Cultural society keeps the faith

By the way, did you hear:

• Local Sikhs like Hazura Sangha, Surinder Pagely and Piara and Baljet Dhillon opened the doors to their faith community May 24 thanks to an event co-ordinated by the Cowichan Intercultural Society. It was the final presentation of ten monthly Inter-faith Bridging events funded by the provincial and federal governments. Co-ordinator Linda Hill said the event series exposed participants to the Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Coast Salish Spirituality, Divine Feminine, Islam, Panthesim and other religions.

• Judy Duncan was one of those on hand when Cowichan Dog Obedience Club president Dave Nisbet cut the cake to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary April 14. The founding members of this volunteer non-profit club were Sheilah Parry Roberts, Dr. D. Lott, Dr. E. Johnson, a veterinarian and Hunter Smith, an obedience judge from Victoria.  Today the club offers variety of classes are offered for different levels of experience on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The club welcomes new members and their dogs.  Call Leslie Gardiner at 250-743-1858 for more.

• Chemainus Visitor Centre co-ordinator Marlie Kelsey headed to Minnesota this week on a unique and unusual adventure. She is one of 20 chosen to participate in a Bear Keeper Course at the North American Bear Centre in Ely, MN. The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans.

• Koksilah Elementary School principal Kristi Clifton and school cook Adrianna Zavarelli were excited about a recent visit from Duncan Lions Club president Jim Woodward. Woodward donated $2,000 to the school on behalf of the Lions to support the school’s meals program.

• Malcolm Taylor, 5, of Cobble Hill, Braydon Luscombe, 19, and Cody Smith, 21, of Duncan, all took part in The War Amps 2012 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Victoria, which covered all aspects of growing up as an amputee. The older boys served as junior counsellors. Malcolm demonstrated his monkey bar, swim and bike devices.

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