Tamara Cunningham

John Fitzsimmons of Nanaimo is part of a project that encourages transgender people to write about their personal experiences, which are being compiled into a collection of their works. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo teen helping to tell transgender stories

Dover Bay grad John Fitzsimmons involved in Trans Tipping Point Project

John Fitzsimmons of Nanaimo is part of a project that encourages transgender people to write about their personal experiences, which are being compiled into a collection of their works. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Academy hopefuls have received news that they will be able to get into NDSS this fall. FILE PHOTO

Space found at NDSS for lacrosse academy hopefuls

Nanaimo high school able to accommodate out-of-catchment requests for 2018-19

Academy hopefuls have received news that they will be able to get into NDSS this fall. FILE PHOTO
COLUMN: As a new opportunity awaits, this is goodbye

COLUMN: As a new opportunity awaits, this is goodbye

I’ve enjoyed meeting so many inspiring people in this community

COLUMN: As a new opportunity awaits, this is goodbye
Concepts from the City of Nanaimo’s hospital area plan for a wellness walk around Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. CITY OF NANAIMO image

Wellness walk proposed for Nanaimo’s hospital area

City council has passed third reading of hospital area plan

Concepts from the City of Nanaimo’s hospital area plan for a wellness walk around Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. CITY OF NANAIMO image
Angels Abreast paddler Diana Bertram and team captain Liz Ritchie show off the team’s new boat. The duo will be paddling in the upcoming Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival, July 6-8. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

Dragonboat teams head to the races

Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival is today through Sunday, July 6-8

Angels Abreast paddler Diana Bertram and team captain Liz Ritchie show off the team’s new boat. The duo will be paddling in the upcoming Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival, July 6-8. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
Nanaimo school district proposes seismic upgrade options to B.C. Ministry of Education, including building a new high school. FILE PHOTO

New NDSS is back on the list of school district capital plan requests

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools pitches five-year capital plan, asking for expansion at 10 schools

Nanaimo school district proposes seismic upgrade options to B.C. Ministry of Education, including building a new high school. FILE PHOTO
It was the start of the summer break and the end of an era for Rutherford Elementary on Thursday. The school shut down at the end of this past week. FILE PHOTO

Students say farewell as Rutherford Elementary closes

North Nanaimo school held farewell assembly on Thursday

It was the start of the summer break and the end of an era for Rutherford Elementary on Thursday. The school shut down at the end of this past week. FILE PHOTO
John Barsby Secondary graduate Cortnee Dunn, 18, snaps a photo of Kimmy Bui and her boyfriend Dominic Bertrand before the school’s graduation ceremony got underway at the Port Theatre. Students from John Barsby, Wellington, Dover Bay and NDSS all celebrated graduation on Thursday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo high school students mark graduation milestone

More than 1,000 students graduate district-wide

John Barsby Secondary graduate Cortnee Dunn, 18, snaps a photo of Kimmy Bui and her boyfriend Dominic Bertrand before the school’s graduation ceremony got underway at the Port Theatre. Students from John Barsby, Wellington, Dover Bay and NDSS all celebrated graduation on Thursday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has placed a moratorium on out-of-catchment placements at elementary schools. FILE PHOTO

Nanaimo school district stops out-of-catchment placements for elementary students

Decision not to accommodate out-of-catchment requests not taken lightly, superintendent says

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has placed a moratorium on out-of-catchment placements at elementary schools. FILE PHOTO
Curtis Vizza, left, and Rob Stevenson, who coach football and teach at John Barsby Secondary School, are the masterminds behind the school’s new Mastery and Performance program that will teach students physical literacy. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Barsby launches sports mastery program

Mastery and Performance program now offered at John Barsby Secondary School

Curtis Vizza, left, and Rob Stevenson, who coach football and teach at John Barsby Secondary School, are the masterminds behind the school’s new Mastery and Performance program that will teach students physical literacy. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Students Ian Liebelt, 19, and Claire Little, 18, are among the first to graduate from Tsawalk Learning Centre. A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Tsawalk Learning Centre celebrates first high school graduates

