Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 17

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BOUQUET To Dr. Jenkin and all the incredible staff in the operating room at our hospital. From sign-in to discharge, the professional staff kept me safe, warm, informed, and most important, treated me like a human being, not a number.

BEEF To the church that encourages shunning my disabled son. Your cruelty is a spiritual mistake.

BOUQUET To Woodgrove Centre for making my day by playing Collabro, my all-time favourite group, over your loudspeaker system.

BEEF To the person who wants to lay down at the bus stop. Arrive on time and eliminate your problem.

BOUQUET To Katrina at ICBC who was so kind, helpful and friendly when I renewed my driver’s licence. This senior was most grateful.

BEEF To those people who have been hurting others. It will return back to you sooner or later.

BOUQUET To a very helpful usher at the Port Theatre. As a group, we were missing a ticket due to family illness. He escorted us to our seats with a smile.

BEEF To those who write letters to this newspaper and are too scared to use their whole name and instead hide behind their initials.

BOUQUET To Joanne at Longwood TD bank. Your efficiency, kindness and patience is greatly appreciated. I hope your boss sees this.

BEEF To those who are performing the rain dance on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Enough already –  I think I would rather have snow.

BOUQUET To the volunteers and staff at Nanaimo Community Hospice who help us celebrate and remember those we have lost during what can often be a difficult time of the year.

BEEF To the man in the Brooks Landing parking lot who said I was milking the system because I was using a handicap parking stall (I had my permit in the window) and I was walking. He has no right to judge people in such a way.

BOUQUET To the thoughtful and generous customer who paid it forward on Giving Tuesday so that I could afford to take my aging cat to the vet. Your extremely kind gesture will forever be in my thoughts and heart.

BEEF To people trying to change Christmas. Please respect that it is a Christian celebration and feel free to not participate or create your own holiday if it offends you.

BOUQUET To the singing Christmas tree performance. It was one of the best ones.

BOUQUET To the man in line behind me in Costco who paid for my purchases, stating he was paying it forward. The meaning of Christmas personified. I am also paying it forward.

BOUQUET To Charles at the Nanaimo Golf Club for doing an unbelievable job – professional and caring.

BOUQUET To the customer service staff at Hospital Commons Pharmasave. To me, they have been more than exceptional. Patrick found me a gelato bar and let me stay and eat it in the store.

BOUQUET To the person who found my easy clip sunglasses at Sears and turned them in.

BOUQUET To Jared and the staff at Kal Tire on Old Victoria Road for their consistently friendly, professional and efficient service. I got my first new set of tires (ever!) last week and they were great to deal with.

BOUQUET To the Mid Island Tai Chi Club. Their generous donation toward our food program will greatly benefit the students of Georgia Avenue Elementary School.

BOUQUET To the generous woman at the Beban dog park parking lot. She saw me struggling to lift my elderly golden retriever out of my car, went home and returned with her used dog ramp. She gave it to me and refused payment.

BOUQUET To the three lovely ladies at the Grant Avenue immunization clinic for staying past closing on a Friday to ensure I had my records printed out.

BOUQUET To the Mid-Island Co-op that donated money to purchase sewing machines for the Georgia Avenue Elementary School sewing program. Such a thoughtful, constructive, positive gesture to promote healthier attitudes and lifestyle to kids that need this helping hand.

BOUQUET To all the people of Nanaimo who came out and supported the NRGH hospital auxiliary craft sale. We donated $6,300 because of your generosity. It makes all of our members so pleased that the craft items are appreciated by our community.

BOUQUET As my appointment for winter service took an hour longer than advised, when I went to pay, I was told it was no charge. What a nice surprise for a senior on a fixed income.

BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for its usual Christmas song book. Merry Christmas, everyone.

BOUQUET To the lotto kiosk outside Wal-Mart. I purchase my girls’ bus passes there. They are always friendly and helpful. When my receipt was damaged, they cheerfully gave me a new one.

BOUQUET To whoever found and turned in my black purse to Wal-Mart customer service with everything intact. Thank you, to a special kind of person who has given me back faith in humanity.

BOUQUET To the kind women who initiated the Fill a Bag purse project. Such a clever, generous and thoughtful initiative that will be a useful yet luxurious gift to so many.

BOUQUET To the wonderful staff at Woodgrove Crossign Co-op gas station. You are terrific and I love coming to get my gas there.

BOUQUET To the people at Hartmann and Company for the beautiful work they did installing a new shelf in my cabinet.

BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo public works department for replacing a burned-out street light as soon as I reported it.

BOUQUET To Applecross vet hospital for the care and compassion and support we received through the loss of our cat. You made a difficult day much easier for us.

BOUQUET To Edith who helped me with a knitting problem at Michaels and then gave me her mittens. What an angel.

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, please e-mail

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