Dateline Cowichan: Reconnections one of volunteering rewards

Fawcett children (1920) Una, Barbara and Rowland Jr. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives
Fawcett children (1920) Una, Barbara and Rowland Jr.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives

Among the many rewards of volunteering with vulnerable seniors is the reconnection with those I’ve meet socially, during my reporting years or in the decade spent at the Crofton Mill. This allows time to say thank you for their community presence — and often, for a job well done. A few years ago I linked up again with former North Cowichan councillor and Crofton mill worker Johnny Cannon. In August 1963, E. John Cannon, a stationary engineer at Crofton, prepared to throw his name in the ring to contest one of the vacancies created when North Cowichan council grew from five members to seven. In the Second World War, Vancouver native Cannon served in the First Canadian Division through the Italy and Northwest European campaigns as a member of Third Field Regiment.

Since his arrival in Cowichan in 1957, he’d taken an active part in the municipal ratepayers’ association, and said he’d encourage family-type recreational facilities in North Cowichan. Playing together does a great deal to keep families together and it was lacking here, he said. He said his aim would be to represent the whole municipality and not to cater to the needs of any particular section of it.


1963: Douglas fir


North Cowichan sold some 40,000 board feet of salvage Douglas fir timber on Mount Prevost at a price of $20 per 1,000 board feet. Crofton Ratepayers were told blacktop in the Barnes Road area would be done that year.


1963: barn fire


Graham Harper and his neighbour S. Holden stayed up all night to keep watch on the remnants of a fire that destroyed 70 tons of hay and a barn at Harper’s Drinkwater Road farm. An adjoining garage and machinery shed were saved.


1963: water safety

At the end of the Red Cross water safety instruction classes held at the South End firemen’s pool, intermediate swimmer’s crests were received by Cheryl Aikenhead, Roxann Clackson, Sandra Mitchell, Heather McDonald and Carole Aikenhead.

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