May 2019 Youbou Connector

May 2019 Youbou Connector

Community Garage Sale: May 25
Spring cleaning means de-cluttering and getting rid of the unused and unneeded. Isn’t it nice to know that your friends and neighbours are looking for exactly what you no longer want? That’s the beauty of our annual community-wide garage sale, slated for Saturday, May 25, from 9 am to 1 pm. Participation is easy-just let us know you’re hosting a garage sale and we’ll publicize it. Include your address on a list we distribute to the Lake Cowichan Visitor centre and Youbou businesses to help pickers find your place. Simply email your address and name to or post it to our Youbou facebook page. And if you’re not having a sale, then mark the day so you can visit your neighbours to find new treasures you never knew you needed.

Youbou Clean-Up: June 1
Spring cleaning, round 2. To help you get rid of unwanted items (and anything you didn’t sell at the garage sale), the Youbou Community Association and CVRD is again hosting our annual clean-up drive on Saturday, June 1. From 9 am to 2 pm, you can drop off your unwanted items at the Meade Creek Recycling Centre at no charge. (Thanks to Area I Representative Klaus Kuhn for supporting this important initiative.) And if you need help transporting your items, contact to schedule pick up, no later than May 29. If you would like to help with picking up items, please also email Spencer. We will have some volunteers and trucks to help, but can only accommodate one truck pick up per address. We are sorry but we cannot collect: construction materials such as dry wall, items with asbestos, refrigerators, couches, propane tanks etc. For a complete list of acceptable materials you can take to the recycling centre, check out:

Youbou in Lake Days Parade
Once again, we’re planning to field a Youbou float in the June 8 Lake Days parade. In previous years, we’ve won top honours in the non-commercial categories, so the bar is set high. If you’re interested in helping to decorate the float during the week prior to the parade, or if you or anyone in your family would like to walk with the float, please email Hint: To coincide with the 75th anniversary celebration in Lake Cowichan, our float will have a historical theme.

Emergency Preparedness Task Force
The conversation continues on planning for our response as a community in the face of a disaster. Are you ready to put the YOU in Youbou? The first response to a disaster is making sure you are ready. Number two is checking on your neighbours. Third is the response of the community, which relies on volunteers such as yourself. A committed team of volunteers has formed a committee and is currently researching whether Youbou can support some type of emergency shelter and the resources needed to make that possible. The next committee meeting is Monday, June 17 at 7 pm at Youbou Hall, if you would like to join the group. Let us know at if you can volunteer assistance in any of these areas:
Neighbours helping neighbours: We need about 40 community members to champion checking on their closest neighbours (about 12 houses) and their pets in the event of a disaster. We hope develop a list of champions and the households they will check. Please consider taking on this role.
Paw patrol: These volunteers would be ready to temporarily house or care for abandoned or lost pets due to disaster.
Emergency Preparedness Workbook: Pick up a copy of the Emergency Preparedness Workbook to begin your personal journey to disaster readiness. You will find free copies available at the Youbou Community Hall as well as the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre and Arena. Help yourself!

Ship Ahoy!
As the weather turns nicer, the lake calls boaters of all interests: fishing, skiing, touring, paddling, rowing, and sailing. As you tune up the motor, or hoist the sails, think about safety too. Boat operators might want to consider taking the safety course offered by Transport Canada to earn a Pleasure Craft Operator license. The RCMP will be out on the lake this summer saying hello to boaters so be ready to show them you’re on board with safety. You can find out more by using this link:
You can take the course using this link:

Your YCA Board
Chair: Julia Martinusen
Co-Chair: Lori LaFave
Secretary: Randall Wilson
Treasurer: Spencer Day
Social: Eva Fearon
Garry Fearon
Publicity: Allan Gott

What’s Happening
May 14: 1:45 pm: YCA Board meeting, upper Youbou Hall
May 25: Community Garage Sale, 9 am to 1 pm
June 1: Spring Clean-Up, 9 am to 2 pm
June 8: Youbou float in Lake Days parade
June 11: 1:45 pm: YCA Board meeting, upper Youbou Hall
June 17: 7 pm: Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting, lower Youbou Hall
July 1: Canada Day celebration hosted by the Youbou Community Church Society

Family Bowling: Friday nights until end of June
Adult Bowling: Saturday nights until end of June
Pickleball: foul-weather Monday and Friday mornings
Church: Sunday: 10 am Coffee and social, 11 am service. The last Sunday of every month is a potluck lunch gathering after the 11 am service.

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