- Cover Story Festive Times on the Quay
- VIV Cover Story Holiday Season at Crown Isle!
- Volunteer this Christmas By Anne Middleton
- Celebrity Spotlight By Judy Stephan
- Remembrance Day By Anne Middleton
Festive Times on the QuayBy Anne Middleton
A treat at anytime of year but especially now at
Christmas time, our harbour walkway offers
protection from the weather with ocean views
and fine shopping. Snuggled along the port's
frontage, dotted with resident boats, it is
awash with festive lights from harbour stores. Bring the
family and most certainly any "out of towners" for a slow
meander, and with the comings and goings of seaplanes and
boats in this buzzing hub, this outing is never dull!
Children of all ages, mark your calendar as Santa Claus
will fly in at 10am on Saturday December 4, thanks to the
DNBIA and Lions Club. After the Christmas Parade, meet
Santa at 1pm at the Diana Krall Plaza.
Across the water lies the wondrous Dingy Dock Pub on Protection Island, best in grub at any time of year. It's such fun for groups to jump aboard the Dingy Dock ferry which leaves hourly from the south end of our Harbour.
Newfoundland to Nanaimo has long been the anchor to waterfront shopping. This is a superb stop for all tourists. All the many unique gifts are Canadian made, most from local Island artisans. From pottery to framed coastal prints, special soaps to silk scarves and even the famous Inukshuk statues, Karen has it all.
OHH!! Smell - just step into the specialty shop of SeaSide Soaps and Scents. This is a perfect gift stop! Handmade, gentle soaps of all shapes and sizes- all natural - and some organic brands as well as luscious lotions and fragrances from Vancouver Islander Crafters and other Canadian made distributors - made naturally in Canada and free of SLS.
Once everyone has had their fill of gang planks, docks, fresh wind in the hair, it may be time for a late lunch. Stop into the iconic Lighthouse Bistro. Downtown Nanaimo's only Restaurant and Pub on the waterfront has just launched its exciting new menu featuring fresh locally sourced produce and the best seafood these waters have to offer like Qualicum Scallops, Salt Spring Island Mussels, Fanny Bay oysters and Queen Charlotte Island Halibut all complemented by a boutique selection of BC wines and a great choice of locally crafted beers to enjoy in the restaurant or upstairs in the pub while listening to Live acoustic music, watching the Canucks or just simply staring out over our beautiful harbor to Newcastle and Protection Islands and the Coastal Mountains beyond.
This waterfront is a secure and safe haven thanks to our Port Authority. Nanaimo Port Authority's mandate is to administer, control and manage the harbour, waters and foreshore of the Georgia Strait in an area adjacent to Nanaimo. It provides a safe harbour for visiting sea vessels and a welcoming and friendly staff. Nanaimo has become a clean and desirable port of call and the Port Authority has a reputation of being warm and efficient.
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Holiday Season at Crown Isle!
Most of us stay close to home around
Christmas time as we have little
reason to leave our amazing
community. More often than not,
family and friends return from afar to spend the
holiday season with us. As we all know, the repeated
visits to familiar territory can turn entertaining
into work and the holidays become an effort for
anyone. Fortunately we don't have to look too far
to add some serenity to balance out our hectic
and bustling holiday season. Why not let
Crown Isle Resort do some or all of the holiday
hosting for you?
Also known as the "jewel" of the Comox Valley, Crown Isle can help make your holiday season more relaxing whether it's a family vacation or a romantic getaway. The Villas are available in several different configurations including a luxurious king-sized suite complete with Jacuzzi, double-sided fireplace, full kitchen and picturesque fairway facing view.
With downhill skiing at Mt. Washington, located just 30 minutes from the doorstep of your classically luxurious suite, to great seasonal golf just outside your door, our inviting and knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you in creating a memorable experience in offering a package to suit your needs and budget.
Once you come down from the ski hill and golf is finished for the day, guests can continue celebrating the season well into the evening by unwinding in the rustic Timber Room Pub or breathing in the casual elegance of the Silverado West Coast Grill. The carefully prepared menus feature fresh local ingredients all passionately executed by one of the best Chefs in town.
Consider Crown Isle for this season's "holiday home away from home" where it's truly possible that time can stand still; where families can unwind after a day of fun and games in a setting where tradition and elegance meet to offer a truly relaxing atmosphere and a place where a "tee time can turn into a lifetime".
The Crown Isle Sales Team is ready to plan your upcoming "holiday home away form home" for the upcoming season. Please email sales@crownisle. com or call toll free 1-888-338-8439 and imagine the possibilities for your upcoming holiday season.
Volunteer this Christmas
By Anne Middleton
Groups find it easy to collectively
contribute to holiday charities - the
struggle is to maintain such momentum
365 days of the year and not just at
Christmas, this seasonal practice actually
defeats the true sense of charity.
Volunteer Nanaimo has long provided an umbrella for some 700 local Not For Profit agencies. Executive Director, Marjorie Driscoll, is concerned about the future of funding and sponsorship for many Nanaimo agencies. Volunteer Nanaimo has been serving Nanaimo for 30 years, and the mission, says Driscoll is "For Every Opportunity a Volunteer, For Every Volunteer an Opportunity".
