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It’s the start of a new year and there’s plenty to look forward to on the Saanich Peninsula

It’s the start of a new year and there’s plenty to look forward to on the Saanich Peninsula.

The Peninsula is truly an active community and the people making it all happen are back for more this year. That holds true for local industry and retail businesses, as owners and employees look to have a busy year ahead — improving on their fortunes from 2013, working to be a part of a larger marketing initiative started by the local business improvement association — and continuing to contribute to the well-being of the Peninsula as a whole.

That was evident in their continued support of many charities and events throughout last year — Tour de Rock, the Sidney Lions Food Bank, Toys for Tots and even the News Review’s own Coins for Kids effort that saw us raise more than $3,000 once again — thank you!

The fact that the same amount — or more — money was raised by a variety of groups this year is testament to the Peninsula’s generosity.

Now, being repaid for that generosity might not be high on anyone’s wish list for 2014. Yet there are plenty of activities and events everyone can enjoy that should ensure people have a fun year, as always, in our community.

Not only is the local arts community active and growing, places like the Mary Winspear Centre are expanding their reach and putting more shows on offer. Then there are the many community events — such as Family Day, the sculpture walk, farm tours, parades, fireworks, music and much more that locals and visitors can enjoy.

The coming together of arts and the commercial areas of the Peninsula should stand to keep the community vibrant this year. Not only do they bring activity to enjoy, but they support people in need and give us all a stronger feeling about living and working here.

This year, look forward to what you can bring to the community.

Spread the word in 2014 — you really cannot miss what’s happening on the Saanich Peninsula.