Saturday, March 30, 2013

Front Page Photo

While I don't consider it one of the best photos I've ever taken, I was thrilled nonetheless to see it on the front page of the Chemainus Valley Courier this week - nothing like our RCMP in red serge and little kids to catch readers' (and the publisher's) attention!

Cpl. Jon Stuart greets four-year-old Oscar Burdge at the
opening of the Crofton Community Seawalk Extension.
Photo by Jean Ballard (c) 2013 

I took the photo at the official opening ceremony of the Crofton Seawalk extension last weekend.  The event drew about 150 people and 30 dogs - not bad for our small village - and a number of dignitaries from the Municipality of North Cowichan, of which Crofton is a small but very active part. Crofton received praise from the mayor of North Cowichan, Jon Lefebure,  for raising $50,000 toward the extension.  He said "It is a great example of what a small community can do in partnership with others."  North Cowichan's Parks and Recreation director, Ernie Mansueti,  commented "This is just the best.  The people here are unbelievable."  I couldn't agree more.  Crofton has great community spirit and community drive. It's the best place on earth to live. 

Here's a few more shots from that very fine day:

The crowds pour in from Crofton Beach Park

Little Oscar wasn't the least bit shy -
he chatted with everyone!

We may be a small village,
but we have a might big pair of scissors!
Mary Beth MacKenzie, from the municipal office, passes them to Mayor Jon Lefebure

People on the beach below.....

And on the seawalk....

And along the rail...

Everybody and their dogs had a very good time.

All photos are property of Jean Ballard
(c) 2013


Caroline said...

Love the pictures, congrats on appearing on the front page. That's cool!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean,

Just viewed all your beautiful photos in the month of March. You take great photos, of the critters, people, and the scenery, just beautiful. I miss the ocean!
Congratulation on your photo making it on the front page of the newspaper!
Have a great Easter weekend! Oops, the weekend is almost over.

Lou, Abbotsford

CAPB said...

Congratulations on making the front page! It's a great photo. As are all of your photos! I really like seeing them.

Anonymous said...

That was a fun event and the people and dogs seemed to enjoy themselves.