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The Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, has released its newest school report card and this time-out Lake Cowichan Secondary School got an “A”. The rating for the 2010-2011 school year ranks LCSS as the top public secondary school in the district followed by Chemainus, Frances Kelsey and Cowichan. “We’ve gone way up in ranking since last year’s report. We’re now 119 out of 280,” said LCSS Principal, Nicole Boucher. “I totally attribute this to the hard work of the staff and students.” The sometimes controversial report card is based on a variety of statistical information, including things like the percentage of Grade 12 students who graduate, number of exams failed and the margin between provincial exam marks and the actual marks that teachers give their students. “The comparison between our teachers’ marks and the provincial exam marks are down to a very small margin,” said Boucher. “But I think the biggest factor in this was the grad rate. We had 100 per cent last year.” The Fraser Institute, which describes itself as a non-profit, independent, public policy, research and educational organization, releases its report card on schools annually and the ratings are often contentious. The overall ratings for this report are: LCSS — 6.3, Chemainus — 6.0, Frances Kelsey — 5.3, Cowichan — 4.6. The two private schools in the area rated highly, with Brentwood College achieving a 9.6 rating and Shawnigan Lake earning 8.4. “Not everyone puts a lot of store in this,” said Boucher. “We certainly don’t need this to validate what we do.” Boucher points out that although the grade that LCSS received is much higher than in the past, the school has employed many of the same staff for the past ten years. She gives credit to past principal, Peter Jory, vice-principal, Dani Garner and the dedicated staff at LCSS. “Regardless of where the schools in our district fall in the rankings, it is very important to remember that all of our secondary schools are excellent schools and that teachers, support staff and administration all do wonderful work,” said Boucher. “We share ideas with one another and work together to create great learning opportunities for all the students in the district.”

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Lillian Laird, owner-operator of The Print Spot proudly accepts her award at Saturday’s Black Tie event in Duncan.

Local business woman wins Young Entrepreneur at Black Tie Awards A Lake Cowichan business woman was recognized for her entrepreneurial skills during the Duncan/Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards on Saturday, April 13. Lillian Laird, owner of The Print Spot, was announced as the winner of the Young Entrepreneur award during the evening’s ceremonies. The award came as a shock to Laird, “I was so surprised that I didn’t even have anything prepared to say after they announced me as the winner,” she said on Monday. “I am very happy for the whole Lake Cowichan area to be recognized with this award, “It was a nice win for the town, and I will be

proud to display the award in my business.” she added. Laird notes that the whole experience was a bit surreal as she has never won anything previous to this very prestigious award. Her inspiration is from her mom, Anna, who was a longtime entrepreneur herself. The Print Spot has been in business for twoand-a-half-years and is in the process of moving to a larger location at 108-A South Shore Road. The shop will be closed from April 22 to May 6 for the move and will reopen on May 7 with regular hours.

Ready . . . set . . . learn! Jack Campbell works on his own personalized apron while mom Cristin and K-1 teacher Phaedra Fairwell watch. See page 12 for more photos.



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Canada-wide scholarship winner Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 student, Ashley Pastor, was thrilled beyond words to learn that she was a big winner in the Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program. Pastor will receive $2,000 from the fraternal benefit society to go towards tuition costs at Vancouver Island University where she hopes to earn her bachelor of arts in child and youth care. “It was mind blowing, because it was such a big scholarship and I’m just one person from this tiny town!” said Pastor. Pastor was chosen from applicants across Canada. Besides having the requisite gradepoint-average, she also had to submit an essay outlining the volunteer work that she done on the school’s recycling program and Together We Stand anti-bullying wall. Congratulations Ashley!

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The moment that changes everything Diana Hutton Lake Cowichan Gazette It happens in a heartbeat. One moment there is everyday life; children making their way to school, a woman jogging, someone driving home from work, the neighbour walking the family dog. Then suddenly it is all over. Everything has changed, whole families’ lives are irrevocably altered and nothing is ever the same again. Motor vehicle accidents; they happen in a heartbeat and change lives forever. Later, after the chalk lines on the road have faded, the services are long over and raw pain has subsided to a dull, endless ache, they appear. We see them on highways and side roads throughout our communities, our province, and our country. Crosses, homemade roadside memorials to remind us that sometime, on this spot, a life was lost and countless others lives were changed forever. At the crosswalk where Neva Road intersects the Youbou Highway there is such a marker. It marks the spot where on August 4th, 2012; Sandy Dempsey was struck and killed by a motorcyclist. She was walking a friend’s dog home on a lovely, sunny summer evening. “It was 7:45 p.m., still light on a beautiful day. Sandy had gone to take our friend’s dog home and I was making supper when I heard the crash,” said Wayne Atkinson, Sandy’s common-law husband. “I saw the dog first. It was pretty awful.” Sandy was hit in a marked crosswalk, in broad daylight on a dry day. Wayne Atkinson wants people to remember what happened on that day. He wants the many vehicles that speed by the simple memorial, to take a moment to think and above all, to slow down. “This is something to bring awareness. There are three crosswalks on this stretch of road. There are kids crossing, people walking their dogs, elk on the road,” said Atkinson. “Campers are in a hurry to find a campsite or get home after the weekend. People just need to slow down.” Statistics Canada states that in 2009, over 2400 Canadians were killed in motor vehicle accidents, with many being speed related. “The memorial is there in plain sight at the crosswalk and as long as it’s not causing a distraction for drivers, per-

Every year, Cowichan United Way helps to support many not-for-profit associations in the Cowichan Valley by giving them all a share of the money they raise through their campaigns. This year, Cowichan Lake Community Services will receive $8,000 from the local branch of the national organization. “All money donated in the valley, stays in the valley,” Cowichan United Way president Mike Murphy said about the $165,000 in donations they raised in 2012. Charities apply for United Way funds, then those applications are weighed by Murphy and his committee members who try to determine how best to mete out the money. This year, cheques are being sent to 18 different agencies, including Cowichan Lake Community Services, and for which its executive director Carol Blatchford is always thankful. “The money we get from them just helps us exist,” Blatchford said. “Almost 100 per cent goes to supporting the different programs we run, but some also helps us pay our rent, hydro, etcetera.” Each association must submit a proposal as to what the funds will be used for, she explained, and in CLCS’s case, it included specific programs such as Meals on Wheels and the afternoon and after school programs the centre runs for children. Without it, they just wouldn’t be able to do some of the things they do for the community. Major contributors to the Cowichan United Way include companies with a local footprint such as Catalyst Paper, Royal Bank of Canada, TimberWest Forest Ltd., and Western Forest Products Ltd., to name a few.