Nanaimos' many charities rely heavily on funding simply to stay afloat, then are staffed by volunteers. These community service agencies reach out to so many: To those suffering illness or loss - Hospice; for the many hungry - food hampers; for many single families needing the influence of another parent - Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters in our area has seen a drastic shortage this year as Big Brothers for boys ages 7-14 are scarce. It is great way to influence a young life- to share a couple of hours a week - for our future generation and potential leaders of our country! Become a' Bigs' at www.bigscvi.ca.
There are so many ways to meet so many needs!
It has been proven that to give is to receive; there is no greater endorphin boost.
The Gift of Time is the gift that shall continue to be the most precious gift of all, it continues giving in many hearts all year long.
Big Brothers and Big Sister CVI and Volunteer Nanaimo proudly salutes their many volunteers making a great difference to so many!
3-2350 Labieux Rd, Nanaimo V9T 3M6
(250) 758-7121 & BBBS (250) 756-2447
Celebrity Spotlight - Bobbie Buckle
By Judy Stephan
Bobbie was born in Nova Scotia and
moved to Victoria when she was 4. She
started playing poker by accident, when
on Christmas Day in 2004, her brother
taught her the rules on a travelling poker
set. Since then, Bobbie had only one way
to go and that was up. She belongs to the
Winners Poker League which plays at
various pubs in Nanaimo, and the league
winners get to go to Vegas. Bobbie has won
several poker tournaments and has played
in Toronto as well as numerous places on
Bobbie won the chance to enter Event #54, a $1000 buy in No Limit Texas Hold'em bracelet tournament, with 3844 entrants, held in Las Vegas in July. This was Bobbie's first trip to the World Series of Poker and she finished in the top 10% and made the cash! Besting a field that included Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey.
Bobbie is in sales in the accounting field by profession, but has a unique company called Elite Gaming Entertainment which she acquired last January. In recognition of this wonderful achievement, Elite Gaming Entertainment is adding a beginners group and private poker lessons to their catalogue of services ,which already include entertainment casino nights featuring Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold'em, and Chuck a Luck. You can contact Bobbie to show you how to play smart poker. You will learn, to quote Kenny Rogers, to "... know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away and know when to run..." and more importantly, how to win. Bobbie will not be teaching advanced poker strategy but has designed a way to teach someone with little or no poker knowledge, how to be comfortable at the felt, play smart and have fun!
Get a group of friends together and have a fun night learning the basics of this game that has taken the world by storm. This is not gambling, but playing merely for fun... and what better way of celebrating an end-of-year function than with an event like this for your staff. She offers discount to all Chamber of Commerce members and rents equipment for charity poker tournaments.
By Anne Middleton
November 11 is a time-honored tradition to Canadians and is
a time when we can show our unique expression of national homage
- not simply 'Lest we Forget' but shall we NEVER allow such
atrocities to happen again! Armistice Day speaks loudly to the free
world, recalling the day troops lay down arms amidst tears and celebrations.
Pride in our Vets still glows at cenotaphs, yet by attrition
fewer Vets each year are left to lay wreaths. This was a romantic
and exciting time for soldiers overseas.
I, for one, was raised, always, with a lapel poppy and pride in my heart, for my Dad, a Sergeant Major, professed to be one of the youngest Canadians sent to England, and always reminded us of the many lives sacrificed for a free world today. Many, as young as 17 to 18, felt duty bound to take basic training then deploy far away with nothing but a duffle-bag.
Vera Lynn's gentle voice resonating dreams of all those brave young "there'll be Blue Birds over the White cliffs of Dover" helping love and hope exist. The Red Ensign flew with pride all over Canada - the 'Maple Leaf Forever' still tugs at my heart...
I had the great honour of meeting a Canadian Naval officer at our Nanaimo Military Museum. Commander Evan Petley- Jones, now a mere 90 years YOUNG, is this year's Honourable Museum President. Having enlisted in 1940, and trained in Nova Scotia, he landed in England with the Canadian Navy joining forces with Britain's HMCS. Petley- Jones was soon stationed on a battle ship in the cold Atlantic waters. Here at sea he received the King Alfred High Commission.
Proudly our town still hosts one of Canada's few remaining Military Museums, holding its place at the North Town Centre since 1986. This interesting stop is a treasure of artifacts, memorabilia, full military kit issue, as well as authentic dress from army, navy and air force. The museum covers wars history dating back through both World Wars, the Boer and Korean Wars. A library of War books and articles is available, and more children, research students and the public can actually meet vets, men who lived and survived the war and are willing to share true stories. These many gentlemen man the museum; volunteering to greet you and receive your donation and well deserved respect.
Our Military museum struggles, relying entirely on public donations.
Wear your Poppy with pride this November 11 - it is not simply about those who fought in the Great World Wars, also remember the many involved in all world conflicts since 1945 - still fighting for Peace and Freedom.
Thank you to Driving Miss Daisy, Nanaimo and Petley-Jones & Co Law Corporation for their kind support of Canada's Vets and the Poppy Campaign