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Joining firefighters will be Santa and a host of other volunteers. </p><p>Page A3</p><p>The Edward Milne senior boys basketball team is in the midst of change, and you can guarantee there is a list of firsts on its list. </p><p>Page A23</p><p>Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>Sooke first responders care for two students struck by a vehicle Friday on Edward Milne Road. Both students received non-life threatening injuries. Charges are expected to be laid against the driver of the vehicle.</p><p>Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror</p><p>Two students who were struck by a vehicle Friday morning as they walked along Edward Milne Road are expected to make a full recovery, says EMCS principal Pat-rick Swinburnson.</p><p>The incident happened at 11:14 a.m. on Edward Milne Road, where a white sedan driven by a new driver lost control, colliding with students walking along the road, </p><p>said Sooke RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes.A teenage boy and girl, one with </p><p>a broken leg, were taken to hos-pital.</p><p>On Friday, Swinburnson wrote to parents and guardians, inform-ing them of the incident and sup-plying them with online resources for youth who might want to learn more about their responses.</p><p>The Sooke School District initi-ated its critical incident response team and school counsellors were also made available to students.</p><p>When school resumed Monday, students appeared to be in high spirits, Swinburnson said. The girl who was struck by the vehicle returned to school in a wheelchair, but appeared happy.</p><p>We seem to be pretty resilient. The important thing is everyone is going to be OK, but I was worried, to be honest with you, Swinburn-son said.</p><p>Bonnie Leadbetter, a professor of psychology based at the Uni-versity of Victorias Centre for </p><p>Youth and Society, said the inci-dent, while stressful to everyone involved, is a good opportunity for parents to open up a conversation with their teens about road safety.</p><p>Kids will no doubt be upset, but people respond in different ways to these type of things, she said, but now is the time to talk to them about road safety, driving, even about walking safely on the roads.</p><p>See CRASH, Page A28</p><p>Teens recovering after being struck by car </p><p>NEW BOSS FOR SOOKETeresa Sullivan hired as CAO</p><p>The District of Sooke has hired a new chief adminis-trative officer.</p><p>Teresa Sullivan takes over Monday (Dec. 14) from the departing Gord Howie.</p><p>Sullivan brings a trans-formative leadership style to the position of CAO, drawing on her extensive management experience with the provincial govern-ment, said a district press release.</p><p>For the last eight years she has run her own con-sulting company. She also served on Colwood council between 2011 and 2013.</p><p>Ms. Sullivans experi-ence and positive approach will be extremely beneficial to the District of Sooke and we look forward to welcom-ing her to our team, said acting mayor Kevin Pear-son.</p><p>Sullivan has a masters degree in business admin-istration from Royal Roads University and has worked in both the public and pri-vate sector providing con-sulting services in govern-ment relations, leadership, and media relations.</p><p>I feel serving as the CAO for the District is an exciting opportunity to help council and staff build strong com-munity relationships and shape the future of Sooke, Sullivan said.</p><p></p></li><li><p>A2 I NEWS I wednesday, decemBer 9, 2015</p><p>Reader Photo of the WeekLynda Danard shot this photo from her home looking northeast toward Sooke Basin. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by the Stickleback West Coast Eatery.</p><p>Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>Three people were arrested Tuesday following a violent altercation with Sooke Mounties behind Western Foods on Sooke Road. </p><p>RCMP officers arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. after someone called about a woman screaming in the forested area behind Evergreen Centre. There, they located a tent with three people in it, one man and two women. </p><p>The man and one of the women got out of the tent, nude and intoxicated, refusing to identify themselves </p><p>and becoming confrontational towards police, said Cpl. Joe Holmes.</p><p>One of the women tried to bite, kick, punch and spit on the officers, while the man </p><p>was trying to fight with police.</p><p>Once in handcuffs, the woman suspect continued to resist and attempted to run away. She was soon recaptured. </p><p>Nude woman and man attack Sooke Mounties</p><p>The story Choir brings on holiday season with chest full of air, published Dec. 2, contained errors.</p><p>The Sooke Community Choir does not collaborate with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Both organizations are their own entities. The Philharmonic has its own choir to provide vocals when needed.</p><p>The story Workers boost United Way </p><p>coffers, published Nov. 18, contained errors.</p><p>The District of Sooke campaign chair is Sarah Temple. The United Way of Greater Victorias email address is</p><p>If people would like to run a workplace campaign for United Way in Sooke, the contact person is Brittany Decker, director of community campaign at</p><p>The Sooke News Mirror regrets the errors.</p><p>For the recordA2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015</p><p>Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.comEditor: Kevin Laird editor@sookenewsmirror.comReporter: Octavian Lacatusu news@sookenewsmirror.comAdvertising: Joan Gamache sales@sookenewsmirror.comCirculation: circulation@sookenewsmirror.comClassifieds: Vicky Sluggett classifieds@sookenewsmirror.comOffice Manager: Deb Stolth</p><p>How to reach us 250.642.5752 fax:</p><p>SUPERSPECIALS</p><p>For all your Insurance needsHome Business Farm Auto</p><p>Don McCormick</p><p>Serving Sooke for over 35 years</p><p>250-882-7411</p><p> Purchase a minimum of 4 Silhouette, Pirouette, Luminette, Vignette or Duette Window Shadings withPowerView Motorization and receive a tablet. 