Kroffats thank the community

By the way, did you hear:

• Passed on to us by Jason, Renee and Ethan Kroffat:

“On Nov. 8. we suddenly lost our son and twin brother Caleb outside the Island Savings Centre. His death is still being analyzed but we have been given some closure he passed from a medical heart condition.  Since we lost Caleb we have had so much love and support to help us through this difficult time and felt it was necessary to give thanks to the many people who made time in their busy lives to comfort us with open arms. We are thankful to all our family and friends that sent cards, food, phoned us, gave gift cards, cash donations, all the kind words and messages on-line.

“We were overwhelmed by the fundraising that was done at the Nov. 22 Capitals game by Bonnie Dillabough and Tina Baker, and all the volunteers who helped them. Also greatly appreciated the generous fundraising by Moo’s Pizza and Kyle Hicks. Outpouring donations made to our family from generous employees and management at the Chemainus Sawmill, Cowichan Minor Hockey, Ryan Clark Memorial Fund and the Cowichan Valley Bottle Depot.

“Many thanks to all the businesses who donated to the fundraisers and donations made to our family from Drinkwater Elementary School, Cowichan Secondary Dry Grad Committee, Cowichan Valley Jr. A Capitals Organization, Lake Cowichan Minor Hockey.

"Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Island Savings Centre, paramedics and staff at Cowichan District Hospital who attended to Caleb. The Cowichan Valley Jr A Capitals game scheduled on February 28 will be honoring Caleb by hanging his hockey jersey. We would love all who knew Caleb to come to this special evening and to watch a great hockey game.”

• Art teacher Kimberley Lewis tells us what a treat Chemainus was for 25 West Island College Preparatory School Grade 8 students from Calgary she brought here for her fifth-annual Chemainus Artist Retreat. Students learn the story about the Little Town That Did as part of their lessons in the economic power of art, then come here to experience the town first-hand and meet the mural guru, Karl Schutz.

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