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Interlakes Horse Club hosts a successful awards night

Diana Forster’s weekly column to the Free Press
The Interlakes Horse Club is delighted to introduce their new board made up of director Jeneane Evans, vice-president Terri Brown, director Christine Van Buskirk, president Jamie Gauvin, treasurer Shannon O’Reilly, secretary Cambria Volonte, youth director Sage Wright, director Joe Wright and director Erica Lemak. (Photo submitted)

The Interlakes Horse Club hosted a highly successful awards/silent auction/dinner-dance night, on Dec. 2, with some 85 guests. The incredibly well-supported auction of over 30 quality items raised more than $2,500; while the club’s cookie fundraiser brought in a further $205 which will go towards the club’s new timer for gymkhanas.

Overall High-Point Awards by age groups went to:

(7-12) Annie Gauvin on Houston.

(13-19) Sage Veninga on Misty.

(Adult/19-39). Kaylee Bird on Sako.

Select (40+) Sabrina Veninga on Laredo.

Kaylee Bird was awarded Overall Champion.

Sabrina Veninga was awarded Overall Reserve Champion.

Terri Brown received the 2023 Sportsmanship Award.

The IHC is enormously grateful to its very generous sponsors and donors, and thanks everyone for a wonderful night.

Bridge Lake Fair recruiting person with computer skills

Bridge Lake Fair is in need of a computer-skilled person in the Interlakes area, to assist with editing and maintaining the Fair’s entry booklet. Must be familiar with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Publisher. Please submit an application by Jan. 15, 2024. For questions or more info, please e-mail Linda at

CV Integrated Wellness opens

As promised, Interlakes well-known fitness expert Cambria Volonte has opened CV Integrated Wellness at Interlakes Corner, behind the car wash. Within her new premises she is offering reflexology, pedicures/manicures, massage, fitness, yoga, and a day spa. Before long, she will be providing a class schedule. She is booking up fast, but will happily receive your request for an appointment at 250-706-3912 or

Line dancing returns to Interlakes Community Centre

Lynn Gerwing is bringing her line-dancing class back to Interlakes Community Centre (ICC): 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, starting Jan. 9. Lynn notes that the only charge is the hall’s drop-in fee of $2 for members, $3 for non-members, as she “enjoys it too much to charge a fee” for her tutelage!

Interlakes Christmas Giftboxes

ICC is most grateful to the many residents who stepped up to fill the boxes and volunteer their services to make this a happy Christmas for our less fortunate families. Referencing my Dec. 7 column which asked for urgent help, coordinator Susan Pizzuto said, “The response has been amazing with both food donations and volunteering. Thank you all.”


Many congratulations to Joice & Danny Jenewein on their 63rd wedding anniversary, Dec. 30.

Birthday bubbly and a Happy New Year to Jane Mahovlich and Doris Powell.

I wish you all a joyous, healthy and safe Christmas, with special blessings on those who have reason to be sad. And may we all enjoy a fruitful 2024!


Polar Bear Walk/Scavenger Hunt at Mountain Spruce Park, 6335 Mahood Lake Road: noon to 2 p.m., Jan. 1. Everyone (all ages) welcome!

Log Cabin Quilters at ICC: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Jan. 3 and 17 are for Community Quilting. Jan. 10 is members’ semi-annual general meeting.

Crib at MSCC returns 7 p.m., Jan. 5 and 19.

Yoga at MSCC: 10 a.m., Tuesdays from Jan. 9.

Line Dancing at ICC: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays from Jan. 9; see above.

Ladies Night at MSCC: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11

Bridge Lake Fair meets at ICC: 10:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 15. All interested parties are welcome.

Jam Night at MSCC: 7 p.m., Jan. 20.

100 Mile Repair Cafe at ICC: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22.

Outhouse Races: Sunday, Feb. 18 at The Iron Horse.