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Lt. Michael Love with the Errington Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is a certified drone pilot. (Submitted photo)
Lt. Michael Love with the Errington Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is a certified drone pilot. (Submitted photo)
Santa with youngsters in Qualicum’s town square. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Annual ‘Moonlight Madness’ event brings holiday cheer to Qualicum Beach

Festive lights and carols delighted families and friends

Santa with youngsters in Qualicum’s town square. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)
Mitchel Cook of Nanoose Bay, who attempted to set a Guinness World Records mark for most burpees in a one-hour period, visits the VI Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Burpees king Mitchel Cook of Nanoose Bay discusses world record attempt

Podcast: Fitness enthusiast plans another run at Guinness standard

Mitchel Cook of Nanoose Bay, who attempted to set a Guinness World Records mark for most burpees in a one-hour period, visits the VI Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)
SOS Caring for Community at Christmas provides special gifts for local children and youth, and grocery store gift cards for low-income families and individuals. (Photo submitted)
SOS Caring for Community at Christmas provides special gifts for local children and youth, and grocery store gift cards for low-income families and individuals. (Photo submitted)
Vegetation work to be conducted on the Rail Trail between Coombs and Parksville. (PQB file photo)
Vegetation work to be conducted on the Rail Trail between Coombs and Parksville. (PQB file photo)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army in Parksville launched the start of its Christmas Kettle Campaign on Nov. 18. The annual fundraising drive was attended by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne along with city councillors Marilyn Wilson and Teresa Patterson, and Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce executive director, Kim Burden, who made donations to get the ball rolling. (Michael Briones photo)
The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army in Parksville launched the start of its Christmas Kettle Campaign on Nov. 18. The annual fundraising drive was attended by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne along with city councillors Marilyn Wilson and Teresa Patterson, and Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce executive director, Kim Burden, who made donations to get the ball rolling. (Michael Briones photo)
The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)

Salvation Army launches emergency response in support of flood victims

Agency on front lines in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna

The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)
Despite the rain, residents take the time to donate to the annual ‘Fill the Boots for Food Drive’ fundraiser for that was set up the Parksville Fire Department volunteers at Quality Foods in Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)
Despite the rain, residents take the time to donate to the annual ‘Fill the Boots for Food Drive’ fundraiser for that was set up the Parksville Fire Department volunteers at Quality Foods in Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)
Bonnie Brown, business manager of the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Talking Christmas with Bonnie Brown of the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army

Podcast: Fundraising initiatives underway in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Bonnie Brown, business manager of the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
The SOS Christmas program provides grocery store gift cards so families and individuals can choose food that has special meaning to them during the holidays. Parents and grandparents can also access the program to get Christmas gifts for their children. (Submitted photo)

SOS Christmas program ensures PQB residents experience joy during the holidays

Gift card provides single mom with feeling of ‘incredible relief’

The SOS Christmas program provides grocery store gift cards so families and individuals can choose food that has special meaning to them during the holidays. Parents and grandparents can also access the program to get Christmas gifts for their children. (Submitted photo)
‘Wow the Owl’ is the featured book in this month’s StoryWalk at the Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)
‘Wow the Owl’ is the featured book in this month’s StoryWalk at the Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)
BIZ FOR GOOD: Family Ford in Parksville is helping SOS rebuild capacity and meet needs in the PQB communities. Part of the SOS Biz for Good initiative, Family Ford donated $100 from every vehicle sold throughout the months of September and October to SOS. On Nov. 10, they donated $7,700 to SOS. Holding the cheque from left, Everett Einarson, operations leader at Family Ford, Ann Marie Clark, owner, and Susanna Newton, SOS executive director, with the team at Family Ford behind. (Lissa Alexander photo)
BIZ FOR GOOD: Family Ford in Parksville is helping SOS rebuild capacity and meet needs in the PQB communities. Part of the SOS Biz for Good initiative, Family Ford donated $100 from every vehicle sold throughout the months of September and October to SOS. On Nov. 10, they donated $7,700 to SOS. Holding the cheque from left, Everett Einarson, operations leader at Family Ford, Ann Marie Clark, owner, and Susanna Newton, SOS executive director, with the team at Family Ford behind. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)

Swan gets ‘second-chance at life’ after being rescued near 100 Mile

The swan was unable to migrate south due to an injured wing

Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)
Operation Christmas Child committee members Ingrid Sly and Joan van Schaik promote the shoebox campaign at Red Apple Store at Wembley Mall. (Submitted photo)
Operation Christmas Child committee members Ingrid Sly and Joan van Schaik promote the shoebox campaign at Red Apple Store at Wembley Mall. (Submitted photo)
David Horrocks, left, and Graham Lenton, right, both served in the British Armed Forces through the 1960s and 1970s and are now members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 Qualicum Beach. (Mandy Moraes photo)

British Armed Forces veterans both retire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Two involved in poppy campaign at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76

David Horrocks, left, and Graham Lenton, right, both served in the British Armed Forces through the 1960s and 1970s and are now members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 Qualicum Beach. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Susanna Newton, left, SOS executive director, and Paul Drummond, general manager at Tigh-Na-Mara, stand in front of the gifts donated during the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive last year. This year the resort will offer the same modified version of the Toy Drive. (Lissa Alexander photo)

13th annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive underway in Parksville

Event helps local families and individuals at Christmas

Susanna Newton, left, SOS executive director, and Paul Drummond, general manager at Tigh-Na-Mara, stand in front of the gifts donated during the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive last year. This year the resort will offer the same modified version of the Toy Drive. (Lissa Alexander photo)