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Gold River Skating Club Registration: Sept 9th


Skating registration night will be held
Tuesday Sept. 9th from 6:00 – 7:00pm
In the Arena lobby
CanSkate fees: $300 +32.65 insurance fee
StarSkate fees: $600+32.65 insurance fee
(Payment plan is available)
Please bring your child’s CareCard, and/or Blue Cross card
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STRIKE UPDATE: September 2, 2014:

My apologies – I know I looked a few times yesterday to see if there was an update on the SD #84 website, however I usually do ‘Buzz stuff” in the morning, so must have missed the update.  Here is it now – as usual, click to enlarge in a new window.


Letter to Parents - Sept 2, 2014

The SD #84 website has also updated their Learning Links page for students and parents, should you wish to have your child get into ‘back to learning’ mode.

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Buy a Book and Grab a Burger!

The Gold River Community Policing volunteers
Will be having a BBQ on
Saturday, Sept 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
At the Gold River Library used book sale.
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New Listing by Donna – 421 Maquinna Cres

421 Maquinna Cres

421 Maquinna Cres – $169,900

EXCELLENT SETUP for the fisherman & sportsman!  This spacious home backs onto the Heber River!  The large over-height boat/rv port is wired & the cement pad continues right into the backyard, a perfect spot to build your future shop!  Four bedrooms plus laundry on the main floor, extra wide sliders in living room access the lovely party-size deck!  Enjoy nature’s beauty & hear the river flow!  Rec room (man cave), 5th bedroom, storage & shop are downstairs with handy access to carport.  Five appliances, window coverings, and also some furnishings are included & make a nice package!  Come & check out this unique property today!

For more information on either of these listings, or to view, please contact Donna Reynolds, Century 21 Arbutus Realty at 250-283-7515.

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STRIKE UPDATE: September 1, 2014

STRIKE UPDATE: September 1, 2014
The teacher strike will continue with full picket lines in place beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Buses will not run and there will be no instruction available. Students should not come to school until the situation is resolved.
Via Vancouver Island West SD #84
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Celebration of Life

Susan Cramb

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Gold River Cubs & Scouts

Via Maxine McLean:

Our year end Cub Camp at Buttle Lake made such an impact on our Cubs that I am very excited to announce that we have a Scout Troop starting in September!

Scouting is the largest youth organization in the world and you have an opportunity to part of it here in Gold River.  The Scouting program is changing, for the past few years Scouts Canada has been involving youth in the development of the Canadian Path, we have developed youth teams to give us direction and our new program is going to be amazing!  An added bonus for our Troop is that the Pacific Jamboree is being held in Sooke in July 2015 – it will be a strong focus of our Troop to get prepared for some real international experiences.

Cubs is happening too for youth ages 8-10 – BUT we need one more leader to make it continue.  Come on and join the fun – as a leader for over 20 years, I can tell you it is very rewarding to be involved with this youth organization, to capture the smiles on the youths faces as they achieve badges or accomplish a mountain hike or rappel off their first rock wall. It is truly worthwhile, not to mention the skills and knowledge that I have gained along the way.

If you look at the positive leadership around us, you will see many previous Scouts grew up to be politicians (John F Kennedy, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Pierre Trudeau), but also include incredible people like Martin Luther King, Bill Gates, Neil Armstrong, Michael Moore & Steven Spielberg (filmmakers), Jimmy Buffet, Jim Morrison, Walter Cronkite, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Andy Griffiths and Frank Aaron to name a few.

We can, and do, make a difference in the world, and wouldn’t you want your youth to be a part of that!

We have programs for:

  • Beavers (ages 5-7)
  • Cubs (ages 8-10)
  • Scouts (ages 11-14)
  • Ventures (14-17)
  • Rovers (18-26)

Both girls and boys are welcome into Scouting.  For more information on how you can be involved, please contact Maxine McLean at
283-2302 or by email at scoutcentral [at] cablerocket [dot] com

Maxine McLean
Group Commissioner
1st Gold River Group

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Gold River Pet Helpline – 283-9090

Karen and I got talking not long ago in the Plaza parking lot as there had been a couple of incidents with lost dogs and dogs that were hanging around a neighbourhood for weeks, far from home.  I asked Karen if she could perhaps write a little article explaining what she offers via the Pet Helpline.

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The Pet Helpline is in place to assist the average pet owner with any “bump in the road” problem that may happen with their pet. It is a spin off of the old Gold River Pawsitive Services which offered 18 different services. The Pet Helpline offers shelter for strays, reuniting of a lost dogs and its’ family, obedience training, problem solving, information, G.E. Grooming and boarding.

My name is Karen Bowker. I bring to Gold River my experience as a competitive dog trainer, breeding kennel master, obedience instructor, pet groomer, emergency vet assistant and a lifetime pet lover. Before I had my first dog, Muggins the Pomeranian, I was drawing pictures of dogs and hatching wild bird eggs in the oven just so I could have an animal companion. Many years later I saw my first “trained” dog. A black Labrador retriever. I liked what I saw but with being a young mother in a logging camp, I didn’t have the time or the means to learn how to train a dog. A few more years later the opportunity came. I borrowed my daughter’s miniature Dachshund and off to obedience school I went. After a couple of sessions of 8 week classes I was bitten by the “training bug”. It wasn’t long before I was travelling up and down the island competing in AIOC (Association of Island Obedience Clubs)  trials.

Variety is the spice of life so obedience training wasn’t the only canine training that I did. I dabbled in agility, drafting, Canine Good Neighbour testing, musical freestyle, pet therapy and trick training. I also became very active with the SPCA in Nanaimo. I volunteered with Pet Therapy and Humane Education, eventually coordinating the Humane Education program for which I received a SPCA 2000 Volunteer of the Year award for both Nanaimo and BC.

Gold River Pawsitive Service and Pet Helpline have sheltered, and re-homed many cats and dogs. One dog whelped 11 puppies when she was with us. Every pup was placed in a loving home after it was de-wormed, vaccinated and altered. The mother dog was re-homed later. I guess she was our longest staying guest~~~2 months.

My vision is to educate the young, inform the unknowing and help create a trusting, loving relationship between man and his companion.


Note:  When I asked Karen where the money comes from to offer this service, she responded with, “I charge for boarding, grooming and training.  The cakes help out too.”   So it is essentially coming directly from her pocket. If a stray comes to her needing medical attention, she spends her own money to have the dog tended to. Please don’t forget the Pet Helpline when donating – a bake sale is in the planning stages, and I’m guessing there will be some delicious slow cooker cakes there!! :)

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BCTF Strike Update

If you haven’t already read about it or watched the news, this announcement came out around 6:00pm last night:
“Vince Ready has left talks between the B.C. teachers’ union and the provincial government in Richmond, B.C., saying the sides are too far apart to come to a resolution anytime soon.
“I don’t see a resolution here before the start of school given the positions of the parties. They are a long, long ways apart,” the veteran mediator said.” 
Continue reading this CBC news article – B.C. teachers’ strike: Vince Ready walks out of talks
Keep up to date with our School District at  School District 84.
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