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Year in Review - A look back at 2003

Jan 8, 2003

By Catherine Barr


Hard to believe it's all over, but now that the hectic holidays have come and gone, it seems only appropriate to pause for a quick look back at a few of the best events, and best faces, of 2003. From formal fundraisers and auspicious awards to golfing greats and boys who box - let's just say, the photos speak for themselves.


Cirque du Soleil's spectacular summer feature "Alegria" attracted all kinds of VIPs on opening night including North Van Olympic medalist Charmaine Crooks and husband Anders.


The Arts Club Theatre celebrated its dramatic 40th Anniversary in November with a couple of notable North Shore boys, namely Stanley theatre past president Bruce Milley (left) and actor Jackson Davies.


Ringleaders Lee Ainslie, Bill McEachnie, Alistar Gillespie, Doug Towill, Cam Watt, Kyle Washington and friends were among the guests who attended the first ever sanctioned boxing match at Hollyburn Country Club in March in support of Athletics 4 Kids charity.


Former NVC Councillor John Braithwaite, seen here with wife Barbara, was honoured with the "Freedom of the City" in October, joining an elite club of 13 key-holders who will be forever honoured for opening the doors of opportunity in our city.


James Lepp's (centre) record setting -17 won him the 36th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Capilano Golf and CC in August. Tournament chairman Ross Ellison (left) and Capilano president Mel Martin were on hand to congratulate.


BC's version of the Oscars is run by North Van's talented Walter Daroshin (left). He and wife Tina were on hand for the gala in May to congratulate recipient Richard Side, seen here with Martina Smyth, on his award for "Western Alienation Comedy Hour".


Nine-year-old Sarah Najafabadi made this sign and drove around on her bike to celebrate in July on the day of the official Olympic win announcement. She, and many others, celebrated at Park Royal Mall.


Cutting the cake by the column inch during the Northshore Outlook's 4th Anniversary celebration in November were publisher Lois Hourston (left) and sales manager Linda Stewart.


Congratulations to WV Foundation member Margie Driscoll (left), gala chair Naomi Chard and current chair Jo-Ann Wood for turning their traditional October gala into a wild west winner.


West Van's Wendy and Sergio Cocchia (left), along with brother Mario, earned big praise from guests in October on the opening night of their new Yuk Yuk's comedy cabaret at their Century Plaza Hotel.


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