Readers give thanks and shout-outs to others in the community

The Sidney Volunteer Firefighters’ Association would like to thank Sidney merchants for the overwhelming support received for the annual Volunteer Fire Fighters’ golf tournament.

Thanks to these donations, the golf tournament was one of the most successful ever with the highest turnout of firefighters in many years. Everyone had a lot of fun and are now re-energized for the winter season.

The Sidney Volunteer Firefighters Association


A huge bouquet of recycled, creative, crafty flowers to Diane Taylor for the hundreds of hours she spent organizing, decorating and ensuring that the Junior Craft section of the Saanich Fair was another great success.

Diane, we applaud your patience and hard work.

Liz Savage


A bouquet and grateful thanks to Sidney’s Canadian Legion for their generous donation to the 1st Tsartlip Scouts Group.

Your gift will allow us to program some exciting and fulfilling adventures for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts this year.

Deborah Rogers


Bob McDonald and Cst. Kathryn Goodyear’s Tour de Rock fundraising group would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those people who supported Cops for Cancer’s 24 Hour ride through the streets of Sidney, the Art Sale Benefit at Tulista Art Centre and The Summer Quilt Raffle.

More than $15,000 was raised and every dollar will directly benefit the kids through pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

Bob and Kit McDonald and Kathryn Goodyear


I was enjoying coffee with a friend at Haro’s and fiddling around in my purse, when I took my keys and placed them beside me. We left, leaving the keys there.

I don’t know if some kind person handed them over to Haro’s staff, but Haro’s staff handed them over to the reception desk in the Pier Hotel. Later that night when I discovered my keys missing, I called the hotel. A soothing voice on the other end of the phone reassured me my keys were there.

Thank you to the staff at Haro’s and the Pier Hotel, and a thank you also to the person who may have turned in my keys.

T.L. Freitag

Bouquets to Sidney Thrifty Foods and Richlock Rentals for lending tents free of charge to Friends of Shoal Harbour in support of a rainy All Buffleheads Day in Lillian Hoffar Park on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Farrell Boyce on behalf of Friends of Shoal Harbour

We had the pleasure of partnering with like-minded people for the benefit of the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Our appreciation to those who brought their vehicles to us for a wash and shine Sept. 15 in space donated by Sidney Centre.

Thank you Noel from Discount Printing for signs and to Richlock Rentals for donating pylons. Corona and Christel from Fiorenza Classic Flowers, thank you for fueling us with cake and drinks. We are very proud of the students who gave their time and deserve to be named.

From Parkland: Ryan Telford, Romy Dome, Catriona Dempsey, Sheena Polman, Marina Wilson, our exchange student from Finland, Wilma Lindstrom and Darcy Mcdonald a student from Reynolds High.

Together we  raised $638 which our Rotary Club has matched for a total of $1,276.

The members of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club


Beefs to the gentleman who took it upon himself to insult my daughter by blaming her coughing on too much smoking. My daughter has never smoked a day in her life. In fact, she is slowly recovering from a bad case of whooping cough. Sir, your care and concern are underwhelming.

Terry Renshaw


I would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who donated bottles and cans to me in support of Kidney March 2012, which in turn supports The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Melinda Downing


On Sept. 22, about 350 residents of the Peninsula sat down to enjoy the bounty of locally grown foods at the fourth annual Harvest Feast. Contributors to the event were many, including local farmers, eateries, caterers, the 4H Club, the Lions Club and many other community volunteers.

But it was Robert Thompson of Saanichton who was able to touch the generous pulse of our community, direct its energy and make it happen. Thank you Bob.

Elizabeth Chambers


We want to express a big thank you to all the volunteers, businesses, friends and family members who helped us make the coin/food drive for the food bank a great succes.

Christel Alexander, Fiorenza Classic Flowers