Cowichan – My wife and I are in support of replacing the cross to its original position on Mount Tzouhalem.
We live in the shadow of this beautiful mountain and drive past the cross many times a week. To us it is one of many definitive landmarks of the Cowichan Valley, especially where it is situated overlooking Providence Farm.
To us both it is important to retain this identifiable Cowichan Valley symbol as one of diversity not exclusion.
It fits right in with other diverse memories of our past such as the totems of the City of Duncan, the Hockey Stick at the Island Savings Centre, the memorial cairn on Mount Prevost, the Burma Cairn at Stoltz Pools, the statue of Confucius at the entrance of E.J. Hughes Place (E.J. Hughes himself a human landmark of our community for many years) and the cenotaph at the corner of Canada Avenue and Trunk Road.
All of these can be seen as relics of the past and in the case of three of them a memory of different faiths within our community. As memorials they serve those of us today to remember our past and celebrate our diversity of culture, faith and peoples who have and do live in our beautiful Valley.
Phil and Mary Claire Jennings