New funding delivers milk to schools Elodie Adams Lake Cowichan Gazette

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Wayne Atkinson stands beside a memorial cross erected in memory of his common law wife Sandy Dempsey.

haps it will make people pause to take a little thought as to their speed,” said Cpl. Warren Potter of the Lake Cowichan RCMP. Atkinson has been in touch with the Ministry of Transportation regarding making the crosswalks more visible to drivers. “I got a hold of the highways department and they’re going to re-paint the crosswalks, that’s a given. We’re working on them possibly putting up flashing lights at some of them,” said Atkinson. Besides the government erected crosswalk signs, there are also homemade markers on either side of the crosswalk. On one side, a small white cross that Atkinson put up in his wife’s memory along with a cross that his friend erected for his dog who was also killed. On the other side, Atkinson’s employer, Denis Pilon and his crew from Mountain Man Services have erected a large wooden cross. “This is the sixth cross that I’ve built in the last five years. Six fatalities all due to vehicles travelling at excess speeds or not taking due care and attention,” said Pilon. “People have to realize that there are other people using

the highways and byways.” The lack of caution exhibited by some drivers is not just evident on highways where they are travelling at higher speeds. Within the town limits there are numerous crosswalks where there have been near misses and accidents, mainly due to drivers not paying attention. “It’s true that our officers have observed vehicles disregarding pedestrians in marked crosswalks in town,” said Cpl. Potter. “We all need to be much more attentive and allow pedestrians to cross safely.” On a recent walk with his dog along the Youbou Highway, Atkinson was shocked to discover bits of wreckage from the motorcycle that struck and killed his wife. “It hit me pretty hard,” said Atkinson. So next time you’re on the road and running a little late to pick up the kids from school or get to work, take a moment and remember Sandy Dempsey. Denis Pilon put the issue in crystal clear perspective when he said, “Just slow down. It’s not worth the minute or two you save. A life is just not worth that.”

As one of the schools participating in the B.C. School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program, Lake Cowichan Secondary/Middles School students will now be receiving milk, thanks to new provincial funding across the province. The B.C. School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program (BC SFVNP) began in 2005 as a pilot program for 10 schools. It has since grown to include 1,341 public schools and 77 First Nations schools around the province. The objective of the program is to increase students’ knowledge of, preference for, and consumption of fruits and vegetables — specifically those grown in B.C. While LCSS already runs a food program for the students, teacher-coordinator of the program Michele Taylor says the provincial program complements what they provide. “We provide breakfast and lunch on a daily basis to students who need it or want it,” she said, “but this is completely different. The government’s program is free to every student in the school, and it’s delivered to the classroom.” According to its website, BC SFVNP funding enables products to be delivered to the schools 13 times a year. Each classroom receives a tray of locally-provided seasonal produce ranging from blueberries to pears to cucumbers or tomatoes. The funding allows for one serving per individual, which up until now has been administered by the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Now, B.C. Dairy Association will climb on board for the milk portion of the program. At the official announcement, its executive director and CEO David Eto said “B.C.’s dairy farmers are proud to partner with this innovative and successful program to deliver milk to young students across the province. Together we will be able to ensure that B.C. children can learn about how dairy, fruits and vegetables play an important role in healthy eating.” The milk provided to students will be from a local dairy producer on the island. 17, 2013 2013 33 LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE THE THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE Wednesday, Wednesday,April April 17,

Request for amendment of town bylaws for B&Bs Elodie Admas Lake Cowichan Gazette Six Lake Cowichan Bed & Breakfast owners seeking a revision on amendments made to the town’s bylaws on B&Bs in 2012 attended the town’s Finance and Administration Committee meeting on April 9. B&B owner David Kidd spoke to council on behalf of the Lake Cowichan Cabins, B&Bs and Lodges Group. “We have come to discuss our issues concerning the bylaw amendment that was passed last year,” Kidd began, adding that none of the B&B owners had even been aware of the amendment until they saw it reported in the Gazette. The amendment included regulations affecting the zoning, cooking rules in equipped rooms, and the number of rentable rooms allowed under the town’s B&B classification, the restrictions of which were their main concerns he said. “It’s created a sense in us that the town is not really supportive of B&Bs,” Kidd told councillors. For those who are serious about running a B&B, the limitation of two rooms hardly makes it worthwhile, he said, and even at three rooms, it’s more of a hobby than a business. Councillor Tim McGonigle, who chaired the meeting, assured Kidd that the rules put into place by the amendment were not intended to downplay the role B&Bs play in the town’s tourist economy. “There may be some underlying factors that staff may be able to answer for us,” he replied, adding that they would look into it. After the issue of the limitation on the number of rooms came the issue of guests bringing food into the rooms versus eating at establishments in the town. Kidd said that in their 10-years experience of running the business, most often guests did support the local restaurants. However, he

David Kidd, far right, addresses the mayor and council regarding the amendment of a bylaw at a meeting April 9.

explained, there are occasions where families are trying to moderate costs, and gave an example of a recent booking where two families who were there for hockey tryouts, and chose to bring their food back with them. The third issue the group wanted to discuss was about the town’s bylaw for B&B zoning. “I think the major issue is that we feel there’s too much concentration just in one little corner around Point Ideal,” he admonished. “There are people who have or decided to buy suitable property for opening a B&B in other parts of the town and we’d like to see that broaden.” The bylaw regulations for zoning and for the number of rooms permitted differs around the lake because of the governance. For example, Kidd raised the point that B&B owners in Youbou and in Honeymoon Bay are allowed to have four

rooms according to their bylaws, which come under the jurisdiction of the CVRD. And yet, when it comes to short-term rentals in self-catered suites, one Youbou property owner has found out the hard way that he doesn’t have the right to rent out his own property. Paul Brigel is a Victoria physician who owns a lakefront house on Miracle Road in Youbou. As he doesn’t live there yearround, he was glad to be able to oblige when asked by a third party if his house was available to rent for short-term. What seemed like a win-win situation became a source of dispute when a neighbour complained. “The basic parameters are, the neighbour to my immediate east rents, because nobody complains,” Brigel said. “But the neighbour to my immediate west complained, therefore I am shut down.” Brigel says in his area, it is enforcement-

