Ugly duckling medal awarded

By the way, did you hear:

• Amber Bartlett, a student at Island Oak School was chosen to create a painting for  Jeneece Place, a home-away-from-home for children and their families who have to travel to Victoria for care at Victoria General Hospital, the Queen Alexandra Centre or for specialist appointments and lab tests. At a Jan. 21 and 22 open house about 30 pieces of art created by high school students will be on display.

• Robyn Radcliffe of Pacific Northwest Raptors is happy to share news of the infant winners of the bird centre’s ugly duckling award. Two infant barn owls hatched just prior to Christmas — odd because they typically do not breed in the dead of winter. At birth they resemble awkward naked dinosaurs. As they grow, they morph into much more attractive (yet still somewhat unsightly) fuzzy balls, and then finally undergo a radical transformation into the exquisite adult barn owls we all recognize. Check the News Leader Pictorial’s Facebook page for video.

• Andy Daniel, a 16-year staffer in North Cowichan’s engineering department — who also managed North Cow’s climate-change program — is leaving for greener pastures as the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s manager of environmental services. “It’s more dough, and more action and adventure,” said Daniel whose last day was Jan. 12. His replacement was pending.

• Cowichan Valley Arts Council under president Judy Brayden is gearing for its annual multi-media extravaganza called the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show. CVAC’s Morgan Saddington is organizing the spring show’s auctions, plus two buildings crammed with creations by valley artists, happening April 25 to 29 in Duncan’s Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre. Call 250-746-1633.

• The Cowichan Valley Branch of the Recovery Association is thanking the South Cowichan Rotary for paying for speech therapy for the group members, CBI Health, for physio assessment for four members and the Duncan Lions and the Wells Fund for the contribution to exercise equipment and Page Porter for making up copies of the GRASP binders. Member Barb Leggett-Carr has agreed to sit on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues.

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