Top scholar honour finds Grace

By the way, did you hear:

• Seven Duncan CA students: Jeremy Beltgens (MNP LLP), Christopher Duncan (MNP LLP), Angela Harrison (Hayes Stewart Little &  Co.), Yui Sakuma (MNP LLP) and Ashley Van Jaarsveld (Atchison Palmer Leslie) passed the national Uniform Evaluation, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC) and the CA School of Business announced recently.

• Elise Pastro wants to share some overdue gratitude to Opie Williams and Phil Slater, the coaches of the Cowichan Bulldogs midget football team. “These men have been tirelessly coaching in the valley for well over 10 years and neither have ever had a child playing the sport. Since they started coaching they both have gotten married and have young families and the time and energy these two have committed to coaching football is very admirable,” she writes.

• November’s Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Diversity Raffle raised more than $5,000 was raised to support the CIS Women’s Group, Men’s Gathering, Youth Advisory Board and Multicultural Leadership Group. The winners were: Paul Doucette (a 50-inch TV); llona Vallaincourt (an iPad); Kevin Hale (a Vox e-Reader); and Demy McEvoy (an e-Book reader). Raffle sponsors included: Duncan Buddhist Society, Staples, Aaron’s, Future Shop, and Coast Capital Savings.

• Congratulations to Joe Thorne on being the latest in a series of Cowichan residents to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Duncan councillor was saluted Dec. 13 for his work with Canadian war veterans.

• And congratulations to Grace Peng, named as Chemainus Secondary School 2012 Governor General’s Academic Medal winner, awarded to one student at every secondary school in the country based on their cumulative GPA for grades 11 and 12. Now studying engineering at the University of Alberta, Peng credited her Chemainus math teacher Gord Henry (now at Cow High) as one of her inspirations.

• Ingrid Vermegen, innkeeper at the Cobble House Bed and Breakfast received the highest honour possible from her peers recently with the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award recently. The B.C. Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild presented her with the honour for  her hospitality during 19 years of service in Cobble Hill, and another six in Richmond.

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