It was a year of wins...

The Victoria Standard - - Year In Review -

1. Ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist Josh Kaiser picked up The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard’s first-ever News­pa­pers At­lantic award, in June. 2. Mem­bers of the Cabot Trail Re­lay Race (CTRR) or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee re­ceived the Al­lan Joseph Memo­rial Award at the 2017 Cape Bre­ton Sports Hall of Fame Awards held on June 3 at Cen­tre 200 in Syd­ney. (L-R) Dave Parkin­son (Or­ga­niz­ing Chair), Eileen Wood­ford, Shauna As­aph ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of the Bad­deck or­ga­niz­ing crew with Bill Campbell ac­cept­ing on be­half of the CTRR’S Hal­i­fax-based tech­ni­cal crew. Submitted photo. 3. Cape Bre­ton West Womens Bas­ket­ball team cel­e­brates win­ning gold at the Pic­tou County In­vi­ta­tional after 5 straight wins. Front Row (L-R): Kira van den Heu­val, Anja van den Heu­val, Lau­ren Boyd, Mad­die Campbell, Cassie Macin­nis, Brid­get Macin­nis. Back Row (L-R): Is­abella Dunn, El­iz­a­beth Mor­gan, Sarah Wil­son, Maria Spears, Ally Smith. Miss­ing from photo is Leanne Mac­don­ald. Submitted photo. 4. Ken Ak­iha of the Maine-iacs Re­lay Team crosses the fin­ish line at the 2017 Cabot Trail Re­lay Race. Ak­iha ran the fi­nal leg of the race in a time of 1:08:37. The Maine-iacs have won the re­lay race for the past five years. For this feat, the team had a sand­wich named after it at the High­wheeler Café in Bad­deck. Photo by Carolyn Bar­ber/vic­to­ria Stan­dard. 5. Lob­ster fish­er­man Ron Nikkel of Aspy Bay on set­ting day on May 17. Nikkel didn’t know it at the time that it would be the best lob­ster sea­son in years! Photo by An­drew Brooks/ The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard 6. 17-year-old Calvin Kuchta, of Big Bad­deck with 89-year-old Lloyd Stone at the Vic­to­ria County Memo­rial Hospi­tal in mid-march. Kuchta’s good in­stincts and quick actions led to Stone’s res­cue on the evening of Mar. 3. Stone had fallen and bro­ken his hip while cross-coun­try ski­ing. Photo by Carolyn Bar­ber / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard 7. On May 30, Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Keith Bain was elected MLA for Vic­to­ria-the Lakes, hav­ing served in the po­si­tion prior to Lib­eral Pam Eyk­ing’s term in of­fice. 8. Over 30 chil­dren from Wag­mat­cook took part in mi­nor hockey this year thanks to the ef­forts of Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Co­or­di­na­tor Terry Bernard. Photo by An­drew Brooks/ The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard. 9. On March 7, eight stu­dents from Wag­mat­cookewey school met briefly with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) for Syd­ney – Vic­to­ria, Mark Eyk­ing on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa as part of their class trip to learn more about Cana­dian pol­i­tics and lead­er­ship. Front (left to right): Sha­nia Pier­rard, Mor­gan Toney, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, Teacher Jackie Ma­clel­lan, Syd­ney – Vic­to­ria MP Mark Eyk­ing. 2nd row: Shawn­tia Isadore, Ken­dra Si­mon and Mal­lory Phillips (red shirt). 3rd row: Tyler Bernard and Teacher Vince Budge. Back row: Band di­rec­tor Brian Ar­buth­not and Cas­sius Peck (blue sweat­shirt). Miss­ing from the photo is Austin Isadore. 10. Khenpo Karma Tenky­ong (left), res­i­dent teacher and Pres­i­dent of the Karma Triyana Dhar­ma­chakra (KTD) in Wood­stock, New York, is seen June 5 in Big Hill, near Bad­deck. The spir­i­tual teacher and North Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Karma Kagyu lin­eage of Ti­betan Bud­dhism was a guest of hon­our at a cer­e­mony where local res­i­dent and Bud­dhist nun Jangchub do­nated a par­cel of land to its new stew­ard, non-profit Karma Sa­madhi Ling. Photo by Brooke Oland. 11. Dr. Roberta Bon­dar stands over a satel­lite map of the Bras d'or Lake re­gion at the Alexan­der Graham Bell Na­tional His­toric Site on July 22, shortly after re­ceiv­ing an hon­orary doc­tor­ate de­gree from Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity. Photo by An­drew Brooks/ The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard 12. After five years of wait­ing, 9-year-old Ciaran Hal­l­i­day, who has Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der (ASD), re­ceived his first ser­vice dog, called Dana. 13. Naveed Chaudhry of Syd­ney (right) with his fam­ily fol­low­ing the spe­cial cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony at the AGBNHS on Oct 18. Chaudhry’s chil­dren are Cana­dian by birth. His wife Javaria will be soon el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship once her 3-year wait­ing pe­riod is up. Photo by Carolyn Bar­ber / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard.

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