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School District 69’s (Qualicum) International Student Program staff. Front row, from left: Sandie Wassbauer, Shahnora Mustafayeva and Jenny Atkinson. Back row, from left: Ross Pepper, Ronda Bell and Becky Breitsprecher. (Submitted photo)

Retiring Qualicum school district principal Rhonda Bell receives provincial award

Bell accepts Distinguished Leadership Award through B.C. Council for International Education

School District 69’s (Qualicum) International Student Program staff. Front row, from left: Sandie Wassbauer, Shahnora Mustafayeva and Jenny Atkinson. Back row, from left: Ross Pepper, Ronda Bell and Becky Breitsprecher. (Submitted photo)
The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will help vulnerable residents stay hydrated during extreme heat with free bottles of water. (Submitted photo)

Parksville groups to provide free bottles of water during extreme heat

Salvation Army, task force on homelessness to help keep people hydrated

The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will help vulnerable residents stay hydrated during extreme heat with free bottles of water. (Submitted photo)
Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com

Vancouver Island dog calendar seeking submissions for fundraising initiative

Contest will raise funds for Operation Freedom Paws Canada

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com
The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is about to begin. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club set to launch

‘Crack the case’ the theme to this year’s efforts to keep kids reading

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is about to begin. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)

Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
The popular Summer by The Sea Street Market will be held at the Parksville Visitor Centre this year. (PQB News file photo)
The popular Summer by The Sea Street Market will be held at the Parksville Visitor Centre this year. (PQB News file photo)
The popular Qualicum Beach Thursday night Uptown Market will start July 8. (PQB News file photo)
The popular Qualicum Beach Thursday night Uptown Market will start July 8. (PQB News file photo)
Members of the Arroswmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) help residents evacuate from their homes on Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding in Jan. 2, 2021. ASAR announced receiving two ‘tribute gifts’ from Parksville Qualicum Beach and Arrowsmith community members. (Michael Briones photo)

Friends and family honour loved ones with ‘tribute gifts’ to Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

One gift celebrates life of a dear husband, other the birthday of avid hiker

Members of the Arroswmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) help residents evacuate from their homes on Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding in Jan. 2, 2021. ASAR announced receiving two ‘tribute gifts’ from Parksville Qualicum Beach and Arrowsmith community members. (Michael Briones photo)
From left: SOS Meals on Wheels co-ordinator, Jolene Swanson; RBC Qualicum Beach branch manager, Julie Field; SOS executive director, Susanna Newton; and RBC Parksville branch manager, Sheena Peterson. Swanson and Newton accept a $5,000 COVID response and recovery grant from the RBC Foundation, delivered by Field and Peterson. (Submitted photo)

$5K donation to SOS from RBC helps Meals on Wheels program in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Food delivery program provides 14,334 meals to average of 90 clients a month

From left: SOS Meals on Wheels co-ordinator, Jolene Swanson; RBC Qualicum Beach branch manager, Julie Field; SOS executive director, Susanna Newton; and RBC Parksville branch manager, Sheena Peterson. Swanson and Newton accept a $5,000 COVID response and recovery grant from the RBC Foundation, delivered by Field and Peterson. (Submitted photo)
Oceanside Classical Concerts Society scholarship committee chair, Joe Straka, left, presents a $2,500 scholarship to Paige Kaps. (Linda Matteson photo)

Oceanside Classical Concerts Society awards $2,500 music scholarship

Winner Paige Kaps to continue studies in vocal performance at the University of Toronto

Oceanside Classical Concerts Society scholarship committee chair, Joe Straka, left, presents a $2,500 scholarship to Paige Kaps. (Linda Matteson photo)
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.

Tips to avoid scams targeting Vancouver Island seniors

In most cases, fraudsters impersonate an individual, business or agency seniors recognize and trust

  • Jun 15, 2021
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.
The Oceanside Track and Field Club plans to acquire new hurdles and starting blocks. (PQB News file photo)
The Oceanside Track and Field Club plans to acquire new hurdles and starting blocks. (PQB News file photo)
Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2021-22 session.  (Stock photo)

Leadership Vancouver Island welcomes return to in-person sessions

2021-22 program features a three-day retreat at Cowichan Lake

Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2021-22 session.  (Stock photo)
An Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Mobile Command Unit. (PQB News file photo)

Nanoose Bay company makes $10,000 donation pledge to Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

ASAR is currently building a new operations centre in Qualicum Beach

An Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Mobile Command Unit. (PQB News file photo)
A sea anemone in the Discovery Passage Aquarium on June 8, World Ocean Day.

VIDEO: Island aquarium spreads the word about World Ocean Day

Highlights importance of marine conservation and what people can do to help the ocean

A sea anemone in the Discovery Passage Aquarium on June 8, World Ocean Day.
School District 69 (Qualicum) board trustee Elaine Young shows her Team Red vest that she wears when she goes for her walk to raise funds for the Oceanside Community Track project. (Submitted photo)
School District 69 (Qualicum) board trustee Elaine Young shows her Team Red vest that she wears when she goes for her walk to raise funds for the Oceanside Community Track project. (Submitted photo)
Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

WATCH: Kamloops bound convoy greeted by Canim Lake Band in 100 Mile House

More than two dozen members of the Tsq’escenemc people (Canim Lake Band) showed up

Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fundraiser to search more B.C. residential schools tops $100,000

Indigenous leaders hope to use radar technology to search for lost children on Vancouver Island

A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Don Cameron has made a significant donation to the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign. The first of a multi-year pledge, the donation from Anne and Don Cameron (Anne is Don’s late wife) will give a hand up to struggling women. (Photo submitted)
Don Cameron has made a significant donation to the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign. The first of a multi-year pledge, the donation from Anne and Don Cameron (Anne is Don’s late wife) will give a hand up to struggling women. (Photo submitted)
BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Boys and Girls Club rebrands to ‘BGC Canada,’ citing push for gender-inclusivity

Club says it already opens its doors to all kids and teens and its name should reflect that

BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)