Syrian Crisis

We sincerely thank the following businesses & individuals who helped make our Fundraiser a success! Together, our community contributed $22,000 towards Emergency Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees, an amount doubled by the Federal Government to $44,000!

Plan Canada is mailing out tax receipts to anyone who included their personal information on a donation of $25 or more. If you haven’t received your receipt by March 1, 2016, please contact us.  

You Can Still Donate!

As the Federal Fund-matching Program for donations to Relief efforts overseas has been extended until the 29th of February, opportunities to contribute continue. Our live DONATE NOW button links you directly to our Fundraising Partner, PLAN Canada’s Page, or you can contribute through another Registered Charity of your choice, such as UNICEF, The Red Cross or Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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As Canada has begun to welcome Government Sponsored Refugees through the Leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau, the Valley, too, has welcomed its first two privately sponsored families. The Duncan United Church, in partnership with the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS),  continues to fundraise for the new arrivals.  If you wish to help the local effort, contact Linda Evans or CIS–which continues to actively pursue additional opportunities for refugee sponsorship, is now a sponsor agreement holder, and remains the contact point for anyone interested in joining or forming a sponsor’s group of their own to welcome other refugee families — of any nationality —to the Cowichan. For further info about their sponsorship opportunities, support services and programs, email: or phone 250 748 3112.

Heartfelt thanks to our generous silent auction donors, including:

Startline Health and Wellness, Ocean Ecoventures, Duncan Fitness Centre: Kathleen Neilson, Crystal Heath, Coco Jones. Kim and Andy Cooper (musicians), Ron Kilian (Pianist), Alison Rimmer, Wedderspoon Organics, JS Plumbing Ltd, Thermoproof Windows, Red Balloon Toy Store, Cowichan Green Community, Paris Styling Group, Jim’s Pools and Spas, The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Buckerfield’s, BMO, Mr. Mike’s Restaurant, Just Jakes Restaurant, Red Arrow Brewing Co., Bow-Mel Chrysler Ltd., Duncan Hyundai, Old Farm Market: Garden Centre, Joe’s Tire Hospital, Beverly Corner’s Liquor Store, Pad Thai Restaurant, Cowichan Valley Citizen, Anna Houston; The Ginger Room, Duncan Journal, Ampersand Distilling Co., Peaks Coffee, Wescon Doors, Dinter’s Nursery ,Volume One Books,  Ol’ Macdonald’s Farm, OrganicFair Ltd, Ten Old Books, Hillside Gravel Mart, Gallowglass Books, Cowichan Valley Voice, RestHouse, WINGS

Duncan Lanes Bowling, Cowichan Aquatic Centre, CCC Skating Arena, Windsor Plywood, Vinoteca On The Vineyard, Salon 162, Wishes, Embellish, Khaya, The Twisted Mug, Wendy Fielding, Cindy Storie-Soth and Family, Cowichan Acupuncture: Denise D’Fantis, Studio One Haircutters, Duncan Cobbler, Joerg Rosenthal, Leaf and Petal, Bucky’s Sportshop, Reflections Retreat Massage: Christy Greenwood, Saltspring Soap Works, Imagine That, Jean Crowder, Simply Blissful Spa, Lesley Fountain, Eric Morten, Griffiths Plumbing, Janelle Hardy, The Golden Hanger, Patricia Gallagher, Dobson’s Paint, Cardino Shoes, Salt’s Organic Wear, Beautyworks Aesthetics, South Island Fireplace &Woodstove, Sweet Art Gallery, Discovery Honda, Heaven and Earth Shiatsu, Springhill Farm, Steven and Emily Bozanich, The Nagtegaal Family, Coffee on the Moon, Magnolia, Travelodge Silverbridge Inn

Our thanks also to the many members of the public who attended our Silent Auction on Nov. 19th, Cam Drew who hosted our live auction, and the many volunteers and attendees who contributed as donors and/or sponsors, as well as to those businesses and individuals who have created spin-off fundraisers of their own, including:

Yoga for Peace, Valley Life Insurance Solutions Inc., Warmland Massage Therapy, Cowichan Social Planning, Rocks & Roots Apparel, Elizabeth Morrison, Dr. McDermott, Dr. Rikst Attema, Full House Painting-Phil Peart and Family, Matraea Mercantile, CIG Holdings Ltd., Drs. Fiona Liston & J. Hamilton, Stz’uminus Community School, Dominica Dorazio, Fiesta Fair Trade Market, Bell Flooring, Harmony Yoga, Cowichan Midwifery Group, Tibetan Cultural Society, Menzies Electric, Desiree Designs Ltd., Queen Margaret’s School, Reflections Retreat-Christy Greenwood, Dr. Louisa Mackenzie, Rupert Koyote and Family, Anonymous, Cowichan Valley HomeLearners, Volume One Bookstore, Denise Slade, Don Mervin, Christine Pollard, Richard Hughes, Richard McDowell, Jessica Curtis, JS Plumbing-Juergen Suelzle, Conrad Schartau, Thermoproof Windows, Lauren Haszard, Ellie Hallman, Leslie Liston, Pam Bonnell, Alison Wilcock, Granville Fountain, Albert Hols Auto Care, Tanya and Gene Leech, HBHE Consulting, Tanya Clarke-Young, John Boan-Mitchell, Helen Reid, Duncan Wilcock, Bev Suderman, Catherine McGregor, Mary Orcutt, David and Val Hignell, Identity Graphics

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