Gold River Golf Course Help Wanted

Help Wanted

 Pro Shop / Food and Beverage

The Gold River Golf Course is looking for a Seasonal Employee to work evenings and some weekends.

Golf Courses are popular places to work, especially among people who enjoy being surrounded by the sport of Golf.

Working in the Pro Shop you have a variety of responsibilities, most of which center around assisting golfers before and after their round, selling merchandise, food and beverages. Food and Beverage staff must be 19 years of age and older with their Serving It Right ticket or willing to take the course.


Looking for Prep Cook, No experience needed. Will train

Drop off a resume at the Pro Shop.

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Super Valu Specials May 23rd – 29th

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Another Successful Gold River Days

Via Sheila Bugar

This year’s theme was Flower Power! This entire event was sponsored by the Village of Gold River.

Friday started off with the Party in the Plaza with many booths and a Talent Show!

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There were well over 130 people in attendance.  There were many performers most ranging from 4 to 12 years old.  I think the most popular song was “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen”!  It was a fun time for kids to get up and show off some dancing skills as well as try their hand at singing on a microphone!  The Zumba ladies performed a dance to the song “Proud Mary”.  It’s so important for people to have the opportunity to perform in some way or another.  For children especially it helps to build confidence.  What a wonderful time and very entertaining!

Saturday morning started off with a Pancake Breakfast (by donation to your favourite local charity or organization) hosted by the Gold River Legion.  The parade kicked off at 11:15 am with several floats, walkers, bikes and many antique cars from the Vancouver Island Cruisers Club.

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Later there was a Party in the Park from 12-3pm with a BBQ, booths and Bounce-a-rama!  The Party in the Park was well attended and the weather was amazing!  The mood was very celebratory and it was all smiling faces as people enjoyed BBQ’s, bouncing, photo booths, ice cream, cotton candy and much more!

Salmon BBQ’er  Scott Patrick

Salmon BBQ’er Scott Patrick

Chef Toni Bell

Chef Toni Bell

COP's that manned the parade route; Doria, Jerry and Nolan

COP’s that manned the parade route; Doria, Jerry and Nolan

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Saturday evening the Gold River Legion held a Flower Power Dance which was well attended.  Sunday Gold River Days ended with Scavenger Hunts.  There were 3 kids teams and 5 Adult/Family teams!  They were each given a list of at least 50 items that they had two hours to gather.  These lists included many photo’s and videos that they had to take as well as items they needed to physically bring in person. Some examples were: take a video of two team members acting like monkeys, take a picture of a house in Gold River that is well decorated for Christmas, take a photo of your entire team with a RWES teacher making funny faces, bring in a 1974 penny, bring in an Expo 86 passport, etc.  It was a lot of fun for all involved and everyone went home with a free ice cream!

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The winner’s of this year’s floats were: 1st Place – Northgate Church, 2nd Place – R.C.M.P, 3rd Place – W.F.P. Thank you to my volunteer judges!

The winner of the FREE trip for two on the Uchuck donated by Get West Adventures was Merle Hagerty. The winner of the FREE mail run flight to Kyuquot donated by Air Nootka was Tony Reeves.

The winners of the Adult/Family Scavenger Hunt were: Shelbi & Darren Bracconier and their two children, the winner of the Youth Scavenger Hunts were: Taylor Frame, Eva Sommerfeld and Camryn Logue.

This weekend could not happen without many volunteers willing to lend a hand.  I’d like to thank my Gold River Days Committee members:  Betty Bell, Toni Bell, Kim Peters, Judy Baxter, Lisa Jones, Craig Anderson, Coleen Zimmer, Julie Schuminek, and Kirsty Begon.  They look forward to continuing this Gold River Days Annual event next year!

We had many donations this year to make this event a success!  We’d like to thank the Gold River Futures Society, The Gold River Residents Association, The Lodge at Gold River, Western Forest Products, the Gold River Legion and Grieg Seafood.  Thank you to Get West Adventures for donating the trip for two on the Uchuck and to Air Nootka for donating a mail run flight to Kyuquot!

Thank you to all the businesses, organizations, and groups who took the time to take part in some way for this event.  It is more successful when the entire community comes together!

