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Cowichan Community Kitchens and Duncan Centennial


Centennial Park

Jubilee Gardens in Centennial Park

As a legacy of Cowichan Community Kitchens 20th Anniversary and the City of Duncan’s Centennial, CCK are partnering to build an outdoor Community Kitchen Centennial Park.

They are excited that the BC Arts Council has come forward with funding for part of this project.

The kitchen will include a covered, wood-fired, adobe and brick pizza oven, a flat wood fired grill, a propane hook up to fire a double burner, sinks, running water, power and a solar powered oven. The building of the kitchen will be done in a series of hands on workshops designed to train people in the art of oven building, building with adobe materials, designing art into the adobe finish in the way of sculpture, painted tiles, and glass.

A wall of tiles will tell a story of who we are and who we strive to become.

It will be a permanent, visual, functional art piece.

There will be many opportunities for sponsorship and participation summer of 2013 – See you there!

Quench was a smashing success

What a wonderful day it was on Friday for the unveiling of the Duncan Centennial Drinking Fountain! About 150 people showed up to witness Town Crier Ben Buss call the crowd to order and listen to speaker Dzawada’enuxw Chief Frank Nelson welcome the crowd. He and many of the family of sculptor Rande Cook were there to honour the fountain and the water it provides.

They sang an honour song, while the veil was raised. The song was powerful and profoundly moving. People had tears in their eyes.

The first Official Drink was taken by Mr. Ken Slade of Drillwell Enterprises, who drilled Duncan’s water wells 40 years ago.  The second official drink was taken by “Tony” the RCMP  Dog, to great applause!

Centennial Drinking Fountain Unveiling Postponed for a Week

After a morning meeting between team leader, Peter Lewis, sculptor Rande Cook and sculptor and casting expert Richard Gibson, the tough decision has been made to postpone the unveiling of the Centennial Drinking Fountain by one week.

The artists are determined to give us perfection. They are not willing to hurry through the final stages of detail and finishing work in order to meet this Friday’s deadline. I concur with them wholeheartedly. This one-of-a kind fountain will eventually be filmed and photographed by people from all over the world; it will be a shining symbol of the City of Duncan and it’s water. It can be nothing less than flawless and that cannot be rushed.

While I most sincerely regret any inconvenience, I look forward to seeing you next Friday, November  2nd at 2:00 p.m.


Sharon Jackson

Duncan Centennial Committee Chair

Centennial Totem Pole

Calvin Hunt delivered the maquette last night. It is 34″ high and the completed pole will be 34′ tall. The figures, in order are, The Eagle, The Guardian Spirit, William Chalmers Duncan, the Thunderbird, the Orca and the Chief Maker. The Chief Maker is a woman and this figure honours all women.






"Duncan's V.I." Exhibit Opening

Duncan's-Station-inviteIn celebration of the City of Duncan’s Centenary in 2012 the Duncan BIA, in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and the Centennial Committee of the City of Duncan, is pleased to announce the official opening of a new outdoor historical exhibit, Duncan’s V.I. – the story of the settlement of Duncan. The official unveiling will take place on Friday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the alley adjacent to the Bank of Montreal and 149 Canada Avenue.  In the spirit of celebrating 100 years of Duncan’s history, the suggested dress code is period costume.

The City of Duncan is located on the traditional lands of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island.  The exhibit, Duncans, V.I., (a name by which the City was known prior to its incorporation in 1912) illustrates the transformation of Duncan from a small townsite to the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley through a series of archival photographs from the collection of the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives.

The people of Duncan expressed their aspirations for the city in the architecture they erected and the services they established during the boom years of the early 20th century.  As the townsite grew, merchants and residents, agitated by the lack of services and proper roads, petitioned the Province of British Columbia to secede from the Municipality of North Cowichan and incorporate the City of Duncan, which they successfully did on March 4, 1912. Through these historical images from Duncan’s past, visitors to the exhibit will get a sense of what life was like here 100 years ago.

The City of Duncan and the Duncan BIA gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada for funding for this centennial project.

Fountain is Nearing Completion

Meetings have been held between the fountain designers and developers and the staff at Public Works to make sure that everything will be properly in place for the fountain installation prior to October 26th.

The sculpture is complete and has been sliced into pieces preparatory to the creation of a mold and the casting of the first of a possible 30 fountains.

These are the last photos you will see until you view the actual fountain on the day of the unveiling. These pictures do not do the fountain justice, as it is much bigger than the sum of its parts. This will be something of which we will be very proud for years to come.

None of this would have been possible without the incredible skills and abilities of Peter Lewis, Rande Cook, Richard Gibson and Lauren Holman.

Thanks to Councillor Michelle Staples for the Movie!

Raising the new flag

Raising the new flag

For those of you who could not make it to our event on March 4th to witness His Honour Lieutenant Governor Steven Point raise our new city flag for the first time, you can now watch it on YouTube.

Thank you to Councillor Michelle Staples who is also a talented film editor. She put this together to the soundtrack of  “that’s Why I love This Town.”

You will recall that song as the winner of the Duncan Centennial Song Competition, written and performed by Paul Ruszel.



Still Time to Register Your Centennial Baby

Centennial BabyWe thought we would have had dozens of Centennial Baby applications by now, but we only have five! Anyone with a Duncan (V9L) postal code can come in and fill out an application at city hall, or download the application here.

Bring the application, along with a photo of your baby, or you and your baby, or your whole family, to city hall. You will receive an official Centennial baby Certificate and a copy along with your photo will go into the time capsule to be opened in 25 years.

Originally we thought there would only be ONE baby, but now we believe every new baby deserves to be a Centennial Baby! For inclusion into the Time Capsule, please have your application and photo in to city hall by the end of October.

Centennial Fountain on Schedule and Coming Along Beautifully!

Artist Rande Cook is starting to put the fine details into the clay that will be the basis for the mold for the Duncan Centennial Fountain. This fountain, which will compliment the City’s Totem collection will be a stand alone tourist attraction. The unveiling date is scheduled for October 26th at 2:00 pm.

Rande has 18 more days of detail work to complete and then the casting process begins.

Watch the Opening of the Summer Olympics for Cowichan Valley People!

The Summer Olympic Games in London is being graced by three people from right here in the Cowichan Valley!

The opening of the Games will contain a water feature by Cowichan’s very own Peter Lewis, who is the designer of our Centennial Fountain. We are not at liberty to say what it is, but it is going to be a spectacular surprise!

Emily Zurrer represents Canada in Women’s Soccer and Michael Braithwaite will be competing tomorrow in doubles rowing. Not sure what the Zurrer Family is doing to support Emily (probably lots!) but I do know that Team Braithwaite on Youtube is going crazy with dozens of supportive videos from friends and family. They are all wearing the distinctive Braithwaite red and white tshirt with the rowing sculls across the back and the maple leaf on the front. Wow. Braithwaites rock! Go Michael, Go!

And same to you, Emily!

Incidentally, both of them are winners of the Duncan Sports Trophy.