HAVE YOUR SAY: Issei ladies do good work in Cumberland

Just for the record, even if it is not important you, Obon had been going on at the Cumberland Japanese Cemetery for about 10 years now. In addition to this, the Issei ladies (first-generation immigrants) responsible have been having spring tea while doing the cleanup of the shrine at cherry blossom time.

Just for the record, even if it is not important you, Obon had been going on at the Cumberland Japanese Cemetery for about 10 years now. In addition to this, the Issei ladies (first-generation immigrants) responsible have been having spring tea while doing the cleanup of the shrine at cherry blossom time. The first Obon they had was in 2001 or 2002. However, they stopped attending when the politicians got involved and the media shone a light on the site. We do still go when it is quiet just to say a prayer, offer some flowers and fruit, in the traditional fashion, and tidy up a bit if needed. The site has not been totally neglected even before the fence, plaque and photo ops. These Issei ladies have been doing this service for no other reason than it being a matter of respect. Something I might add appears to be in short supply in these times.

Thank you! Muchas gracias! There are not enough words in any language to express our heartfelt thanks for the sincere and caring help toward Sammy’s charity garage sale of July 23. First and foremost to the Pentecostal Church pastor and parishioners for use of the church hall, equipment and grounds for storage and for the sale day.  To the church ladies who came on board and cheerily worked over many hours — you are true angels. To anyone who brought donations — we were amazed at the quality of the items, thank you. To those who worked over many hours to set up the items, post information and make requests of items to friends and neighbours, many hugs. Special thanks to Sam Biro who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and with the public the day of the sale as well as many days prior to the sale. Our hope is that the community will continue to support the Antunez-Marquez family during Sammy’s recovery and the family’s quest to remain in Canada and become Canadian citizens.

Our heartfelt appreciation to the firefighters, RCMP and paramedics who responded after our car was rear-ended at Anderton and Idiens Way. Thanks you for your promptness, concern and professionalism. Special hugs to the lady who was walking by and provided us with assistance.

Thank you, Comox Valley Record, for Under the Glacier. I get a few chuckles every time, first when I read the cartoon and a few more when the readers comment. So keep up the good work.

Thanks and congratulations top everyone involved in the precarious rescue recently of a young lady stranded on a log in the middle of the teeming Puntledge River. You guys are precious.

The Salvation Army sends a bouquet of blessings to the Grains Bakery for feeding our Camp Kids returning from Camp Sunrise! These made-with-love-and-care sandwiches and treats brought wide smiles to the faces of 22 very hungry children. Bouquets of summer sunshine to all the volunteers who contribute their time, energy and support to the ministry of The Salvation Army. Your faithful contributions reflect how much each of you cares. We are grateful for each one of you.

Many thanks to to the businesses and individuals who have helped with Dawn to Dawn’s Making it Home fabric art panel fundraiser event. Brisk ticket sales and donations made our Market Day booth a success, and we are grateful for Home Depot’s contribution of paint and the supplying of packing materials by Courtenay Transfer and Driftwood Self Storage. Thanks also to the local papers for running our press releases, to the ticket outlets (Laughing Oyster Books, Zocalo Cafe, Comox Videos ‘n More, Home and Garden Gate in Cumberland) and to Zocalo Cafe and all three libraries for displaying the fabric panels. Finally, thank you to Sure Copy Centre for helping with poster printing costs.

Bouquets of many years of success to Determination Steve for his continued support of my fitness goals! The constant knowing that you believe in me more than I do most of the time is most encouraging. The Comox Valley is blessed to have an integral fitness coach who individualizes and get results!  May many more people reach their goals through your determination!