Thank you to Jan Rose and Scott Patrick , the C.O.P.’s Doria Croteau, Jerry Garcia and Nolan Bugar, the RCMP & Auxiliaries, the Village of Gold River and Brian Baxter and thank you to every single person who helped in any way. It did not go unnoticed! I’m sorry if I missed anyone!

We hope everyone enjoyed this wonderful weekend! YAY Gold River!

(Photos courtesy of Sheila Bugar, Julia Davies, Michelle Frame, Tina Young, Shelbi Heath & the Gold River Buzz)

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Garage Sale / BBQ Cancelled

Due to lack of interest the Community policing volunteers garage sale and BBQ that was suppose to be this Saturday is cancelled.
We will try again in July.
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BBQ & Bake Sale Today

Bake Sale

The Grade 7 Class is having a BBQ/Bake Sale
In the Gold River Plaza
Thursday, May 22nd
3:30pm – 6:00pm
All proceeds will go towards their Grade 7 Grad
Please come down and support the kids!
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Positions Available With Fuerste Vaccinating Services


Fuerste Vaccinating Services is currently looking to fill positions in Gold River.  Wage is $16/hour to start.  Work will begin around June 9th, 2014.

Specifics are as follows:

Preferred Qualifications

  • First Aid
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • the ability to work in a physically demanding setting
  • the ability to work well with others.

Required Skills

The ideal candidates will be comfortable working in a team situation and have pride in completing duties to exacting standards.  Due to the nature of the business attendance is very important.  Candidates are required to have reliable transportation to the hatchery site. Please view website: for more information.

Resumes can be sent to hfuerste [at] telus [dot] net.  No phone calls please.

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BCTF Will Begin Rotating Strikes Next Week

We are in SD #84 Vancouver Island West, which is scheduled for strike action on Wednesday May 28th.  Schools in the District will be closed this day.  If you have any concerns or questions, please phone your child’s school.

School Closures

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Business Spotlight – Straight Grain Construction

straightgrain_bannersmallThis Spotlight is a bit different as it’s a mix of a business and family/resident spotlight. It features Straight Grain Construction and the Stratton Family.

How long have you lived in GR? What brought you here?

We moved to Gold River in 2005.  Since we were first married we had wanted to move up here.  We love the small town atmosphere (down Island was getting too big), and the access and freedom to drive anywhere.

Tell us a bit about Straight Grain Construction.

Straight Grain Construction was Incorporated in 2000.  We began as a cabinetry and woodworking shop.  Have a look at our website at some of the kitchens and special finishing and woodworking we have done.

We are able and have completed such a range of projects since we started working in Gold River it is hard to name them all.  We range from smaller jobs to major renovations such as gutting a kitchen or bathroom, and seeing to all aspects from framing, electrical, plumbing, cabinetry and finishing.  Such is the case of our own newly built home and the row houses we built from the ground up. Smaller jobs such as new window and door install, HWT repair, drywall, trim install, etc., happen on a regular basis.  Outside work consists of siding, fences, decks, roofing, retaining walls and the list goes on!


Reg just recently built all the cabinetry for our new house.  We now have a woodworking shop available for specialty woodworking!  Please come to our Open House Friday May 23rd 3-6pm and Saturday May 24th 1-3pm.

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How many employees do you have?

We are a crew of four minimum but we hire as needed.

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Left to right. Josh – General Labour/framing, Alex – General Labour/finishing work, Kathy, Dylan – General Labour, Kat, Ron – General Labour/soffit, Marianne, Peter – General Labour, Gail, Rick – Black Bear Drywall, William – General Labour/clean up, Rachel – Office/project management/clean up, Cassie, Bridgite & Rick Messer – Gold River Building Supplies, Reg – Owner/Estimator/Contractor

We are thankful to have such a knowledgeable and reliable crew to work with!

General Labour is a bit of a lame term for all of the different work we do. Here is a list: window and door install, decks, trim work, framing, form work, cement work, drywall, kitchen & bathroom renovations, siding, additions, roofing, fencing, garden sheds, soffit and more. We also have in town and out of town sub-trades that do work for us such as; flooring, plumbing, excavation, electrical, engineering, cement finishing, gutters, insulation and cabinetry.

Is there a favourite project that you’ve done over the years?

One of my favourite projects was the foundation repair on Maquinna just because of the impressive house lift.  It was an intense project and turned out perfect.  You can’t ask for anything more!  We also installed the sheet metal roof for this home as well.   To date it was the highest cribbing stack that Pridy Bros House Moving has done!

