Const. Markus Lueder, Oak Bay’s school liaison officer, pulled drivers over in the École Willows Elementary school zone to hand out drawings in November. Drivers faced a fine, or a more poignant reminder to slow down as the Oak Bay Police Department adapted the Think of Me program, started by the RCMP, where officers ask elementary students to draw pictures of how they perceive driving can be hazardous to them as students.
Police officers then hand out the drawings to speeding drivers alongside either a warning or a ticket.
École Willows Elementary parents hope to see Oak Bay consider the Cadboro Bay corridor from Foul Bay to beyond the school in next year’s budget.
They’re looking for “a corridor that works for everyone,” says parent and spokesperson Roy Brooke.
In 2018, Willows students are expected to make presentations to council on what they think might work for the road.
Trevor Gains sold his boat and was about to load it onto the new owner’s trailer at Oak Bay Marina when Constable Brett Stewart ran up to ask if Gains had time to help save a life.
Stewart and Gains hopped in the boat and drove over to a man who was half-submerged and had been clinging to the side of his sailboat for over 25 minutes. They pulled him on board and brought him to emergency services waiting on shore.
While extremely weak from the ordeal, the man fully recovered from his exposure.
Embracing emergency management earned Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle the Pacific Northwest award of excellence. But those who work alongside him weren’t shocked by the recognition of his leadership for commitment to both the BC Earthqauake Alliance and its initiative ShakeOut BC. While they may not all recognize him as fire chief, most in the room knew Cockle, says Eileen Grant, manager of the Oak Bay Emergency Program.
An Oak Bay teacher got a surprise visit in November from Dylan Willows and Jason Lamb, hosts of 91.3 the Zone’s morning show.
Mme. Sandra Gabaglia, a French immersion teacher at École Willows School was the October winner of their Teacher of the Month contest.