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It’s unlikely you don’t know her name. Tyeshia Jones. And it’s no wonder this young girl has captured so many hearts here in Cowichan and elsewhere. Her still-unsolved murder has been chipping away at her family, and at her community, since she went missing on Jan. 22. This is a story that has impacted me like no other. The

past 12 months have given me a clear picture of who Tyeshia was. Such a shy, quiet, kind girl. In almost a year of covering her disappearance and death, I have not heard a single bad word about her. And the past 12 months have also given me a clear understanding of Tyeshia’s family. You will not meet a finer one.

Mary Jim and her children Aaliyah, Terrance and LaTrell, are some of the kindest, gentlest people you will ever meet. They deserve to have their beloved Tyeshia back. But since that’s not possible, at the very least, they deserve justice. Please, give this incredible family the peace and closure they need in 2012.

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hug, and a kiss, and an “I love you, mom.” They’re the pieces of the last moment Mary Jim shared with her daughter, Tyeshia Jones. Jim never dreamed how permanent their parting would become; never dreamed this memory would bring her both smiles and tears in the months and years to come. Because Jim may have 18 years’ worth of cherished memories with her daughter, but she’ll never create new ones. Her daughter is gone. And it’s now been almost one year since Jim hugged her daughter goodbye. Almost one year since Tyeshia Jones was killed. “I just try to make it through the day,” says Jim, struggling to speak through her tears. “I still have my three kids (Terrance, Aaliyah and LaTrell), and I have to think about them. They need me. And I need them.” Jim has been consistently praised in the past year for her seemingly inexhaustible strength. But her loved ones insist that

strength is just for show. “She’s so tired of hearing that she’s strong, that she’s OK, that she’s doing well,” says Angela Carpenter, Jim’s best friend. “It bothers her, because she isn’t. People think she’s OK because she’s getting up in the morning, but inside? She’s dying inside. You can see it in her eyes. They’re so full of pain. “I would give up anything just so that Mary could breathe, just breathe, for one day.” *** The night of Friday, Jan. 21, started innocently enough. Tyeshia Jones, 18, was with her friend Kristina August when she ran into her mom at Tim Hortons at about 9:30 p.m. Jones told her mother her plans for the evening, told her mother she loved her, and then left for a party in the 5000 block of Miller Road, where she was supposed to spend the night. Sometime after 2 a.m. the next morning, Jones was seen leaving the house. She was walking toward Superstore to meet a friend, Josh Williams. But Jones never arrived. Her last text message indicated she had reached August Road. What happened after that — approximately ¿ve hours after Jones hugged her mother goodbye — is not

From Tyeshia Jones’ mother, Mary Jim: “Whoever took my child from me, put yourself in my shoes for a few seconds. Parents are not supposed to bury our children before us. My daughter deserves justice. Please, put this horrible thing to rest.” From Tyeshia Jones’ brother, Terrance: “There’s not a day that I don’t think about my sister Tyeshia. She had a beautiful smile that was noticed by everyone around her, and no matter what she would have that smile everywhere she went. I just wish the world got to know her as a person. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, funny — words can’t really describe the sister she was, but she was inspiring and I’ve learned a lot from her as I’ve grown older. I’m just taking it a day at a time. I want to make her proud with the choices in life, knowing she’ll be right there with me to guide me.”

public knowledge. Jim, meanwhile, realized early Saturday morning that her daughter was missing. She remembers calling Jones’ cellphone non-stop for at least four hours straight. Dialing and hanging up. Dialing and hanging up. “I knew something was wrong,” Jim says. She wasn’t getting any answers from the people Jones had been with the night before, and was growing increasingly distressed. Shortly after noon, Jim gathered up recent photos of her daughter and headed to the local RCMP detachment to ¿le a missing-person report. And every day for the next week, friends and family members would gather at her home in the morning before heading out together in search of Jones. Whether travelling around in a vehicle, or walking riverside trails calling Jones’ name, they refused to give up. It was on Sunday that Jim’s niece found Jones’ cellphone, an item the teenage girl was virtually never without, at the Yuthuythut Adult Learning Centre on River Road — about halfway between the Miller Road home and Jones’ destination. Jim saw photos of her daughter on the phone but no clues as to her whereabouts. By Monday morning, police and Cowichan Search and Rescue volunteers were conducting an extensive ground and water search. g They were temporarily placed on stand-by on Tuesday, when some 20 s RCMP of¿cers roped off a home on R Miller M Road and began an intensive search in the area. s Police said at the time they had found something to spark the policef run r ground search, but would not indicate what had been discovered. i By Thursday the search had swelled to include air searches s

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Tyeshia Jones graduated from Cowichan Secondary School in 2010, and was attending the Yuthuythut Adult Learning Centre when she was murdered in January. The talented young artist had hoped to work in fashion and modelling, before her life was taken away. in addition to ground and water searches by police and search-andrescue volunteers from at least six island SAR teams, plus forensic and tactical Mounties. It was shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 that Mary Jim’s worst fear was con¿rmed. Jones’ body was found during a methodical SAR grid-search in a wooded area near the Indian Road cemetery — about a kilometre from the Miller Road home by road, and in the opposite direction of Jones’ intended destination.

The Indian Road site was Àooded with dozens of members of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, and the RCMP Forensic Identi¿cation Section, in the wake of the heartbreaking discovery. In addition to scores of local and imported police of¿cers and SAR volunteers, out-of-town media also descended on Cowichan to share the story of Tyeshia Jones, a shy, muchloved girl who was taken from her family far too soon. more on page A4

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As police worked to uncover what happened to Tyeshia Jones, the community similarly looked for answers. But to date, police have revealed little of their investigation, and some Cowichanians have become mired in malicious speculation and rumours about possible suspects — especially on Facebook. Some people have even attempted to share their hurtful conjecture with Jones’ grieving family, while those who were with Jones the night she went missing have been quiet. “I’m not in touch with any of them,” Jim says of the people who now seem to avoid the mother of their deceased friend. “I’m actually pretty upset with them right now.” Jim and her loved ones have repeatedly called on those with useful tips and information to share them with the police. There’s even a reward — now up to $12,000, thanks to fundraisers and donations collected by Jones’ loved ones — for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in connection with the murder. “I know the RCMP are still actively working on this case,” says Joe Thorne, who acted as a spokesman for the family during the inÀux of media attention earlier this year. “I know they’ve made the statement that the case will be solved, and I believe them.” But public assistance is crucial. “I know that there are people out there who know something, and we’re all waiting for them to come forward,” he said. “What it’s going to take, I don’t know. If they’re afraid, they shouldn’t be. If they know the people involved and think, ‘Well, those are my friends,’ they need to get out of that shadow and say, ‘I’m going to make sure this evil

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Mary Jim and her family attended the inaugural Take Back the Night event in honour of Tyeshia Jones, and Karrie Ann Stone, on Feb. 18. thing is corrected.’” But Thorne also stressed the importance of not spreading malicious gossip. “Names are Àying through the air, and what makes it hard for the RCMP is they investigate every little tidbit of information, so it prolongs the investigation,” he said. “So I’m hoping people give accurate information.” Jim hopes so, too. She’s quick to express her gratitude for the police, who continue to actively investigate the case. But she’s still struggling to accept an unacceptable truth, and the longer she waits for answers, the more she suffers. “We’ve been told, ‘Don’t worry, this will be solved,’” says Carpenter. “When? What’s happening? What are we waiting for?” What’s known for sure is that forensic work was sent to a Vancouver lab, tech work was conducted in

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Victoria, and police received dozens, if not hundreds, of tips. The cause of death, the current status of the investigation, and whether the police have any suspects, are all unknown. The RCMP’s Vancouver Island spokesman, Cpl. Darren Lagan, declined to comment for this article, but has repeatedly stated that police believe the murder will be solved. “This will be a community effort,” he said in January. “Information, tips, any support people can offer, we welcome.” That offer still stands. Mounties can be reached at 250748-5522, and anonymous tips can be called in at 1-800-222-8477. “This is a very serious and complex investigation and we need (the public’s) help,” Lagan has said previously. “Our experience in cases such as this is that somebody or some people know what happened.” more on page A5

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“I keep reÀecting back on that phone call, that initial phone call from Mary,” says Angela Carpenter. “She said, ‘We can’t ¿nd Tyeshia.’” Carpenter admits she was almost senseless with worry and fear that day. And the uneasiness, the urge to do something — anything to help — remains. It’s a common feeling in the community these days. “I see Mary holding herself together, barely,” says Thorne. “It’s wearing her down, her and her family. They’re just so torn apart. And they want to have closure, so they can go to Tyeshia’s graveside and say, ‘It’s over, baby girl.’ Mary always called Tyeshia her baby girl, and I think that’s what she’s waiting for: to go to her baby girl and say, ‘You have your justice.’” Justice is the word that comes up most frequently in conversations with Jones’ loved ones. “Mary says she can’t go anywhere, she can’t do anything, until justice is done,” Carpenter says. “And that’s it. Her life is on hold. We’re all on hold.” The devotion of Carpenter and the rest of Jones’ loved ones is a source of comfort to Jim. “That’s what I have to look at,” Jim says. “And it’s quite a blessing to have them by my side.” But she shrugs off the notion that tragedy brings people closer together, because her family was already incredibly tightly-knit. “That’s how they’ve always been,” says Carpenter. “They’re always together.” “I always saw Mary with her two daughters – they “She had that smile, were and the little giggle, always together,” Thorne and the kindness, agreed. and the love. She “And what stood out, would do anything with all for you.” three of them, was their smile. They didn’t care who you were, they would just smile at you, and say hello. And I miss that, because now when I see them, I see caution. I want to see them have that

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From Tyeshia Jones’ sister, Aaliyah: “Tyeshia believed in me. She always said I could do anything I wanted to do in life. She’s the most positive person in my life. Tyeshia had my mom’s loving, caring heart. She was a lot like my mom, which I admired so much. Nothing is ever going to be the same without her, but just knowing she’s watching over me makes my heart happy.” From Tyeshia Jones’ brother, LaTrell (age 6): “Tyeshia, my big sister, I love you and I miss you with all my heart. I wish you were here with me. I wish you were here to help me with my puzzles. I will miss taking pictures with you. Love from your little brother LaTrell.” From Tyeshia Jones’ cousin, Cheyenne Jim: “My favourite memory with Tyeshia happened when we were younger. Aaliyah, Tyeshia, Tasha and myself would go to the Queen of Angels Park and play on the playground or in their little maze. We would play grounders, house and, of course, tag. I loved it when we all went to the park. We could stay there all night, just chatting and lying in the grass until the mosquitoes came out and annoyed us.” From Tyeshia Jones’ uncle and aunt, Howie and Roberta Johnny: “It’s almost been a year since we lost Tyeshia. I know we all still shed tears for her. Her quiet soul had a great impact on all she met, whether it was her smile or her laughter or her quiet hello. Family was important to her. She enjoyed family get-togethers and loved all her cousins. That was one of the things that sets her apart from other teenagers, because most don’t like hanging with their younger siblings or cousins, but Tyeshia enjoyed her time with them.”