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driven, “The enforcement officer waits for a complaint,” he explained. “And what happened to me is that I had to sign a document, and if I didn’t sign that document then I would be taken to court.” Now that he has signed the document, Brigel says that if he goes ahead and rents his house, he will be in contempt of court, and as a practising doctor and a member of the College of Physicians he cannot afford to put himself in that position. Whether it be allowing residents to keep backyard chickens (see previous Gazette articles about chicken petition for Lake Cowichan) or allowing homeowners to rent out their property for short-term, selfcatered rentals, if it annoys a neighbour and they complain, then the administration has the right to and must take action according to bylaw regulations.

Town’s Finance and Administration meeting covers apparel to pool Elodie Admas Lake Cowichan Gazette The agenda for the Town of Lake Cowichan’s monthly finance and administration meeting on April 9 was full and varied. Under business arising and unfinished business, the subject of Town apparel came up once again. While council all seem to be in agreement for having the apparel, they have yet to decide on the style or colour. Councillor Bob Day said he believed samples would be arriving, and that they should make a decision soon as to what they would like. “I wouldn’t mind if it was maybe all the same colour but different styles — as long as they all have the same logo on it,” he said. “I’ve often thought that people at conventions with the same uniform look like a team.” Mayor Ross Forrest asked if council were each paying for their own apparel, adding that he didn’t mind paying for his own. Councillor Jayne Ingram agreed with Forrest. Meeting chair Coun. Tim McGonigle replied that he didn’t think there was a set policy on whether it should be a personal or a town expense. “I know they have been purchased in the past by the town,” he said.

In the end council agreed they would each be buying their own, and said that if staff also wished to, they could purchase them as well. There has been some discussion about the town’s policy on private use of Renfrew Town Square and Saywell Park, and at this meeting the subject of insurance coverage for non-profit events gave weight to some debate. The town’s chief administrative officer Joseph Fernandez began by saying he had checked with the town’s insurer about adding special event coverage. “We have to guarantee $2,000 up front and then anybody who wants to buy insurance can buy it through the town,” he explained. “We would have to sell insurance up to $2,000 for us to recover that money, so based on our discussions it doesn’t make a lot of sense.” To which Day replied, “I can’t stress enough how much of a burden this would be off the non-profit groups that try to organize events in our parks and then get sent away to have to search out their own insurance.” Day said that people may think it’s easy enough, but in reality it’s more complex than that. “Last year, Music in the Park (Summer Nights) almost didn’t happen because of that,” he said.” I know we can’t sell insurance, but if we could find a way to sell them a policy or something...”

Another issue raised by the town’s insurer according to Fernandez was that they would not provide coverage for events where food would be sold, to which Coun. Jayne Ingram asked how town markets operate. “What happens with the market in Duncan in that instance,” she queried. “Maybe we should find out, that might be a good place to start.” The town is considering installing a web camera for Saywell Park, and council deliberated details such as what the purpose of the camera would be for and where the best place would be to install it. The subject of a funding contribution from Lake Cowichan for Duncan Aquatic Centre was on the agenda, but remains in limbo. After some comments by one or two of the councillors, McGonigle concluded that it is still an ongoing topic. “I think we’re still waiting for some more information before we can make the final decision,” McGonigle stated. “There has been no financial discussion, no terms of any proposals. There is still some investigative work to be carried out.” On the parcel tax for sewer, there was a request for clarification on the whole project. Day suggests putting together a financial briefing on the complete sewer project for the next meeting, including the total scope of the project, so that council can be prepared to answer questions from the public.

A delegation of three Lake Cowichan B & B owners, headed by David Kidd, addressed council with some concerns in the town’s attitude toward B & B businesses following a bylaw amendment last year. The town’s Building Official Report for March 2013 shows four single family dwellings and two house additions were completed last month, while one new application for a single family dwelling was received. Council also further discussed the request to amend the town’s bylaw to allow residents to keep backyard chickens, following a report submitted by Fernandez. For this to be made legal or in compliance with the town’s bylaws, Lake Cowichan administration would have to amend two bylaws: one for zoning and the other for Animal Control. “The cost of an application to process a zoning amendment is $750, but payment does not guarantee approval of the bylaw amendment application,” the report states. The report and the discussion that followed touched on whether or not Council should periodically respond to public pressure to amend zoning bylaws without going through an application process. Although no decision was made during the meeting, the proposal by Lake Cowichan petitioners to change the bylaws to allow backyard chickens appeared to be coming up against some roadblocks.


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The slow death of two-tier good sign for future It’s gratifying Cowichanians are speaking through spending at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre. And most regional leaders — especially the mayors of North Cowichan and Duncan — have heard beefs from families paying the pool’s higher two-tier fees if they live outside the two municipalities funding the tank’s operational costs. Two-tier fees saw pool use taper, to the chagrin of staff and politicians. But Thursday’s news folks in Cowichan

Station/Sahtlam/Glenora (Area E) will immediately stop paying two-tier fees — until year’s end, and perhaps beyond pending community approval — shows how most local areas are cooperating to support our busy $20-million tank. It opened in late 2008, replacing the decaying Aquannis pool. But ramps to that launch saw North Cowichan and Duncan leaders plead with the brass of Cowichan’s other areas to help bankroll the pool — or face two-tier fees

at the gate. The two councils kept their promise, while leaving doors open to more regional areas chipping in to cover pool costs. That slowly happened. Five years later, two-tier tabs for most valley swimmers are gone, except for folks living in Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls, and Youbou. Pool funding was an indicator of regional turf guarding that stunted growth concerning regional recreational funding.

