People give thanks (or not) to others in the community

Our thanks go out to North Saanich mayor and council, fire department volunteers and partners, public works staff, Meadow Oak Nursery, Deep Cove Market, G & E Contracting and Rodd Excavating for their support to our department and the community.

All groups contributed to ensure our annual Halloween bonfire and fireworks were a huge success.

North Saanich Fire Rescue


The Norgarden Knitters would like to thank the generous people of Sidney for their donations of wool and fabric to our group. We are a volunteer group of senior ladies who make items for children in third world countries. All the wool and fabric donated goes to a great cause.

The Norgarden Knitters


I’d like to thank the Sidney North Saanich RCMP for coming to my aid at two in the morning this past week. They were so kind and courteous and very prompt to help. As it turned out, all was well, but I’m grateful to know that we can rely on them for support at any time of the day or night.

Pene Horton


I would like to make a comment and give bouquets to a very nice lady who found my pouch I’d dropped while shopping on Friday, Oct. 26 at Brentwood Bay Rexall. The pouch contained my cell phone, nitro spray and money.

It’s good to know good deeds are alive and well — Thank you Dr. G. Kalansky.

Rene Evans


Beefs to the people who keep making negative comments in respect of the helping the Star Cinema. These negative people keep saying we should be supporting the food bank, well, let me tell them, the Peninsula does.

Our business community has just raised tons of food for the Sidney Lions food bank. The three municipalities have just had a friendly competition between staff and councillors and they all raised over $3,000.

So, it would be nice if you naysayers kindly stopped condemning the people who do give to whomever or whatever organization they wish. I write this beef not as a councilor but as one of the many caring residents of this beautiful town.

Kenny Podmore

The Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital members would like to thank the community for the strong support of our annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair held at the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Bazaar raffle ticket and Gourmet Basket draws on Nov. 17 results are as follows:

Bazaar raffle ticket draw:

Frist prize: Ticket #3639, Reta Sandwith. Second prize: Ticket #2877, Linda Hawthorne. Third prize: Ticket #3226, Connie Stecyk. Fourth prize: Ticket #0856, Liz Beatty.

Gourmet Basket draw:

Basket one – Red/Gold – Jan Gillres. Basket two – Blue/Silver – Leslie Billsbourgh. Basket three – Co-op – Betty Tinker. Basket four – Epicure – Corine Marshall. Basket five – Multicolor Ribbon – Deb Francis. Basket six – Rogers Chocolates – Bonnie Yarish.

Enid Burns


Bouquets to Eric Dykeman from the Parkland Secondary School graduating class of 2013.

Eric came out for all three days of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17 and helped lift, carry, load and unload an enormous amount of goods. He even managed to bring a few friends throughout to help out as well.

Thanks a million for helping out a group of aging ladies working for our local hospital patients. Many friends and relatives pitch in and they are always appreciated but to have a young man do so on his own initiative was very special. Thanks also to the community for coming out to our event on such a wet Saturday. 

Loraine Nicholson


John and Mary Anne Cunningham and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Kenny Podmore, the Town of Sidney, John’s co-workers, the local businesses, the volunteers and the community as a whole for the fundraising event held Saturday, Oct. 27 at Beacon Park.

The fundraiser helped our family with getting household equipment John needs.

The support given was most helpful and greatly appreciated but what will remain with us always is the kindness and generosity of the community coming together in such a caring way. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

John and Mary Anne Cunningham


Bushels of thanks to the Stop Fruit Drop crew and many homeowners that allowed us to pick their fruit here on the Peninsula.

The team of about 14 volunteers, picked plums, pears, apples and some veggies from close to 50 properties.

Depending on the time and day the pick occurred, the produce was distributed to the Sidney Lions food bank, Beacon Community Services stores in Sidney and Brentwood Bay and a couple of the local elementary schools for their fresh fruit programs.

Janet Cram

A big beef to the provincial highways department and their contractors for being so tardy in completing the resurfacing of the Pat Bay highway between Wain Road and Swartz Bay. The lack of lane marking is a definite hazard, particularly in this period of low visibility. There have been numerous spells of fair weather when the white lines could have been painted.

Bryan Holmes



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