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Time for our economic mechanics to jump-start Cowichan economy Column: Sustainable economy boost can happen here in the Warm Land Peter W. Rusland

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ith a passel of new politicians sworn in, maybe Cowichan can start becoming the eco-economic model it should be. While other communities struggle with jump-starting sputtering economies, The Warm Land has various spark plugs to boost jobs and broaden tax bases. Our economic mechanics are Geoff Millar and Councillor John Koury. The taxpayer-funded Economic Development Commission under Millar, and North Cowichan’s economic development committee headed by Koury, are tasked with luring businesses and jobs here. To date, progress has been Àat. One bright light this year was North Cowichan council’s passing of innovative tax-holidays for ¿rms cutting carbon — and investing in industrial land — to attract manufacturing and other operations. But there’s far more to do in a wide range of sectors to make Cowichan a sustainable, green powerhouse. Naturals are solar-panel “We need professors of plants, electricenterprise and outspoken car making, and energytaxpayers pulling together.” other innovation businesses now running in Europe and elsewhere. Low-hanging fruit includes chain stores without a local presence that should be pitched concerning Cowichan’s growth-oriented virtues. A perennial problem is propping Cowichan’s value-added manufacturing in our struggling forestry sector.

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While WFP’s Cowichan Bay’s sawmill survives, job-related raw logs are still sadly shipped out of B.C. Wood smarts are also crucial as Catalyst’s Crofton pulp-and-paper mill falters. Its closure must be anticipated now to stop North Cow’s residential and business taxes from skyrocketing. Crofton’s gaping tax and job gap could be ¿lled with a wider swath of businesses — some tied to enterprises with a foothold here already — outside boosting downtown Duncan’s living/shopping potential, and our under-rated arts, tourism and ¿lm sectors. Food processing, more clean recycling and energy production, Peter W. Rusland: water bottling, book publishwe can be more ing, and information technology could join our growing healthcare sector while public farmland could help grow our grub. Clothes-making, equestrian events, and instrumentmaking have a hand in Cowichan now. Why not add more small operations such as those through help from our chambers of commerce? The idea is to grow green jobs and taxes without spoiling Cowichan’s special lifestyle. Political leaders, merchants and residents must now gauge Cowichan’s limits to growth to dodge sprawl spanning Surrey to Langford. That means picking and sticking to land zoned for housing, industry and business. It’s not rocket science, but we need professors of enterprise and outspoken taxpayers pulling together. If not, we’ll see more dead frontage, strip-malls, ugly suburbs, lay-offs, pollution and lost chances. Ducking that scenario means two-way talks, not animosity and apathy, between leaders and citizens. Cowichan can be so much more — starting in 2012. Peter W. Rusland covers economic development, among other beats, at the News Leader Pictorial. Email him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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Port Alberni man is dead, and two women are in Victoria hospital, after Wednesday night’s head-on collision along an unguarded stretch of Malahat Drive, police say. Malahat ¿re chief Rob Patterson — whose crew was helped by Mill Bay’s members — said the soggy commuter turnpike near Split Rock was closed and rerouted for about ¿ve hours by the 5 p.m. wreck that left a car teetering on a concrete barrier bordering a dark cliff. The tragedy’s cause could have been a medical condition, police say. “One vehicle was northbound, and one vehicle was southbound — someone crossed the line,” Patterson said, calling for barriers to prevent more crashes on the ‘Hat. Wednesday’s wreck saw a southbound Toyota Sienna van cross the centre line, swiping a northbound Dodge Caravan, cops said. The Sienna then hit, head-on, a northbound Honda Accord driven by a 58-year-old Crofton female. She was pinned in the car left

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A car teeters on the edge of a barricade after Wednesday’s three-vehicle crash on the Malahat Drive, near Split Rock. perched near the cliff. The Sienna’s 76-year-old male was extricated by ¿re¿ghters, but he died in hospital. His injured wife was expected to be released from hospital Thursday, RCMP said. Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb said the Crofton woman suffered multiple fractures and is in serious but stable condition. Patterson said she sustained severe leg injuries inside her demolished Honda. She’d likely be dead if ¿re crews hadn’t balanced the sedan to keep it from plunging 100 metres

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while gingerly freeing what the veteran chief called the “non-responsive” woman. “It was too close. It’s a steep, 50-degree slope with rocks and trees,” he said. “It would not have been pretty.” It took ¿re¿ghters wielding the Jaws of Life an hour or more to extricate her by “nibbling away” at parts of the Accord. The now-deceased male driver of the nearby Sienna suffered what Patterson described as “serious” lower-extremity injuries. “He was our number-one priority,” he said of the Alberni senior. His wife was dazed but “talkative” at the scene, said Patterson. Meanwhile, scores of north- and south-bound vehicles braved narrow, winding South Shawnigan Road around the stretch of highway blacktop blocked by ¿re crews. The deadly incident left Patterson demanding completed Malahat centre medians. “It just irks me,” he said, shaking his head at rock-snagging wire being hung along the ‘Hat’s sheer walls. “Fifteen years here, and I’ve never had a rock land on a car, but we’ve done hundreds of vehicle extrications.” Crash witnesses are asked to call Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514.

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his year gave us a whole lot of political change and expressions of voter power both provincially and here in the Cowichan Valley. First and foremost we had the HST, the harmonized sales tax that huge numbers of people in the province took an instant dislike to. Such was the voter push-back that former premier Gordon Campbell’s career was cut short as he stepped down in hopes of taking some of the public heat with him. That set the stage for the upheaval that dominated politics in the province in 2011. Christy Clark became our premier early in the year and the of¿cial opposition responded by unceremoniouly dumping

former leader Carole James. Before the year was half over Adrian Dix emerged as the new leader of the NDP. Not much else of importance was able to push the HST off the political agenda for more than half of 2011 as supporters and opponents of the harmonized tax jockeyed for voter support for the August referendum. The tax was killed by a 54 per cent vote. Meanwhile, here in the valley CVRD directors decided to put the controversial ECO Depot proposal to an opinion referendum to coincide with the November local government elections. What started out as seemingly localized opposition to the proposal blossomed over the year into highly organized and sustained resistance. It had become apparent decisive action was required to regain some level of political stability in the south end of the region. The referendum was the response because giving voters a say held the promise of being able to put the issue to bed — no matter the outcome.

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The ECO Depot became, of course, a dominant issue in the November civic elections with the opposition group spawning candidates to run in Mill Bay, Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake. Voters in those three areas voted 66 per cent to kill the ECO Depot proposal. Much to the surprise and disappointment of the opposition group, there was only one political casualty of the controversial proposal — incumbent and ECO Depot supporter Ken Cossey lost decisively to newcomer Bruce Fraser in Shawnigan Lake. Former CVRD chairwoman Gerry Giles won handily in Cobble Hill even though she had been regularly tagged as the chief ECO Depot proponent. In Mill Bay, the ECO Depot opposition candidate managed to gain only about 33 per cent of the vote, while returning director Mike Walker walked away with just under 60 per cent. Over in North Cowichan growth in government and in spending became the dominant issues in the local elections.

Incumbent mayor Tom Walker was edged out by former mayor Jon Lefebure who gained only 33 per cent of the votes cast for the ¿ve candidates for mayor — not exactly a resounding vote of con¿dence. Three new council members were elected — all women — making the gender split on council four to three in favour of the women. In spite of some localized changes in local government politics in 2011, not all that much has changed in the total Patrick Hrushowy: picture. The CVRD board make-up remains wishes them well much the same — but now without being boggedd ddown bby th the ECO Depot issue. It will be interesting to see their political agenda unfold in the New Year. We wish them well. Patrick Hrushowy writes every Friday in the News Leader Pictorial. Email him at phrushowy@shaw.ca

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The Rage of the Stage: Presenting the 2011 Cowichan Valley Genie awards

2011: GENIES

Stage fare for all ages and tastes graced Cowichan stages big and small this year. Dramas and musicals led the pack as community troupes commanded the lion’s share of productions, complemented by more superb footwork from Ballet Victoria. But our Genies don’t discriminate; they’re based on review ratings no matter what company

High School:

The Phantom of the Opera March 7, T. Gil Bunch Theatre Brentwood’s Phantom of the Opera was fantastic despite its haunting by sound gremlins during its debut as Canada’s first full-length high-school Phantom. Singing by Davin Killy’s Phantom, Maggie Davies’ Christine Daaé and Daniel Hilhorst’s Raoul created a love triangle of sound proportions backed by a stellar chorus and Phil Newns’ awesome pit orchestra. Romantic-musical rating: 9 masks out of 10 Runners Up: Oliver, Picasso at the Lapine Agile.

mounts the show. Shawnigan Players’ daring drama The Children’s Hour, and Glengarry Glen Ross, plus their Arabian Nights pantomime offered the same exuberance of A Chorus Line imported by perennial visitors, the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre. CVYMC is batting .1000 after unloading superb versions of Rent and Sweeny Todd in recent

years. Folks glued to video fare sure missed the artistic boat big time, but there’s always next year’s stage roster boasting Les Misérables, Grease — and hopefully the return of bard@brentwood. Turn off those TVs and visit a Cowichan stage in 2012 for something completely different.

Tragedy:

Amadeus Sept. 16, Chemainus Theatre Salieri’s guilt trip about masterminding Mozart’s demise made Amadeus one of Chemainus Theatre’s best plays ever. Superb acting, pinpoint cues, Norma Bowen’s lavish period costumes, a functional set and a grippingly familiar story gave glimpses into the dragon’s den of palace politics in 1780s Vienna. If ever a play showed how time wounds all heels, this was it. Dramatic play rating: 10 regrets out of 10

Community:

Dance:

Drama:

Arabian Nights: A Pantomime Dec. 20, Mercury Theatre

Ballet Victoria’s Carmen March 25, Cowichan Theatre

Doubt May 6, Mercury Theatre

Pure community theatre, with all its intended puns and pratfalls, was personified in a wacky run of Arabian Nights: The Pantomime. Nights was draped in lovingly made costumes courtesy of Jan Ovans and Sue Cook, aboard pivoting panel sets by Bruce Stevens, David Brockhurst and cast. Pantomime musical-comedy rating: 8.5 turbans out of 10

Classical moves occupied the centre of BV’s compact universe, spinning on unpredictability during Carmen & Other Works. Choreographer Paul Destrooper’s cuttingedge company staged seven various-length works. Act two’s Carmen saw dancers use strong motion and emotion during the tightly wound tragedy about love, lust, compassion and jealousy. Classical-contemporary dance rating: 9.5 pointes out of 10

Musical:

Fiddler on the Roof June 17, Chemainus Theatre Tevye the milkman lives in everyone — enduring and finding love and laughter where he can. That lesson in perseverance was beautifully personified in Chemainus Theatre’s Fiddler On The Roof. Stephen Aberle’s sturdy turn as Tevye, under able director Peter Jorgensen, was backed by a cast of multi-talented actors. Musical-drama rating: 9 L’Chaims out of 10

— Peter W. Rusland

Youth:

A Chorus Line July 27, Cowichan Theatre Skim the best talent from Cowichan and island high-school drama programs, combine them into one ensemble, add seriously skilled teachers, a proven script, and commitment to great art and you get Comox Valley Youth Music Centre’s presentation of A Chorus Line. It was what theatre’s meant to be — a thoroughly enjoyable, gritty, funny, moving song-and-dance showcase of some of the island’s best talent.

