Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Esquimalt Village Project Open House Tonight!

Hope to see you tonight at the Open House!

The public is invited to attend an Open House on November 24, 2009 to learn more about the Esquimalt Village Project. The purpose of the Open House is to present revitalization concepts for the old Municipal Hall and Public Works site, and to gather input on Phase 1 Option Plans.

Where: Council Chambers, Esquimalt Municipal Hall (1229 Esquimalt Road)

When: Tuesday November 24, 2009, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Remembrance Day Services

Each year, I struggle to find the right words to share with my children about Remembrance Day. I tell them our personal family history and involvement and try to answer their questions as best I can. The Royal Canadian Legion has some excellent information that is appropriate for children here:

I have been fortunate to attend the last few Remembrance Day assemblies at Macaulay Elementary. The teachers and staff are outstanding. They are able to bring children and families together with Veterans to talk about Remembrance Day in a way that is deeply moving. I am always reminded that my children are blessed with health, education and freedom.

Tomorrow, we will have several opportunities to attend Remembrance Day services. In Esquimalt, there is a service at the Veteran's Cemetery at 9:30am. At 10:30 a.m. there is a Remembrance Day parade from the Esquimalt Legion to the Memorial Park cenotaph across from municipal hall, 1229 Esquimalt Rd. A ceremony follows at 10:55 a.m.

Thank You!

A very late, but very sincere thanks to the incredible volunteers that make Esquimalt a great place to raise children. Hosting the Olympic Torch Run and the Hallowe'en Bonfire back to back was an incredible undertaking for our township. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make it all happen so smoothly!

Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit CFB Esquimalt

DiManno: Prince Charles gets comfortable -
Yesterday, CFB Esquimalt was visited by Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. I have heard many happy stories from friends who had the opportunity to wave and even exchange a word with our visitors.

I found this story from the Toronto Star quite interesting as it gives a little taste of the rich history of our area. As many long time Esquimalt residents know, Esquimalt was once the home to the Royal Navy's Pacific Squadron. Yesterday was exactly 99 years to the day that the Royal Navy transferred CFB Esquimalt to the Royal Canadian Navy. It was quite significant to have a royal visit on this occasion. It was also marked by raising the flag for the Naval Centennial which will be celebrated next year.

For more on our history please visit our Esquimalt Archives. They are tucked away between the McDonalds and the Archie Browning Sports Centre. The archives are open in the mornings Monday - Thursday and they are well worth the visit!

In addition to that, we have an extraordinary Naval Museum. Details can be found here: