Community gathers for 

annual Salvation Army dinner

 By Kathy O'Reilly,  North Island Eagle,  December 13 2019

What do you do when you have 20 turkeys, 250 pounds of potatoes and 68 apple pies?

Invite 400 of your friends over for dinner.

That is exactly what the Salvation Army did Dec. 10 as they hosted their annual Christmas dinner at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.

Save-on Foods donated all the groceries for the event, something they have done for the last six years, said Michael Winter, Salvation Army Community Ministries Supervisor.

“They donated all the food, all the plates, all the cutlery,” Winter said.

“This is the third year we’ve done it in the Community Centre, because it just got so big.”

 (Previously the event had been held at the Salvation Army’s Granville St. location.)

And making sure things were ready on time and went smoothly at the dinner were about 50 volunteers who cooked, delivered plates of food to guests, served drinks and pie, then cleaned up after everyone went home.

This year, the event featured the band that plays for the Campbell River Salvation Army Church that regaled the audience with Christmas carols, and, of course, Santa stopped in to hand gifts out to children.

“The most important thing is that we want to promote community. We want to promote good will,” said Winter.

 “We want everyone who may not be able to have these festivities to take part in a Christmas celebration. We want them to know that they are loved, cared for and respected,” said Winter.

 Photo  — Kathy O'Reilly

About 50 volunteers helped the Salvation Army put on their annual Christmas dinner at the Port Hardy Community Centre Dec. 10.

Sayward’s new library opens, Woss’ on the way

 By Kathy O'Reilly,  North Island Eagle,  December 13 2019

Residents in the Sayward Valley are getting an early Christmas present with the opening of their brand new library. 

The budget for the Sayward branch is $750,000. 

“This encompasses all aspects of the build, including the construction, furniture, IT infrastructure and more,” said David Carson, director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives

With the paint dry, the shelves lined with books, and the public computers humming, the branch reopens to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 18 after two and half years of planning, construction, and anticipation.

Grand opening celebrations will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21, starting at 1 p.m. Festivities will include speeches, a ribbon cutting, local entertainment, and more.

“Everyone has waited a long time for this day to come,” says Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Executive Director, Rosemary Bonanno. 

“I know I speak for everyone at VIRL when I say how excited we are to welcome the community to their 21st Century library. Whether you’re an avid reader, a socializer, or a consumer of digital content, we have something for every age, interest, and passion at the library,” Bonanno said.

 Photo  — Vancouver Island Regional Library

The new Sayward library will open to the public Dec. 18 with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.


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