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Maritime centre volunteers build Wendy's House tugboat

Cowichan Bay, BC, Thursday, June 5, 2014 – A volunteer crew from the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre will be at Wendy's House this evening from 7 – 9 pm to put the finishing touches on a tugboat they have built for the Maritime vignette. "Significant volunteer hours have gone into building the tugboat and we are happy to have contributed to this wonderful addition to our community," says Tony Owen, Facilities Manager at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre and long time volunteer.

Funding for the materials used to build the tugboat was generously donated by the Maple Bay Yacht Club. The Cowichan Wooden Boat Society agreed to donate the labour. With a reputation for excellence in wooden boat building this was a perfect fit.

To date, the Tugboat does not have a name. Once the centre opens, children will have an opportunity to submit an entry into our "Name the Tugboat" contest. The name will be selected from among the children's entries by the volunteer committee who built the boat. The Tugboat's name will be announced approximately one month after the opening of the centre.

Cowichan Wooden Boat Society and Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre

The Cowichan Wooden Boat Society and Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre are committed to preserving the heritage of BC's maritime past as it relates to the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of wooden boat building and restoration. We do this by offering boat building courses, maintaining a full workshop of boat building tools, equipment and supplies, operating a heritage marine ways, and conducting community events that celebrate wooden boats and maritime history. The Maritime Centre is open to the public 7 days a week over the summer and admission is by donation.

Wendy's House

Wendy's House will be a drop-in centre for families with children birth to age 6. It's an Early Learning Centre developed by the community for the community. Inside is a mini-town with a pre-school size marina, fire station, restaurant, Coast Salish village, credit union, health centre, construction site, general store, and office. It will include a boat to climb on, a fitness area, a story-telling area, reading corner and a life size tree house; all built with materials and labour donated by groups and businesses in our community. There will be no admission fee. Wendy's House is located next to the Cowichan Campus of Vancouver Island University.

— submitted by Sharon McLeod

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