Valentine’s treats at Kelsey

By the way, did you hear:

• Nice work this Valentine’s Day by Frances Kelsey Grade 11 student Tess Rederburg. We’ll let her tell the story:

“Starting on Feb. 14, 2013, I made origami hearts and put them in one of the girls’ bathrooms in the school. I had intended for girls to take the hearts and, along with some tape and a Post-It note I provided, would stick them onto the lockers of the people they had crushes on.

“However, the girls took the hearts and left Post-It notes covering the entirety of the large bathroom mirror. They read everything from cheesy pick-up lines, to specific shout-outs to friends, to simply reading ‘You are beautiful’. They were empowering and it was an absolute stunning sight, the multi-coloured notes and origami hearts stuck all over the drab walls and mirrors, making it colourful and whimsical.

“When I told my advisor that I had done it, she was so happy, and I went to the office where they had collected all the hearts and notes in the bathroom, and to this day I have them on a poster in my room. This Valentine’s Day, I planned ahead and made over 350 origami hearts. Again, there was a beautiful and uniting result of notes cluttering the entire mirror.

“I walked around the hallways and stuck hearts to random lockers with friends. I just wanted to speak out about this because it is effectively bringing together all the girls of Frances Kelsey every Valentine’s Day, no matter what grade, age, race, sexual preference or social status.”

• Judy Brayden tells us the Cowichan Valley Arts Council is calling it as once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fabric artists in the Pacific Northwest: Tetsuo Koyama, master of the ancient art of Japanese fabric dying and woodblock printing will instruct a five-day interactive workshop called Meeting the Master this fall in Duncan. Local, acclaimed fabric artist, Gloria Daly will host the workshop.Early bird registration wraps up March 1. For more information please contact Brayden at or at 250-746-1633.

• Last month’s Investor’s Group Walk for the Memories chairperson Bill Zylstra  is saying thank you, Cowichan Valley for walking to raise $7,300 for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

• Congratulations Bill and Irene Lawson who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January with a surprise dinner in Duncan at Just Jake’s.

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