Mercury Players’ darkly brilliant drama Doubt: A Parable certainly held viewers in rapt curiosity and self-reflection. Director Michelle Tremblay’s four actors personified the searing symbolism intended by playwright John Patrick Shanley’s nakedly intense script. Dramatic play rating: 10 confessions out of 10 Runners Up: The Children’s Hour, and Glengarry Glen Ross

Comedy:

Maggie’s Getting Married Nov. 11, Mercury Theatre The Mercury Players tickled ribs in the right places during Maggie’s Getting Married. Director Gregg Perry’s six actors played it straight, subtly coaxing comedy from Norm Foster’s timely play exploring God, love, sex, middle-age crises, loyalty and honesty. Sit-com play rating: 8.5 Jimmy Deans out of 10


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Friday, December 30, 2011

2011: JUNOS

The Pick of the Leader: presenting the 2011 Cowichan Valley Juno awards Let’s set aside Cowichan’s splendidly eclectic SunFest country-rock spectacle, our global-level Islands Folk Festival, our growing Saltair City Limits showcase, our special needs festival called Special Woodstock, and the new Rock of the Woods festival. That still leaves a year punctuated by great

Blues:

nights. And that’s aside from professional and local acts gracing our Cowichan Theatre. Despite folks addicted to iPods, CDs and internet radio, we’re spoiled by great players supported by loyal fans who appreciate live music.

Valdy May 26, Crofton Pub The West Coast’s folk-favourite, Valdy, tied bluesman Ken Hamm’s record for mostshow-tunes-played during his 28-song date. The troubadour cranked out songs in a lovely two-set show before a seaside room full of fans. Some folks missed Valdy’s clever lyrics by rudely yakking away as if a CD were playing. But Valdy persisted, spreading 1970s nostalgia thick as peanut butter. Folk-music rating: 9.5 beavers out of 10

East Coast:

Global:

Roots:

Garnet Rogers Sept. 29, Duncan Garage Showroom

International Guitar Night April 1, Cowichan Theatre

Gregory Hoskins Dec. 7, Duncan Garage Showroom

Music and memories beautifully collided during Garnet Rogers’ satisfying local show. The East Coast minstrel ably backed himself on a gaggle of rare guitars during his standing-room-only Showroom reprise. Rogers’ baritone vocals were smooth as good Canadian rye — irony from a hard-living, tough-touring guy who gave up booze years ago after surviving the road with famous brother/ folk star, Stan. Folk-roots show rating: 9 stories out of 10

International Guitar Night heard a short-but-sweet serenade from three fret adepts after one promised player was sadly absent due to visa glitches. Without Brazil’s Marco Pereira, IGN’s American host Brian Gore, and guests Lulo Reinhardt (Germany) and Adrian Legg (Britain), served a dozen entrancing tunes during solo and group work. Guitar music concert: 9 strings out of 10

Rock:

Trooper Sept. 20, Cowichan Theatre Trooper raised a little hell during what was likely the year’s best retro-rock show. Diminutive dynamo Ra McGuire and the guys gave 600-some fans what they paid for — one act packed with hits and some surprises. Fueled by familiarity, each tune offered original touches, punctuated by solo work from the boys. Retro-rock concert: 8.5 memories out of 10

— Peter W. Rusland

Folk:

Jim Byrnes & The Sojourners Oct. 14, Cowichan Theatre Blues don’t get mo’ better than those delivered in the theatre that seemed made for Jim Byrnes’ act backed by a terrific trio of players, plus the soulsational Sojourners gospel singers. Variety and depth of the evening by Byrnes and his buddies was world class, the type of act that attracts Juno or Grammy awards. Blues show rating: 9 mojos out of 10

musical acts — home-grown and imported to our unique, live-music venues. From the Duncan Garage Showroom and the Dancing Bean cafe, to the Roadhouse, Crofton, Bay, Black Swan and Cobblestone pubs, Cowichanians and tourists alike can hear great tunes of some kind on most

Jazz:

Sketchy Black Dog July 1, Bay Pub, Cowichan Bay Jazz trio Sketchy Black Dog drew a bold picture of worldcalibre chops during its visit to the new Terrain Regional Kitchen. The lounge-restaurant above the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay hosted superb tunes by New York pianist Misha Piatigorsky, L.A. drummer Chris Wabich, and Toronto bassist Neil Swainson as a warm Canada Day sun melted over the glassy drink. Jazz show rating: 8.5 licks out of 10

Hoskins treated the crowd as friends, using animated, honest stories and observations to melt the ice. We were relaxed enough to sing along under the maestro’s simple instructions. But Hoskins’ gig wasn’t so much a show as a telling of regret, pain and hope we all share. That explains his Beautiful Parade song’s insightful line advising, “Be happy if you want to be.” Alt-folk concert rating: 9 intentions out of 10

Classical:

VSO with Alexandre da Costa Sept. 10, Cowichan Theatre A surprise-packed night opened Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s 56th season Friday in the Cowichan Theatre. Maestra Tania Miller hosted violin virtuoso Alexandre da Costa who deftly manned a priceless Stradivarius during Eduoard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21. Classical music rating: 9 Strads out of 10


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On the 22th of December, 2011, our beautiful mother, Gwendolen Margaret (Oliver) Fitzgibbon passed away peacefully at the Chemainus Health Care Center. Born in South Tidworth, England on February 4, 1925, the youngest daughter of Samuel Ernest Oliver and Harriet Simkins, Gwen spent her early years growing up in Mitcham, Surrey. During WWII she worked in the British Land Army and in 1943 married her ďŹ rst husband, Alfred R. Milne RAF, who was lost in the line of duty in 1944. Displaying the resilient and optimistic attitude that she held throughout her life, Gwen immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 1947. There, in 1948, she married Cyril Howard Fitzgibbon, with whom she shared her life for 54 years. Cy and Gwen moved to Chemainus, BC, in 1975. Gwen will be remembered as a woman of true class, whose natural beauty, inside and out, was always evident in her kind and gentle manner. Her many talents included painting, knitting fabulous sweaters and the creation of lovely gardens wherever she lived. She is survived by her loving children, Keith (Melrene) Fitzgibbon and Gary Fitzgibbon(Lynne), both of Duncan, BC, and Cindy (Russ) Beaton of Red Deer, AB. Gwen also leaves four grandsons, Matthew and Mitchell Fitzgibbon and Philip and Patrick Beaton, as well as a sister, Rene (Bill) GrifďŹ ths, of Chemainus. She was predeceased by husband Cyril in 2002 and sister Grace in 2009, in England. The family would like to thank Dr. Manhas and all the caregivers on Ocean Point at the Chemainus Health Care Centre for their dedicated care over the years. Cremation to take place. Please join the family in a remembrance of Gwen’s life on December 31, 2-4pm, at 6249 Lower Chippewa Rd, (The Properties) Duncan. Memorial donations may be made to the Cowichan Valley SPCA. You’ll never be forgotten Mum.

Jesse & Bell Jesse is a large 5 year old retriever who loves cats and is very affectionate towards them. Jesses’ tag is from Parkland County, Alta. Bell, the tabby cat, has a bushy black tail and white markings on her chest. Jesse and Bell were last seen Dec 10th in the Frayne Road area BUT they are not local to BC so they could be headed in ANY direction!! Please call with any information: Jackie 250-818-3636, 250-929-7871 or Shirley 250-743-6727. Reward. As a community, we can bring these most loved pets home for the Holidays!

All proceeds to Cowichan Secondary Dry Grad

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.�

FITZGIBBON, Gwendolen Margaret

LOST PETS

TREE CHIPPING AND BOTTLE DRIVE

Bruno was born in Germany on June 22, 1945 and moved to Alberta in the mid 1950’s. He grew up in Red Deer and spent the last 25 years in Duncan. He was predeceased by his father Paul, his mother Lydia and his brother Perry. Bruno will be forever remembered by his sister Angie (Randy) Leach, his daughter Leah (Pete) Elwell, his son Mike (Zabrina) Hartwig, his grandchildren Kris, Alex, Mady and Saige also the numerous friends that he had. Dad, I am grateful for all the time we spent together, whether it was working together, playing crib or just sitting at the kitchen table having coffee and talking. You will be greatly missed. Thanks to everyone who came out for the celebration of Bruno’s life.

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FOUND SET of keys Dec 21st on sidewalk by London Drugs. Call to identify (250)743-6050.

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CHUTE, Anne (nee Sivak) December 28, 1916 – December 24, 2011 Anne was born in Leross, Saskatchewan on December 28, 1916. She was predeceased by her husband Woodrow in 2010 also predeceased by brothers, Joe, Frank, Steve and Bill Sivak. She is survived by her sister, Marie Bishop (Woody), daughters Pat Nnyamah (Joe) and Sandra, son, Wayne (Karen) grandsons, Greg and Steven (Cassi) and great-grandsons, Aiden and Austin. Anne spent her last few years at Dovehill house in Chemainus and passed away peacefully at the Cowichan District Hospital. No service by request. Interment to take place in the Chemainus cemetery at a later date. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation. 200 – 1212 West Broadway Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3V2 FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES

250-748-2134

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BLIN, Edward (Butch) Born September 30, 1940, Victoria, B.C. Passed away suddenly at home in Duncan on December 14, 2011. He was raised in Victoria later moving to Duncan B.C., attending Cowichan Senior Secondary. After graduation he entered the Royal Canadian Navy where he served for eight years. After being honourably discharged, he joined the construction industry where he remained until his retirement. He was predeceased by his father Frank Blin and mother Margaret (Peggy) Muenter. He is survived by step-father Klaus Muenter. Also surviving is his ex-wife Muriel Blin. Also survived by two sons Darren (granddaughters Roxy and Samara) and Kevin (Lorraine) (grandson Noah), sisters Leslie (Ian) and Susan and half-brothers Leif and Laird Hagar. Also surviving are six nieces and one nephew. His hobbies included photography, ďŹ shing, ďŹ shing, painting and of course the love for his grandchildren who were the love of his life. Cremation with a private family memorial service in the future. In lieu of of owers, owers,please pleasedonate donated to your to your local local food food bank bank or the or the charity charity of your of your choice. choice.

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A20 Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Friday, December 30, 2011 CHILDREN

LOST AND FOUND

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

LOST, silver belt buckle ring, may be somewhere in the Duncan area. It has very little monetary value, but great sentimental value as it was my grandmothers. Reward. Please call (250)748-1177

Babysitter available for 1-2 children, ages 2 and up. Gibbins Rd area is preferred. I have taken the babysitting course through Island Savings Centre and have had 3 years experience babysitting. I am 15 years old and am very responsible from a Christian upbringing. Please call my parents and myself for an introductory interview. Chelsea 250-748-5060

DON’T JUST Visit, Live it! Agricultural placements in Europe, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Wide range of jobs (4-12 months) awaiting experienced individuals ages 18-30. AgriVenture arranges everything. Booking now for spring departures. 1-888-598-4415. www.agriventure.com. Canadian farmers looking for an extra hand in their busy season are also invited to apply for an international trainee.

