CTRA gala out the barn door

By the way, did you hear:

• Executive director Anne Muir has regretfully passed along the news the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association will not be hosting its annual gala dinner and auction this year.

“As you can imagine, a huge amount of staff and volunteer resources go into such an event and at times it has made it difficult to effectively run our programs. Dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly for many years also deserve and need a break,” she writes. “Our hope is that the spirit of generosity that has been present at the past 27 CTRA Galas is still strong and that you will still consider supporting us.”

Sponsoring a horse, hay and/or horsehoes and bidding and donating to CTRA’s ongoing auction are a few ways you can do that. Email for more.

• On the Heart and Stroke Month front, Jill Amy, fitness co-ordinator with the Cowichan Aquatic Centre was excited about the Feb. 1 Cardio Fitness Zumbathon — a series of free Island Savings Centre drop-in session where they collected donations to the annual campaign.

• Further to the recent Beautiful Faces With Voices photo exhibit at PORTALS, we wanted to point out the show was sponsored by: Drillwell Enterprises Ltd., Khaya Home Decor & Gifts, Culture Craze, Island Bagel Co., The Green Party, CVMTA Lisa Petterson Photography, Baan-Do’s Stirfry, The Garment District, Fabrications, Four Cats Art Studio, Dr. Ron Smith, The Mendenhall Music Studio, Dr. & Mrs. Chuck Nagainis, Station Street Gallery & Frame Shop, Duncan Mall, and Polster Environmental Services.

• Want help living a greener life? Keith Lawrence tells us the CVRD Environment Commission has launched 12 Months of 12 Big Ideas, a monthly eNewsletter full of practical ideas to help you do just that. Visit to sign up.

• A grateful Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas wants the community to know those digital speed signs posted at the Chemainus Road reserve in Westholme are working to keep more traffic travelling at the 30 km/hr speed limit.

• Cathy King is cheering the students at Dwight School Canada for participating in the 30-hour Famine for World Vision, organized by teacher Mario Desandoli.

Exciting things happening for you, your friends or your family that you want to share with your community? Send me a quick email at We’d love to spread the word.

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