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Graham Cannon is the first winner of the Barb de Groot grant, which has been presented for the first time this year. (Submitted)

First winner of de Groot grant in Cowichan is former student

Cannon is the lead instructor for a class of four boys

  • Jul 30, 2021

 

Nanaimo’s Michael Suiker is trying to track down family members who might like 10 photo albums he salvaged at an estate sale in 2018. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C. man who once had personal mementos stolen wants to unite family with old photos

Nanaimo’s Michael Suiker salvaged 10 photo albums at estate sale three years ago

 

Ted Puska reveals the name of the winning entry for the Doug Bodger autographed hockey jersey from his own collection that he made available in a draw for those who provided financial support to help with medical expenses. (Photo by Don Bodger)

8 years waiting for kidney transplant ends in success for Vancouver Island man

Surgery has active Ladysmith resident Puska back to his old self

 

Members of the Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hoff, Dana Lyngaard and David Pope are ready to take to their bikes to raise money for Cowichan Hospice on July 24 during the Cycle of Life Tour. (Submitted)

Cowichan Life Cyclers ready to ride for Hospice

There is no limit to the team size, so anyone can join Cowichan Life Cycler’s virtual team

  • Jul 12, 2021
Members of the Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hoff, Dana Lyngaard and David Pope are ready to take to their bikes to raise money for Cowichan Hospice on July 24 during the Cycle of Life Tour. (Submitted)
Artist Angela Carlson at the new mural she created. (Photo by Shannon Bellamy)

Fire department commemorative mural hangs in place in Chemainus

Final touch-ups made for Shawnigan Lake artist’s addition to the outdoor collection

Artist Angela Carlson at the new mural she created. (Photo by Shannon Bellamy)
Peter Hudson and Tyler Bob (from left) are the organizers of Orange Day in the Bay. (Photo submitted)

Mid-Island festival offering music, comedy and support for residential school survivors

‘Orange Day in the Bay’ taking place on Canada Day in Snaw-Naw-As First Nation

Peter Hudson and Tyler Bob (from left) are the organizers of Orange Day in the Bay. (Photo submitted)
Chelsea Mackinnon is giving a webinar on June 9 that looks at the effects of music on the brain and dementia. (Submitted)

Music and dementia featured in June webinar

“Music and the brain: Key considerations for dementia” takes place on Wednesday, June 9

  • May 31, 2021
Chelsea Mackinnon is giving a webinar on June 9 that looks at the effects of music on the brain and dementia. (Submitted)
Reunited and it feels so good, Stefan and Josh are back together again. (Photo by Cim MacDonald)

Snipe hunting brothers reunited in Chemainus (and it feels so good)

Ten long years of fundraising leads to replacement of bronze figure in signature downtown artpiece

Reunited and it feels so good, Stefan and Josh are back together again. (Photo by Cim MacDonald)
Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)

Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community pride grows from volunteer group’s beautification efforts

All ages contribute to Crofton In Bloom’s objectives

Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Greyson Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)

Fundraising for gaga ball pit gates easily surpasses goal

People get on board with young student’s idea to make them accessible

Greyson Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)

Cairnsmore Garden Club looking for new members

With the addition of new garden territory around Cowichan Hospice House, new blood needed

  • Apr 28, 2021
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)

Art group members celebrate a joyful spring in Chemainus with surprise mosaic

Each of 33 squares pushed together into one mural

  • Apr 19, 2021
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)

Hul’q’umi’num signs installed in downtown Duncan

Project a partnership between City of Duncan, DDBIA and Cowichan Tribes

  • Apr 14, 2021
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)

COVID can’t stop Cowichan’s Plantaholics 2021 sale

More than 1,300 plants have been potted up ready for sale.

  • Mar 25, 2021
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted 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)
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)

Duncan woman wins $50K in Knights of Columbus charity draw

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 draw forced the Knights to sell tickets virtually

  • Mar 22, 2021
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)
Duncan mayor Michelle Staples said the $30,000 grant from the province to create a community-based team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services for vulnerable people is much needed. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley gets $30,000 grant to help vulnerable people

Money used to create a team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services.

  • Mar 16, 2021
Duncan mayor Michelle Staples said the $30,000 grant from the province to create a community-based team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services for vulnerable people is much needed. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)