Editor's note about Giving on Bowen:
I love this Undercurrent special.
Bowen has vibrant community organizations and so many volunteers so writing and reading about them is a delight.
Though some may say volunteering on Bowen is not “like it used to be,” that’s ok. The island will never be like it used to be but we continue to choose the kind of community we want to live in and the services we want to see.
From the volunteer firefighters to the sports organizers, Bowen relies on islanders’ gift of time. For example, this year Sam Nosek (not single handedly but ably) created the Veteran’s Park Disc Golf Course. There’s Sheana Stevenson who, with her team of volunteers, pulled off yet another successful Bowfest. There’s Graham Ritchie of the Snug Cove House Society and a dedicated board who have been plugging away at building supportive housing for seniors for the past 20 years. There’s this year’s citizen of the year, Peter King, who, though technically paid, created and kept alive the Express Bus until the Bowen Transportation Society relieved some of his burden earlier this year.
These are just the names that jumped into my deadline-addled brain, hundreds more people deserve mentions.
Thank you all. What a fortunate community this is.
Bowen stories of giving:
Thank you to all our contributors and to all the givers on this island. You rock!