New group helming chamber

By the way, did you hear:

• Meet the new Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce board of directors, picked Nov. 26 at Vancouver Island University. Incumbent candidates elected for a second term are: president George Gates (owner of NuTech IT Solutions) Bill Macadam (publisher of the News Leader Pictorial), Carol Messier (co-owner of Maple Bay Marina), Janet Martinez (co-owner of Excellent Frameworks and the E.J. Hughes Gallery and Jason Price (owner of Valley Life Insurance Solutions).  Directors elected for their first term are: Miles Craig Anderson (co-owner of Outlooks Menswear and secretary-treasurer  Danielle Killam (manager, Hayes Stewart Little & Company)

Meanwhile, directors continuing their term are: Anne Broadley (owner of Oilcheck), Brenda Burch (founder/owner Social Media is Simple, ice-president Julie Scurr (director of finance and operations Queen Margaret’s School), Corrine Thompson (manager, RBC Duncan Branch), Marsha Todd (owner of Unique Home Health Care).

And appointed directors include: Dr. Martin Barker (City of Duncan), Keith Chicquen (Vancouver Island University), Dave Clark (past-president), Jen Coyle (Duncan Business Improvement Association), Ruth Hartmann (Municipality of North Cowichan), and Cathy Robertson (Community Futures). Sonja Nagel helps steer the ship as executive director.

• Brenda Laine Campbell of Cowichan Station was recently raving to us about Cherry Embon of Duncan’s Cherry’s Bakehaven, not only for her great products, but also for the donations she has been sending back home to her native country, the hurricane-ravaged Phillippines.

• In other typhoon-related news, a nice job was done late last month by Pema Wangchen and the folks at the Cowichan Intercultural Society. They hosted a relief fundraising event with the goal of raising $4,000. They raised $8,000 thank to a matching federal donation. CIS is still accepting cash donations until Dec. 20. Those funds will be matched by Ottawa. call 250-748-3112.

• Duncan’s Lucas Grosse was recently presented with the bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award for community service, physical recreation, and adventurous journey.

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