February 2016 Edition

Bay folks helping their own

Echo Cover February 2016 editionCowichan Bay resident ‘Iron’ Mike Cridland is served tasty shepherd’s pie by Yves Muselle at the Bay’s Original Udder Guys Ice Cream & Candy Shop. (Photo by Peter W. Rusland)

By Peter W. Rusland
For The Echo
COWICHAN BAY – Steam curls from bowls of shepherd’s pie dished by Yves Muselle for ‘Iron’ Mike Cridland, Bill Baart and other folks among Cowichan Bay’s less fortunate.
The Original Udder Guys Ice Cream &
Candy owner says he and his staff are simply filling a need that’s invisible to many.
“People aren’t aware of what some go
through down here,” Muselle said of folks in differing levels of need, living in the Bay aboard boats in various states of repair.
“You might call them derelict boats, but
that’s all they have.”
Word of mouth now brings about a dozen
folks to Muselle’s shop on Friday and Saturdays,
in the October to March off-season, for hot lunches mostly prepared by staffer Judy Pigott in Udder Guys’ kitchen. “We serve them hearty meals; high protein and high carbs, like shepherd’s pie, chili, cabbage
rolls — we rotate it around,” he said, thanking the Bay’s True Grain Bread for its crusty donations.

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