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Please tell us a bit about your family. (Both two and four legged)

We have three kids – William, Ruth & Olivia.

William: Age 16, smart kid, very good at math and science, likes to take old motors apart and then get them running again. He just bought his first car and spends most of his time under the hood.  Also likes to mountain bike.

Ruth: Age 13, soccer player, very hard worker, makes 50% of the meals for our house, organized, very outgoing, large personality.

Olivia: Age 11, loves arts and crafts, like to hang out with friends.  She is very bendy when attending my kids yoga class.  May seem shy but she is really just very observant.

Jewel – A bearded dragon, our only pet.

Reg:  He has climbed most of the peaks you can see from Gold River and throughout the Park.  He spent a lot of his free time as a teen doing 7-10 day mountaineering trips in Strathcona Park.  He was also involved with Search and Rescue in Sooke and Victoria.  He received the Governor General Medal Of Bravery for rescuing his own Dad from Mt. Arrowsmith after a fall in 1993 (he was 15 years old at the time).  Reg is a real redneck or “Regneck” as a friend of ours named his truck!  He loves the lifestyle here and all the places to take his truck.  He is always coming home with a “new road” to take us up.  He has been working in the field of construction since he was 13, and has a vast range of knowledge in this field.  His knowledge is a perfect fit for the variety of construction work we are asked to do in Gold River.

Rachel:  I started to really “manage” the business when we were asked to rebuild the row houses on Maquinna Crescent that burned down in 2010.


The project was too large for just Reg to manage.  I have always done the bookkeeping and the material ordering, but there is only so much you can do while three little kids run around your home office!  Now that the kids are older I am able to manage the business and we are able to have more jobs on the go.

In our new house I have a studio above the garage.  I have classes in Kids Yoga (Monday 4:30-5:15), Power Yoga (Monday 6:45-7:45) Mobility Yoga (Tuesday 10:30-11:45 & Thursday 6:00-7:15).  I am planning to add a teen yoga and a beginner yoga next month! I also have a Kids Art class running as art is my passion!  We are exploring art in all its forms and techniques.  More exploring than producing art – I want the kids to see that the joy of art is that it can be anything!

When you and Reg aren’t busy working, what do you like to do for fun?

We go out in the hills!  That is the main reason we moved here.  The big truck takes us all over, finding new lakes and high roads.  We go caving, hiking, 4x4ing and usually have a campfire – these are family days and sometimes include out of town guests who are always amazed at the beauty of our area.

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What do you wish Gold River had that is doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

I wish that there were a few more jobs to attract families to this wonderful place.  I think there are so many families such as ours that love the setting and the small community, but are worried they cannot make a living here. It is a fantastic place to raise a family and worth any compromises!

Thank you Rachel for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be a Business/Resident Spotlight!

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The River Dancers – June 7th

We got the beat

Sponsored by the Village of Gold River

The “River Dancers” are a local dance group from Preschool to Senior that have been learning and practicing choreographed songs for this special event!

There will be four different dance groups presenting a few songs each. There were also be a couple of trios performing their own choreographed dances.

This is a FREE event and a fun night! An opportunity for them to show off all their hard work and skills.

Join us for an entertaining evening! You will NOT be sorry!

Please invite everyone you know, come out and support these local kids and adults!

  • PLACE:  Ray Watkins Gym
  • DATE:  Saturday, June 7
  • TIME:  6:00pm
  • Cost:  FREE
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Northgate Foursquare Church News: New Name

Kick-Off for Westgate Church Gold River!

Northgate Foursquare Church in the plaza is growing and becoming a viable, self-sufficient church relying on God’s provisions for everything. Under the leadership of Foursquare Canada, we are graduating from a campus of Northgate Foursquare in Courtenay to our own church family and with our own operating name: Westgate Foursquare Church! We will continue to be part of the Foursquare family, the same church, the same family, and the same love.

Sunday, June 8th 2014 we are inviting our community to our church launch service at 10am. Please join us as we celebrate!

At this time we would like to say a HUGE thank you to Scott Gaglardi and the Northgate Foursquare Church in the Comox Valley for all of their love, encouragement and support for the past seven years. We appreciate all that you have done for us!

Love, Darla and Romeo Gaiga, Westgate Foursquare Church Gold River

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