Scones and jam for everyone

By the way, did you hear:

• Corrine Thompson of the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce was excited to name Sonja Nagel to the role of executive director in June, replacing departed director Cathy Mailhot. The chamber board also tipped its collective hat to Elizabeth Croft, the membership and events planning manager, for overseeing daily operations during the transition.

• Donna Petrie tells us that last month, KidSport Cowichan held a Burger and Beer fundraiser night where Travelodge Duncan surprised them with a $1,000 donation. Kidsport Cowichan exists to provide sport opportunities to kids who otherwise not be able to afford them.

• Stephen Johnson says Dwight International School welcomed the Strathcona Lodge School Alumni from June 22 to 24 — the first time the ladies of Strathcona were back since the closure of Strathcona Lodge School in the 70’s. To commemorate the event, Dwight named one of their dormitories Strathcona House.

• Carolyn Masson reports  Western Bluebirds are nesting on Vancouver Island for the first time since 1995. A re-introduced bluebird has laid four beautiful blue eggs at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve near Duncan.

• British Canadian Social Club member Diana Broughton tells us the club celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee with a scrumptious tea featuring scones with jam and cream, and cucumber sandwiches as they related their encounters with the royal family.

• A belated congratulations to Coast Capital Savings, which celebrated the grand opening of its new Beverly Corners branch in June by donating $100 to Cowichan Valley youth charities for every new free chequing account opened.

• Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt.Rob Webb, Const. Denise Sutton,  Christina Pratt and Colleen Woodger of ICBC presented Bob Wallace with a Maintaining the Right print for his more than 2,000 volunteer hours with Speed Watch, during the Mill Bay Community League’s Recognition Night.

• This spring QMS Junior School students raised more than $840 in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and toonies for the school’s two foster kids. Allison Kalau and Hannah Zirke were among the delighted students to hear QMS Junior School principal Susan Cruikshank announce the news.

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