Caleb Pritchard is the new sales manager at Nanaimo's Arbutus RV... Geoff Cram has opened Wild Poppy Bistro, a gluten-free bakery, in Ladysmith... The downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery is hiring a gallery co-ordinator. The deadline is Oct. 21... B.C. Liberals roasted longtime Island party organizer Mike McDonald, of Ladysmith, recently, as he prepared to take on the job as Christy Clark's permanent campaign manager.
Neal Brown called with news that Signy Parkin - Nob Hill's cheerful, hard-working and always optimistic "paper-girl" - is in the NRGH palliative care unit, with cancer. Signy has also been a tireless collector of signatures on many campaigns - from protecting the Great Bear Rainforest, to making our electoral system more democratic. Neal says Signy is still taking visitors. Signy is also a great proponent of the south end; often sharing her unique perspective on things.
Lantzville woodlot operators John and Dave Gregson were recognized for their sustainable forestry practises. The Gregsons received the $2,500 Coast Area award for demonstrating a commitment to sound forestry and environmental practices and exceptional community stewardship.
Use of social media to involve people in the city budget has Nanaimo another award.
Per Kristiansen, city director of information technology, credits others for the MISA B.C. Spirit of Innovation Award. Jeff Jacob, IT applications analyst, was a key staff member in developing the application, which was Coun. George Anderson's idea.
Longtime Nanaimo resident Joey Rosen, who is currently teaching English in Oman and working on her second book, celebrated her 53rd birthday on Sept. 20, marking the event with a fun weekend taking in the sights in the Omani capital city, Muscat along with husband Mark... Lorna McLellan, administrative assistant with Island Health and costume designer for Schmooze Productions is designing something new for her birthday.
McLellan, who turned 58 on Sept. 21, has decided to take a glass mosaic workshop to celebrate... Congratulations to Nanaimo's Earl Smith who can finally sleep in if he wants to. Smith recently retired after 20 years of starting work at 5 a.m. to help make breakfast and lunch at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital... Darcie Nolan-Davidson is celebrating four years of achievements that include a half-marathon, triathlons and many running goals. Congratulations, Darcie... Nanaimo's Ryan Coghlan, a defenceman with the Saskatoon Blades, scored his first Western Hockey League goal while playing on the wing in a Wednesday game against the Swift Current Broncos... Recent birthday celebrant was Kevin Marcy (known to the local music crowd as Bud Drumming) and owner of Eye Mean Graphics with his partner Bill Smith. Marcy hardly had time to celebrate as he's busy helping arrange a charity musical event for the Haven Society on Nov. 23.
Two local writers celebrated birthdays in the past couple of weeks. Goodi Niosi marked her Sept. 23 birthday by doing a complete renovation of her bathroom and turning it into a bit of a spa.
Journalist, author and poet Kim Goldberg also celebrated another year on Sept. 18 and says she spent it quietly, walking in the sun along Nanaimo's beautiful waterfront.
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