BOUQUET To all of those talented graffiti artists who enliven the grey and dingy areas of our city with their vibrant, creative expression.
BEEF To the man who boarded the bus and told me to move from the accessible seat I was occupying at the front of the bus (I’m a vision-impaired lady) because he said he needed to put his grocery cart “in the corner that you’re blocking.” No need for rudeness and sarcasm.
BOUQUET To the man who offered to take my styrofoam while I was in line at Regional Recycling on Hayes Road. A simple gesture, but it saved me a long wait in line.
BEEF Picked up four prescriptions, each sealed in a plastic bag. Have used them for years; never saw this before. Not acceptable.
BOUQUET Many thanks to the kind person who found my keys on Westwood Lake knoll and left them on the map at the trailhead. It was an immense relief to get them back.
BEEF To the customers at a certain north-end restaurant. My mom and I came in for lunch when she tripped and fell hard on the floor hurting her knee quite badly. Not one of you offered to help her or see if she was all right, you just sat there. For 10 minutes she sat on the floor while people walked past.
BOUQUET To the lady who found my daughter’s wallet out on the Cable Bay Trail. You made a young lady very, very happy and she wishes she could hug you.
BEEF To the jerk who yelled at my daughter behind the grocery store deli over of all things, prosciutto. You must think you are a very important person. A bit of a diva perhaps?
BOUQUET A beef and a bouquet to the people writing in about the poor dog on Cedar Road. A bouquet for writing about it, but a beef that you are writing to the paper. Please contact the SPCA.
BEEF A huge shame-on-you beef to the irresponsible pet owners who allow their cats to roam free to decimate our wildlife populations, most especially nesting birds.
BOUQUET To the VIU CYC outreach program for all the wonderful programs they ran for the school district this year. Special shoutout to Keely and Tia for the Community Connections event. You rocked it!
BEEF To the inconsiderate people at the theatre who talked throughout the play. You disturbed everyone, including the cast and crew: I’m a member of the crew and I heard you. Keep your chat for intermission. Bouquet to the young woman and her family who confronted the chatterboxes after the show. Thank you!
BOUQUET To Edgewood Treatment Centre for the recent comedy show at VIU. Addictive Comedy was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Heartbreaking stories with a punchline.Two hours of solid laughter. A standing ovation well-deserved.
BEEF To my neighbour whose neglected cherry trees, which are never harvested, are diseased, bug-infested view-blocking blights, depositing disgusting worms over my garden and on the laundry on my clothesline.
BOUQUET I tripped and fell hard at Departure Bay ferry terminal. A cab driver, a young fellow, and a woman came to my aid and the young fellow paid for my ticket and wouldn’t take my money and staff let me know I had to get going in order to make it. Walking to the ferry I cried. Not from the pain but from the kindness of strangers to me, an Indigenous Islander. I raise my hands to you all.
BEEF To the owner of a real estate firm for not saying anything when a realtor shows up for a tour in baggy jeans and a hoodie. This is not business attire and does not represent the company in a positive light, nor the other realtors who conduct themselves professionally.
BOUQUET To the amazing teacher and her lovely hard-working students from Georgia Avenue School. Thank you for taking the time and energy to pick up litter in the neighbourhood. Many of us who live on Shepherd Avenue are very grateful. What a wonderful positive thing to do.
BEEF To the garbage company that is dumping organic and garbage together.
BOUQUET To the kind person who is worried about the dog who lives tied to a small rope, please phone a cruelty investigation officer at the B.C. SPCA.
BEEF Climate emergency? What is certain now is that CO2 has no effect on climate. The IPCC is a political organization considered a joke among STEM professionals. Using the alarmists’ own numbers, B.C.’s carbon tax will impact global climate 1/225,000 of a degree. More empty buses will do what?
BOUQUET To Nanaimo Shoe Repair for the high quality of your work and fantastic customer service. In a big box world you are truly a gift to the community.
BEEF To the man who wrote a note and left it on my mom’s car in the supermarket parking lot saying she doesn’t look disabled enough to park in that spot even though she had her permit displayed. Not everyone who has a disability shows it.
BOUQUET To the young gentleman at the emergency department at NRGH who volunteers on Tuesday mornings. He assisted me in helping me find my loved one while I was in a distressed state. Your patience and understanding did not go unnoticed.
BOUQUET To Budget Glass for the sign board sayings; the statements stretch my mind and face (make me smile). Thanks for the workout.
BOUQUET To Mikel K. of Thrifty’s Port Place for the generous donation of Nanaimo bars for our 24th annual Volunteer Nanaimo volunteer luncheon. Thanks for your ongoing support. Huge thanks to the 42 students from Wellington Secondary and Dover Bay Secondary for their amazing help.
BOUQUET To the man who often walks around Dufferin and Crescent View area with his walker and that great hat on. He is out there daily picking up trash and and taking care of the world that so many trash and abuse. Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for this kind gesture.
BOUQUET To the ambulance crew, emergency department, doctors, nurses and staff at the Nanaimo hospital as they saved my life after a heart attack. They busted the clot and sent me to hospital in Victoria to have a stent placed in my heart. Thank you all from a grateful senior.
BOUQUET To NRGH emergency department. On a very busy long weekend I received excellent care and kind treatment not only from docs and nurses, but lab staff, techs, housekeeping, and clerical staff.
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