The Thetis Elementary School Grade five students sell jam, apple sauce and fruit leather that they made with a little help from some elves at the Thetis Island Christmas Bazaar. Half the funds were donated to a food bank on Vancouver Island and the other half went to Thetis Island Elementary School for special purchases. (Photo by Lynne Smith)

Thetis Island Christmas Bazaar packed with specialty items

New CVRD director impressed by the quality of the goods and the people

There’s no better way to meet some of your new constituents than at a Christmas function.

Lynne Smith, the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s new director for Area G (Saltair/Gulf Islands), did precisely that by attending the Thetis Island Christmas Bazaar held at Forbes Hall Saturday.

She’s promised to make Thetis residents more inclusive in the director’s duties and is already living up to that.

Smith was impressed by the more than 20 vendors, including: knitting, Pat English clothing for kids, bath products, frog pond artwork, glass art, Christmas baking, wood art, Anais Gerber art, Thetis Island products by the Hall Expansion Committee, Thetis Island School products, Penelakut Island knitters, jewelry and carving, homemade natural wreaths, gift baskets, candles, Orchards for Africa, The Portal, local authors, leatherwork and much more.

The Café Thetis Island Community Association had coffee, baked treats and a lunch menu of soup and sandwich or sandwich and salad available to purchase.

The Thetis Island Elementary School Grade 5 students were selling jam, apple sauce and fruit leather made with the help of some special elves. Half the proceeds were donated to a food bank on Vancouver Island and the other half went to the school for special purchases.

“Thetis residents are amazing and I am honoured to represent them and just hang out with them more often,” noted Smith.

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Local author Ann Eriksson, above, has her children’s book called “Dive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean” that’s just been published available for sale at the Thetis Island Christmas Bazaar. Left, Thetis Elementary School Grade 5 students Kai Kasting and Matti Bannister sell jam, apple sauce and fruit leather that they made with a little help from some elves. Half the funds were donated to a food bank on Vancouver Island and the other half went to Thetis Island Elementary School for special purchases. (Photos by Lynne Smith)

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