HAVE YOUR SAY: Kudos for candidates who are running for the right reasons

Applause to every candidate whose participation in his or her community predates filing papers for council or school trustee candidacy.

Applause to every candidate whose participation and keen interest in his or her community predates filing papers for council or school trustee candidacy. How long your family has lived here or what contributions your parent and grandparents made are interesting, but you are the one running for office, not grandpa. Even louder applause to candidates who have put energy into informing themselves about current local concerns. With uncertain financial times ahead and the increasing complexity of local issues, elected officials need to be knowledgeable, willing to listen and prepared to make tough, balanced decisions.

A large thank you to Courtenay Costco for the donation of a gift card to St. Joseph’s General Hospital Auxiliary Society to be used for the Candy Striper/junior volunteer program at St. Joseph’s Hospital. It will be used for snacks and juice for the young volunteers who come in every day after school to help in the hospital and The Views.

In Comox we have our local deer parading thoroughfares and gardens in the dark, often difficult to see,  causing casualties to themselves and motorists. With this in mind I suggest that were they fitted with reflective collars or jackets it would safeguard their health and possibly ours.

Congratulations to the winners of Dawn to Dawn’s first (in a series of four) fabric art raffle. While Rosemary Frederiksen, Rob MacDonald, Kristen Bjarnason and Colleen Howard were all lucky, we would like to thank all those who participated and thus supported Dawn to Dawn’s programs. The second raffle is now underway, with the next draw being on Dec. 13.

Bouquets to WestJet personnel at Comox Valley Airport. A few weeks ago, while waiting to board our flight, we noticed a heart-warming event. An elderly lady was very distraught, as she apparently had forgotten her wallet and identification papers at home, and was about to not be allowed on her flight. One of the WestJet employees stepped up, and called the lady a free taxi, ride home to get her missing papers compliments of WestJet. It’s things like that that show why this company outshines their competition.

I’m enjoying the relatively new eatery on Cliffe near 13th called the Ohhh….So Yummy Cafe. What a treat to enjoy freshly made food amidst warm surroundings and the welcoming personalities of David, Anna Rosa and Lynn! Over the few weeks that I have been coming for breakfast I have noticed that it’s the rare customer that isn’t greeted by name. And, for first time visitors, there is always a nice welcome to the O…SYC and to the CV. And the prices are reasonable, too.

Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES) would like to thank all of you who came to the groundwater presentation by Dr. Gilles Wendling on Friday evening. We had an overflow crowd in a room that accommodates 180 people so there is no doubt that there is plenty of interest in this topic in the Englishman River watershed and beyond. We have a DVD available If anyone would like to view the presentation. Dr. Wendling’s report will be posted on our website www.mvihes.bc.ca on Dec. 1.

On Oct. 23, more than 50 community members came together for a Bellyfit Live class to raise money for a local program called Girls on the Move. Bellyfit Live is a fun, fusion fitness class that combines world dance inspired moves to tracks that are spun by a live DJ.

Thanks to the enormous generosity of this community, the event was successful in raising $577, which will ensure that the program is able to continue into the new year. Girls on the Move is run out of the LINC Youth Centre and focuses on providing low-cost access to fitness and nutrition for girls aged 10 to 18. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event, it would not have been possible without you! Also a huge thank you to DJ em.ash who spun the fabulous tracks to get the whole class moving.

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