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The B.C. NDP is proposing to collect an extra $550 million a year in new tax revenues from large businesses, high-income earners and financial institutions in their first year of an NDP government. By the third year, another $100 million would be raised from extra carbon tax on the oil and gas industry, NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston announced at a news conference in Vancouver Thursday. The B.C. Liberals’ February budget raised the corporate income tax rate to 11 per cent. The NDP would increase it to 12 per cent on Oct. 1, which Ralston said would raise an extra $200 million a year. The small business income rate would be left at 2.5 per cent, applied to firms with annual revenue up to $500,000. Another $150 million is expected to come from a capital tax on financial institutions. Ralston revealed a rate of three per cent for banks and one per cent for larger credit unions. Credit unions with holdings of less than $20 million would be exempted, and Ralston said fewer than half of the 44 credit unions in B.C. are

big enough to pay the tax. The personal income tax rate on earnings above $150,000 a year would go from 14.7 per cent to 19 per cent under an NDP government. The B.C. Liberal budget promised to raise it to 16.8 per cent for two years only. Ralston said the NDP plan would add $1,100 to the tax bill of someone making taxable income of $200,000 a year, and he considers the increase to be a permanent measure. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the NDP plan echoes the policies pursued by the NDP government of the 1990s. “Taxation levels went up, a corporate capital tax was introduced, and investment and jobs fled,” de Jong said. The NDP carbon tax increase is to be phased in on “venting” emissions from oil and gas production, raising an estimated $35 million next year and tripling over the next two years. Ralston said the NDP will not extend the carbon tax to chemical process emissions on cement plants, aluminum smelters and other industries that emit carbon dioxide beyond their use of fossil fuel. All the new revenues would be spent on programs, including reinstating non-repayable grants for post-secondary students. NDP social development critic Carole James said details of the spending plans will be revealed next week.

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Gradual teamwork about pool financing helped drain that soggy thinking, thanks to swimmers and families speaking to their receptive leaders. Let’s keep the dialogue flowing toward a regional-rec formula — and ways to build other facilities benefiting all Cowichanians. Guest editorial by: News Leader Pictorial

The volunteers from Communities in Bloom are some of the many community minded people who spend time bettering the town’s that we live in. Last week, and yesterday, they were visiting A.B. Greenwell, LCSS Middle School and Palsson Elementary School to plant hanging baskets that will be for sale during the Heritage Days weekend in May.

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“There is constant dust pollution. I have a health condition and it makes it very difficult when I go for a walk to be going through clouds of dust. The people of Youbou deserve better. We should be able to enjoy the beauty of our area without dealing with this.”

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“I think we need a proper public boat launch, it’s really needed. How can you have a lakeside town without a boat launch? We can put up with the dust and elk.”

“Is the dust problem the most pressing issue in Youbou?”

Rose Steven NO “Compared to bigger cities we are incredibly lucky if the biggest thing we’re worrying about is dust. We need some things to encourage tourists to spend more time in the area like a liquor outlet, restaurant or coffee shop. Also, residents should be allowed to put out as much recycling stuff as they need to.”

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Dear Editor This letter was sent to Don McRae, Minister of Education. I am writing this letter in hopes of getting an update on the status of the building of a new elementary school in Lake Cowichan, within the Cowichan Valley School District 79. As you are aware, A.B. Greenwell Elementary School had mould discovered early in 2008. The students are currently being bussed to Youbou. The community turned down your offer of modulars on the Palsson Elementary school site last year. In the district’s current report, Palsson, our one remaining elementary school in the town of Lake Cowichan is listed as in need of “immediate attention.” Our secretary-treasurer, Bob Harper, has today given us the same message we have heard in the past. That a new school for Lake Cowichan is a top priority

for our district, but that it’s in the ministry’s hands. This is the message we received from Mr. Harper today: “The Province determines when and if there is a new elementary school to be built at the Lake. The board has consistently identified a new school at the Lake as the top capital priority. The Ministry of Education identifies the highest priority school construction projects province-wide and submits that list to the Ministry of Finance. The ministry looks at capacity, enrollment projections, facility condition and other factors when identifying the highest priorities for school construction. So I ask you this question, when are we getting a new elementary school in Lake Cowichan? Michelle Davis Lake Cowichan

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response to Ms. Davis’ letter. As the director responsible for capital management in the Kindergarden to Grade 12 public education system, I have been asked to respond to your email addressed to Minister of Education Don McRae. As you pointed out in your letter, the ministry evaluates capital project requests of school districts in order of need for space, as determined by available capaciity in a community or compared with current and projected enrolment reported by the district. The ministry also included the age and condition of all schools within the district or community as a contributing factor to the determination of overall priority. As I am sure you will appreciate, the ministry must consider the needs and requests of all 60 school districts in this process. The capital planning process is described more fully on the ministry’s website With regard to elementary capacity in the Lake Cowichan community, the board is currently reviewing a number of options as part of the initiative to restructure the district.

As part of this process, it is my understanding that the board wishes to receive community feedback and has held a number of public consultation sessions for that purpose. While it is accurate that the replacement of A.B. Greenwell Elementary is the highest priority request in the capital plan provided in 2012, the outcome of the board’s deliberations


“I think that the lumber companies should pay for a truck wash. I don’t think that we should have to spend our community’s money or the ecological fund to clean up their mess.”

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may alter its priorities in the 2013 annual capital plan. I would encourage you to continue to make your views known to the board as this process continues. Doug Stewart, Director, Capital Management Branch, Ministry of Education

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Town of Lake Cowichan Financial Plan Review PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Town of Lake Cowichan is in the process of adopting the Financial Plan for 2013 to 2017. The public is invited to provide comments on the financial plan to Council prior to the meeting time. Verbal input may be made at the meeting to be held in Council Chambers, 39 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC on Thursday, April 18, 2013 starting at 6 :00 p.m . The financial plan and relating bylaws and documents may be inspected at the Town of Lake Cowichan during regular business hours and at the meeting. Dated at Lake Cowichan, British Columbia this 5th day of April, 2013. Ronnie Gill, C.G.A. Director of Finance Town of Lake Cowichan PO Box 860, 39 South Shore Road Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0


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Joan Hieta, president of the Great Lake Walk Society, announces the new team-option for the annual Great Lake Walk in September.