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Last year, the Santa Run collected more than $100,000 in food, toys and cash donations.</p><p>Over the next few days, paper bags will be distributed by Sooke News Mirror carriers in the town centre core. Other areas will have the bags delivered at their usual mail outlet dropboxes.</p><p>Sooke residents are asked </p><p>to fill the bags with groceries or toys. Firefighters will then arrive at the end of driveways and collect the bags. Maps of the firefighters route are printed on the bags.</p><p>A fun feature is the ability to track each truck live.</p><p>On Dec. 12 as each truck leaves the firehall, its location will be tracked using the District of Sookes mapping system. Location updates are available on social media. To follow the trucks go online to or on Facebook at Sooke Fire Rescue Service.</p><p>Its a really big community event and were super proud to do it. It obviously helps those who are less fortunate in our community, and it provides those people who want to give an easy and fun way to do it, Temple said.</p><p>The Santa Run is a joint initiative of the Sooke Fire Department, Sooke Firefighters Association and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4841.</p><p>Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>Assistant fire chief Matt Barney prepares bags for this Saturdays Santa Run. The run collects donations for the Sooke Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.</p><p>Mark your calendar </p><p> EVENT: Sooke Santa Run</p><p> WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12</p><p> WHERE: Throughout the District of Sooke</p><p> INFO:</p><p>Six vehicles were broken into on Monday night in the Sunriver area, with wallets, iPods, and other personal belongings stolen from them.</p><p>Sooke RCMP are investigating the break-ins and are looking for suspects in the bizarre slew of vehicle thefts that occurred on multiple streets in the Sunriver sundivision. </p><p>RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur said some of the affected vehicles were left unlocked, while others were forced-entry. </p><p>What were usually getting is people leaving their vehicles unlocked and they get run through, McArthur said. On some of these the windows were actually smashed out, so this is kind of a new thing for us. </p><p>McArthur added that this </p><p>is just a reminder for people to be vigilant up in the Sunriver area and watch for any suspicious persons in the early hours of the morning and late hours of the evening. </p><p>Police patrols in the area will also be stepped up as a result.</p><p>How to harvest a Christmas tree</p><p>Free use permits to cut a Christmas tree on Crown land are available from forest district and FrontCounterBC offices in most areas of the province.</p><p>Local district offices can identify areas of Crown where one tree may be legally cut for personal use. Permits are not available for the South Island forest district due to population density and tree </p><p>demand.The ministrys Christmas </p><p>tree website at has links to offices that offer tree permits for designated areas, with online permits available in some regions. </p><p>The website has links and phone numbers for FrontCounterBC and forest district offices.</p><p>There is also a link to the B.C. Christmas Tree Council, which has a list of private tree farms around B.C.</p><p>Autism project for parents gets funding</p><p>The B.C. government has budgeted $3 million for a research project to explore the benefits of parent coaching intervention for infants and toddlers who </p><p>show early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder.</p><p>The project will follow about 70 children and their families, selected by a committee from ACT-Autism Community Training, the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The screening process for subjects is expected to begin in early 2017.</p><p>Many families recognize that something may be wrong with their childs development as young as one year of age, but they just dont know what they can do to help, said PAFC founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia. </p><p>Parent coaching is one of those options that could change families lives.</p><p>Briefly</p><p>Six vehicles broken into at Sunriver</p><p>WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A3</p><p>DR. SEGALS COMPRESSION SOCKS</p><p>Debbie Sullivan</p><p>PEOPLES DRUG MART... Where People Come First</p><p>PEOPLEFIRST</p><p>Cedar Grove Centre I 250.642.2226PEOPLES DRUG MART... Where people come first.</p><p>New line of compressions socks now in store. We have socks for Travel, Energy, Running, Golf, Maternity and everyday use. They all have a compression of 15-20mmHg and are very easy to put on. They are available in in both mens &amp; womens sizes.</p><p>Dr. Segals compression socks come in plain black and white, as well as solid colors and funky colors such as Argyle and Leopard prints (my favorite!).</p><p>A few of the staff have been wearing these now and we all think we have found our sole mates...</p><p>Christmas dayto do listPrepare DinnerCook TurkeySet Table</p><p>Wash DishesSleep</p><p>Enjoy Good CompanyEat &amp; DrinkHave FunRelax!</p><p>Let us do the hardwork this year!</p><p>4 CourseChristmas Dinner $59</p><p>Reservations 778-425-0888West Coast Grill at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort</p></li><li><p>A4 I NEWS I wednesday, decemBer 9, 2015</p><p>To celebrate, East Sooke Fire and Rescue...</p></li></ul>