The alternative education centre opened in Nanaimo in 2016

Students Ian Liebelt, 19, and Claire Little, 18, are among the first to graduate from Tsawalk Learning Centre. A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school board to make decision on budget

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school board to make decision on budget

Idea to nix deputy superintendent position scrapped

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school board to make decision on budget
NDSS students Kaelan Baker, 18, and James Lynes, 17, tune up their robot during the first school district-wide VEX robotics competition at Wellington Secondary, June 13. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

First robotics competition whirs into Nanaimo school district

Students put their robots to the task at event

NDSS students Kaelan Baker, 18, and James Lynes, 17, tune up their robot during the first school district-wide VEX robotics competition at Wellington Secondary, June 13. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
A crowd watches the Khowutzun singers and dancers perform during the National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 celebration at Maffeo Sutton Park. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Event held Thursday at Maffeo Sutton Park

A crowd watches the Khowutzun singers and dancers perform during the National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 celebration at Maffeo Sutton Park. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Cedar Elementary students Lorelai Fredrich, 10, and Arwen Smith, 12 stand among 15 totem poles classes painted, and later blessed on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Cedar Elementary students bless totem poles

School celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with ceremony

Cedar Elementary students Lorelai Fredrich, 10, and Arwen Smith, 12 stand among 15 totem poles classes painted, and later blessed on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Seaview Elementary Grade 6 students Annika Lundman, left, Gabby Baan and Abigail Higgin helped the school take top prize in Plastic Bag Grab Challenge. Students learned about plastics, spread awareness about plastic waste and collect plastic bags to recycle as part of the challenges. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Seaview Elementary a winner in Canada-wide plastic bag challenge

Lantzville students collected almost 6,000 bags and were the B.C. winners in national contest

Seaview Elementary Grade 6 students Annika Lundman, left, Gabby Baan and Abigail Higgin helped the school take top prize in Plastic Bag Grab Challenge. Students learned about plastics, spread awareness about plastic waste and collect plastic bags to recycle as part of the challenges. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo’s Joan Deebank, 92, waits her turn on Tuesday at Malaspina Theatre to cross the stage and receive her high school diploma along with other Island ConnectEd and Vocational Adult Secondary Training students. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo woman graduates high school at age 92

Joan Deebank is the oldest high school graduate ever in B.C., as far as the ministry can confirm

Nanaimo’s Joan Deebank, 92, waits her turn on Tuesday at Malaspina Theatre to cross the stage and receive her high school diploma along with other Island ConnectEd and Vocational Adult Secondary Training students. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Colton Van Der Minne of Nanaimo District Secondary School rows with the Nanaimo Rowing Club in between other extra-curricular pursuits. He will study at UBC in the fall.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Student finds balance between local and global thinking

Colton Van Der Minne of NDSS already learning at next level

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Colton Van Der Minne of Nanaimo District Secondary School rows with the Nanaimo Rowing Club in between other extra-curricular pursuits. He will study at UBC in the fall.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Hailey Urbanoski shows one of her fashion creations. The Wellington Secondary School grad is heading to Capilano University in the fall where she will work toward a diploma in costuming for stage and screen.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Student is definitely graduating in style

Wellington Secondary grad Hailey Urbanoski happy to help others with her design sense

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Hailey Urbanoski shows one of her fashion creations. The Wellington Secondary School grad is heading to Capilano University in the fall where she will work toward a diploma in costuming for stage and screen.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Hope Stewart of John Barsby Secondary School will make the move from Nanaimo’s Rotary Bowl stadium to the University of Hawaii next year to study international business and join the track team there.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Grad will embrace, at a run, what’s next

Barsby’s Hope Stewart has learned lessons on the track that will keep serving her well

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Hope Stewart of John Barsby Secondary School will make the move from Nanaimo’s Rotary Bowl stadium to the University of Hawaii next year to study international business and join the track team there.