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Emily Carr (who sketched herself on the left and a friend in the drawing above) wrote in one of her journals that during a “sweet July day� in 1895, she and a friend reached Lake Cowichan for a three-day stay. After riding the train from Victoria to Duncan, the women rode their bicycles to Lake Cowichan. The note Emily scribed says “Three of us start in sweet July, looking for rest and relief, leaving behind, all disturbance of mind, all sorrow and care and grief.�

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If you can’t hitch a ride any other way, use your bicycle. That’s just what the young woman named Emily Carr did “back in the day� (as the saying now goes). In the early days of settlement and long before paved highways existed in these parts the normal mode of transport was walking/hiking, using horse and buggy via a rough trail or boating upriver from Duncan to Cowichan Lake. There was also the bicycle, although not a popular choice, it was an option for those very few that were hale and hearty as well as adventurous. In 1895, a budding young artist and poet named Emily Carr, packed up her sketch book and pencil, a few provisions and with a close friend, took the train from Victoria to Duncan. It was there that they began their bicycling trip to Cowichan Lake. The young women were dressed in clothing of that era — long dresses and wide brimmed hats that featured netting, perhaps to ward off mosquitoes. To imagine the trials and tribulations of bicycle travel back then is almost unimaginable today. Described as a “bumpy coach road,� by Carr, the “road� was actually a rough trail. The women were faced with the threat of rain; thick, dark forests with the chance of animals lurking round every tree and curve and countless obstacles like fallen trees blocking their way. They pedalled mile after mile in these conditions in what Carr

described as a fearful trip through a dense forest of “tall . . . sombre trees, and a silence that was gruesome.â€? Upon arrival at the Riverside Inn — which Emily incorrectly referred to in her daily journal as the Cowichan Inn — the young women were met by dark stands of timber everywhere but for the clearing that constituted the settlement (that later became the Town of Lake Cowichan). From her second story room at the inn, she “watched ďŹ shes jump and grasses quiverâ€? (her poetic description of her view of the Cowichan River). Her description of the inn itself left something to be desired. She described her room, which was made of planks, as dreary. During her three nights there, she spent little time sleeping at night and instead of counting sheep, it seems she spent hours counting the spiders on the ceiling. It seems that her interest in the accommodation, the “awesomeâ€? forests and river, were perhaps at best, luke warm. The pair spent time cycling the limited roads and trails that led to and from the inn. There is no doubt that, while here, Carr sketched the inn and another building that could have been a store or the barn at nearby McCallum’s Landing. Her sketch book revealed what seems to have been a very limited interest in recording, through poetry and sketches, the desolate place she found. Emily Carr was to become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists and an icon in British Columbia where she was born (1871) and died (1945) and did most of her work. Today, several of her works are on permanent loan to the Vancouver Art Gallery. She produced countless water colours of her chosen subjects, the forests and scenes of the West Coast and of the Coast Salish peoples of southern Vancouver Island.

This year, there’s a brand new way to experience just why exactly “It’s Worth the Walk!â€? If the 56 km Great Lake Walk is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, but somehow have never quite gotten it together to train or prepare for, now’s your chance to give it a shot. There is a fun, new way to tackle the daunting route and have a great time with your friends at the same time. “This year you can enter a team and do a relay, tag-team type effort,â€? said Great Lake Walk Society Chair, Joan Hieta. Each participating team provides their own team vehicle and monitors the distance each member walks. The minimum number of members per team is three and the maximum number is however many seatbelts that your team vehicle has. Vehicle drivers are of course team members, so can walk as well. You can spell each other off whenever you like and swap places with a fresh walker or walkers whenever you feel like it. “We’re hoping people will really get into this and maybe dress up or decorate their team vehicles,â€? said Hieta. “We wanted to make it more accessible and fun!â€? The team vehicle is spotted out on the route, before the 5 a.m. start so that all team members can cross the Youbou start line together. At the end of 56 km trek in Lake Cowichan, all team members must cross the ďŹ nish line together. So, here’s your chance to deck out the minivan in all many of outrageous trappings, grab your old buddies from high school or the crew from work and spend a day doing something you’ll never forget. This year’s walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 and marks the 12th year of the now famous event. Ultra-marathoners and participants come from all over to test their metal, while experiencing the spectacular scenery that the lake has to offer. There are 12 sponsored rest stops along the route who supply food, drinks, porta-potties and medical attendants, not to mention encouragement, warm smiles and plenty of enthusiasm. So dust off those runners, call up your old bowling team and start perusing the thrift stores for the craziest outďŹ ts you can put together. This could be your year to ďŹ nally master a marathon. There will be a prize for the team that raises the most money for their charity of choice. If you register your team before July 1, you’ll get a reduced early-bird rate. Check out for more details.


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Communities in Bloom volunteers and school staff were helping students in the Division 2 classroom (Grades 1,2,3) at A.B. Greenwell Elementary to plant some baskets on April 11. Elijah Vaughan and Dillon Wilson show their beautiful, finished baskets.

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On Friday, Communities in Bloom volunteers and school staff where planting hanging baskets with students at LCSS Middle School. Aidan Sidhu (left), Eric Magnison (centre)and Evan Rowbottom have fun digging in the seedlings.



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LCSS staffers Craig New (second from right), science and math teacher and Shannon Steininger, physical education,computers and exploratories teacher interview a shop student at Rossland Secondary in February of this year.

