Cardino’s sponsors Black Tie Award

By the way, did you hear:

• The Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Cardino’s Shoes as sponsor of the Customer Service Award for the 17th-annual Black Tie Awards. Nominations are open to the public and accepted until Jan. 31, online at, email to, fax to 250-746-8222, and in person at the Chamber office or Visitor Centre at 361 Trans Canada Hwy.

• A big Happy Birthday wave to Cerwydden resident Lydia Kinnear, who turned 105 on Jan. 16.

• Khowhemun Elementary School principal Darrell Wright and Parkside Academy’s director of programs Adriana Soler are excited to learn they have been awarded grants from the Royal Bank of Canada to continue to operate the Smun’eem After School Program. Join them in an open house, ext Wednesday, Jan. 30, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Khowhemun.

• Paul Meyer tells us The Shawnigan Resident’s Association will be receiving $30,000 from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. to help develop a clear understanding of the workings of the South Shawnigan Lake watershed. This research also includes the effect of development on the area’s drinking water, and could be used as a model to facilitate land use conflicts elsewhere in B.C.

• Courtney Chanin, Emily Oliver and Roddy Burgert won Kobo eReaders donated by Future Shop and Staples in the Chemainus Gardens Festival of Trees poetry contest. Susan Martin and Christina Godbolt were the judges.

• A total of 20,270 toes will be warmer this winter thanks to the Clements Centre Sock Drive, this year, a grateful Lisa Chileen of the Clements Centre Society for Community Living tells us. Some of the local beneficiaries were Women Against Violence Against Women, the Warmland Shelter, the House of Friendship Society, the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, the Salvation Army and the Duncan Lion’s Club Sassy Lion.

• St. Joseph’s Elementary School principal Gwen Jahelka is singing the praises of Brad Brawner’s construction students from Ladysmith Secondary School. Student Amy Irwin uses a wheelchair, and was able to participate in the school’s Christmas concert because they built a ramp for her.

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