook.

Tickets are $25. Contact Rhoda at rhoda.taylor@gmail.com if you are going to attend so she can let the hotel know how many to expect.

North Cowichan’s Barb Lines has decided not to try for another term as municipal councillor in favour of spending more time with her family.

"But, I’m really going to miss my North Cowichan family, too," she said.

Khowhemun Elementary School and Parkside Academy Childcare Society have once again been awarded a grant from the Royal Bank of Canada so they can operate the Smun’eem After School Program for a sixth year.

An evaluation of the program showed a positive change in students as they demonstrated more responsibility, completed their homework, had more confidence and more engagement in their education.

All students stated they enjoyed the program, especially homework help, gym time, crafts and just having fun.

"The program is an invaluable component of what we are trying to do as a school community," said Principal Darrell Wright. "It supports families, supports students and really adds to student’s sense of belonging in the school. There is a reason that there is a waiting list to get into this program every year. Families know how it adds to the success of their child."