Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park sends a heartfelt thanks. We all owe Margaret and Amanda (Greater Victoria Green Team) a huge THANK YOU for their work in planning and coordinating this very successful event . [Photos will be available in a few days.]
Here is Margaret’s thank you:
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT MADE VOLUNTEERS IN THE CAMAS TRULY A CELEBRATION! Over 300 people participated!
Thank you to Mayor Nils Jensen and Parks representative, Hazel Braithwaite for opening words and to the Oak Bay Council, Oak Bay Parks Recreation and Culture Commission and Oak Bay Parks Manager, Chris Hyde-lay, for their permission and all their support. Also attending were Councillors Michelle Kirby, Tara Ney and Kevin Murdoch and Commissioners Matt Fairbarns and Suzanne Weckend-Dill.Partnering with Amanda Evans, leader of the Greater Victoria Green Team was absolutely the best! We enjoyed every thing we did together. Having her Green Team at Uplands Park events is also so much fun. By using social media so much, she brings in new volunteers of all ages, especially the young teaching them to love their Naturehood.The Bald Eagles were excellent…their music providing a sense of joy, a rhythm to the afternoon and happiness in everyone’s soul.Thanks to my incredible Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee, Chris H-L, Ron, Chris G, Elizabeth, Anna, Cathy, Wylie, Matt and Rick who always “steer me in a corrected direction” and who were responsible for their own areas. Thanks to Kathleen Matthews for being our Social Media Manager and photographer and to Ida Spader for helping with family activities. Thanks to all who set up, took down and hosted tables.Thanks to our families…Tom, Eric, Jorey and T.J. for doing whatever they were asked.Thank you to the leaders of our Wildflower Walks, Matt Fairbarns and Wylie Thomas and to the leaders of the Bird Walk, Geoffrey, Jean and David Newell.Thanks to Oak Bay News for their excellent article, recording interviews at the event and for their continued support of community events.Thanks to the partners who created displays and activities and to their hosts:Parks Canada – Fort Rodd HillCRD Bowker Creek InitiativeOB Artists Community SocietyOB Heritage CommissionVictoria Harbour Migratory Bird SanctuaryOrca Whale AwarenessNature Kids for removing ivy and growing and planting baby fawn liliesWe were sorry that HAT and Nature Conservancy of Canada were unable to come at the last momentThanks to all the organizations that provided food:Thrifty’s – $400 including a cake and 3 tents!Dominos on Foul Bay near OB Avenue provided 40 large pizzas!Fairways on OB AvenueSave On Foods on Fort StreetCOBS Bread Hillside for sconesHide + Seek Coffee on OB Avenue for coffeeStarbucks on OB Avene for coffeeEverything was eaten!!!Thanks to all the organizations that donated prizes:Dig it – HandwearFriends of Uplands ParkGardenWorks OB AvenueGreater Victoria Green TeamHide + Seek Coffee OB AvenueIf You Care ProductsI.O.N. Clothing, Government St.Ivy’s Bookshop OB AvenueLUSH Soap Government St.Mason Street FarmNicholas Randall OB AvenueOak Bay Recreation CentreOak Bay Flower Shop OB AvenuePenny Farthing Olde English PubRogers’ Tudor Sweet Shop OB AvenueSaanich Native Plants on Haliburton RdSerious Coffee OB AvenueThe Soap Exchange Hillside AveTownship of Esquimaltand to Home Hardware, OB Avenue for tool discounts throughout the year.We can thank them best by being their customers!Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park