The News Leader Pictorial office is holding several sets of “found” keys”, since March 2003. Stop into the office and see if any belong to you. #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, next to Buckerfields

TIMESHARE

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CHILDREN CHILDCARE AVAILABLE

ARCADIAN Infant Toddler spaces available Jan. 1

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ALL YOU NEED IN PRINT AND ONLINE

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

HELP WANTED

FINANCIAL SERVICES

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: Heavy Duty Mechanic. Details can be seen at http://hdlogging.com/ Fax resume to 250-287-9259

PAWN SHOP Online: get cash fast! Sell or get a loan for your watch, jewelry, gold, diamonds, art or collectibles from home! Toll-Free: 1-888435-7870 www.PAWNUP.com

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE FUEL/FIREWOOD 5 CORDS of Mill ends, $295 delivered. Or you pick up, $50 pickup load. Call us at (250)416-0069.

DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

TRAVEL

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PERSONAL SERVICES

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or hunt@blackpress.ca BE YOUR Own boss with Great Canadian Dollar Store. Franchise opportunities now available. Call today for details 1-877-388-0123 ext. 229 or visit our website: www.dollarstores.com. HOME BASED BUSINESS. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

CONNECTING JOB SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS

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Let’s get personal… the right person is out there somewhere! let us help you find them... We know there are hundreds of singles in our community. Advertise your single status seven times per week (up to 10 lines of text) for FREE! Don’t have an email address to publish in your ad? Rent one of our file numbers for $10/month. *must be 19 years of age to participate

Unit 2, 5380 Trans Canada Hwy., Duncan 250-746-4471 PERSONALS DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short-Term Relationships, Free to Try!!! 1-877297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #4011 or 1888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call: 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

Recognize Habits and Patterns that hold you back • Stop Smoking • Addictions • Fears & Phobia • Weight Loss • Self Esteem/Confidence Assisting People in the Valley for 19 years

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All CDL Drivers wanted: Excellent mileage pay + bonuses. Require valid passport. Deliver new & used vehicles long haul in U.S. & Canada. Piggyback training available. Toll-Free 1-855-781-3787.

FIR and CEDAR firewood for sale, $175 cord. Phone 250749-4180

Firewood

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

$200/cord, split &

AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

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Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com FOODSAFE AT Island Savings Centre, Jan. 28th & Feb. 25th courses 8:30-4:30 $65. 250746-4154 www.saferfood.ca

TRADES, TECHNICAL PRO MAC MANUFACTURING WELDERS & MACHINISTS Pro Mac Manufacturing in Duncan BC is a manufacturer of machinery parts, custom fabrications and industrial Brushcutters. We are expanding our fabrication and machining departments and are looking for: • STEEL FABRICATORS • WELDERS We require qualified Journeyman Welders and Fabricators to layout, fit, fabricate and weld steel assemblies. CWB ticket or qualifications an asset. • MACHINIST We require qualified Journeyman Machinists for Manual and/or CNC machining. Pro Mac offers a superior compensation package of wages, benefits and pension. Please forward resumes to Pro Mac Manufacturing at

delivered **all proceeds toward Duncan Red Hots Fast pitch** Fir firewood, $170/cord. Cedar available. Call (250)749-4180

WORK WANTED HUSBAND FOR HIRE. Nothing but the best. Carpenter, plumber, painter, electrician, pressure washing. Just ask my wife! Call 250-746-4493 or 250-709-1111

PERSONAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

GARAGE SALES

GARAGE SALES * Great bargains

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shop@cbncanada.com CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad & get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-981-5990. FAST RELIEF the First Night!! Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramps Gone. Sleep Soundly, Safe with Medication, Proven Results. 1-800-7658660. www.allcalm.com HERITAGE PAWN CHRISTMAS BARGAINS! 30% OFF all Jewelry! Roland digital recorder, Homelite pressure washer, laptops, Wii systems, Devinci Cameleon 2 Bike, JVC HD video camera. 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810. heritagepawnbrokers.com

Your Community

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STEEL BUILDINGS End of season deals! Overstock must go - make an offer! Free delivery to most areas. Call to check inventory and free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

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Love where you work.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

At Vancouver Island University, it’s easy to love where you work. Consider becoming a part of our team; applications are being accepted for the following position on our Cowichan Campus:

Relief Hairdressing Instructor Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology, Competition #11-2051, closes Jan. 4, 2012.

JEWELS, FURS M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

BUY, SELL, Watches, Estate Jewellery, Gold, Diamonds, Repairs, Custom designs. St. Thomas Gold & Silver, 895 Fort Street, Victoria, 250-3807698.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

Visit viu.ca/HumanResources/postings for more information on this and other employment opportunities.

VA NCOU V ER ISL A N D U N I V ER SI T Y E X P L O R E. D I S C O V E R. E X C E L.

phumber@promac.bc.ca

or fax 250-746-4799 Attn: Phil Humber. PIPE LAYERS REQUIRED at Locar Industries. Minimum 5 years experience. Fax resume to 250-751-3314

VOLUNTEERS Do you ever ask yourself How can _I_ make a difference? Contact us, and together we can plant the seeds of change, because Volunteers Grow Community. 250-748-2133 www.volunteercowichan.bc.ca

HELP WANTED Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051.

Looking for a NEW job? www.bcjobnetwork.com

SUMMER STUDENTS COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT Looking for an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and earn money toward next year’s tuition? The CVRD is looking for students to ¿ll challenging and rewarding summer student opportunities during the Summer of 2012 in the areas of: • Engineering & Environment and Utilities • GIS • Public Safety • Legislative Services (Records Mgt) • Arts & Culture (Program Admin) • Parks & Trails Planning • Parks Outdoor Work Crew • Recreation Summer Camps • Lifeguarding If you are a student currently attending high school, community college or university and planning to return to school next Fall, visit our website to view all available opportunities, including quali¿cation requirements and application instructions: www.cvrd.bc.ca

MAINTENANCE WORKER SHAWNIGAN LAKE COMMUNITY CENTRE (CASUAL OPPORTUNITY) A casual opportunity is available at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre to perform a variety of basic tasks related to the cleaning and maintenance operations of the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre recreation facility. If you have experience performing cleaning routines and basic building maintenance and repairs and are familiar with safety routines and building mechanical systems, then this job may be of interest to you. Please visit our website for full quali¿cation details including application instructions. www.cvrd.bc.ca

COWICHAN VALLEY Phone: (250) 746-2500 REGIONAL DISTRICT Fax: (250) 746-2513

COWICHAN VALLEY Phone: (250) 746-2500 REGIONAL DISTRICT Fax: (250) 746-2513

Email: cvrd@cvrd.bc.ca 175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Website: http://www.cvrd.bc.ca

Email: cvrd@cvrd.bc.ca 175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Website: http://www.cvrd.bc.ca


Friday, December 30, 2011

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial A21

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

HOUSES FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

CHEMAINUS LAKEFRONT lower floor duplex home. 5bdrm, 2 baths, plus storage, big deck. N/S, pet neg, $1400+ utils. Ref’s req. Jan 1. Cathy/Frank (250)246-3035.

MILL BAY: Completely reno’d, 1200 sq ft, 2 bdrm mobile home in adult section (45+), Cedar Creek Trailer Park. Hardwood floors, 1.5 bath. No Smoking, N/P, only pad rental included. (Must be seen). Avail now, $975/mo. Call and leave message @ 250-743-3431 1250-477-6155.

Duncan: Studio & 1 bdrm suites avail. Close to Beverly Corners, 4 blk to University, on bus route. Updated; new flooring, new paint & some new fixtures. $550-$625. Heat/hot water incld’d. NS/NP, refs.

(250)748-3729 DUNCAN- SUITS responsible, clean tenant(s), 1 bdrm + den condo. D/W, ensuite W/D, NS/NP. Available Now. References req’d. $725. Call (250)746-7389.

MAPLE GROVE APTS. 3271 Cowichan Lake Rd 2 & 3 Bedroom Units _____________________

*Heat & Hot water included *Family oriented *Clean & quiet *Renovated units *Indoor Pets welcome *Onsite Laundry Facilities

2 BDRM apt located in Tansor Industrial Park, F/S, W/D, elec/gas heat, large sundeck, N/P. Avail now. $800. (250)701-1919 or 250-7011914 $500/MO STARTING- weekly available, many apartment types, furnished, w/common kitchen. All utils, internet included. FREE local calls, No Credit Checks. Call Motel, 250-748-0661, (Duncan). CENTRAL LOCATION, Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, hot water, parking, pet considered, $525$950/mo. Call 250-748-7764. CROFTON- BRIGHT 2 bdrm, insuite lndry, parking. (Immed) $780 + utils. 250-210-0756.

HOMES WANTED

Call: 1-250-616-9053 www.webuyhomesbc.com

MOBILE HOMES & PARKS OLDER 3 Bdrm trailer in 55+ park, Gibbins Rd. Fixer upper. Pet ok. Call 250-709-4444

Call (250) 710-7515 to view Rowan Property Management Ltd. Has a large selection of homes & apartments for rent in the Cowichan Valley. Visit us at www.rowanproperty.ca or call (250)748-9090

DUNCAN: 2524 Lewis St. 2 bdrm condo, second floor, corner unit, 5 appls, new laminate floors. N/S. Avail. now. $875./lease. Call (250)4778046, (250)883-3204. DUNCAN: 55+ condo, clean, bright, 2 bdrm, 5 appl’s, gas F/P, storage, secure level entry, walk to shopping, small pet ok. $825. Call (250)746-5669. DUNCAN: COZY 1 bdrm, laundry, cable/internet incld’d. New construction. $650. Call (250)701-8259.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL AVAILABLE NOW 7000 sq.ft. store front with excellent exposure, overhead doors, ample parking. 250-748-9622

COTTAGES

COBBLE HILL, older 2 bdrm house on acreage, F/S, W/D hookup. Suitable for handy person, rent negotiable. References. (250)743-5177

COBBLE HILL- 1 bdrm cabin on farmland. Call (250)7434392.

CROFTON, 1 bdrm house, close to shops/ocean, F/S, $750/m. 250-246-4257

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

DUNCAN: 55+, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, Pet considered, N/S. $1250+ util’s. (250)746-7435.

COBBLE HILL. 2bdrm SxS duplex. 5 appls, newly renovated, separate yards, 850 sq.ft. $1000./mo + utils. (250)743-4767. CROFTON- 2 BDRM. Fridge, stove & heat included. Car port, laundry. Available Now. $825/mo. 250-748-4253 or 250-715-5810. DUNCAN, large newer 2 bdrm, upper floor, 3 appl’s, shared laundry. Avail now. $1050 incl’s hydro. Pet considered. Ref’s req. (250)737-1613 MUST BE SEEN! Ocean view 2 bdrm, large kitchen, living & dining room. F&S. $775/m. 250-246-4231, 250-715-5524

EXECUTIVE HOME 4000 sq.ft. Cowichan Valley Hwy, with great view, 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, 2 fireplaces plus approx. 1 acre horse paddock. Available immediately, $2500 per month, utilities not included. For viewing, contact 250240-2891 or 250-248-0015.

