Our Community: Dodd’s Furniture Thanksgiving Dinners, Nature’s Prizes

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Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress plans to serve hot Thanksgiving dinners to Vancouver Island’s most vulnerable at three locations this year.

This is the 23rd year of the annual event, which offers free Thanksgiving meals to the needy in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River.

The 44-year-old furniture store is partnering with Our Place Society in Victoria, the 7/10 Club in Nanaimo, and Community Ministries Salvation Army Ocean Crest in Campbell River for this year’s event.

The first dinner is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 100 Chapel Street in Nanaimo. The meal will be served by volunteers from the 7/10 Club and the Jr. A Timbermen Lacrosse team.

The second dinner will be held Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Lighthouse Center in Campbell River, 1381 Cedar Street. Customers will be served by Captain Violet Hopkins’ team.

The final dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Ave.

A teenager from Victoria, a conservation filmmaker and photographer, and a community group are finalists for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s National Nature Inspiration Awards.

The awards, now in their eighth year, recognize Canadians who demonstrate leadership and innovation in connecting Canadians to nature.

Margaret Krawciw, a recent graduate of Mount Douglas High School, was cited for her leadership in co-founding a group for reducing plastics in the oceans and coordinating surveys, ocean cleanups, workshops and webinars, working with local businesses and even linking with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States. She also won a silver medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair with a project focusing on the impact of plastics on marine algae.

The Victoria Compost and Education Center was cited in the Community Action category, primarily for its Healing Soils project. The project featured environmental science students – in collaboration with Royal Roads University – studying soil health in the Victoria area. The company was also cited for its awareness programs related to composting, food safety and climate change action.

Cheryl Alexander was cited for her project Takaya’s Legacy, the story of a wolf who survived alone for years on Discovery Island. His film Takaya: Lone Wolf won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary on Science or Nature and was nominated for international awards.

For more information, go to nature.ca/en/about-us/museum-corporation/nature-inspiration-awards/2021-finalists.

A group of enterprising immigrant women enrolled in a Camosun College Business Management program received the Canadian Western Bank’s Women Makers and Creators Award for Best Business Implementation.

Mosaic Tastes is a group of immigrant women who study and work with a team of instructors and mentors under the college’s Markets as Incubators program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The group created three spice blends – Baharat and Za’atar from the Middle East and Sazón from Latin America – for sale in local markets, and developed a free online cookbook.

“We are very proud to win this award,” said Amal, a course participant. “We have worked very hard this year to grow our business during COVID. We first met in January and have now created friendships and a business we believe in. “

The Market as Incubators program builds on the wealth of knowledge and experience that attendees bring to the table.

“For me, the most important thing was to be able to participate in a real experience,” said Maya, who emigrated from Korea. “We created our products from the start and then brought them to market. We were able to make friends and connect with a network of other international students and supporters. “

In this project, Camosun College has partnered with members of the local community, including the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Association of Farmers’ Markets of British Columbia, and managers and vendors. individual markets.

“The program provides direct contact with valuable Canadian resources: citizens, markets and farms. It’s a culture incubator, which introduces the world of commerce and increases our vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency, ”said Leticia, originally from Baja, Mexico.

The prize includes a $ 1,000 prize that Mosaic Tastes will use to grow its business.

The second cohort of the Markets as Incubators program will begin in January 2022 and recruitment of eligible participants will begin shortly.

For more information, visit camosun.ca.

HeroWork will soon begin a “radical renovation” of the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s training center in Langford. He will redesign the facility to accommodate 50 participants, including new breakout rooms.

Toilets and offices will be added, as well as improved lighting, soundproofing and air circulation.

The renovation will involve a comprehensive overhaul of the interior, exterior and landscaping, anchored in the connection of Indigenous peoples with the natural world, culture, values ​​and ways of life.

For more information, visit victoria.herowork.com.

The City of Victoria is rehabilitating two rain gardens on Hillside Avenue in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Bowker Creek Blueprint, a 100-year action plan that guides the restoration of the Bowker Creek watershed.

The rain gardens will receive new soil, trees and a mixture of native and climate-adapted plants to help the gardens clean up and absorb runoff from the road and reduce the volume of stormwater flowing to the garden. stream.

“The reclamation of rain gardens is an important step in improving the quality and quantity of stormwater reaching Bowker Creek and reaffirms our ten-year commitment to improving the health of the watershed,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday, Council Liaison Officer in Oaklands. “Thanks to the leadership of local residents and our partners in the Bowker Creek Initiative, significant progress has been made in restoring the ecological health of this natural amenity that our communities and wildlife will enjoy for decades to come. “

Bowker Creek is about five miles long, originates at the University of Victoria, and flows through Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay before emptying into the ocean. The Bowker Creek Blueprint is an initiative supported by the three municipalities.

In addition to the rain garden rehabilitation, the City of Victoria has implemented a Rainwater Rewards program to encourage homeowner stormwater management.

The program encourages residents to install features such as rain gardens and permeable pavers to improve the quality of stormwater reaching the creek and help restore the health of the watershed.

For more information, go to victoria.ca/bowkercreek.

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