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Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 23

A large bouquet of thank you balloons to the staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. I could see how overworked and overcrowded you were, but you never let it show. Sincere thanks to Dr. Bartlett, the ER staff, OR staff and third floor staff. You made it such a positive experience.

A HUGE BOUQUET OF THANKS to the man who waded through waist-deep water to help us get out of the car after an accident south of Nanaimo recently. Thanks to the firefighters and ambulance crews who helped us at the scene and to the medical team that assisted us while at NRGH. Your kind assistance and care is appreciated.

A BOUQUET OF GRATITUDE to whoever recovered Keeta our dog after the car accident and provided a leash and quilt to comfort her.  We would like to return these items. Please send a note to Box 177, Lantzville, V0R 2H0. We would also like to thank the police officer who was kind enough to care for our dog.

The biggest bouquet ever to my son Ian. Although he is now on welfare, he didn’t hesitate to go out of his way to return a wallet he found, chock full of money and credit cards, to its rightful owner. This is the second time he has done this. Any business would benefit from hiring him, as people with his integrity are so rare. From a very proud mother.

Bouquets of warmth to Cheryl and Kellie for your donation of warm toques, scarves and candy to Paradise Isle Seniors.

Thanks to Crystal in the bakery at Fairway Market for her great customer service.

Bouquets of Gratitude to Central Drugs at Dufferin Crescent for all the goodies you donated to Paradise Isle Seniors to make our Christmas fun for all.

a bouquet to the nurses in the maternity ward at NRGH for their considerate and consistent care of their patients. When my partner and I hurried to the hospital one early morning due to pre-term labour, the nurses on staff did everything they could to help us until the baby finally decided it wasn’t going to show up after all. They were thoughtful, attentive and thorough. When our baby finally does arrive, we’re confident we’ll be in good hands.

A bouquet of spring flowers to Val at Olivers Pet Supplies in Brook’s Landing. I bought a magnetic cat door there, but my kitty was too big to go through it. Not only did Val give me a lead on doors for “chubby” cats but she also gave me a store credit for my door. Thanks for such good customer service and for your thoughtfulness.

A bouquet of French flowers to the manager of the Inn on Long Lake for helping three damsels in distress when their car would not start. Merci beaucoup.

A bouquet to my maman for showing up unannounced at my door – flying all the way from France – for my 40th birthday. This is the most precious and beautiful present I could ever have imagined.

A Huge Bouquet of Roses to all the volunteers and businesses that supported Nanaimo Skating Club during the Lynn Hetherington Competition. Without you all, we could not have hosted a successful competition.

A Huge Bouquet of Roses to Christie, Kim, Brenda, Bob L., Tracey, Shannon and Bob C. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your are my super team and I thank you for all you do.

Thank you to Randy at the Northridge Quality Foods for his ongoing support of activities at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Students in two classes recently enjoyed their Chinese food lunch in celebration of their studies about Chinese New Year.

a bouquet to SimonHolt restaurant for their great service on my birthday. Our server was so friendly and the woman who sang Happy Birthday to me was amazing.

A huge bouquet of beautiful carnations to the NRGH staff and the palliative care unit for taking such great care of my mom, Gloria Jennings, in her last days of life. Your support and hard work does not go unrecognized. Your caring ways made saying goodbye to such an amazing woman so much more comforting.

A big superhero bouquet for Dillon King for his courage and keen observation when a thief attempted to enter his grandmother’s home recently. Dillon collected evidence, made detailed observations, and helped the police track their man.

A huge bouquet to Geoff at Alpine Technical Services and Sales for the quick service with the purchase and setup of my new netbook computer.

A late bouquet to Cam at the Dog’s Ear for going out of his way with short notice to put “Grampa’s Boy”on the back of our newborn son’s jersey for his grampa’s funeral. We can’t thank you enough for how much it meant to us.

A BIG BEAR HUG to Studio Zack for motivating us teens to have a healthy lifestyle and pushing us to limits we never knew. Zack and Jen are amazing for taking the time to help us change ourselves. Love Zack’s girls.

a bouquet to Quality Foods on Turner Road. Their generous donation in support of Nanaimo Highland Dance Association’s annual competition shows once again what a great community supporter they are. A salute to Randy and his team.

a beep beep beef to the driver who rudely honked when I merged (safely), then proceeded to flip me the bird and cut in front of me (unsafely). My ‘L’ was in plain view. There was no need for your childish behaviour.

a beef in response to the bottle return limit person. Liquor stores are not bottle depots. Like everyone else, why don’t you take them to a bottle depot? Also, just because some people don’t wear clean shirts, it doesn’t make them bums.

A sweaty beef to the department store whose second floor was like a sauna recently. Staff said they couldn’t do anything about it. You lost plenty of sales that day, including mine.

A dangerous beef to the countless people walking and jogging in the dark without lights or even light clothing on. I encountered more than 10 people last Monday night on the road. You may think you can avoid being hit, but I seriously doubt it. Someone is going to get killed. We drivers cannot see you until the very last minute even if you are walking toward the vehicles.

a Beef. I’ve seen many green doggie bags hanging in trees and on pathways in Cinnabar Valley recently. If you have a dog, please take your crap home so we don’t have to look at it during our walks.

A big yellow bus beef to Nanaimo school officials, who once again have turned on a small group of district support workers to achieve savings. They have probably had the same cutbacks and job losses as any other group, but year in and out deliver thousands of students safely and reliably to school. I suspect many of these students would frequently not attend school without the buses.

a side of beef to a local company for charging me more than double the activation fee advertised in a brochure on my new cellphone.

A bylaw beef to the city for allowing people to have shipping containers on their front lawns. I can’t sell my north end home. This has been ongoing for a year now. What does it take?

a beef to people who complain that their pet was taken/stolen. Get a clue. Nobody wants your stinky animal. Either you lost it, or it ran away.

A beef to the young mother who left her baby alone in the car while shopping at Port Place mall recently. Not only did you leave your baby unattended, but you also left the keys in the ignition. You are obligated to keep that child safe.  Time to grow up.

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