HOMES FOR RENT

CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 310.3535

Rowan Property Management Ltd. Has a large selection of homes & apartments for rent in the Cowichan Valley. Visit us at www.rowanproperty.ca or call (250)748-9090 SALTAIRE, SUNNY 2 bdrm + office, F/S, W/D, woodstove, storage/workshop, pet ok, N/S, Jan. 1, $1050 + utils. Call 250-658-1656.

OFFICE/RETAIL DUNCAN: RETAIL space for lease, highway exposure, A/C, ample parking. 250-7465657, 250-748-8671

HOMES FOR RENT

(Agent for the Owner) Office: 250-748-9090 rowanproperty@shaw.ca

¾ 7-7744 Mays Rd, Duncan $575 2 BR suite w/ 2 apps, basic cable incl. ¾ 3-2516 Alexander St, Duncan $650 1 BR suite w/ 4 apps, walk to town ¾ 2-660 Jubilee St, Duncan $850 3 BR 1.5 bath townhouse w/ 4 apps ¾ 202-360 Bundock Ave, Duncan $850 1 BR 2nd floor apartment w/ 5 apps, patio *SENIOR FRIENDLY BUILDING (55 +)* ¾ 106-360 Bundock Ave, Duncan $850 1 BR + den apartment w/ 5 apps, patio *SENIOR FRIENDLY BUILDING (55 +)* ¾ 303-360 Bundock Ave, Duncan $875 1 BR 3rd floor apartment w/ 5 apps, patio *SENIOR FRIENDLY BUILDING (55 +)* ¾ 1450 Haida Rd, Duncan $1350 4 BR 3 bth home w/ 5 apps, jacuzzi tub ¾ 5869 Highland Ave, Duncan $1350 3 BR 2 bth sxs duplex w/ 5 apps, shed

HOMES FOR RENT YOUBOU- 2 bdrm, garden, lrg yrd, prkg, on bus route, pets ? laundry. $575. (250)210-0756

NICE BRIGHT, 3-bdrm. Large living & dining rooms. Rec room, nice deck, hot tub, gas F/P. Quiet area, close to schools, on bus route. $1350. Avail. Jan. 1st (250)746-7240.

ROWAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD.

DUNCAN- 2 BDRM mobile, storage room, covered deck, on farm. $750. F/S, W/D. Available Jan 1. Call (250)7484859, leave message. DUNCAN. CLEAN, Quiet, older trailer in private area. Walk to town. $385.+ hydro. N/S, Ref’s req’d. (250)597-3756.

DUNCAN, 1 bdrm ground floor condo, 5 appl’s, large patio, N/P,N/S. $750/mo (250)709-5721

HIDDEN JEWEL Adult oriented, near Cowichan Aquatic Centre, large 1 bdrm, top floor, faces south, lrg balcony. New carpets, appliances, paint. Rent inclds heat & hot water. $675. (250) 748-1304.

(250)710-7515 250-748-3412

CHEMAINUS: TOP floor suite, 3 bdrms, spacious, bright and well kept, beautiful ocean view, laundry, workshop, garden, non-smokers, no dogs, cat okay. 10149 Victoria Rd, taxmatters@taxmatters.ca or call 604-786-1600. $1095/mo. Avail immed. Check Craigslist for photos.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS

DUNCAN: 1 & 2-bdrm, 5 appls, close to School, Hospital and bus route. $650-$800 utils. Lv msg: 250-597-4018.

WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

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SHAUGHNESSY GARDENS 3251 Cowichan Lake Rd. Clean 2 bdrm units. Full size fridge, stove & dishwasher. Carpet & linoleum, window coverings, fireplace. Quiet, well maintained bldg with elevator & sauna. Close to Schools & Hospitals. To view call Dorcas

CHEMAINUS: BRIGHT, clean, spacious suite with lovely garden, beautiful ocean view, very large bdrm can be divided in 2 rooms, workshop, laundry, non-smokers only, no dogs, cat ok, 10149 Victoria Road, call 604-786-1600 or t a x m a t t e r s @ t a x m a t t e r s. c a $750/mo. Avail immed. Check Craigslist for photos.

For further info please visit our website at: www.rowanproperty.ca

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

FENCING

HAULING AND SALVAGE

HAULING AND SALVAGE

HOUSEHOLD SERVICES

STUCCO/SIDING

STUCCO/SIDING

COMPLETE BOOKKEEPING Services for small business. Fast, friendly and efficient. Kathy 250-743-8194.

A1 Hauling/Delivery

250-510-4745 Furniture Office Equipment Appliances Tenant Leftovers Yard Waste Lumber Yard P/U Rubbish Construction Debris

EXCEL BOOKKEEPING SERVICES. Small to medium businesses. (250)597-1313.

CLEANING SERVICES HOUSE CLEANING. Experienced, friendly & responsible. Call Kathy 250-743-8194

COMPUTER SERVICES ABLE COMPUTER REPAIR In-home service. Seniors’ discount. Nico 250-746-6167

ELECTRICAL 250-743-0326. ELECTRICIAN Licensed and bonded. Reasonable rates, free estimates, upgrades & renos. Call Kelly.

* Gutters * Windows * Siding * Moss treatment * Pressure washing Mill Bay/Duncan 250-743-3306 Chemainus/Ladysmith 250-324-3343

Small Moving Jobs Welcome Free Estimates 14 yrs. Experience

HANDYPERSONS ALL RUBBISH removal, small renovations, deck work, carpentry, painting, plumbing, and evestrough cleaning. Seniors discount. Ian 250-743-6776.

WE’RE ON THE WEB Thousands of ads online updated daily Call 310.3535

Bob’s Hauling & Free Pickup Metal, batteries, wine & liquor bottles, pop & beer tins, juice containers.

250-743-5119 250-361-7889

LANDSCAPING HOME IMPROVEMENTS HOME RENOVATIONS: Hardwood, Laminate, Tile flooring, Kitchen & Bathrooms, Interior finishing, Painting, in Floor heating. 20 Years experience. Ref’s available. Call Greg 250749-3404 or 250-749-3869

ALL YOU NEED IN PRINT AND ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 310.3535

Quality Landscape Construction * Stone Retaining Walls * Bobcat Excavator Service www.islandpacificlandscaping.ca

(250) 701-8319

PLUMBING A SERVICE PLUMBER. Licence, Insured. Drains, HWT, Reno’s, Repairs. Senior Discounts. After Hour Service. Call Coval Plumbing, 250709-5103.

STUCCO - Including small jobs and refacing old stucco. Guaranteed. 250-715-5883

TREE SERVICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS MEAN MORE BUSINESS Call 310.3535

TREE SERVICES

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Dannie Richards, left, and Hana Taiji are presented with plaques by Don Bodger for being the top youth athletes in 2007.

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A look back at the origin of the Youth Athlete of the Year luncheon Welcome to this special section commemorating the top 20 Valley Youth Athletes of 2011. The feature has been published in the News Leader Pictorial for several years but has just expanded into a community event during the last four.

ATHLETES

Whitecaps program beneÄcial

rowing competition and started another tradition of sorts by being the first in a succession of Olympic athletes as guest speakers at the event. The number of athletes honoured has already doubled in size. — Don Bodger, sports editor

Fastpitch pitcher red hot Jolene Bull: Coming back to Duncan will bolster her team in Midget A competition Don Bodger

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Elise Wyatt: Chances better now for a scholarship to an American university Don Bodger

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lise Wyatt made the big move to the big city in 2011 to join the Vancouver Whitecaps’ women’s residency program. Wyatt, 17, a Grade 12 student, now attends Elgin Park Secondary where math is her favourite subject. Having the opportunity to play for the Whitecaps and receiving a full ride from an American university — not yet committing — are her top sports highlights of 2011. “For the future, I am looking to commit to a school to attend in the fall of 2012,’’ Wyatt indicated. “During the breaks from university, I will hopefully play for the women’s Whitecaps who play in the W League.’’ Starting off in the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association’s Timbits soccer program, it’s been a long rise to the top and Wyatt indicated her father has been with her every step of the way. “As the years went on, he coached me for several seasons,’’ she pointed out. Wyatt didn’t receive any special treatment, with several timeouts and awkward car rides home. “Once Metro started up, I received more lectures about the things that I need to improve than the enthusiastic high ¿ves,’’ Wyatt noted. “My father’s constant support and advice pushed me to succeed and it fuelled my ¿re every time I received his classic lectures. I cannot express my gratitude for him and how much I appreciate everything he has done for me.’’

Jon Beare, pictured, of Shawnigan Lake was the first guest speaker during a luncheon at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club in January of 2009 to celebrate the top 10 youth athletes of 2008. Beare was fresh of an appearance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Elise Wyatt made the difÄcult decision about leaving school and her friends in the valley to better herself in soccer on the Lower Mainland. In 14 years of soccer, Wyatt also nor homework time. With that, I had a great experience playing procrastinate with my homework for other coaches, but especially because I am always exhausted Stephan Fletcher during her U15 after school and soccer. I am slowly and 16 Metro seasons. learning how to balance my life, and “Stephan pushed me to higher giving myself time to get everything levels where I had only dreamt that needs to be done.’’ about and critiqued every mistake I The ideal meal for Wyatt is tradimade,’’ she indicated. “Everything tional Japanese. But don’t chew with he said, I bene¿ted from — even if your mouth open when you’re with it took a 10-minute lecture similar to her because that’s her pet peeve. my father’s.’’ Wyatt’s favourite movie is The Wyatt added Fletcher put in extra Beach and the MTV special, The time with her soccer as if she was Challenge, is her favourite TV show. one of his own. Wyatt is actually quite shy when Wyatt identi¿es a positive attitude she meets new people. as her best asset and the intensity The world’s greatest invention to she brings to every training session. her is the camera. “What motivates me is failure,’’ “A camera takes a photo of a time she added. “Failure is always a lesthat has some signi¿cance. It’s a son that is meant to be learned, and moment when the world stops, and positive situations always arise.’’ all you see is the photo. With that, Wyatt’s biggest challenge as an every time you look at that photo, athlete is time management. feelings come up from that time “Having soccer ¿ve times a week as well as the memories from that doesn’t allow much extra free time, time.’’

amily has played an important role, but Jolene Bull is taking information from every conceivable source to become the best possible fastpitch player. Bull, 16, a Grade 11 student at Frances Kelsey Secondary, takes great pride in the performance level she’s reached. But she’s not about to rest on her laurels. “You can always be better and try harder,’’ she concedes, taking her own training tip to heart. Bull has also played baseball, but is settled into a permanent fastpitch role. Last season started with the Victoria Devils before she returned to the Duncan Red Hots. The Red Hots are moving from Midget B to A in 2012 and Bull will be a VIP — a very important player. Dad Brian Bull, Stan McKinlay and Rick Smith have been the coaches most instrumental in Bull’s development. “They put in so much extra time helping me get past the hurdles I create through little bad habits along the way,’’ she pointed out. “They always answer my call for help.’’ Brothers Trevor Bull and Devin Cline have been great role models and mentors for her. They’ve not only taught her about sports, but also provided life lessons. “Not all are good,’’ joked Bull. Smith’s stories of opportunities from playing the game have also resonated with Bull. His experiences have been motivating for her to reach the highest standard as well. “Plus, he now gives back to the sport by helping me and my team, which is something Red Hots fastpitch has always done and I believe strongly in giving back with what you know,’’ Bull indicated. “Knowing there is always somebody better and wanting to beat them,’’ she identi¿es as her main motivation. Bull’s best asset as an athlete is determination and mental toughness on the ¿eld. Her future ambition is to play college ball and beyond. In her spare time, Bull likes to read, ¿sh

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Jolene Bull is continually developing her pitching technique, throwing hard but also changing the pace to keep batters guessing. and be with friends. Her favourite school subjects are math and science. The ideal meal for Bull is roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. The Final Season is her favourite TV show. “People who don’t make an effort,’’ Bull indicated, is her pet peeve. Being one of the top 20 valley youth athletes for 2011 brought out a lot of thoughts for Bull, including “Shocked, happy, honoured and determined.’’

