Beefs & Bouquets, May 31

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A very special bouquet to Rylan, a kindergarten student from McGirr Elementary School, for donating his birthday money to the Justin Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. You are a thoughtful and generous boy. A big thank you to your mom as well. You are both helping students fulfill their dreams of pursuing careers in medicine and allowing the memory of our son to live on. We are forever grateful.

A grateful bouquet of roses to all the volunteers who help at the community lunches held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church every Thursday. Without all 50 of them, it wouldn’t happen.

A bouquet of virtual flowers to Tom Piros, School District 68’s safe schools coordinator, for his jaw-dropping cyber safety seminar for parents at Rutherford Elementary School. Social networking and texting isn’t going away, but thanks to inspiring and dedicated people like Tom, parents can learn about cyber-bullying, the pros and cons of social media, and proactive communication with our kids.

A huge bouquet to Dale (doogie) and everyone at Steve Marshall Ford. I can’t say enough thanks for the amazing customer service you all provide. I am so happy with my new vehicle and you guys are always there to answer any questions I have.

A bouquet to the Candy Crushers junior roller derby team for all their hard work and determination and for being the coolest group of girls around.

A HUGE bouquet to the parents who support their children in their various sports. It’s so nice to see parents who come out and cheer on their kids and make them feel special. Your kids are lucky to have you.

thank you to Calvin and staff at Acme Food Co. The room for the magical mystery duo performance was awesome, the food and service fantastic and our guests were impressed with your venue. Everyone enjoyed the evening. We look forward to coming back and entertaining again. From the magical mystery duo.

A huge, grateful bouquet to Dr. Sertic and the staff at Country Club Dental Centre. You will never find a group of professionals like them who are genuinely there to help people, not just fill their pockets. Not too many people can say a dentist has left their client in tears of gratitude.

A bouquet of wet doggie kisses to the nice man who came to the rescue and helped me pull my panicking Labrador puppy out of the water by the dock recently. I don’t know who was more surprised that she jumped in, me or her. Your willingness to help fish her out so quickly was appreciated. Sorry if you got a bit wet.

A huge bouquet to Jack at Advantage Fitness Warehouse for assisting me by telephone and not charging me a service call to diagnose a simple fuse problem on my wife’s treadmill. Your assistance and honesty is much appreciated.

An artistically arranged bouquet of flowers to Laura at Lifestyle Health and Fitness Centre for her many beautifully felt-penned drawings that greet us at the entrance. You have an amazing talent and you brighten up everyone’s workout. Keep up the good work.

A very special thank you to the beautiful little girl dressed in pink who handed me a bouquet of pink tulips while I was shopping in HomeSense. Her wonderful mother explained to me that she was teaching her daughter about random acts of kindness. You made me feel so special.

A HUGE BOUQUET to Peter Richards and Ron at the Mobility Store on Mostar for their heroic efforts to install new brakes on my walker. Your service is amazing.

A BOUQUET to the passengers and Blue Bus driver who helped a woman get to Nanaimo to see her dying mother on Mother’s Day. I lived in West Vancouver for several years, for a while right next door to the old bus depot, and know first hand about the kindness not only of the Blue Bus drivers, but also of the entire staff and management. They helped me out, without me even asking for it, on more than one occasion.

a bouquet. Everyone needs a local mechanic you can trust. Such a man is Rob at Vans Garage on Townsite Road. He has been kind, helpful and knowledgeable about our family of cars. Stop by and meet Rob and judge for yourself.

A BOUQUET of Mother Mary Roses to Linda, owner of Dixies Thrift Store on Albert Street, who went above and beyond the call of duty in allowing me to take home a phone until my disability cheque came in. Also thanks for the gift of the Eagle broach. Namaste.

KUDOS to Staples Business Depot for their new recycling program for office supplies, especially the introduction of all brands of pens, markers, mechanical pencils and highlighters. The only similar program is at Vancouver Island University. Keep the drop-off display near the entrance so that customers can see it.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the City of Nanaimo for helping save our kitty, who was trapped in a storm drainage system for three days. a heartfelt thank you to Dean Robinson and his team for all the hard work and kindness.

a Beef to my neighbour for shooting his pellet gun at birds. I’d like to sit in my backyard this year.

a beef to drivers who use the Save-On-Foods entrance at Terminal Park to pull U-turns, cutting off drivers turning into the gas station. One driver I saw do this recently had a coffee in hand.

A beef to people who destroy roadside memorials. It sure took a lot of effort to steal the cross at Spruston Road and the Island Highway. It was deliberately desecrated. Someone knows who did it – they needed a truck to haul it away.

a Broom Beef about the empty lot near the corner of Uplands and McRobb streets. All the trees were cut down and now there is a massive field of blooming broom. I can’t breathe and my eyes are red.

a beef to cashiers who hand out change piled on top of bills so when customers try to put the change away, it slides off the bills and onto the floor.

A beef to the city for the gravel used at the beach volleyball courts at Bowen Park. The savings from using gravel rather than sand means the players’ feet are getting cut up and their bodies scratched. Not much fun.

Steaming piles of bad karma to the person who scraped the side of my car while it was parked at Woodgrove Centre recently. I am a senior on a fixed income who must now pay an insurance deductible of several hundred dollars for damage I did not cause.

Beefs to the people who use the Neck Point Park parking lot to do their “exchanges”.  Keep Neck Point clean.

An ANGRY BEEF to the transit system officials. You cut buses and increased rates, now you want to give back what you cut and increase rates again. You have a lot of nerve.

A beef to the businesses that use the Beefs & Bouquets pages to promote themselves.

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