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The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week, from April 18 until April 24, highlights the value of one and the power of many. (photo courtesy of volunteer.ca)

Mayor designates April 18 to April 24 as Volunteer Week in Parksville

City thanks volunteers and community organizations for outstanding contributions

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week, from April 18 until April 24, highlights the value of one and the power of many. (photo courtesy of volunteer.ca)
Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum logo. (submitted photo)
Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum logo. (submitted photo)
Mary Ellen Berry is an SOS Thrift Shop Volunteer. National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 and this year the theme is ‘the value of one, the power of many.’ (Lissa Alexander photo)
Mary Ellen Berry is an SOS Thrift Shop Volunteer. National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 and this year the theme is ‘the value of one, the power of many.’ (Lissa Alexander photo)
Suzie Bruce, left, and Ray Bruce, right, holding Ray’s heart after his transplant. His old heart was donated to the Cardiovascular Tissue Registry at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, where it will be used for research and educational purposes. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach man ‘a true Canadian at heart’ following amazing transplant story

Herculean effort from RCMP officer to make contact just in time

Suzie Bruce, left, and Ray Bruce, right, holding Ray’s heart after his transplant. His old heart was donated to the Cardiovascular Tissue Registry at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, where it will be used for research and educational purposes. (Submitted photo)
PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera in French Creek, in the same spot every day in March, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)

WATCH: Scenes from 31 days in March in French Creek

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up camera in same location each day

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera in French Creek, in the same spot every day in March, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)
A small group of people have been cutting broom in the Parksville area. (Submitted Photo)

Broombusters efforts continue in Parksville Qualicum Beach region

Volunteers to be out in force in late April and May

A small group of people have been cutting broom in the Parksville area. (Submitted Photo)
Josh Yeung has created a variety of BC Ferries models for the various ships in the fleet, with the goal ultimately to work for the corporation. Photo submitted

Vancouver Island teen builds a model towards his B.C. Ferries future

Comox Valley Grade 11 student creates ferry models from memory, photographs

Josh Yeung has created a variety of BC Ferries models for the various ships in the fleet, with the goal ultimately to work for the corporation. Photo submitted
The Daily Dippers: Linda Harbo, Marina Bakker and Leesa Patenaude enjoy their morning swim at Rathtrevor Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
The Daily Dippers: Linda Harbo, Marina Bakker and Leesa Patenaude enjoy their morning swim at Rathtrevor Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
Corinna Ludovici, right, community relations manager for Berwick Retirement Communities Parksville, presents a cheque for $10,000 to Lloyd Derry, centre, capital projects chair and Cheryl Dill, president of the Parksville Beach Festival Society. The Berwick donation is to help equip the new outdoor performance theatre with a sound system, spotlights, risers and portable dance floor. (Peter McCully photo)
Corinna Ludovici, right, community relations manager for Berwick Retirement Communities Parksville, presents a cheque for $10,000 to Lloyd Derry, centre, capital projects chair and Cheryl Dill, president of the Parksville Beach Festival Society. The Berwick donation is to help equip the new outdoor performance theatre with a sound system, spotlights, risers and portable dance floor. (Peter McCully photo)
Tracks photographed on Ken Meuckon’s property in December of 2019. He used a six-inch blade for scale. (Submitted photo)

Coombs man asks: Barefoot Bigfoot or just big-footed bear tracks?

Frightening recent encounter brings back memories of strange print found on property

Tracks photographed on Ken Meuckon’s property in December of 2019. He used a six-inch blade for scale. (Submitted photo)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)
Rotary of Parksville AM president Bashir El-Khalafawi presents a $6,900 cheque donation to the founder of the District 69 Backpack Program, Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo is Rotary members Matt Breedlove, John O’Brien and Brooke Chase, Virginia’s daughter and creator of the Backpack program website. (Michael Briones photo)
Rotary of Parksville AM president Bashir El-Khalafawi presents a $6,900 cheque donation to the founder of the District 69 backpack program, Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo are Rotary members Matt Breedlove, John O’Brien and Brooke Chase, Virginia’s daughter and creator of the backpack program website. (Michael Briones photo)
Rotary of Parksville AM president Bashir El-Khalafawi presents a $6,900 cheque donation to the founder of the District 69 Backpack Program, Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo is Rotary members Matt Breedlove, John O’Brien and Brooke Chase, Virginia’s daughter and creator of the Backpack program website. (Michael Briones photo)
Rotary of Parksville AM president Bashir El-Khalafawi presents a $6,900 cheque donation to the founder of the District 69 backpack program, Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo are Rotary members Matt Breedlove, John O’Brien and Brooke Chase, Virginia’s daughter and creator of the backpack program website. (Michael Briones photo)
Qualicum First Nation carver Jesse Recalma shows one of the paddles featuring a sea serpent, on display at the Seaside Park Faye Smith Rosenblatt Memorial Pavilion in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Final touches completed on Faye Smith Rosenblatt Memorial Pavilion in Qualicum Beach

Art pieces from Qualicum First Nation carver Jesse Recalma now on display

Qualicum First Nation carver Jesse Recalma shows one of the paddles featuring a sea serpent, on display at the Seaside Park Faye Smith Rosenblatt Memorial Pavilion in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market is back outdoors and will feature non-food vendors. (PBQ News file photo)

Qualicum Beach, Errington farmers markets to bring back non-food vendors

Organizers pleased with B.C. government’s decision to lift restrictions

The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market is back outdoors and will feature non-food vendors. (PBQ News file photo)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Vancouver Island walk to help homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)
A bottle drive to raise funds for graduating 2021 students at Kwalikum Secondary School will take place on school grounds at 266 Village Way in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, March 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Mandy Moraes photo)

March 28 bottle drive to raise funds for graduating 2021 Kwalikum Secondary students

Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 266 Village Way in Qualicum Beach

A bottle drive to raise funds for graduating 2021 students at Kwalikum Secondary School will take place on school grounds at 266 Village Way in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, March 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Mandy Moraes photo)
“Taste The Bread!” declares Walter Rasmussen, the mayor of fictional Windward, Washington (Haig Sutherland) during filming of The Baker’s Son in Chemainus Friday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Parallels between Island community and fictional town evident in Hallmark movie

Tourism boost likely down the road for Chemainus from publicity after a week of filming

“Taste The Bread!” declares Walter Rasmussen, the mayor of fictional Windward, Washington (Haig Sutherland) during filming of The Baker’s Son in Chemainus Friday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

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One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

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Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Low-income residents can call SOS to register for the free Income Tax Program. Residents will primarily be assisted over the phone this year due to the pandemic. (Submitted photo)
Low-income residents can call SOS to register for the free Income Tax Program. Residents will primarily be assisted over the phone this year due to the pandemic. (Submitted photo)