School hosting holocaust and genocide symposium

More than 1,000 high school students from across B.C. will converge on Shawnigan Lake School April 3-4, for a special holocaust and genocide symposium. According to school spokesperson, Sarah Doyle, "the students will experience a unique perspective on the history of the holocaust, with remarkable eyewitness testimonies from holocaust survivors."

In addition to hearing from these survivors, the symposium will feature keynote speaker, Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, NH.

During group sessions in the mornings and afternoons, students will have the chance to participate in a panel discussion with the holocaust survivor speakers, Waller and Dr. Adara Goldberg, Education Director from the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

Students and teachers will also learn about acts of genocide that continue to affect the world today.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, however seats are limited. Check the school’s website: shawnigan.ca/symposium2014 for further media information.

Fun doggie day raising funds for Victoria Humane Society

Have fun with your dog in a beautiful setting, with all proceeds going to a great cause Saturday, April 5 at Cedar Ridge Canine Care.

The 27-acre facility on Mays Road in Duncan is hosting an afternoon of mini-workshops in everything from tracking to forest agility to canine massage – and it’s all by donation.

If you have a dog you know that they love to play with each other and especially with you. That’s one of the big reasons why Sabrina Francis, owner of Cedar Ridge Canine Care and Alexa Linton of Cowichan-based BalanceWorks Wellness teamed up, called in the canine experts and began to create the first annual Pure Potential Canine Play Day. With over 20 years combined experience in canine wellbeing, training and holistic health, they know that there is nothing that connects a dog and their person more than having fun together, being out in nature and learning new cool things.

With guest experts in TTouch, BodyTalk, holistic veterinary medicine, rehabilitation and canine massage you’ll also come away with a tool kit of simple and effective tools to use with your dog on a daily basis to prevent injury, pain or dis-ease. Also Colts Photos pet photographer, will be there to take donations for some photos of your pooch.

There are only 50 dog-person spots available. Reserve your space at www.purepotentialcanine.ca/play-day or call 250-710-8776. All donations will go to the Victoria Humane Society.