Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets switches to ‘Only Bouquets’

We are all in need of positive reinforcement; send us your cheerful notes

FROM THE EDITOR: With all the negativity surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to turn the Beefs & Bouquets page into a “Bouquets Only” feature. We are offering the opportunity for our readers to lift each other up, with positive thoughts and messages. Please send your bouquets, and positive thoughts to bandb@comoxvalleyrecord.com

We can resume publishing beefs once a sense of normalcy returns. For now, let’s partake in positive reinforcement.

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A BIG BOUQUET to the couple who so kindly paid for our breakfast March 7 at a busy Cliffe Avenue breakfast spot. You probably heard us being told that the wait was approximately 20 minutes for a table. First we were left waiting as two couples were seated at tables for two, situated right next to each other. We ended up being seated after another couple were moved from a table to seat us at a table. We didn’t intend to make other diners inconvenienced to make room for us but just wanted to make the staff realize that maybe discussing with the guests can make things so much easier for all involved. Our breakfast was good and then to find out that someone had paid our bill was amazing. We will pay this forward the next opportunity we get, in the meantime, thank you.

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THANK YOU TO everyone who came to my rescue on Monday, March 2. After a big shop at Superstore, I returned to my car to find a gentleman writing me a note to let me know that I had a flat tire. I thought, “no problem, I’ll just phone BCAA,” but my phone was dead. Thank you to Chris at the Store Optical who loaned me his phone. Georgia Straight arrived within 15 minutes, Derrick loaded all my groceries into the back seat, put on the spare, and then followed me to Tireland. Antonio waited for me, as it was after closing time. He quickly fixed my tire, and sent me on my way with a carnation, a hug, and a big smile on his face, a beautiful sight to see. Thank you to all.

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ON FEB. 18 OUR Meet and Greet Club from the Filberg Centre had our monthly lunch at Ricky’s Grill. An unknown person gave the waitress $100 to help pay for the lunches ordered by our volunteer executive members. This was an unexpected gesture by someone and we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. So many hours of hard work are put into volunteering and appreciations remain silent. An out-loud appreciation touches a volunteer’s heart.

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A WARD FULL OF the largest bouquet of flowers to all the staff and doctors on ward 3B at the hospital. Your professionalism, work ethic, attention and compassion made my dad’s three-week stay on your ward the absolute best it could be considering the circumstances. With the stresses you all deal with on a daily basis, it was so uplifting to see all of your smiles every time, and all the time I came to visit and every time you came into his room. Your smiles, humour and compassion meant the world to him. Thank you to all of you for making my dad’s stay the best it could be. Keep up the amazing work.

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TO THE VERY NICE couple in my place of retail employment. You were so kind and thoughtful to the customer ahead of you in the line at my register. This person was short of money and not able to afford to pay for the purchase so you stepped up and kindly offered and paid for the purchase. This person was very humble and appreciative and I must say you warmed my heart to my toes. I still have a lump in my throat. It is nice to know there are caring people that think of others before themselves. A little kindness goes a very long way.

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A BIG BOUQUET of thanks to the kind gentleman who so generously bought breakfast for our party of five who were enjoying their Sunday get together at the Early Bird Café. His gift made it even more enjoyable. He left before we were able to say “Thank You” but we would like to do so now and will “pay it forward.”

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WE ARE NEW to the Valley, and first off we want to thank all of the businesses and restaurants for such a warm welcome. The free Snowbird shows were a bonus, and thanks to them as well. While volunteering, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of your teens and children. To all the parents of the Valley: pat yourselves on the back, for the good manners you have taught your children and how kind they have been. It must be the laid back atmosphere that makes the parenting a little easier, and the extra time you give your children, well done.

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BIG BOUQUET TO Jen, Christy, Marina, Sally, Lucy, Dree and last but not least Dr. Ken. Best team at Puntledge Vet. You treat my babies as if they were your own. The kindness you show is wonderful. Dr. Ken, your knowledge is vast and you continue to learn more to treat our babies. So we rate you a 10 outta 10 and a thumbs up. Do dogs and cats have thumbs? Hmmm… a paws up to you all.

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A HUGE BOUQUET to Martine’s Bistro in Comox. We had a family emergency and 12 family members arrived. Some vegetarian, gluten free etc. Phoned Martine’s at dinner hour and they cheerfully accepted the take-out order for 12. Everything was delicious from Caesar salad to rack of lamb. A huge thank you to your staff.

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TO THE North Island Hospital and all of the staff from the cleaners to the doctors, I would like to let you know just how well you treated myself, as well as my visitors during my stay, and how much it was appreciated by all. We have a wonderful first-class hospital with the greatest staff with friendly personalities that go above and beyond their duties to help out. In short you were No. 1. Thanks so much.

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I WANT TO EXTEND an enormous thank you to people who are working in stores such as grocery stores so that people like me can still shop for the things we need. I think many employees must be tired and discouraged by the way some people are shopping and at how ravaged the store shelves look. Thank you for taking the risk of coming to work knowing not all people are being conscientious about isolating themselves. Please know that many of us appreciate your work and many of us are still just shopping to stock up on what we need in the short term.

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THANK YOU TO the North Island College tourism and hospitality, and culinary students who created a wonderful meal – Global Flavours Uncorked – at 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery on March 13. You outdid yourselves – the five courses were amazing and paired so well with 40 Knot wines. My husband’s favourite was the black cod, but I can’t decide between the mushroom raviolis with the smoothest curry sauce I have ever had or the three desserts – yes, three desserts – all amazing! This was our third time at this event and every year it is exceptional. To top off the evening there were two door prizes and an auction with quite amazing donations from local merchants. Thank you, even though we didn’t successfully bid on any of these. Love our Valley!

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