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High-Åying rider sets a swift pace

Longest yards gained regularly Blake Torok-Both: Incredible football career Don Bodger

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he bike is the world’s greatest invention to Mark Wallace and the very reason for his athletic being. “I wouldn’t know what to do without it,’’ conceded Wallace, 16, a Grade 11 Cowichan Secondary School student. Wallace is a phenomenal competitive mountain bike racer. He won the Under 17 title at the Canadian downhill mountain bike championships during 2011. His role models and mentors include: Steve Smith and Drew Mitchell. Both are also heavily responsible for his development along with Dean Tennant and Todd Schumlick. Wallace has played ¿eld hockey, hockey, rugby and soccer but is destined for big things by expending all of his energies on mountain biking. Commitment is his best asset, but there are challenges. “Controlling my nervousness,’’ Wallace noted is what he needs to conquer most. “Having fun, not wanting to get beat,’’ he identi¿es as motivating factors. Training experiences have given Wallace a great perspective to pass onto others. “Focus, work hard, listen to people who have been there,’’ he advises. Through it all, he hopes to one day become a World Cup racer.

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Backyard course puts Mark Wallace in immediate practice mode. Time spent on his bike is accentuated by building trails and jumps in the family yard where he can practice anytime. Wallace’s favourite subject in school is physics and his pet peeve is snow on Mount Prevost for obvious reasons. His favourite movie is Seasons and the Nitro Circus stands out as his favourite TV show. The ideal meal Wallace enjoys is spaghetti and Caesar salad. Few people know that Wallace once held a lion cub. Being identi¿ed as one of the valley’s top 20 youth athletes is another stepping stone for him on the way to greater glory as a competitor. “It was an unexpected honour to be considered,’’ he pointed out. His sport may not always receive the attention it deserves, but Wallace is certainly putting it on the map in this neck of the woods.

ince the Big Bang Theory is Blake Torok-Both’s favourite TV show, he thought he might as well go out with a bang. Playing in what was likely his ¿nal home game for the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs football team, Torok-Both scored ¿ve touchdowns. His goal is to head into Canadian Interuniversity Sport football and then to coach someday. Not surprisingly, Torok-Both, 17, a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School, lists B.C. Lions’ star running back Andrew Harris, who played in Nanaimo with the Vancouver Island Raiders, as one of his role models. Joe Lobo, dad Bret Torok-Both, Trevor Slater and Doug (Opie) Williams have all been instrumental in his development, according to Blake Torok-Both, since he ¿rst started to patrol the McAdam Park ¿eld. His dad’s right foot (you’ll have to ask him about that) and the sweet succulent feeling of success are motivating factors for Torok-Both. As for his best asset as an athlete, Torok-Both indicates he’s “never willing to back down from any challenge.’’ His biggest challenge as an athlete has been overcoming failures. Torok-Both offers this training tip to young athletes: “Always be willing to take in new information such as techniques.’’ Away from the football ¿eld,

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Blake Torok-Both wants his hands on the ball as much as possible, even when his team has a big lead and coach Joe Lobo decides to keep him on the sidelines. Torok-Both likes to spend time sleeping and eating. His ideal meal is a lovely medium rare steak with perogies and Caesar salad. And just to show he has a sentimental side, Torok-Both considers The Lion King as his favourite movie.

Torok-Both’s pet peeve is holes in socks and most people don’t know he’s slightly colourblind. His favourite school subject is physics. The world’s greatest invention according to Torok-Both is the football helmet. “Without one, I probably wouldn’t live,’’ he quipped.

National spotlight shines on female twin Kristal Lukas: Canada Winter Games in Halifax and Canadian championships both positive experiences Don Bodger

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Kristal Lukas puts her best moves on an opponent during judo competition.

ristal Lukas and twin brother George have been inseparable through their years of competing in judo together. They started going their separate ways more in 2011, as each reached the elite level of competition. Kristal Lukas, 16, a Grade 11 student at Cowichan Secondary

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School, headed to Halifax early in 2011 for the Canada Winter Games on her own and had a productive meet. Making the team for the trip was the ¿rst achievement and Lukas went on to place third during the Canadian national competition in her age and weight category. Watching her weight is one of the interesting aspects of judo for Lukas and the thing she identi¿es as her biggest challenge. It has nothing to do with diet, but there’s a ¿ne line that must be

kept to remain in a certain weight category. Lukas looks upon Ahmed Orfy and Michael Turner as the coaches who’ve been most signi¿cant in her development. Lukas is an avid sportsperson who’s also played soccer, rugby, baseball and basketball but judo remains her specialty. She’s continuing on a path toward some lofty future ambitions within the national program. “To travel the world and train at different clubs,’’ she indicated

would be the ideal situation. Lukas’ favourite school subjects are social studies and physical education. Her favourite TV show is Rookie Blue and she identi¿es Soul Surfer as her favourite movie. Lukas has spent considerable time training to reach the level she’s at now and has no intention of slowing down. “My family and friends,’’ she noted are the primary source of her motivation.

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YOUTH

Swimmer Cochrane provides inspiration from his Olympic medal Canadian Olympic swimmer Ryan Cochrane, pictured, spoke at the second News Leader Pictorial Youth Athlete of the Year luncheon at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club in January of 2010. Cochrane gave the assembled top valley athletes from 2009

ATHLETES

plenty of food for thought based on his experiences. Cochrane’s presentation was both humourous and inspiring, as he talked about his many long training sessions over the years to reach the pinnacle of his sport. He brought his bronze medal from the

A sporting life fulÄlls objectives

Cowichan T-Birds’ Äxture completing four seasons Mitch Knippelberg: It seems like slick guard has been running around the gym forever

Sophie Cutt: There’s no such thing as any down time for this busy athlete

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ports has been a big part of Sophie Cutt’s life and that’s not about to change. “I know for sure that I will continue playing sports the rest of my life,’’ indicated Cutt, 17, a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School. She plans on attending university and joining a varsity level rowing or rugby team. Cutt enjoys cross-training. “Not only is it fun to try different sports, using different muscles helps prevent injury and can improve your overall ¿tness,’’ she noted. Rowing, rugby, track and ¿eld and basketball make up Cutt’s sports repertoire. Highlights from 2011 include: being ranked in the top 10 provincially for the distance hurdles and playing for the Cowichan Secondary rugby team that placed ¿rst on the island in AAA and second in the province. “I love all four sports that I play competitively,’’ Cutt pointed out. “Each sport is very important to me and I enjoy them all in a different way. However, because I play all four, I am regularly faced with the challenge of which sport to choose over the other when events, such as game times and tournaments, conÀict. “I try my best to make it to as much as I can but there are times when I have to choose one over the other.’’ Cutt’s best asset is her high ¿tness level and speed that comes from being a multi-sport athlete. “Having strong ¿tness and speed carries over

2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing to show the athletes. Baseball pitcher Steve McKinnon and triathlete Christine Ridenour were co-recipients of the athlete of the year award. The gathering included the top 10 athletes and their families.

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Sophie Cutt concentrates on the basket to get a shot away while closely guarded by Chelsea Dunaway of Queen Margaret’s School during the Duncan Christian tournament. into every sport that I play,’’ she out.’’ added. Brad Skene (rugby), Mike Dunn Competition provides the motiva(basketball) and Justin Fryer (rowtion for Cutt. ing) are coaches who’ve been most “When you and the competition signi¿cant in Cutt’s development. are closely matched and both sides Skene, she noted, “has taught me play their hardest, with sportsmaneverything I know about rugby and I ship, the feeling is amazing,’’ she can’t thank him enough for convincstressed. “When you and your ing me to try the sport. Now, I can’t teammates can put your absolute all imagine my life without it.’’ into something and continue even Dunn worked hard with Cutt to when your bodies are screaming at improve her skills as a post player you to stop, when you know you are and Fryer’s knowledge and encourtrying your hardest, the feeling is agement has improved her rowing very special.’’ technique dramatically. Cutt’s family is very special in her The Big Bang Theory is Cutt’s life, pushing her to try harder and favourite TV show. Her favourite encouraging her all the time. movie is the James Bond Àick “They are always convinced I can Tomorrow Never Dies. do better, even when I don’t believe Cutt’s free time is spent on travelit myself,’’ she pointed out. “And ing, reading, languages, music, I owe my parents everything for skiing and with friends. Most people endlessly driving me to every game don’t know Cutt lived in France and practice and for putting me in for a year, spent a month on an so many different sports when I was exchange in Belgium and is actually little — letting me try everything French.

itch Knippelberg has been on the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ senior boys’ basketball team so long he’s like a perma-

nent ¿xture. The fourth-year guard has developed into one of the island’s top AAA players through his experiences. And provincial team selectors have taken notice over the years. In fact, “making the U17 provincial basketball team and placing third at nationals which were held in Toronto,’’ Knippelberg indicated was his personal sports highlight of 2011. While basketball is his specialty, Knippelberg has also been involved in track, soccer, golf, tennis and hockey at one time or another. He likes to go gol¿ng, hiking, ¿shing and boating and enjoys all forms of outdoor recreation during his spare time. Knippelberg, 17, a Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student, lists biology as his favourite school subject and that leads right into the one thing most people don’t know about him. “I’m thinking about studying medicine in university,’’ Knippelberg pointed out. Many coaches have been signi¿cant to Knippelberg in his development, including: Sandeep Heer, Graham Scargall, Rich Chambers and Gil Cheung. Steve Nash and Knippelberg’s older brother Curt are his role models. Speed and perseverance are Knippleberg’s best assets as an athlete. “Personal drive to be the best I can be,’’ he adds is his motivation. Learning how to dunk ranks as Knippelberg’s biggest challenge. He’s accomplished that a few times, including at a Cowichan Welcome Back tournament game against Wellington. Knippelberg’s training tip is to “always balance cardio and weight training and

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Mitch Knippelberg makes a smooth move to the hoop in senior boys’ basketball action. always stay hydrated.’’ His future ambition in sport is to play university basketball and represent Canada on the court. Chicken fettucini would be the one meal Knippelberg considers ideal. Two And A Half Men is his favourite TV show and Gladiator his favourite movie. Knippelberg is so used to a fast pace on the court that slow drivers rank as his pet peeve. The world’s greatest invention, according to Knippelberg, is the Magic Bullet because it makes amazing smoothies.

