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Eva's memory continues in annual event

A lawn bowling tournament held as a tribute to Eva Markvoort raised $60,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

A lawn bowling tournament held as a tribute to Eva Markvoort raised $60,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The third-annual Vancouver Leisure Society raised the funds over four nights in July through team registration, beverage sales, team fundraising and various fundraising endeavours. The funds will go to the Vancouver/ Lower Mainland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

"In our first three years we have raised over $100,000," said event cofounder Duncan Gillespie in a press release. "Year one, we raised $11,000, year two we raised $34,500 and this year we raised $60,000.

Next year we look forward to again blowing the lid off the total raised the year before. We hope to introduce corporate sponsorship next year, which will definitely be a big help."

The event started in 2009 as a tribute to New Westminster's Eva Markvoort, whose battle with cystic fibrosis and wait for a life-saving lung transplant was the subject of the award-winning documentary 65_RedRoses.

Markvoort died in March 2010, but a number of fundraisers for cystic fibrosis continue to be held in her honour.


Fraser River Discovery Centre is looking for people who want to help

kids discover the Mighty Fraser.

The centre is looking for volunteers to lead its school programs during the upcoming school year.

"By expanding the docent team, the Discovery Centre will be able to offer more school programs while keeping the group sizes small," said Shannon King, the centre's education coordinator. Fraser River Discovery Centre offers five different school programs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year.

Through a variety of hands-on activities, such as mock archaeological excavations, science experiments and games, kids learn about the river's environment, social and economic importance to the province and its people.

King is looking for outgoing individuals who are keen to discover new things about the Fraser River and are able to volunteer a few hours of their time. Docents work closely in teams so strong communication and time management skills are required. Experience working with children is an asset, but isn't necessary because full training is provided.

People who are interested in getting more information are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 2: 30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering but unable to attend the meeting can call Shannon King at 604-521-8401 (ext. 108) or complete a volunteer application on the centre's website at teer.htm

To register for the session, call 604-521-8401 or email info@fraserriver by Sept. 7. Located at 788 Quayside Dr., Fraser River Discovery Centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until. Sept. 5 and admission to its galleries is by donation.


The Norwegians have made way for the Danes at the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

Nordic Sprit: The Danes in B.C. is now on display at the museum's gallery until Sept. 4. The traveling exhibit replaces Nordic Spirit - Early Norwegian Immigrants in B.C., a temporary exhibit is about the Norwegian immigrant experience in the province.

Nordic Spirit: The Danes in B.C. is made possible by the Scandinavian Cultural Society, the Danish Canadian Community Centre and the B.C.

Gaming Commission.

"The exhibit provides a vibrant visual record of the early times for the hardy Danish settlers who came to the West Coast of British Columbia as well as those who came later," said a press release from the City of New Westminster. "Included in the exhibit are images from Burnaby, Cloverdale and New Westminster.

Also told is the Cape Scott Story, the heroic struggle to establish a Danish community at the rugged northwest tip of Vancouver Island."