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The VCA Social Committee was busy in November!

 If you missed out here’s the rundown on the Hello Holidays Dinner Dance and the Christmas Tree lighting.

Farewell Fall, Hello Holidays Dinner Dance

The Farewell Fall, Hello Holidays event was held on Thursday, November 14 at the Old Winery. The event was co-chaired by Cindy Durdan and Judy Huntington-Mackay, and was attended by 105 guests of The Village.
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A festive atmosphere was created with tables beautifully decorated with lanterns and glitter painted white gourds surrounded by evergreen and ivy.

Guests were greeted with a complimentary festive cocktail, followed by a delicious five-course meal. Turntable Rock, a three-piece band, got the party hopping with golden oldies that had everyone singing, swinging, and reminiscing.

The Band

Door Prize Winners included Keith Bertram, Harry Geisbrecht, Mike Siverns, Mark Brown, Robin Fraser, Donna Bertram, Deb Keyes, Theresa Lasiuk, Richelle Lantin, Ron Zimmerman, Carol Zimmerman, Bob Hiscott, Sharon Hunter, Warren Fraser, and Rob Williams  Door prizes included ten bottles of local wine, e-scooter rides for two and a jet boat ride for four. A spot dance was awarded to two lucky couples (Karen & Bob Hiscott and Suzy & Paul Cranley) who each received a bottle of ice wine. All prizes were donated by the Social Committee and community residents. 


See all the prize winners and more photos of the evening on the VCA website Gallery.

The evening was a huge success and kicked off the holiday season. Residents have been chatting about the fun they had throughout the village and beyond.  The Village is a great place to live, where we can meet neighbours, make new friends and enjoy socializing together.

The Village is Lit!

The annual Village Holiday Lighting ceremony took place at 5:30pm on Sunday, November 14 in Dietsch Park.  Dale DesIslets welcomed a record number of residents, thanked his team of over 30 neighbourhood volunteers, and gave the cue to turn on the lights throughout The Village. The magic of the holiday season came alive!

Lots more Photos are available on the VCA website Gallery

Residents then proceeded to the park at Jordan and Norton and enjoyed cookies, hot apple cider and entertainment  by the Evergreen Singers. The social committee greatly appreciated the efforts and culinary talents of the 20 volunteers who baked cookies for this event. The Evergreen singers delighted the crowd with their Christmas favourites and truly created a festive holiday atmosphere. 

The tree lighting in the Village is a rich and valued tradition enjoyed by residents and is a wonderful way to kick off of the holiday season.

Cookie volunteers: • Mary Taylor • Margie Churchill • Judy Huntington- MacKay • Heidi Brown • Cindy Durdan • Cathy Saytar • Mona Babin • Fran Anderson • Susan DesIslets • Deborah Cheweda • Suzanne Gourluck • Colleen Wallace • Pat Klotz • Heather Kozak • Janette Jenkins • Luba Fraser • Fay Falconer • Carol Fraser • Wendy Filyer • Dee Falman

Lumiere Stroll - Monday, December 23

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Lumiere Stroll which takes place on Monday, December 23 (weather permitting).
Sidewalks in the four Village parks will be illuminated with glowing candles throughout.
No set start time, just enjoy a walk anytime after dark with friends, neighbours and relatives to share some holiday cheer.

tripResidents are cautioned to be aware of the 75-odd extension cords connecting the trees and lampposts in the various parks. 
These may be a hazard when hidden in the dark and especially if it snows. 
If you see a tree or other decoration "gone dark" and it was lit by the VCA team previously please let Dale know - it might just need plugging in again.  Contact Dale -

Collectors' Collection

From Jane Chapell

collectionA big thank you to those of you who have already made your contribution to this year's Christmas Tip Fund.  The cut off date for contributions this year is SundayDecember 15.  We will be presenting the funds contributed to the three garbage and recycling collectors on Monday, December 16.

If you have not yet made a contribution and would like to be involved in this project, please drop off your donation ($20 per household is the guideline we are using) to either Jane Chapell at 82 Garrison Village Dr. or Carol Fraser at 12 Blackbird St. by Sunday the 15th.  Of course you are under no obligation to participate or to adhere to the guideline.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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