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employers, community leaders or personal references and must reflect community or leadership contribution. 6. A brief essay (not more than 1200 words or 3 pages, typed and double spaced) outlining what motivated and inspired them in their chosen field. When they first discover their desire to pursue this program and what education facility will they be attending? In addition, graduates are asked to include their future goals and aspirations and how this scholarship will help to achieve them. Recipients of this bursary will have two years in which to claim the funds upon graduation. Upon registration at a post-secondary institution, the recipient will be required to provide proof of registration to the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce and funds will be transferred to the post-secondary institution in the recipient’s name. Any graduate wishing to apply for the scholarship must contact KSS directly or go the KSS Counseling Centre.

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Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee outlining the graduate’s education, school related activities, and community activities they have been involved in. List certificates, diplomas, and any rewards received. 3. A copy of the graduate’s most recent transcript and a scholarship resume outlining their achievements and activities throughout grades 11 & 12. 5. At least two letters of reference. They may come from teachers,

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The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce offers three scholarships, two in the amount of $750 each and one in the amount of $1,000. The two, $750 awards are open to any KSS graduate, while the $1,000 award is available to the child or dependent of a current Chamber of Commerce member in good standing as of December 31st of the previous year. The specifications for all three scholarships has been expanded, as a result, a KSS Graduate must be proceeding into postsecondary studies related to business, entrepreneurial or general studies (in preparation for careers in business management, marketing, retailing, service sector or other related fields). Entrepreneurial and general studies were added this year to better reflect the makeup of the current Chamber membership. To be eligible for consideration, every application must include: 1. This scholarship checked off on the KSS Scholarship Application form. 2. A letter addressed to the

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You can dance, you can jive…having the time of your life! Join the community for the 20th Annual Rotary-Chamber Gala Auction on Saturday, November 12th. Your evening starts with complimentary wine and hors d’oevres followed by a five-course dinner.

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Games, balloon surprises, silent and live auctions and dancing to ABRA Cadabra will give you a most memorable evening. This annual fundraiser for charities and notfor-profit groups in our community benefits a broad range of organizations and ages. Gala 2011 is a great way to give to your community, do some Christmas shopping and have a special evening with friends, family and colleagues. Call the Chamber office at 250-752-0960 for more information.

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The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to operate a Chamber business office and a Visitor Information Centre. For more information on local attractions, events and activities that take place throughout the year, call 250-752-9532 or 250-752-0960 or stop by and speak with one of our Visitor Centre Counsellors.

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Qualicum Beach Board of Directors Dianna Rivard, Chair Quality Foods Case Co Moira Hauk, 1st Vice Chair Coastal Community Credit Union Geoff Ball, 2nd Vice Chair Milner Gardens & Woodlands Jason Moore, Treasurer McIntosh Norton Williams Pat Weber, Past Chair RE/MAX Anchor Realty Rusty Joerin Woodsgift Enterprises Jim Lynch NR Insurance Services Sheri Waters 2 Maids A’ttendin Jean Young Arbutus Emporium Julie Chambers The Gardens at Qualicum Beach as either a Board member or committee volunteer, please call the Chamber office today. If you are part of an organized group that’s working towards strengthening our community and have identified issues that require attention or initiatives that require additional support, then please contact the Chamber office so that we can develop a strategy which is inclusive of our entire areas needs.

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asset. Who better to ask for direction than the front line workers who hear and see the wants and needs of our visitors and local residents. We will meet with the Town of Qualicum Beach and ask them to share their priorities and goals so that we can identify common areas of focus and lend our support. We will solicit feedback from our membership and ask them to identify our: • strengths, so that we may build on our assets; • weaknesses, so that we may minimize their impact; • opportunities within the community, so that we may take advantage or leverage new and existing partnerships ; and lastly • the threats they face, so that we may mitigate the risks to our community At our upcoming Annual General Meeting in November, we will bring in new Board members and expand our committees and working groups. Once these initial consultation sessions are completed, our Board of Directors will start a formalized strategic planning process to ensure linkage and alignment of all our goals and priorities. We will support our members and the community, while focusing on long term community sustainability. If you are a Chamber member and are interested in joining us,

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Peter Doukakis It’s a busy time of year for us at the Chamber as we set our sights on preparation for 2012 and strategic planning is the critical first step towards our success. Each year our Chamber measures its success in terms of the accomplishments of our goals and objectives. We clarify the current and emerging issues, which directly relate to our mandate and formulate a plan on how we will address them. This method of issues-based planning works from the present to the future, is broken into short and long term planning and is focused primarily on local and regional matters. So how do we know which issues are priorities? Over the next two months we will conduct a series of strategic planning sessions. We will ask our volunteers and staff for their input. Our volunteers are our most valuable

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lies…affairs…and a surprise ending sure to thrill the audience. For more information call 250-752-3522 or • All Candidates Meeting for School Board Trustees – October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. This is election year; the future of service levels and programs will be big issues. Come out and listen to the candidates, ask your questions and make an informed decision. • Town of Qualicum Beach Cultural Forum – October 24 starting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Forum. Help share the vision and direction of the Town’s Cultural Plan! • School District 69, Community Dialogue Sessions – The School District 69 Community Dialogue Committee is hosting a series of public meetings to provide background and receive input from the community that will provide the Board of Education of School District 69 (Qualicum) with community perspectives and help the Board make decisions related to enrolment projections, funding priorities and anticipated budgetary concerns. Pre-registration is required for any session by contacting the School Board office via phone 250-248-4241 or email Locations & Times: 1. Nanoose Bay Elementary: Mon., Oct. 17, 7-9PM 2. Bowser Elementary: Wed., Oct. 19, 7-9PM 3. Kwalicum Secondary: Mon., Oct. 24, 7-9PM 4. Errington Elementary: Thurs. Oct. 27, 7-9PM 5. Ballenas Secondary: Wed., Nov. 2, 7-9PM 6. Cross-District (extra) Session – Site TBD Sat. Nov. 5, 1-3PM

