Oak Bay editorial: Wasn’t that a party?

The 2014 Oak Bay Tea Party is in the books and it was another successful event

Wasn’t that a party?

The 2014 Oak Bay Tea Party is in the books and it was another successful event.

We should all take the time to applaud the organizers of the weekend, who spend countless hours planning and preparing to host thousands of festival goers over the two-day period.

Again this year, we were fortunate to have the sun shine down upon us for the parade and multitude of happenings at Willows Park and on the beach.

From performances by our local school bands to a rescue demonstration by Oak Bay Sea Rescue to the Coast Guard helicopter display, ladies nail driving competition and annual mayor’s challenge tea cup race, the citizens of Oak Bay displayed not only their talents, but their sense of community pride.

Large events like the Tea Party can only happen when community members get together and commit to making it happen.

Volunteers are at the core of the Tea Party, with groups like St. Patrick’s elementary school organizing the Mad Hatter Fun Run, and members of Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions providing food, to individuals taking on the baron of beef barbecue and organizing the fabulous air show.

Included in this group of community-minded individuals were the many Oak Bay and Saanich police department members who volunteered their time throughout the weekend.

Our sincere thanks to Bill Murphy-Dyson, James McCrodan, Sandy Germain, Gail Dennison, Margaret McCarthy, Rob Westfall, David Lindsay, Art Curkovic, Hazel Braithwaite, Lorna Curtis, Noreen Taylor, Rick Hawes, Kerry Cameron, Linda Lindsay, Silvio Tognela, Chris Dye and the RBC staff, Margaret McCarthy, Betty Kerr, Deb Brendeland, Ashley Cromwell, Bob Krickan, Gail Krickan, Bill Westfall, Dirk Doherty, Rod Braithwaite and everyone else involved for  a fine display of what community really means to us all.