And they’ve got good men too!

By the way, did you hear:

• A recent Good Life magazine article on the Chemainus Communities in Bloom team may have left readers with the wrong impression this group is gals-only. On the contrary, Erica Prince tells us men are also a big part of making Chemainus blossom and more are welcome to join.

• If you get a dinner invite from Miriam Popma, you’d be a fool not to accept. And make sure you stick around for dessert. A decadent chocolate mousse dessert created by the Duncan native and Vancouver Island University Baking and Pastry Arts student won top prize in Vancouver’s Gourmet Warehouse Cacao Barry Callebaut Chocolate Challenge. Popma accepted a whisk-topped trophy and prize package worth approximately $1,000.

• And how about some more congratulations for what is becoming a regular achievement for president Ron Dewar and the folks at Island Savings. The local credit union has been named one of Aon Hewitt’s 50 Best Employers in Canada for the fourth year in a row.

• South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce executive director Shauna Benson is leaving the position, but will remain in the community working for Higginson Consulting. The chamber recently welcomed new members Victor Bokrossy of Dominion Lending and Torrie Miller of Valley View Martial Arts.

• Teacher Sherry Hought from Maple Bay Elementary in Duncan was thrilled with the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, brought to the school with the help of Coastal Communities Credit Union Nov. 29. Students designed their own small business projects, including a line of decorated light switch plates, tasty baked dog biscuits and dog toys.

• Jody Fairweather is proud of two of her Grade 4 Queen Margaret’s School students for spearheading a recent Positive Graffiti campaign at the school. Meredith Krikke and Emily Pease wanted to raise awareness around National Anti‐Bullying Week, and did it by writing messages on sticky notes ranging from “you are beautiful” and “you are awesome the way you are,” to “smile!” and “no bullying at QMS” and placing them on lockers in the high school building in secret during the senior school’s homeroom block. Grade 12 student Abby Wadsworth and QMS counselor Tracy Tidsbury said the gesture really brought spirits up around the school.

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