November 2011 • Vancouver Island Juried One-Act Play Festival – November 1 to 5. Enjoy the performances at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach each night at 7:30 pm. This is the 7th year of this unique festival which draws entries from Vancouver Island, from schools to seniors’ groups, and many of the plays presented are original scripts being presented for the first time. Call 250-752-3522 for ticket information. • All Candidates Meeting for Municipal Council – November 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Civic governance drives the local master plan and priorities so come out and listen to the candidates. What issues are important to you? This is your opportunity to find out how the candidates feel about what’s in store for Qualicum Beach. • Vancouver Island Opera present “L’Elisir d’Amore” – November 5 & 6. This comic opera

composed by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, is a tale of romance, larceny, war and love potions! Performances are November 5 at 7:30 pm and November 6 at 2:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Tickets are available at Chocolates Plus in Qualicum Beach and Cranky Dog Music in Parksville. • Rotary Chamber Gala Auction – November 12. You can dance, you can jive... Having the time of your life! The 20th Anniversary of the Qualicum Beach Rotary Chamber Gala Auction is Saturday, November 12 and to celebrate this very special event you will be entertained and dance to the music of ABRA Cadabra. The evening starts at 5:30 pm with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sumptuous dinner provided by Live Wire Catering. Throughout the evening there are silent auctions, balloons, games and finally the live auction. Tickets are $100 each plus HST or tables of 10 for $900 plus HST. This year promises to be a sell-out so book your tickets early by calling the Chamber office at 250752-0960. • Moonlight Madness – November 17 – Throughout the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach, stores will be open late with merchant specials. Enjoy the lighting of the tree, carriage rides, entertainment and so much more. • Chamber of Commerce AGM – November 16. Join the business community for this annual event celebrating the start of a new year for the Chamber. It is our opportunity to say thank you to the retiring directors and officers of the organization and the swearing in of our new board. Call the Chamber office at 250-752-0960 for more information. • Municipal Elections – November 19. You have the opportunity to determine what the leadership of our community will look like for the next three years. Make sure you get out and vote! • Kris Kringle Craft Market – November 24 to 27. A family tradition for 16 years! This not-to-be-missed Christmas craft fair features over 150 talented and creative artists and crafts people from all over BC at the most beautifully decorated Christmas show. Over $5,000 in door prizes, weekend getaways, free carriage rides and photos with the Kringle family. This magical Christmas weekend is held at the Parksville Community Conference Centre, 132 East Jensen Street in Parksville. Contact Veronica at 250-758-9750 or for more information. • A Winter Victorian Tea at The Old School House Arts Centre – November 25 and November 26. TOSH and the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society invite you to revisit this charming tradition of tea in the afternoon. Delicate sandwiches, tender scones, cakes and pastries and the finest teas are all lavishly presented using vintage and antique tableware. Two sittings daily will be served. Whatever the occasion, consider this for your special Christmas event Contact TOSH at 250-752-6133 for information and reservations.

Fall and Winter of 2011 • Qualicum licum Beach h Festival Shopping Extravaganza – November 25 to 27. An outstanding exhibition and sale by local professional artisans comes to Qualicum profe Beach. The Qualicum Beach Community Center hosts the 33rd Annual Original Village Christmas Arts Faire, an intimate gathering of artists. The Qualicum Beach Civic Centre is home to Winter Festival with 44 great artists and the local farmers’ market and a fundraiser. There will be hourly door prizes and admission is only a Toonie! Show hours are 11 am to 8 pm on November 25, 10 am to 6 pm on November 26 and 10 am to 4 pm on November 27. Contact Dee at 250-752-9332 or for more information. December 2011 • Milner Gardens Christmas Magic – December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-21 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. A family-oriented festival of lights and music in the garden. The Gardens will be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights and musicians will entertain in the Milner House, decorated in old-fashioned Christmas splendor. Admission is by donation and all donations support the garden. Although the Gardens are lit up, we suggest you bring a flashlight. A golf cart shuttle is available for those with mobility issues. For more information call 250-752-6153 or • Christmas in the Village – December 11. Enjoy the excitement that only comes this time of year. Breakfast with Santa, live entertainment, face painting, hay rides, photos with Santa. • Bethlehem Walk – December 10 to December 13. Come wander the streets of Bethlehem with over 250 people in costume, live animals in a working village atmosphere, awesome decorations, Christmas carols, cookies and hot chocolate... a truly magical experience! Nightly from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church, 550 Pym Street. A shuttle van runs continuously from Wembley Mall each evening. This is a free event but a donation of money or food to the local food bank is appreciated. Call 250-248-6322 or for further information. • ECHO Players presents “Blitzen” – December 14 to 31. When Andy writes a letter to Santa Claus asking for help fixing up their house after a hurricane, no one thinks it’s possible. Then Blitzen shows up! This play is about beliefs and believing and how if you really want to believe in magic, sometimes you have to make the magic yourself. A warm, moving story of a family re-discovering the magic of Christmas. For more information call 250-752-3522 or • Tiger Lily Farms Christmas in the Country returns this year December 20-24. Join them for a pony-drawn carriage ride to visit Santa, made a door swag with your family and enjoy visiting the animals in the barn. For more information call 250-248-2408 or

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