Coffee Time

Craig Sabourin, general manager at Peter Baljet GM is congratulating his enthusiastic sales team this month.

They finished No. 1 out of 46 General Motors dealerships in volume sales in B.C. and also finished second in all dealerships in B.C., just behind Victoria Toyota – a real cause for celebration, Sabourin says.

Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society is the recipient of a $10,000 donation from BC Hydro after being named a 2014 Community Champion.

The funds will support local business participation in the Community Carbon Marketplace, which helps organizations reduce their carbon footprint.

BC Hydro’s Community Champions program recognizes local non-profit organizations that demonstrate leadership through their commitment to sustainability, conservation and the environment. Through an online public voting

process, the top five most popular video submissions from a list of 12 finalists were awarded $10,000 each to support their community initiative.

Videos from the five winners as well as finalists from across the province can be viewed at bchydro. com/communitychampions.

Claudia Ziegler is opening Local Treasures Thursday, Jan. 15 at Whippletree.

It’s all about promoting the work of our local talented craftspeople, she says.

"Everything in the store is done locally, made by local artisans. It’s all about offering support to them. And if there are other local artisans out there who want to show their stuff, then they can call me.

"My number here is 250-746-5588."

So, if you’ve been busy this winter and are looking for a new point of sale at a popular stop-off beside the Trans Canada Highway for your work, give her a call.

The Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Compassionate Leaders Project has won a national award of excellence from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in the youth category.

As the winner, the Compassionate Leaders Project is recognized for "building an awareness and understanding of Canadian values and identity that are reflective of Canadian diversity," the CRRF said.

The Compassionate Leaders Project, coordinated by Ray Anthony, piloted in 2013/2014, partners with secondary schools in School District 79 to develop youth leadership skills and create more inclusive schools.

The project grew directly from the lifelong work of friend, mentor and CIS alumnus, Linda Hill. In summing up the project, one past participant said, "I think this project is extremely important. For me, it was a way to figure out what to do if you were interested in making a difference with any issue. We need to know that it is possible to make a change. It pushed us to look into our schools and find out what we could do to make it a better place. Personally, I would be thrilled to do it again."

On Nov. 18, Anthony traveled to Ottawa to accept the Award of Excellence on behalf of the Intercultural Society.

"It is such an honour to receive national recognition for the amazing work that we all do at CIS. This award is shared by all of the staff, board, volunteers, partners, funders and especially the youth participants who are doing the real work of making their schools and communities places where everybody feels a strong sense of belonging," said Anthony.

Cowichan Valley Citizen