LCSS staff take road trip to Rossland Incremental program can offer more choices to senior students Elodie Adams Lake Cowichan Gazette An experimental learning program carried out this year in a high school in the interior of B.C. could be what the face of education will look like at Lake Cowichan Secondary School in the future. On the last professional development day, ten LCSS teachers and their principal, Nicole Boucher, had a chance to observe first-hand what is known as a “Blended Learning” program, when they travelled to Rossland, to visit its secondary school in February. “We took a lot away from the trip,” confirmed Boucher, “And now we’re looking at what we can incorporate into our program here in Lake Cowichan.” The attraction of Rossland Secondary School (RSS), she explained, is that it is a school with the same configuration as LCSS — Grades 6 to 12 and about 300 students. Although RSS hosted the pilot program this year, it may be the last, according to an article in the Trail Rossland News. It too, is a secondary school that is facing change and next year they say the top three grades will be bussed down to Trail. In the meantime, the school accepted the challenge of trying out the program, which in turn, drummed up a lot of interest from other schools around the province, especially from those in districts where they are trying to offer a variety of programs in a smaller school setting, such as is the case at LCSS. “There are a lot of exciting options, where we will be able to offer courses we’ve never offered before,” Boucher said about the potential of the program. “But first and foremost, we want what

is best for learning and best for the kids.” At Rossland, Boucher says they really involved the community as part of the program, and that is something they want to do at LCSS. “Two important things for us were: a desire to have more connection with the community, and to offer courses through project-based learning,” she said. “We have a number of community groups we’ve been talking to, and we hope to be able to set something up where if a student is working on a project in the community, he or she will get credits.” The principal and the staff will work together over the weeks to come, and towards the end of April, they plan on giving a formal presentation of what the program will look like to students and parents. “We’re calling it ‘Voice and Choice,’” she explained. “It’s all about taking the basic learning needs and incorporating them into the current technical opportunities, be it via phones, iPads, or computers.” According to RSS principal Karen Lavender, initially there had been some resistance to the changes brought on by Blended Learning. However, Lavender noted that the provincial exam results at the end of the first semester more than met provincial expectations, with students in four out of five exams doing better than the district, public school and provincial averages. And, she says the feedback from other schools who have come to see how the model works has been positive. The trip and the visit gave LCSS teachers and Boucher a chance to look at a concrete program — one that is actually working — and to form their own opinions. Decidedly, the consensus is that by incorporating some of the features of the Blended Learning program, LCSS can provide students with more educational choices. COWICHAN GAZETTE THE THELAKE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE Wednesday, Wednesday,April April17, 17,2013 2013


Lake’s fire department continues fundraising to purchase much needed boat for river and lake rescues

Elodie Adams Lake Cowichan Gazette

Between its lake and the river, the town of Lake Cowichan is surrounded by water, yet the Cowichan Lake Fire Department has no boat for its rescue missions. Twice in February, Fire Chief Doug Knott says they were called out for water rescues, once for a man who was stranded on a wharf, and a second time when a boat overturned. When asked how they managed to execute water rescues without a boat, his reply quite bluntly was “hard, very hard.” “We swim, we throw ropes, and sometimes we borrow boats,” he said. “For practising — when we did train a while ago — we borrowed the RCMP’s small paddle boat, but that doesn’t work for emergency situations because we can’t wait on that.” Which is why the members of the volunteer fire department have made it their goal this year to raise enough funds to buy a rescue boat. “We’re just working away at different fundraisers, trying to raise money,” he confirmed. “We’re about half way there

We’ve requested funding from different government levels and have received nothing as of yet. Doug Knott, Fire Chief Lake Cowichan Fire Department

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Lake Cowichan firefighters assess their entry into the river and formulate their plan to rescue tubers in distress — in May last year — without the use of a boat.

now at $40,000.” Knott explained that it will be a brand new, custom-designed boat for river and lake. They have placed the order for the

hull already, because if they hadn’t placed an order this spring, he says they would not have been able to take delivery of their boat until mid-summer 2014.

They are also looking for a trailer for the boat, and Knott suggested that if anyone could help out with that by way of a donation, it would be a big help. Meanwhile, the firefighters have been busy with different training sessions, including rope-training with a professional they brought in from Nanaimo and learning new car technology at a spring training session with the Vancouver Island Firefighters Association. As well, Knott says the department has welcomed a new recruit. Look for a profile on the CLVFD’s newest member soon in the Gazette.

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Above: Five year old Keaton Sauntry feeds some bugs to a frog on the green table while mom Jeanette looks on. Right: Khowhemun Elementary School facilitator Ms. Merna Whitters shows little Maddy Nott how much fun her display can be.

Ready, Set, Learn a ‘One stop shop’ for preschoolers The gymnasium at Palsson Elementary School was a busy and boisterous place on Wednesday, April 10 as the school hosted Ready, Set, Learn. Presented by School District 79 — in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Vancouver Island Health Authority — Ready, Set, Learn is a drop-in educational and health fair to help preschoolers get ready for school. Families who attended the event received an age appropriate book to read with their child and a take-home bag with crayons, paint pot, colouring book, apron to decorate, song book and a sewing kit. Snacks and a light meal were provided. Many local families took the opportunity to interact with preschool teachers, district kindergarten teachers and community and health professionals to ensure their child is healthy and ready to meet the challenges of going to school. The youngsters and their parents enjoyed visiting the fun learning centres and participating on the activities.

Kaydence Pynn , 6-years-old, gets a tattoo from Sami Burrows at the Lake Cowichan Eyecare display.


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The Kaatza Lakeside Players’ set — in construction — which promises to be in the grand style of an English Country Manor. Seated left is Maureen Akenclose (Ruth Condomine), her stage husband Alex Gallacher (Charles Condomine) and McKenzie Patterson (Edith), the new maid working for the Condomines.

Kaatza Players giving community volunteers opportunity to see ‘Blithe Spirit’ hearted comedy was written Kaatza Players by Noel Coward, England’s famous playwright, in a mere THEATRE 16 days, during the London TALES By: Glenda Burg Blitz of 1942. The dress rehearsal for the production on May 6, will be a special night for some Rehearsals for our spring very special people — the production — that will run volunteers of Lake Cowichan. from May 8 -11 — Blithe From April 21 to April 27, Spirit, are progressing twice we are celebrating Volunteer weekly at the Centennial Hall, Week, in conjunction with the in Lake Cowichan. This light-

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Sometime during the night of April 12, a set of bike tires and rims were stolen from a bicycle parked in the parking lot of a local apartment building. The bike was locked up, however the tires and rims were removed. The rims are described as unique, 10-spoke rims with wide spacing. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact the lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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PUBLIC FORUM FOR PROPOSED RESTRUCTURING The Cowichan Valley School District is holding a public forum for members of the public to express their opinion and provide feedback to the Official Trustee on the School District’s restructuring proposals introduced on February 6, 2013. Several schools were identified for potential school closure as part of the restructuring proposals. Public Forum All Zones Cowichan Secondary School

6:30 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Official Trustee will hear presentations from individuals and representatives of community groups on the restructuring options being contemplated, including the proposed school closures. Written material will be accepted up to and including May 7, 2013. Board of Education Meeting Cowichan Secondary School

6:30 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Official Trustee will make decisions on restructuring the District including decisions on which, if any, of the schools proposed for closure will be closed.

