HAVE YOUR SAY Dec. 18

Comox Valley Food Bank has plenty of thanks to pass along

A shuttering ‘Thank you,’ to the Comox  Valley Camera Club.  Who on November 27th, donated food to the Comox Valley Food Bank.  Say cheese! Thank you and Merry Christmas.

A huge thank you to the Courtenay Rotarians, Whose “just for babies”, is much appreciated by the Comox Valley Food Bank and all the mommies and daddies in our community. Merry Christmas.

A Kodak bouquet of appreciation, to the Comox Valley Camera Club,  who brought giggles and smiles to all,  at the Comox Valley Food Bank. Thank you very much and Merry Christmas.

The Comox Valley Food Bank sends a garland of red roses,  to the lovely Jessica. Jessica you are an inspiration to us all. Your hot chocolate stand has served all walks of life and, your hard work and dedication to helping others, even through sleet and snow, is truly admirable. Your sense of community spirit is to be applauded. The community and the Comox Valley Food Bank is honoured and blessed to have you on board. Merry Christmas Jessica and thank you.

The Comox Valley Food Bank would like to thank the Mark Isfeld School, and the “girls go global” for their most generous donations of 10 banana boxes full of food. “Wowzers” You “go girls rock”.

A hearty cheers, to the black Swan Fiddlers, whose music and gregarious personalities entertained royally at Zocalo’s restaurant. It brought a tear to my eye when the traditional “passing off the hat”, was generously donated to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Making things just a little easier this Christmas for many needy families. Hats off to you all! Thank you and Merry Christmas.

A kiln of thanks to the Comox Valley Potters Club. Your generous donation and kindness is much appreciated. Thank you and merry Christmas! The Comox Valley Food Bank.

A special bouquet of thanks to Valley View School for their wonderful Christmas donation of five banana boxes of food. The Comox Valley Food Bank, and the community, thanks you for your hard work and kindness. Merry Christmas. The Comox Valley Yacht Club sailed into the Comox Valley Food Bank with a ton of much appreciated donations. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Many thanks to the happy, sweet little faces of the Courtenay Elementary students, who participated in the Santa Claus Parade. Once again, we are reminded that Christmas is truly about giving. It made us all very proud to see our little ones gathering food donations for the Comox Valley Food Bank, thus combining the community and Christmas spirit as one. Blessings to all this Christmas season.

A huge bouquet to the staff and students of the École Puntledge School, who, on Dec. 2, all came down to the Comox Valley Food Bank to donate 500 pounds of food! “KUDOS” to the teachers for showing and teaching our children on how to follow through, on paying it forward. The experiences of giving will no doubt be remembered by all of the children who attended the food bank gala. Learning that the generosity of one,  multiplied many times overs, truly makes a huge difference in the lives of  families, especially at Christmas time. A heart felt thank you and a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you to the City Transportation,  and the Comox Valley Superstore. What a creative and innovative idea,  “fill the bus”. A collaboration of food and transportation working together, to better the lives of  many families over the Christmas season. The organizing and hard work of all is graciously appreciated by the Comox Valley Food Bank.

Christmas “kudos” to “goats on the roof” Tymo and The Goat F.M. 98.9 who went above and beyond the call of duty! On Wednesday until Saturday, Tymo camped out on the roof of Thrifty Foods, giving him a bird’s eye view, not only of  the homeless, but also the torrential flooding that created a state of emergency in downtown Courtenay. Throughout this ordeal Tymo and the Goat F.M. 98.9 collected an estimated 4,000 pounds of food for the Comox Valley Food Bank. Wow. We are overwhelmed with your community spirit. Thank you and a very merry Christmas.

Thank you to W.J.L. Enterprises who  not only hosted a wonderful open house Christmas party, but also filled a trailer with 1,500 pounds of food. Barb and Bill, your hospitality and generosity is very much appreciated.  Thank you both and a very merry Christmas.

Just wondering why Maple Pool has been hassled so much about flood plains when today in Courtenay roads were blocked off near the river, and some businesses opposite Farquarson’s farm were flooded — why were permits ever granted for these businesses to be built on an obvious floodplain???  And Lewis Park under water with it lapping at the foundations of the Lewis Centre, which first of all got permission to build there in the first place (on an obvious and frequent floodplain) and secondly permission to build fancy and expensive new renovations a couple of years ago at taxpayers’ expense.  Seems to be quite a discrepancy in who gets permission for what……..    And isn’t it time now for the new council to declare all legal action be dropped against Maple Pool immediately, and let the amazingly generous and patient volunteers get on with raising the site and making it flood safe?  The democratic will of the people was made more than clear in recent elections — this is what the electorate wants — now Council, get on with it! And Planning Dept., get on with your paperwork so those volunteering to fix the potential problem can get on with fixing it now!

Kudos to the very helpful staff at the Courtenay Post Office! At the busiest time of year, you went above and beyond the job to help solve a problem for a woman who had a serious  “senior moment”.  You’re the best!

Thank you and Christmas treats to the children and staff of Huband Park School. Despite a very disruptive summer and fall, they rallied wonderfully and presented us with a delightful Christmas concert. Thank you especially,  for the huge effort you made to present both an afternoon and evening performance. It made it possible for many parents, grandparents and friends to be able to attend. Have a well-earned, relaxing Christmas break.

I hope everyone supporting the MLHS proposal for Baybrook House took a good look at this property last week. They would have noticed that much of the property was flooded and that Brooklyn Creek had completely submerged the access road and bridge. The 2014 MLHS Report includes plans for a “Tree” Preschool, a Youth Environmental Education Centre, an Interpretive Nature Centre, Interpretive Walks, Monthly Adult Workshops, Conservation Tourism, a Visitor-In-Residence Bed & Breakfast, and a Conference/Meeting Room. Using a derelict house on a floodplain for these activities will be declaring open season for liability lawyers!

A few days ago I had a great experience which inspired me a lot . I want to share this with you as I think it can bring some good changes to society. I was buying some items in the store. When I reached the cashier I found that I had left my wallet at home. I asked her to cancel the transaction but a lady waiting in line offered to pay. I thanked her and tried to refuse but she insisted and said “Why not, it’s Christmas?”I wanted her phone number so I could pay her back but she said it was my Christmas gift and she hugged me. I was confused and speechless because I had never had such an experience before. It inspired me to pay it forward to someone in need. I hope that other people will feel the same spirit of sharing whenever they see a need, and act on it.