The sun was shining and school had long been out for the summer but that didn’t stop a handful of students from taking over council chambers at North Cowichan’s municipal hall recently.
Because even school children will go to council meetings if prizes are involved.
An education program back for its 16th year, July 15 was the day the Municipality’s Friends of the Environment Poster Contest winners were recognized.
Danielle New was the Municipality’s environmental student administering this year’s program.
“For six weeks I have the best job in North Cowichan,” she told a packed house. “I get to go to all of the elementary schools within North Cowichan and talk about environmental issues.”
This year’s topic was the “extremely relevant” issue of water conservation.
“We are all aware of the drought-like conditions we are currently experiencing on Vancouver Island and in North Cowichan,” New said.
This year, she reached out to 112 classrooms totalling about 2,500 students in all.
“Poster contest winners, you had a lot of competition,” she said. “You did a great job.”
Among those in attendance, earning top spot in the Kindergarten category was Abigale Zubyk. and Stella Garside took first in the Grade 1 while Olivia Delebuur won the Grade 2 category. Braden Haine was tops in the fifth grade division while Hannah Oldnall won the sixth grade contest.
Runners up in their categories were Brendan Soikie, Isabelle Won, Breanne Abernethy, and Jalie Clark.
Honorable mentions went to Takiyah Egan and Stqeeye Racette-Charlie for their outside the box efforts.
Not present were winners Kaiya Hashimoto (Grade 3), Bianca Southby (Grade 4), and runners-up Lucy Street and Lucy Lavigne.
“I was very impressed with the students’ knowledge of their water resource including where our supply comes from, where it goes when you flush it down the toilet and…they were especially creative in coming up with and brainstorming ideas about practicing water conservation at home,” New said.
North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure had kind words for all involved.
“Although we did pick winners, I think you can see that everyone did a great job and they’re all winners. We very much appreciate all of their efforts,” he said.