Cowichan Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, by offering 25 certificates for volunteers to attend. Send information about your volunteer activity in an email to kaatzalakesideplayers@ or send the information to CLDCC. Names of those who entered will be drawn during the Lady of the Lake meet and greet on April 24 at the Cow Café.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the SEWER PARCEL TAX ROLL REVIEW PANEL will be held in Council Chambers at the Town Office, 39 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC on Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the WATER PARCEL TAX ROLL REVIEW PANEL will be held in Council Chambers at the Town Office, 39 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC on Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

The Parcel Tax Roll Review shall hear complaints and may review and correct the parcel tax assessment roll as to:

The Parcel Tax Roll Review shall hear complaints and may review and correct the parcel tax assessment roll as to:

(a) an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll; (b) an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; (c) an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel; (d) an exemption that has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

(a) an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll; (b) an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; (c) an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel; (d) an exemption that has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

Affected property owners will be notified by mail. In order for a request to be considered by the review panel, it must be in writing and received at the Town office PO Box 860, Lake Cowichan, Attention: Ronnie Gill, Assessor, at least 48 hours prior to the sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel on April 23, 2013.

Affected property owners will be notified by mail. In order for a request to be considered by the review panel, it must be in writing and received at the Town office PO Box 860, Lake Cowichan, Attention: Ronnie Gill, Assessor, at least 48 hours prior to the sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel on April 23, 2013.

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Joseph A. Fernandez Chief Administrative Officer THE THELAKE LAKECOWICHAN COWICHAN GAZETTE Wednesday, Wednesday,April April 17, 17, 2013 2013 GAZETTE

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Elodie Admas Lake Cowichan Gazette What would an event in Lake Cowichan be without hockey? This year on Sunday, June 9, a road hockey tournament will again be part of the Lake Days celebrations, and interested players have only one month to register or get a team together for the event. The tournament welcomes players from the age of five to adult, and registration forms are available from the Irly Bird store in Lake Cowichan, or can be downloaded directly online from the Lake Days website, Age categories are as follows: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13. 14-16, 17 - adult. Thanks to different Lake Days sponsors, all players get a t-shirt for the game, as well as a hot dog or hamburger, and are eligible for a prize, says one of the events main organizers, Kelly Bergstrom. “We are very lucky with sponsors,” he confirmed.

“We get their help every year because they see what it brings to Lake Days.” However, this event is not a fundraiser for minor hockey Bergstrom adds. All sponsor donations go to buying prizes or toward expenses, as well as the players’ t-shirts. While Lake Days’ fans are used to seeing the road hockey tournament in the parking lot of Saywell Park and on the portion of South Shore Road that runs parallel to it, this year it may have to be smaller. “We usually have 24 teams,” he explained, “but this year with the (town’s) road construction happening, not having the road will not give us use of the four full rinks. All the more reason to get your registration in early! Registration deadline is May 15, the cost is $10 per player, and each team requires at least four players and a goalie. Helmets and protective equipment is strongly recommended, as is a good sense of team spirit.

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Margaret Lavigne (left), Irene Pearse (centre) and Norma O’Connell enjoy their first day of the golf season last Thursday morning.

Braving the elements were 12 ladies that turned out for their first day of the season at March Meadows Golf Course. The sun did shine and everyone enjoyed the great outdoors. Any ladies interested in joining in the fun on ladies day each Thursday, please call March Meadows Pro Shop at 250-7496241. —Submitted by Janice Peden

The Lakers Minor Baseball season has started. The first game of the season was on Monday April 15 at the Little League Park when the 11 and 12-year-old Pee Wee Lakers played. Their head coach is Ryan Rai. This year the team will travel to Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Saltspring Island and those teams will be visiting Lake Cowichan. The Bantam team’s first game was in Victoria on April 13 with head coach Micah Anderson. The team plays interlocking games in Victoria and Duncan only.

This year there are two Mosquito teams (9 and 10-year-olds) three Tadpole teams ( 7 and 8-yearolds) and four T-Ball teams with games starting this week. New for this year is the Tadpoles traveling to Duncan and the Duncan team visiting Lake Cowichan. It will be a fun time for these young players. Everyone is invited to come out and watch our local kids learning the game of baseball. —Submitted



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From left: LCSS student soccer players Cecile Bell, Justine Carlow and Sean Paradis focus on a field drill that community coach Kathy Biro explains. Diana Hutton

From left: Action Schools B.C. trainer, Jamie Covey, A.B. Greenwell School Grade 5 students Jewel Jamieson and Madison Vaughan take time out for a photo.

A.B. Greenwell a school in action Diana Hutton Lake Cowichan Gazette Spring is in the air and on playgrounds throughout the province, the air rings with the laughter of children at play. The rhythmic calls keep time to the slap of the jump rope as the next skipper jumps in for her turn. Rubber bands are collected and knotted to make the flexible bands for Chinese skipping and teams are chosen-up for rollicking games of tag. Sound like a step back in time? Not at A.B. Greenwell Elementary, where the Action Schools B.C.’s trainer is helping kids find new and old ways to play. “It’s all about creating opportunities for children to be more active,” said Action Schools B.C. trainer, Jamie Covey. “We have programs and ideas that get kids back out and moving around and they’re easy to implement and really fun!” Action Schools B.C. is a province wide program funded by the provincial government whose mandate is “to provide more opportunities for more children to make healthy choices more often.” It helps schools and communities learn how to provide and implement healthier choices in nutrition, activity and daily habits. Trainers work, not only with teachers and administrators, but also with the kids themselves where they train older children to mentor and guide the younger ones. “We’re working with the Grade 5s today and teaching them games and activities. They become our student leaders,” Covey explained. “They take what they’ve learned and teach it to the younger children.” The student leaders learn a variety of games and activities that incorporate everything from

