Hospital makes holiday special

By the way, did you hear:

• One final note leftover from the holidays: North Cowichan’s Janet Barclay offers a very large thank you to those who made Christmas special at Cowichan District Hospital. Physicians and their families strolled the wards with, bagpipes and a violin in tow — “smiling, playing music and singing carols, and providing a trollley of festive treats.

“According to Jane Balfour, head of  CDH Volunteer Services, the Cowichan District Hospital Auxiliary provided every patient in hospital with lovely litle tray favours. For those without family close at hand (I believe 26 patients), a wrapped gift was also presented on Christmas Eve by members of the auxiliary.

“My sincere thanks go out to Drs. Peter Leckie, Bill Nielsen, Juliette Eberhard and Andrew Anderson and their families, and the volunteers of the auxiliary for taking time out of their day to help brighten the day of others too unwell to enjoy the festivities, traditions and warmthof family and friends during the holiday season.”

• Those kind folks at the Duncan branch 2546 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles are up to their old tricks again. Club president Ed Kehler, VP Matt Richardson, John Ashford, Tracey Norman, Roz Wilson, Bev Wilson, Ashley Bond and Bobby Bond were among those on hand last month to present Angela Bond with a hot pink wheelchair. The chair and medical supplies were donated by the club to help Angela deal with the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

• Duncan student Emily Fulton nabbed a $750 bursary from the Pacific Salmon Foundation in recognition of her volunteer commitment to salmon conservation. Meanwhile, the Cowichan Community Land Trust received grants totaling $21,000 in 2013, including $17,500 for a project starting in 2014.

• Chris Banner tells us nearly 30 volunteers gathered at the Cowichan Maritime Centre recently to help Jorg Langewitz take his newly constructed 56-foot, 600-pound mast out of the centre’s woodwork shop. Langewitz, assisted by local shipwright, Eric Sandilands, is renovating a 38-foot Atkin-designed wooden sailing vessel but still has many months before he can unveil it.

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