Rotary brings family to Indonesia

By the way, did you hear:

• Local theatre-goers will be familiar with Antony Holland from a variety of work on local stages, the most recent being Tuesdays With Morrie. They will likely join us in toasting the Gabriola Island resident for recently being honoured with the Order of Canada.

• How about a warm Warm Land welcome for Tauseef Waraich who has been hired as the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s recycling and waste manager, effective Sept. 8. He is currently the general manager of TRI Environmental Consulting in Vancouver.

• Lynn Hale of the Vancouver Island Film Co-op says actors are needed for a  Murder Mystery co-op fundraiser with a tentative date of Saturday, Oct. 25. Production help needed as well. As part of the fun guests will not be told who the actors are so please keep it top secret if you are participating. Info at

• Kevin O’Donnell says the Cowichan Valley School District’s International Student Program is looking for families who would like to host a student. Visit under the “Homestay” tab for more information or to download an application package.

• As preparations are well underway for this year’s  Sip, Savour & Support fundraising event on a barge at the Mill Bay Marina, we’re pleased to report funds raised last year have been put to good use. Stephanie Jull tells us the Canucks Autism Network hosted an Amazing Race-themed camp for 15 Cowichan families living with autism last month at Shawnigan Lake School.

• A recent South Cowichan Rotary Club youth exchange turned into a family affair for a Shawnigan Lake family. Amy Barnard, a Grade 11 Frances Kelsey student, recently returned from a year in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her parents Kim and Cameron Barnard were delighted to join her for the final two weeks and meet her host families and sponsoring Tamansari Rotary club members. Kim encourages other local students to contact Rotary about making a similar exciting exchange..

• We hear from Celina Owen that the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. has announced two Cowichan operations are among the finalists in the 2014 Land Awards: Sustainable Land Care Education’s  Gaia College in Cowichan Station; and The Station in downtown Duncan by Cowichan Green Community Society. Winners will be announced Oct. 17.

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