What’s a special celebration without cake? (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

What’s a special celebration without cake? (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Celebration marks expanded Chemainus Valley Museum space

Dignitaries and public gather for cake, camaraderie

Florence James, elder from the Penelakut Nation, with Amy Brophy, current president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and Museum, at the grand opening of the expanded museum facility. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

What’s a special celebration without cake? (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Amy Brophy, current president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and Museum, addresses the gathering at Saturday’s celebration. From left: Florence James, Penelakut Nation Elder; Dick Stanton, longstanding Historical Society and Museum member and director; Eric Veistrup, longstanding Society and Museum member and former president and director; North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring; Phil Dobson, former MacMillan Bloedel Chemainus sawmill manager; and Domenico Iannidinardo, vice president of forest & sustainability and chief forester, Mosaic Forest Management, successor to Island Timberlands and TimberWest.

(Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Penelakut Island elder Florence James conducts a traditional welcome at the grand opening of the expanded Chemainus Valley Museum alongside Amy Brophy, Dick Stanton, Eric Veistrup and Al Siebring. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Phil Dobson, Al Siebring, Amy Brophy, Eric Veistrup and Domenico Iannidinardo inside the expanded museum space. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Dignitaries and public gather for cake, camaraderie

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING                                Amy Brophy, current president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and Museum, addresses the gathering at Saturday’s celebration. From left: Florence James, Penelakut Nation Elder; Dick Stanton, longstanding Historical Society and Museum member and director; Eric Veistrup, longstanding Society and Museum member and former president and director; North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring; Phil Dobson, former MacMillan Bloedel Chemainus sawmill manager; and Domenico Iannidinardo, vice president of forest & sustainability and chief forester, Mosaic Forest Management, successor to Island Timberlands and TimberWest.                                 (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

HISTORY IN THE MAKING Amy Brophy, current president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and Museum, addresses the gathering at Saturday’s celebration. From left: Florence James, Penelakut Nation Elder; Dick Stanton, longstanding Historical Society and Museum member and director; Eric Veistrup, longstanding Society and Museum member and former president and director; North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring; Phil Dobson, former MacMillan Bloedel Chemainus sawmill manager; and Domenico Iannidinardo, vice president of forest & sustainability and chief forester, Mosaic Forest Management, successor to Island Timberlands and TimberWest. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Penelakut Island elder Florence James conducts a traditional welcome at the grand opening of the expanded Chemainus Valley Museum alongside Amy Brophy, Dick Stanton, Eric Veistrup and Al Siebring. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Penelakut Island elder Florence James conducts a traditional welcome at the grand opening of the expanded Chemainus Valley Museum alongside Amy Brophy, Dick Stanton, Eric Veistrup and Al Siebring. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Phil Dobson, Al Siebring, Amy Brophy, Eric Veistrup and Domenico Iannidinardo inside the expanded museum space. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Phil Dobson, Al Siebring, Amy Brophy, Eric Veistrup and Domenico Iannidinardo inside the expanded museum space. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)