Deep Bay Fire Department Chief and carpenter George Lenz is the winner of the PQB News Survivor-Ballenas Island contest after outlasting seven other contestants. — NEWS file photo

George Lenz is lone Survivor

Readers voted for their favourite castaways and charities

After seven weeks of our castaways “performing tasks” (answering questions), George Lenz, carpenter and Deep Bay Fire Department Fire Chief of the Laule’a Clan is the lone survivor on Ballenas Island.

It would appear his sense of humour — and keen sense of playing one castaway support group against the others — was the key. When the votes were tallied at Tribal Council this past Monday night, Lenz had a clear majority of the votes cast.

Comments included:

“Sorry Michele, brawn wins over beauty this time;” “I used to live in Bowser and would like Lenz to win!” “Still supporting a great group of people that do a wonderful service to the community;” and “George Lenz and his charity are the top of my list, nothing against the others.”

Michele Genereux, longtime volunteer for Fire & Ice and Kiwanis Village of Qualicum Beach, was the seventh Castaway voted off Ballenas Island, joining Sheena McCorquodale, artist and cat wrangler; Bob Cummings, financial planner and longtime Parksville Rotarian; Rob Jonas, retiree and president of PGOSA; David James, retired volunteer for the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers; Cara MacDonald Gray, landscape architect and Rotarian; and Wendy Sears, event producer who works with Parksville Beachfest, Filberg Festival and others.

Lenz won $500 for his charity, the Deep Bay Rescue Society. Pete Mercer of Nanoose Bay won a draw for a $250 grocery card in a random draw of votes cast.

Thanks to all of our readers who followed the game and voted for their favorites, and of course the eight good-natured contestants who agreed to be castaways on Ballenas Island! Tribal Council hopes that all our readers will consider supporting one of the worthy charities that were featured in “SurvivorPQB” and championed by our castaways. They were; the Deep Bay Fire Rescue Society, SeaLegacy Society, Rotary Club of Parksville, The Splash Park, Qualicum Beach Beach Day, Salvation Army, Lighthouse Community Centre and Tidal Treasures.

This is the second time the Survivor Game has been staged by the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, in 2017, Betsey Poel of Bowser was the winner of Survivor – Lasqueti Island, snagging $500 for her favorite charity, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

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