Remembrance Day
Due to COVID-19, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 210 is strongly discouraging the public from attending this year. A small abbreviated service will be held by the Legion. Members of the public can place their wreaths prior to service or after the service, in a safe manner.

Everyone is encourage to wear a poppy. Poppies are available by donation at the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Visitor/Business Centre.
Business and Community Excellence Awards
Congratulations to all our Business and Community Award winners and nominees for their hard work. It is thanks to individuals and businesses like them that our community is such a wonderful place to live.

Youth of the Year:
Simone Hinojosa
Aidan Sidhu (winner)

Nichole Stock Community Service Award:
Jim Spice
Parm Birk
Ginny Saboe (winner)

Customer Service Award:
Erin Butler of Butler Locksmithing
Joseph Pearson of the Lake Cowichan Post Office
Jodi McKenzie of Lake Cowichan Chiropractic
Michelle McCoy of Country Grocer (winner)

Citizen of the Year:
Carolyn Graham
Melanie Livingstone-Hamilton and Aaron Hamilton (joint winners)
Island Savings’ Business of the Year: notary public Patricia Thompson
Mesachie Lake Automotive Repairs
Cassy’s Coffee House (winner)

Above and Beyond:
Dr. David Froese (winner)

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dick Orman (winner)
A Message from the Vancouver Island Regional Library
It doesn’t get more local than your library. With that in mind, Vancouver Island Regional Library is hoping to partner with locally owned and operated retail businesses in communities across our service area to Give Library this holiday season.
Give Library, you ask? It works like this:
  • We’ll provide professionally produced point of sale cards stands loaded with holiday themed library cards for kids and adults.
  • All we’re asking businesses to do is place them in high traffic areas (yup, at point of sale area is best) and encourage people to take them as stocking stuffers.
  • In return, we’ll give participating businesses shout outs on our website and across our vast and vibrant social media sphere.
  • We piloted this last holiday season by partnering with four retailers in Nanaimo and it was a resounding success. We moved 500 cards through the four businesses in less than a month!
What could be simpler?
Local businesses can feel good knowing they’re supporting literacy, connection, and community, and they’ll get some free advertising to boot from their library. Interested businesses should contact VIRL’s Sales and Marketing Officer, Jason Kuffler, at (me) to get involved. We have a limited number of library cards available, so act fast!
Let’s all Give Library and celebrate local this holiday season.
The Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce / Visitor Centre will be participating with in the Craft Crawl where we be selling crafted earrings and bracelets - $5.00 to $20.00. These were all made by Elaine Scheffer and all the proceeds from the sale will go the Lake Cowichan Food Bank. We also have our very own T-Shirts and Hoodies that were locally designed and they are only available here at the Chamber/Visitor Centre and at Country Grocer...they range in price from $25.00 to $55.00 during the Craft Crawl you will get a 20% discount at the Visitor Centre.
Santa Parade Cancelled - But Do Not Fear!
Fun and Safe Holiday Events will be Taking Place
The organizers of the Cowichan Lake Santa Parade regret to announce the cancellation of both the 2020 Santa Parade and the events that typically take place at Saywell Park after the parade. Given that the parade and further events draw well over 50 people, we cannot take the risk, especially with the future of COVID-19 still so uncertain. However, we love helping our community members get into the Christmas spirit and now, more than ever, we want to continue to foster the spirit of giving.

We are so excited to announce that we will be offering an Art & Goodies Kit at the Cowichan Lake Visitor/Business Centre. We are able to offer 100 families in the Cowichan Lake area a DIY easel kit, an art canvas, cookies, candy, and more. We believe this will be a safe activity for families to participate in from the comfort of their home. Families will be able to pick up their kit during the last week of November, while supplies last. We want to thank our sponsors Country Grocer Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Lake Arts & Culture and Spirit Brush Art Studio.

We will also have a prop Santa on display at the Cowichan Lake Visitor/Business Centre for kids to get their pictures taken with during the last weekend of November.

We hope children will understand that Santa knows he’s a bit of a crowd-generator so has decided to keep to the North Pole as much as possible until Christmas Eve. However, his lookalike was made by the elves themselves in his likeness. When entering the centre, we would like to remind everyone that masks are mandatory for everyone except small children (3 and under, unless an exception needs to be made, in which case we should be able to accommodate).

There will be hand sanitizer at the doors for everyone to sanitize their hands with before and after entering. This will be an event that requires registration as we will need to be able to monitor the number of people in advance. To register please email us at with your family names and then you will be assigned a timeslot. Please bring your own camera as we will not be taking photos.

Our last 2020 Christmas initiative is one of our favourite traditions from years’ past—the Cowichan Lake Light Up. Every business and household in the Town of Lake Cowichan, or Area F (Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, Caycuse, Skutz Falls, Paldi), or Area I (Youbou, Meades Creek) are encouraged to decorate their homes. This year, we are promoting the Artisan Christmas, with prizes given to the households and businesses that we feel create the best work of art with their decorations. To register for the Light Up Contest, email or phone 250-749-3244.

We know that COVID-19 may have changed the way we do things this year, but we hope that the message we send out is still the same—support local, support your neighbours, and give back if you can. and keep safe.