View makes national tour video

By the way, did you hear:

• A warm welcome to new B.C. Forest Discovery Centre manager, Anthony Bone, who takes over from Vicki Holman. Bone, who lives in Shawnigan Lake with his wife Jennifer and two children, moves over f from the Department of National Defense where he worked as a conflict resolution practitioner.

• Sharon McLeod tells us Cittaslow Cowichan Bay has a new logo, thanks to Maple Bay artist Judy Lowood. Lowood — a watercolour landscape of Cowichan Bay village positioned on the back of the internationally recognized Cittaslow snail.

• Rolf Leben of Chemainus is thanking his guardian angel after losing his wallet from the roof of his car, as he drove off after refueling at the Chemainus Co-op. All his ID and credit cards were in the wallet and needed for his passport application in Victoria that same afternoon. An anonymous man turned it in at the station, although the money was missing: Lebens’ message: “Thank you for not taking my Credit Cards and I’m sure you had enough cash, after this, to celebrate so that I don’t have to worry about the amount to compensate you for the return of my wallet!”

• Cowichan has a presence in a new national crowd-sourced travel video from the Canadian Tourism Commission thanks to Madeline Brown of Vancouver. Her winning footage of Saanich Inlet, shot from the heights of South Cowichan was chosen from more than 8,000 submissions and 65 hours of video through a nation-wide competition called 35 Million Directors. See the video at

• Alison Philp of Damali tells us the lavender farm and winery is celebrating the release of two new 2011 wines, ‘ROSEA’ a sparkling pink blend with hints of lavender , and  ‘ALBA’  a fresh and fruity Pinot Grigio.

• Canadian Federation of University Women Cowichan Valley president Maureen Shayler and VP Sue Rudolph grateful for the community support at the club’s recent bridge luncheon, a fundraiser that this year helped award a total of $4,000 to four young women pursuing goals at the post-secondary school level. Recipients were: Samantha Wetzel, Julia Bristow, Jordanne Jasman-Brooks and Isabela Seabra.

• Congratulations to Jordan Pringle and Cobble Hill-based Harbour Side Mechanical Inc for opening a service shop in Victoria for residential and commercial plumbing and heating customers.

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