healthy eating, to sports, to school spirit. They become the foot soldiers in a movement that hopes to address the current crisis in the health of Canadian children. A 2012 report card on Canadian children and youth, found that less than 25 per cent eat the recommended five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables and a staggering 93 per cent did not meet Canadian physical activity guidelines. A healthy eating pilot project proved that the program worked to change the pattern of fruit and vegetable consumption in kids in Grades 4 to 7. “The older children learn what it’s like to be a leader,” said Covey. “When the little kids say that there’s nothing to do, the older kids have a chance to show leadership and implement games and activities.” The program is all encompassing, not just relying on sunny days outside for kids to be active. Teachers and students learn activities that can be integrated into daily routines in the classroom. “We have things going on in class and it definitely gets them more active at recess and lunch time,” said A.B. Greenwell Grade 3, 4, 5 teacher, Debbie Martel. Participating schools receive equipment bins that teachers and students are taught to use hands-on. “It’s great because they’ve got the equipment right there so they can implement it right away,” said Covey. Covey has been an Action Schools B.C. trainer for seven years and has worked in schools and communities all over Vancouver Island. It’s so neat to experience the diversity of all kinds of communities,” said Covey. “And the kids just love it.”

Alex Mizak practices taking his boot to the ball at LCSS soccer practise last Tuesday as Jennifer Boyles and Justine Carlow look on.

Light rain showers didn’t dampen the spirits of the Grade 10, 11 and 12 Lake Cowichan Secondary School students who were out on the school field for a soccer practice on Tuesday, April 9. They looked like a regular soccer team out for a normal practice, except for one thing, there were boys and girls taking turns kicking the ball during the teams skill training session. As community coach Kathy Biro explains, “ There were not enough girls to form a team, so we invited some boys to join the girls on the team so we could have enough players to make a full team and have the opportunity to play some games against competition from around the Cowichan Valley.” Biro believes this may have been the first co-ed team ever in the league, which is now a co-ed league as other teams were faced with the same shortage of female players. They will be playing teams from Duncan, Chemainus and possibly Ladysmith. The team will continue their weekly practices until the regular season begins later in the spring. Biro, along with LCSS staff coach Adrian Achurch, are looking forward to seeing their group play some real games against other Cowichan Valley teams.

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Sandy passed away peacefully at the McKenney Creek Hospice surrounded by love. Sandy is lovingly remembered by his wife Christine, his children Ryan and Carly, his parents Chris and Joan and his in-laws Gary and Lorraine Oliver. A special thank you to Sandy’s dear friends Stephane and Jim and many others who battled this disease alongside Sandy. Words can’t describe our appreciation. Sandy touched the lives of many people in his short time here. He will be remembered for his gentle, loving smile and sweet disposition. Special thanks to the B.C. Cancer Agency for their exceptional care. A special tea will be held at Maple Ridge Baptist Church, 22155 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X 5V3 on April 20 at 1:00 p.m.

MURDOCH, Verna “June� May 14, 1942 - April 7, 2013

It is with the greatest of sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest mother, grandmother, and wife of Dick. June passed away surrounded by the love of her family. June was born in Port Alberni, B.C. and attended the Port Alberni high school where she met the love of her life, Richard ‘Dick’. They courted and were later married in 1963. They moved to Youbou where they raised three children and have resided in the area for the past 50 years. June is survived by her husband and their children Shane (Leanne), Shona (Rob) and Travis (Deanna); grandchildren Michael, Adrienne, Shelby, Kristina, Dustin, Brandi (Mike), Myles (Lisa), Ashley and Russell; step-grandchildren Sean, Randy (Sherri), Paul, Marjorie (Matt) and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, and her newest joy, Oliver. June had many interests in life as was evident with her many different professions during her life which included being a BC Tel operator, a psychiatric nurse, a mill-worker and owner of her own florist shop. By far her most cherished and loved job in her life was her family, which she took such great pride in. June was incredibly proud of each and every one of her children and grandchildren and their accomplishments in life. June was well liked by all those that knew her. She was a kind, compassionate, beautiful soul and was such an unselfish, loving and gentle person. She was a talented artist, and avid gardener, a great cook and an amazing cake decorator. She was a caring wife, mother and friend. Her love of life was evident. June’s journey is complete and those who shared it with her will fondly remember her with love. An open house will be held for family and friends on Saturday, April 20th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a celebration of life at their home, 425 Mountain View Drive, Lake Cowichan, B.C. “It is not length of life, but depth of life�-Emerson Ralph Waldo


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☞ Music in the Lake

Music in the Lake hosts Bijoux Du Bayou. The band plays all over the south Island. Together since 1997 and with two CDs under their belt the band is not looking back but ahead. Their sound is best described as “ Barenaked Ladies colliding with Buckwheat Zydeco.” said Bijoux Du Bayou’s Sam Torrance. Come to dance and to listen to the unique sounds of this high-energy band. The performance is Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at

The 9th Annual CAFFA runs April 17 to April 20 at the Quwutsun Cultural Centre and promises to deliver another four days of exceptional films, ceremonies, discussions and workshops from. The festival kicks off with a welcome dinner and opening ceremonies on April 20. Film screenings will be nightly April 18 to 19 at the Quwutsun Cultural Centre and admission is by donation. On April 19 there will be a special focus on youth with workshops during the day and a youth award

ceremonies at night. This year there is a new event, the Youth Voice Award, which encourages youth ages 12 to 30, to share in the power of their voice through song, hip hop, spoken word, band or choir. Auditions will be held during the day on Friday and anyone can register online at

☞ Teen Expo a first in Victoria

The first ever Teen Expo in Victoria will take place at Pearkes recreation Centre on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This event is tooted as an “awesome one-day event to connect youth and their families, with businesses and organizations that ,support them in a fun, cool environment. “ There will be workshops on finance to hair to depression and lots of live performances. The Lizbell Agency model search will be on location looking for those who are five-foot-seven-inches or taller and are from 12-years-old to 20 — a great opportunity for youth interested in modelling and acting. There will be lots of prizes to be won including a chance to win $1,500 for your school. Visit for detailed information and to buy tickets (or you can buy them at the door — cash only)

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April 17, 2013 edition of the Lake Cowichan Gazette

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