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YOUTH

Theriault’s personal tale of triumph captures the essence of sport Paralympian Tony Theriault of Nanaimo was the guest speaker in January of 2011 when the celebration of the top youth athletes of 2010 switched venues to the Duncan Meadows Golf Course. Theriault was a competitive triathlete before an injury while

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the assembled athletes and their families spellbound. Theriault was the second speaker for the event provided by ActNow B.C. Patrick Kay was the top athlete of 2010 and Brianne Larson the runner-up.

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n injured left knee is presenting quite a challenge for Christy Scholten. After having magnetic resonance imaging, the 17-year-old Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student found out she has two tears in her meniscal cartilage and a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Scholten will need knee surgery, but it won’t be done until the end of the school year so she can complete the rowing season. She can row as long as there is no further damage to the knee but other sports that require the knee to twist or rotate like rugby — her other passion — are out. Dealing with injuries and being forced to sit out doesn’t sit well with Scholten. “All I want to do is play my sports but with the injuries I have I am unable to participate in full, and this is very dif¿cult for me,’’ she conceded. The sports highlight of 2011 for Scholten was wearing the Team Canada uniform and winning a gold medal at the CanAmMex rowing regatta in Welland, Ontario in the women’s double. Scholten looks upon Justin Fryer in rowing and Brad and Alanna Skene in rugby as mentors to facilitate her drive and competitiveness. “I am motivated by my teammates and coaches,’’ added Scholten. “Coaches put so much effort and

training forced him to switch gears to rowing. He was hit by a vehicle and had a long rehabilitation period before returning to athletics. The long road back culminated in an appearance in the 2008 Paralympics where his crew placed sixth. Theriault’s story had

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Bandaged knee doesn’t prevent Christy Scholten from going down or giving up the ball easily on the rugby pitch. time into coaching I just want to Scholten’s favourite school subject make all the time they spent worthis biology and she enjoys reading while. My teammates in rugby and and hanging out with friends during crew in rowing mean so much to me her limited free time. as well. During a game or a race, I The ideal meal for Scholten is anycan just look at my teammates and thing related to breakfast — crepes, see how hard they are trying and it wafÀes, pancakes and French toast. makes me want to work that much Her favourite TV show is the Big harder.’’ Bang Theory. Scholten advises athletes to Scholten already knows what continually think about their goal direction she’d like to take after her and why they’re training. “As long knee surgery. as you have your sights set on some“I plan to row with the UVic thing, it will make your training women’s rowing team,’’ she indieasier,’’ she indicates. cated.

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Staying in the moment a must Cameron Davison: Proper demeanour helps ride out the highs and lows of golf Don Bodger

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Long drives on the golf course are only matched by the long trips Cameron Davison takes to compete in top-notch tournaments all over North America.

etermination pulls Cameron Davison through many dif¿cult situations on the golf course. Davison, 17, a Grade 12 student at Duncan Christian School, has found his niche in a sport that many people consider the ultimate frustration. But he’s played in so many tournaments around North America that his composure shines through. “Being able to overcome obstacles and stay in the moment,’’ Davison identi¿es as his biggest challenge. His training tip is to practice as you play or compete. Qualifying for and playing in the U.S. Junior Amateur was Davison’s most signi¿cant sports achievement in 2011. He credits Cowichan Golf and Country Club pro Norm Jackson and Matt Carrothers for being most inÀuential in the development of his golf game. Davison’s goal is to attend a university — preferably in sunnier climes — on a golf scholarship.

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Devotion beneÄts Devils Amanda LeSergent: Cowichan player rarely misses a game or a practice in Victoria

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he age gap for Steen Cooper is huge. Cooper, who just celebrated his 16th birthday on November 25, is almost ¿ve years younger than some of the other players in the B.C. Hockey League turning 21 early in the

new year. Despite that, he’s been more than holding his own with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Cooper has played golf, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, volleyball and baseball at one time or another, but hockey is his specialty. Cooper won a gold medal earlier in 2011 as a member of the B.C. team competing at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax. Being successful and winning are motivating factors for the Grade 11 student at Cowichan Secondary School. “I stay calm and have a positive attitude,’’ Cooper noted of his best asset as an athlete. He also has a quiet demeanour, unbeknownst to many. Cooper considers his dad Mike the coach who’s been most instrumental in his development as well as a role model and mentor. No matter what the circumstances, Cooper practices what he preaches. “Push yourself and never give up,’’ he indicated. Cooper wants to play at the highest level of hockey possible and considers that his biggest challenge. His future ambition is to “accept a scholarship from a National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. 1 school and play pro hockey.’’

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Steen Cooper wears his autographed Team B.C. jersey after returning from the Canada Winter Games with the gold medal. Cooper’s favourite subject in school is forensic science. Free time is spent hanging out with friends. The ideal meal Cooper would want set in front of him is steak and prawns. Cooper’s pet peeve is when people chew food with their mouths open. X-Factor rates as Cooper’s favourite TV show and Anchorman as his favourite movie. Cooper can’t live without the iPhone that he considers the world’s greatest invention because “you can do everything on it.’’ Being one of the valley’s top 20 athletes of the year is signi¿cant to Cooper. “It’s a great honour to be selected out of so many athletes,’’ he indicated.

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His sports background also includes hockey, tennis, soccer and even taekwondo. Most people who know Davison don’t realize he is a second degree black belt in taekwondo. The world’s greatest invention for him is the iPhone that helps him stay connected. Physics is Davison’s favourite school subject. When not teeing up and driving golf balls, his other interests include: reading, traveling, music and even golf architecture. The ideal meal for Davison is one California roll and teriyaki chicken. House is Davison’s favourite TV show and Avatar is the movie that receives his rave reviews. His pet peeve is rudeness, something that certainly doesn’t go over well on the golf course. Staying the course is sure to do Davison in good stead in the future. His performances are worthy of being among the best in the myriad of valley sports. “It’s a great honour to be chosen as one of the valley’s top 20 athletes in such a strong and diverse sporting community,’’ he conceded.

otivation isn’t a problem for Amanda LeSergent. LeSergent, 17, a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School, has been traveling back and forth to Victoria to play fastball for so long it’s become old hat. The Victoria Devils’ program has bene¿ted from her commitment but it’s obviously been a great experience for LeSergent. The midget squad she played on placed ¿rst in the Oregon Valley Invitational recruitment tournament, second in the provincials as a ¿rst-year team and competed in the midget national championships at Winnipeg. “The love of the sport,’’ LeSergent indicated, motivates her. Strength is LeSergent’s greatest asset as an athlete. She also plays volleyball and hockey so her biggest challenge, naturally, is juggling school and three sports. “Always try your hardest, but make sure you’re having fun,’’ LeSergent advises to aspiring athletes coming up. She identi¿es her family as her role models and mentors. Dad Tod has also been one of the coaches most signi¿cant in her development along with Bruce Lubinich. LeSergent is still contemplating what direction her future involvement in sports

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YOUTH

Guest list expanded to the top 15 in January The number of athletes invited to a celebration luncheon for the 2010 Valley Youth Athletes of the year expanded to a top 15 plus ties. The girls dominated, taking 12 of the 17 positions. Three girls were still away for the holidays and unable to make the

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A passion for every DCS sport evident

Provincial Äeld hockey title a long time coming Lizzie Yates: Captain helps steer the Shawnigan Lake School senior girls’ ship to the promised land Don Bodger

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egan Groenendijk has done it all during her years at Duncan Christian School. Being at a small school often means rosters are stretched thin for most sports so Groenendijk has taken up the challenge to compete in volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and ¿eld, badminton, bowling and swimming. Groenendijk, 17 and now in Grade 12, lists going to provincials with the senior volleyball team as one of the highlights of 2011. The team went in ranked eighth and ¿nished in seventh place after overcoming many roadblocks and Groenendijk made the ¿rst all-star team. Role models for Groenendijk are her teammates, coaches and parents. She feels all of her coaches have been signi¿cant in her development because you learn different things from all of them. “Everyone has different styles and in different sports you apply what you learn from one into the others,’’ Groenendijk noted. A passion for wanting to play is Groenendijk’s best asset, but her jumping ability and height helps. “Teams and wanting to improve all the time,’’ Groenendijk, indicates, are the things that motivate her. As for her training tip, “don’t limit yourself,’’ she advises. Groenendijk’s future ambition in sport is to play university volleyball.

function on Jan. 2 at the Duncan Meadows Golf Course. Those in attendance gathered for a commemorative photo after the luncheon outside the club on a chilly afternoon. Six of the same athletes will be returnees on Monday.

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Megan Groenendijk penetrates through the key during Duncan Christian basketball tournament action against Campbell River Christian. Math and science are GroenendiA school hiking trip in Grade jk’s favourite school subjects and 11 brought one of those oddball she enjoys a teacher’s assistant block moments in her life. “I slept in an with Tom Veenstra. outhouse with my best friend on the Working on the farm and hanging West Coast Trail,’’ she indicated. out with friends occupy GroenendiLearning she’s one of the valley’s jk’s time when she’s not doing some- top 20 youth athletes of the year for thing related to sport. 2011 brought a surprised reaction Meat, potatoes and vegetables on from Groenendijk. the table would be the ideal meal for “Honoured and unexpected. Never Groenendijk. thought I would be good enough Her pet peeve is when people don’t to ever make it with all the other take responsibility for their actions. talented athletes in the valley.’’

izzie Yates accepted so many plaques this year her arms must have been getting tired. But winning never grows tiresome when you’re part of an elite team such as the one Yates captained. The Shawnigan Lake School senior girls’ ¿eld hockey team won it all — the Friendship Cup, the UBC tournament and the Island AA tournament — but none of it would have meant anything without the big prize Yates and many of the girls had been gearing toward for many years. Winning the provincial AA girls’ ¿eld hockey title was the icing on the cake for Yates in a remarkable year that included winning gold in the Western Canada Games and silver at the U18 nationals. Grade 12 Shawnigan Lake School student Yates, 17, also played soccer and squash but ¿eld hockey took the largest chunk of her time in 2011. Coaches most signi¿cant in her development for Yates have been Stephan Fletcher, Mark Wyatt and Kelly and Benjamin Koepp. Yates is a tried and true team player and simply playing a sport is motivation enough for her. “Nothing is more motivating than playing an outstanding game,’’ she indicated. Yates’ training tip is to “enjoy what you’re doing, even if it is ¿tness.’’ Her own biggest challenge is running the beep test. Yates’ future ambition in sports is to play at the university level. While Yates weaves plenty of magic on the ¿eld, she’s also a big fan of the entire Harry Potter movie series. On the heavier side, she considers Criminal Minds her favourite TV show. Math is Yates’ favourite school subject and she enjoys Library Club outside of sports time. The ideal meal you’d place on Yates’ plate is steak. Her pet peeve is people not merging

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Field hockey player Lizzie Yates collected a lot of awards as captain of the Shawnigan Lake School team. One of them was the Friendship Cup shield she receives from Alanna Martin. correctly when driving. Yates has an artsy side that most people don’t know about. “I used to participate in performing art summer camps,’’ she pointed out. The computer is the world’s greatest invention as far as Yates is concerned because it allows her to do homework, watch TV and listen to music.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Swimmer pushes the limits Samantha Jory: There’s always someone better to emulate in any sport Don Bodger

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Supersonic speed is attained in the pool by Stingrays’ swimming sensation Samantha Jory in the butterÅy.

