Happy Canada Day!
Hwy 18 Roadside Sign
Thanks to some talented friends of the 75th, we now have a sign on the highway. It will be a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy! Put the dates in your calendar to be in Lake Cowichan. (August 16 to 18th).
One of Our 75th Raffle Winners!
Rick & Rhonda were very pleased to win the BC Ferries tickets. They were planning a visit to the mainland and the passes will help out with expenses.

There are still lots of great prizes left to be drawn up until August 18th, and if you win your name gets put back into the barrel! Tickets are on sale at Home Hardware, Early Bird and Lorna's Emporium. List of Prizes here.
"Magical" Forest for the 75th.
The Scouts, Cubs and Brownies all are contributing their efforts and are creating a magical place to share during the Big Weekend in August.

(Pictured) The 1st Lake Cowichan Brownies help to create a "magical" forest near Saywell Park.
Kinsmen Club of Lake Cowichan Celebrates 75 years at the Lake.
Back row left to right: Ryan Fales, Steve White, Dustin Mayo, Phil Hayes, Matt Piechnik, Steve Nahirnick.
Front row left to right: Laurie Knippleberg, Steve McLaughlin, Brian Ericson, Ryan Eves, Dan Bingham
Lake Cowichan Kinsmen started its charter 75 years ago. It quickly grew into an organization of dedicated volunteers who were committed to serve their communty's greatest needs through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects. Lake Cowichan was in need of an ambulance service which the Kinsmen provided for to the residents for many years on a 24/7 basis, staffed by volunteers. When the BC Ambulance Service was established in July 1974, the Kinsmen operation was transferred to a provincial service.
We provided a swim program and life guard at the Kinsmen Duck Pond. We are currently fund raising for a Duck Pond restoration program.

In conjunction with the Kinettes of Lake Cowichan, we have chaired the Lake Days events for the past three years.

Our club continues to grow stronger, doubling in membership in the past seven years. We have two active life members and the club is home of the British Columbia District Governor, Governor Steve Nahirnick.

We will continue to help with our community’s greatest needs and continue to grow in membership and foster life-long friendships.
 
75th and Beyond Society Gives Back to the Community.
June 2019 - Grant Treger of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Fishing Derby was pleased to present a $1,000 cheque to Bob Crandall of the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society and Hatchery to further support their valued projects.
 
Pictured ( L-R): Paul Jordan (Co-Chair Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Committee), Bob Crandall, (President, Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society ) Grant Treger (Fishing Derby Event Co-Coordinator) and Richard Madill (Fishing Derby Event Co-Coordinator).
Photo Credit: Lynn Ross.
Paldi Sikh Temple Celebrates 100 Years in the Community - June 28 - 29, 2019
The life of a Sikh revolves around his Temple (Gurdwara). In their homeland, even in the smallest village, everyone enters the Temple for prayers and blessings each day before setting off to work, school or simply the daily chores. Therefore it was only natural that once the mill and bunkhouses were erected the next building should be the Temple.

The Paldi Temple was officially opened on July 1, 1919 in conjunction with Canada's Dominion Day, now Canada Day. The annual July 1st for Malla, or festival, hosted by mill founder Mayo Singh, became one of the most important religious gatherings of the early Sikh Immigrants.

The community turned out in the hundreds to celebrate the anniversary of the oldest Sikh Temple on Vancouver Island.

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Volunteers Needed
If you are new in town, volunteering during the 75th Anniversary Celebration is a great way to meet people and contribute to the community. It's a three-day event (Aug 16, 17, 18). Volunteer a 4 hour shift for one day or all three days. We need people for:
  • Parking Attendants
  • Set up/take down at Saywell Park
  • Selling Raffle Tickets
  • Various event volunteers
Contact Gillian to get more details, with the subject line "volunteer".