By the way: Lourdess hits five-year milestone
By the way, did you hear:
• A Cowichan family recently celebrated a special five-year landmark. It has been that long since Lourdess Sumners received a stem call transplant in her battle against cancer. “We are so grateful for the wonders of modern medicine that has done its best to give her life,” father Orlando Sumners said, thanking the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital, as well as Duncan’s Dr. Robertson and Dr. McKenzie.
• If you get a chance to check out The Once Upon a Day Cowichan film premiere tomorrow at the Cowichan Theatre (and you should), you will be overwhelmed by the number of familiar local faces (among them your By the way columnist’s wife, Teresa McKinley. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m., March 7, Cowichan Theatre event are free, but must be reserved at the Cowichan Theatre box office, or by calling 250-748-7529.
• Deb Savory Wright, Chairwoman for KidSport Cowichan tells us employees of the MNP Duncan office donated a cheque for $475 to the program through an in-house jeans day campaign.
• South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce executive director Shauna Benson says the group is searching for more volunteers to staff the Mill Bay Visitors Information Centre. If you enjoy talking to people and know a lot about the Cowichan Valley, contact her at 250-743-3566, or email email@example.com.
• A trivia nugget: David Turpin, president and vice chancellor of the University of Victoria — who will step down from his post with the institution on July 1 after 13 years in the job — is a native of Duncan.
• Emerging pop singer Stef Lang was back in Chemainus and her hometown of Ladysmith in late February, teaming up with Vancouver Island Insurance Centres and PINKwall.ca to promote Pink Shirt Day and spread anti-bullying messages. After hearing about Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old from Port Coquitlam who committed suicide in October after suffering two years of cyberstalking, harassment and bullying, Lang wrote a song for Todd called Can You See Me Now? Lang is preparing for a spring anti-bullying tour, where she will perform and speak in high schools in B.C. and Alberta.
• Cowichan Valley Green Party chairwoman Cynthia Montgomery tells us Tamara Leigh has been picked as campaign manager for candidate Kerry Davis in the upcoming May provincial election.
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