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enacity and diligence stand out as Samantha Jory’s biggest assets as an athlete. “Watching someone who is better at something than myself,’’ she adds, gives her motivation. Jory, 16, a Grade 11 student at Cowichan Secondary School student whose favourite subject is physics has been an outstanding swimmer with the Duncan Stingrays for many years. She also plays basketball and participates in track and ¿eld. Rugby, being a prominent sport at Cowichan Secondary, is likely to join her repertoire in the spring. But swimming is where Jory sets the standard against other athletes in her age group. She regards a 1:06.08 time for her 100-metre backstroke at the AAA provincials in March as her personal sports highlight of 2011. Jory’s training tip is to “emulate a better athlete

in your sport.’’ She’s fully aware of her biggest challenge as an athlete. “Being too opinionated and voicing what’s on my mind,’’ Jory identi¿es. Leanne Sirup and Mike Dunn are the coaches Jory considers the most signi¿cant in her development. As a role model or mentor, Jory admires Nancy Grace on CNN. Hobbies outside of sports for Jory include: watching scary movies, working and spending time with friends. In keeping with the thriller theme, her favourite movie is The Island. Intervention can also be scary and that’s Jory’s favourite TV show. Most people don’t know that Jory’s middle name is that of a tree and she’s going to keep everyone guessing. Her pet peeve is being late. “I’m very impatient,’’ she conceded. Pasta is the ideal meal for Jory. “I feel very fortunate and honoured to be recognized among many talented athletes,’’ summed up Jory of her top 20 youth athlete of the year selection.

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organ Rogers’ best asset as an athlete and source of motivation as a fastpitch player are tied together. “My best asset as an athlete is motivating my teammates and making sure we are ready for the game,’’ noted the 17-year-old Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student and member of the Red Hots’ girls’ fastpitch team that’s moving up to the A level from B next season. “My teammates motivate me,’’ she added. “If I see someone struggling, I will help them and I hope they do the same for me.’’ The only thing Rogers has to guard against is being too competitive. “Sometimes I play like it’s more than just a game,’’ she conceded. “I have to keep my attitude in check sometimes.’’ Being part of the Red Hots’ championship team in the Canada Cup ranked as Rogers’ sport highlight from 2011. Coaches Brian Bull and Stan McKinlay are considered the most signi¿cant coaches in her development. She lists Courtney Gill and Jenny Finch as role models. Rogers also started playing women’s Àag football during the year and enjoyed that experience. But it’s on the diamond where she shines and Rogers would love to play on Team Canada one day. In the meantime, she practices what she

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ed Leech took a giant leap on the water skiing scene in 2011. All Leech, 15, a Grade 10 student at Frances Kelsey Secondary School, did was place ¿rst overall in his age group in the provincial, Western Canadian and national competitions. He was chosen to ski for Canada at the CanAm Games where he placed second in junior men (15- to 18-year-olds) in jump with a 136-foot effort and third overall for the team. Leech is also ranked ¿rst overall in Canada for threeevent skiing. He’s a well-rounded athlete who’s also competed in snow skiing and soccer and always makes a strong impression on others with his sportsmanship. “Jed is an inspiration to a lot of the younger and older up-and-coming water skiers locally and has shown them that competing at such an advanced level of sport is possible with hard work,’’ notes Joel Leech. Jed Leech tabs Cliff Moffat and Cory Bate as his role models and mentors. Bate and Terry Goodman are also the coaches he identi¿es as being most signi¿cant in his development. Leech takes his motivation from “the feeling that I can always do better,’’ he pointed out. His best asset as an athlete is tenacity. The biggest challenge? “ Keeping calm,’’ Leech noted.

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Diagonal drop is experienced by Jed Leech of Shawnigan Lake during wakeboard competion at the Victoria Ski Club tournament. He’s seen an important thing athletes need to remember and offers it as a training tip. “Get in the right mindset before you start any sport,’’ he advises. A future ambition for him is to compete in the 2013 Water Ski Worlds. Favourite school subjects for Leech are physical education and social studies. Spaghetti is his ideal meal. How I Met Your Mother is Leech’s favourite TV show and Talladega Nights gets the nod as his favourite movie. The world’s greatest invention that Leech can’t live without is the ipod.

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Morgan Rogers will be a key member of the Duncan Red Hots as they move into Midget A. preaches to other athletes. “Make sure you get lots of sleep,’’ she indicated. Law is Rogers’ favourite school subject. The Big Bang Theory is her favourite TV show and the series of Paranormal Activity 1, 2 and 3 movies are highest on her viewing list. When she’s in the movie theatre, though, Rogers doesn’t like people being loud or texting. Most people don’t know Rogers is really good at Call of Duty. Rice crackers are her perfect snack and just about anything serves as an ideal meal. Family plays an important role for Rogers. “Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,’’ she con¿ded.

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B12 Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wrestler doesn’t mess around

Maegan Kuruvita: Taking care of business in the ring produces results in elite events Don Bodger

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Ever since she started wrestling, Maegan Kuruvita has been on a fast track to stardom. She’s reaping the beneÄts now with all sorts of wins at the highest levels of competition from nationals to the War on the Floor at Simon Fraser University. Andrew Leong/¿le

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restler Maegan Kuruvita ¿nds it’s easy for her to stay motivated, no matter what the situation in training or competition. “I’m just a self-motivated person,’’ indicated the 16-year-old Grade 11 Cowichan Secondary School student. Kuruvita is always testing her own personal limits in training. “When you get tired, remind yourself of what you are really working for,’’ she advised. “Pushing myself past my abilities,’’ Kuruvita added is her biggest challenge as an athlete. It was an amazing year for Kuruvita with Western Canadian and national championships in her weight class. She was also named the most outstanding B.C. cadet women’s wrestler. Kuruvita’s best asset as an athlete is her sportsmanship and work ethic. Wrestling is obviously her forte, but she’s

Judo athlete utilizes speed

Senior soccer rookie Ätting in Tanner Dobson: Credit given to teammate Tyler Hughes for finding a comfort level with LMG Pringle

George Lukas: Earning a place on Team Canada a highlight

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eorge Lukas makes no bones about his future ambition in judo. “To make the Olympics,’’ he declares. Lukas, 16, a Grade 11 student at the Cowichan Valley Open Learning Centre, makes a point of training hard so he’ll one day realize that ambition. Looks are deceiving and he sometimes has a hard time convincing people of his status as an athlete. That’s one thing he listed that many people don’t know about him. Second place at the nationals and earning a place on Team Canada were the top personal highlight of 2011 for Lukas. He also got the chance to travel extensively for the ¿rst time through his sport with trips outside of Canada to competitions in the Ukraine and Chile. Michael Turner, Ahmed Orfy and Wayne Unger are considered the coaches most signi¿cant in his development to Lukas. He looks upon Eminem and Nicholas Gill as role models or mentors. “Speed,’’ Lukas indicates is his best asset as an athlete while challenges motivate him. “Weightcutting,’’ he adds is probably the biggest challenge to remain in a particular weight class. Through all his travels, there’s one thing Lukas can’t live without. “My iPhone because it does everything,’’ he pointed out.

also played some volleyball. Nick Zuback, Gia Sissaouri and Jordan Humphrey have been the most signi¿cant role models and mentors for Kuruvita. Future ambitions in the sport include receiving a scholarship and possibly trying out for the Olympics. Favourite school subjects for Kuruvita include physical education and biology. She enjoys hanging out with friends and exercising when she’s not doing her normal training or competing schedule. Real World and Jersey Shore are Kuruvita’s favourite TV shows. The Losers and Priest rank as her favourite movies. Most people don’t know that Kuruvita comes across mainly as outgoing but can be quite shy. But don’t tick her off. “When people argue with me about something they have no idea what they are talking about,’’ she points out is her pet peeve. Sushi is the ideal meal for Kuruvita. And she can’t live without the iPhone 4s. “I’m addicted, what can I say?’’

Andrew Leong

George Lukas did some serious globe-trotting in 2011, going to competitions outside of Canada for the Ärst time in the Ukraine and Chile. Physical education is Lukas’ favourite school subject and he enjoys music in his spare time. The Walking Dead is Lukas’ favourite TV show and he identi¿es Transformers 3 as his favourite movie. His pet peeve is somewhat ironic. Opponents are usually left eating his dust but dust is the very thing that annoys him the most. A serving of perogies is the ideal meal for Lukas when he’s not worrying about cutting down the weight.

anner Dobson can lay claim to many signi¿cant soccer achievements during the past year. Making the Div. 1 Island Soccer League’s Cowichan LMG Pringle team while still in Grade 12 at Cowichan Secondary School ranks as a huge development in his soccer career. But he also cites scoring the game-tying goal in the ¿nal minutes of the North Island-South Island Metro derby as one of the year’s biggest sports highlights on a personal level. Dobson credits LMG Pringle teammate Tyler Hughes as someone who’s been most signi¿cant in his development. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,’’ conceded Dobson. His best asset on the soccer pitch is speed. “Love of competition and the drive to be better,’’ Dobson added, are motivating factors for him. Like many other athletes, he indicates time management is his biggest challenge. Dobson has de¿nite future ambitions in soccer. “To play it to the highest level I can and to always keep it fun,’’ he indicates. In order to do that, Dobson vows to “work hard and keep the training frequent and interesting.’’ Besides soccer, Dobson has also divested his energies in rugby, golf, basketball and volleyball. The world’s greatest invention as far as Dobson’s concerned is the refrigerator “because I like leftovers,’’ he pointed out. His ideal meal is chow mein so that’s one of the things he’d be reaching for in the fridge if any

Andrew Leong

Heads-up plays are being made by Tanner Dobson on the soccer pitch at both the high school and senior men’s level with Cowichan LMG Pringle. happened to be sitting in there. Dobson isn’t about to reveal something most people don’t know about him. “If I told you, I’d have to kill you,’’ he joked. In keeping with Dobson’s athletic emphasis, physical education is his favourite school subject. His hobbies include: guitar and drawing. Dobson lists the Footy Show as his favourite TV show and Dark Knight as his favourite movie.


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