On board with some good causes

By the way, did you hear:

• You may have heard of the Cowichan Hospital Foundation and all the good work it does to support the hospital. But there are real people making that happen. So thank you to: Brian Payne, Alison Taylor, Peter Leckie, Meryle Hilberry, Michael Allen, Bhajan (Pudge) Bawa, Tara Benham, Todd Blumel, Sherra Robson Collett, Darcia Doman, Jerry Doman, John Elzinga, Peter Fahey, Judy Hill, Norm Jackson, Denise McKinlay, Anne Pollack, Len Roy, Richard Sager, Betty Thompson, Donald Thomson and Daniel Varga. For more on its campaign to get a $1 million endoscopy suite for the hospital, call 250-701-0399.

• Also on the serving the community beat are the folks making up the board of the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society: president Mary Ann Deacon, past-president Sandra Sarsfield; treasurer Jamie Goodman, secretary Dianne Whetstone and directors Nick diCarlo, Else Shandro, Ray Sapergia and Cory Towriss. They work hand-in-hand with staffers Dee Pope, Shelley Kuecks, Kathy Skovgaard, Jo Wright and Gretchen Hartley.

• MacDonald & Lawrence Timber Framing of Cobble Hill continues to gather applause for its work on restoring the Kinsol Trestle. This time it was the prestigious 2012 North American Wood Design Awards Program handing out the honour.

• Vancouver Island University is set to launch North America’s first farm-to-plate professional culinary training course at Providence Farm. Chef instructor Allan Aikman will teach the fundamentals of professional cooking with the emphasis on fresh and local in February. For more, go to and click on Cowichan.

• The Chemainus Chamber of Commerce offers a warm welcome to the new Business Improvement Area president Doug Smith, who was spotted putting in a lot of hours prior to the holidays, meeting with as many people as possible.

• If you have a few hours to spare in the name of a good cause, you may want to give Bill Zylstra a call at 250-597-1488. Zylstra is the point man for the Jan. 27  Investors Walk for Memories and needs about 15 volunteers to make it happen. Funds raised help those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

• Five youths from Cowichan’s Youth Caregivers Program and its director, Dan Vaillancourt, gave testimony to a federal inquiry recently in Vancouver about the need to raise awareness and develop effective support for young people providing care for family members.

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