Sid Keay, Kathleen Hatley, Sharon Malone, Darren and Debbie Zachariuk, and of course, Max!
Many thanks to our sponsors and advertisers, Eastridge Animal Hospital, Downtown Business Improvement Association, Lordco, Haney Farmer’s Market, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group, Westminster Savings, Wild Cuts Hair Salon, Phil’s Engraving, Sure Print and Copy Centres. Special thanks to our van painters: Bev Pride, Tim Henry, and the SD42 Store Front students and teachers. A huge thank you to Lordco for supplying the van’s paint and Craftsman Collision for the windshield. In addition, we would like to thank A&W, Extra Foods, Save-On Foods, Valley Fair Mall, Domino’s Pizza, Greg Taylor, Susan Hawley, Dragoljub Zivojinovic (electrical), Mark Aubé (Signs With Spirit), and Hal (Ocean Trailer).
We sincerely appreciate the financial support of the Government of Canada (Building Communities Through Canadian Heritage), the Province of British Columbia, the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and the ACT Arts Centre. Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and our most generous and wonderful patrons for helping us continue to bring innovative and high quality theatrical experiences to our community, and raising $1,079 in cash and 761 lbs of food for the Friends in Need Food Bank.
The story of how this van ended up with The Emerald Pig Theatrical Society on the stage of A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream 2016 is both sad and heart-warming. Debbie Zachariuk writes,
"The summer of 2015, my husband, Darren, and I acquired this van from our nephew Michael Lozeau. Seven years ago, this van belonged to Michael’s father, Adrien Lozeau. On May 17 2009, Adrien died tragically in a drowning accident. Adrien was a wonderful, fun-loving father who loved the outdoors and, in particular, camping. This van was a hobby for him. He was in the middle of adding his personal touches to his van, but unfortunately wasn’t able to complete his dream. When Darren and I took possession of the van our plans for it were simple: We were going to continue where Adrien left off! Darren was going to spruce it up and we were going camping. Little did we know that the universe had other plans!
One Sunday afternoon in February, there was a knock at my front door. There stood Sharon Malone and Kathleen Hatley of the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society. They were ecstatic because they had finally found the van they had been searching for! It was like their prayers had been answered. After Sharon and Kathleen explained their need for the van and when I realized it was going to potentially benefit so many people, I knew it was meant to be. How could we say no? I knew Adrien would be thrilled that his van was going to be used for this purpose. As Sharon put it, “All the stars were aligning.” I know that Adrien is one of those bright stars!
It’s wonderful that we have the opportunity to allow our memory of Adrien Lozeau to live on through the “DREAM VAN" and the great work of the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society. I know Adrien is smiling down on us all!"
Photo: left to right: Sid Keay, Kathleen Hatley, Sharon Malone, Darren Zachariuk and Max, Debbie Zachariuk
photo: Sid’s winning ticket #887
The journey has been a “DREAM” come true!