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The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.

Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Colin Springford expressed his thanks following a birthday truck parade that was held for him on his 75th birthday on April 10, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Longtime Nanoose Bay farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Colin Springford expressed his thanks following a birthday truck parade that was held for him on his 75th birthday on April 10, 2020. (Submitted photo)
A 2021 calendar entitled ‘Our Resilient Community’ features images captured by professional photographers in and around the communities during the unusual summer of 2020. (Photo submitted)
A 2021 calendar entitled ‘Our Resilient Community’ features images captured by professional photographers in and around the communities during the unusual summer of 2020. (Photo submitted)
District 69 Backpack Program founder Virginia Worcester receives a $3,450 giant replica cheque from Parksville Rotary AM Club president Bashir El-Khalafani, right, which was raised from the Rotary’s bottle drive held every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Speedy Auto Glass in Parksville. Also on hand to help with the presentation were Rotarians Lynne Pearson and Matt Breedlove. (Michael Briones photo)
District 69 Backpack Program founder Virginia Worcester receives a $3,450 giant replica cheque from Parksville Rotary AM Club president Bashir El-Khalafani, right, which was raised from the Rotary’s bottle drive held every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Speedy Auto Glass in Parksville. Also on hand to help with the presentation were Rotarians Lynne Pearson and Matt Breedlove. (Michael Briones photo)
Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

Victoria kitten stuck in basement drain pipe rescued by firefighters

Willow the cat on the mend, owner feeling ‘enormous gratitude’

Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
Terry Fong embraces his best friend Princeton at Incinerator Rock, which became the travelling companions’ favourite spot during five years of exploring. (Cam Shaw photo)

Tofino played key role in inspirational dog’s journey

Terry Fong explains his recently published book, ‘Princeton - A Love Story’

Terry Fong embraces his best friend Princeton at Incinerator Rock, which became the travelling companions’ favourite spot during five years of exploring. (Cam Shaw photo)
Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)

Nanaimo Search and Rescue launches ‘Rescue Our Rescuer’ for deputy chief who has cancer

Fundraiser started for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, diagnosed with breast cancer

Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)
The Island Crisis Care Society’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will only be virtual for 2021. This year’s theme, ‘A Place for Everyone’, emphasizes the message that it takes people of all shapes and sizes to make the community complete.(Submitted photo)

Coldest Night of the Year walk in Parksville goes virtual for 2021

Participants have all of February to complete two- or five-kilometre walks

The Island Crisis Care Society’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will only be virtual for 2021. This year’s theme, ‘A Place for Everyone’, emphasizes the message that it takes people of all shapes and sizes to make the community complete.(Submitted photo)
Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army exceeded its Christmas Kettle and Letter Appeal fundraising campaigns. (PQB News file photo)

Salvation Army exceeds fundraising goals in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Business manager reports successful kettle and letter appeal campaigns

  • Jan 12, 2021
Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army exceeded its Christmas Kettle and Letter Appeal fundraising campaigns. (PQB News file photo)
Members of the 100 Oceanside Men Who Give a Damn, Kim Burden, left, and Bradd Tuck presented a $9,800 cheque to 2018 and 2020 Tour de Rock rider Allison Roberts on behalf of Cops for Cancer. (Submitted photo)

100 Oceanside Men Who Give a Damn donates $9,800 to Cops for Cancer

Tour de Rock rider Allison Roberts receives cheque

Members of the 100 Oceanside Men Who Give a Damn, Kim Burden, left, and Bradd Tuck presented a $9,800 cheque to 2018 and 2020 Tour de Rock rider Allison Roberts on behalf of Cops for Cancer. (Submitted photo)
The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Monolith appears in Vancouver Island yard

Item in Courtenay showed up on Wikipedia list for a little while

The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Kwalikum Secondary School students will hold a bottle drive and will provide a Christmas tree chipping service on Jan. 2, 2021, in order to raise funds for their 2021 Dry Grad. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Kwalikum Secondary School students will hold a bottle drive and will provide a Christmas tree chipping service on Jan. 2, 2021, in order to raise funds for their 2021 Dry Grad. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Jacob Stockton and Brett Wildeman, owners of JB Everything At Your Service, display donations they received from family, friends and employers. (Facebook photo)
Jacob Stockton and Brett Wildeman, owners of JB Everything At Your Service, display donations they received from family, friends and employers. (Facebook photo)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Oceanside RCMP deliver food baskets to needy families this Christmas. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside RCMP deliver special Christmas baskets to area families

Annual tradition continues in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Oceanside RCMP deliver food baskets to needy families this Christmas. (Submitted photo)
Child, youth and family program co-ordinators Hollie Francis, left, and Taylor Oriecuia, right, hold activity kits that they have packaged up to deliver to SOS program participants. Alice Tulia, SOS child, youth and family programs manage, centre. made a plan to deliver the food and activities that would have been used in the cancelled programs. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Delivering joy to Parksville Qualicum Beach families

‘One child was so excited he was vibrating’

Child, youth and family program co-ordinators Hollie Francis, left, and Taylor Oriecuia, right, hold activity kits that they have packaged up to deliver to SOS program participants. Alice Tulia, SOS child, youth and family programs manage, centre. made a plan to deliver the food and activities that would have been used in the cancelled programs. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Photo from Amy Murphy in Whiskey Creek on Dec. 21, 2020.
Photo from Amy Murphy in Whiskey Creek on Dec. 21, 2020.
The Kwalikum Secondary School leadership class with all of our food they collected during their 12 Days of Giving. (Submitted photo)

Kwalikum Secondary students collect nearly 1,300 food items for Salvation Army

‘12 Days of Giving’ sees classes to donate to a good cause

The Kwalikum Secondary School leadership class with all of our food they collected during their 12 Days of Giving. (Submitted photo)
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
The traditional New Year Polar Bear swim will not take place in 2021. (PQB News file photo)
The traditional New Year Polar Bear swim will not take place in 2021. (PQB News file photo)