Tamara Cunningham

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools superintendent John Blain, a former CFL player, and NDSS football coach Nate Stevenson get ready to run a play on the new artificial turf field at NDSS. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Artificial turf field officially dedicated in Nanaimo

City and school district dedicate $3.6-million NDSS Community Field

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools superintendent John Blain, a former CFL player, and NDSS football coach Nate Stevenson get ready to run a play on the new artificial turf field at NDSS. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Fundraising campaign meant to keep Men’s Centre afloat

Fundraising campaign meant to keep Men’s Centre afloat

Centre has warned it could close this summer without funding help

Fundraising campaign meant to keep Men’s Centre afloat
Parents, school district meet to discuss academy concerns at NDSS

Parents, school district meet to discuss academy concerns at NDSS

Principal raises possibility the high school could be too full even for in-catchment students

Parents, school district meet to discuss academy concerns at NDSS
Georgia Avenue school gets $105,000 for new accessible playground. STOCK PHOTO

Georgia Avenue gets money for new accessible playground

Province announces dollars for playgrounds at 51 B.C. schools

Georgia Avenue school gets $105,000 for new accessible playground. STOCK PHOTO
A new project will prescribe recreation to kids. STOCK PHOTO

Nanaimo kids will receive recreation prescriptions for digital detox

Recreation project wins nearly $50K grant from Island Health

A new project will prescribe recreation to kids. STOCK PHOTO
Nanaimo Christian School student Mesha Loots, 12, crafted shelter students could use if they were stranded because of an earthquake. The exercise was part of the Global Day of Design last Friday when students thought of the problems they could face with an earthquake and found solutions.                                TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/NEWS BULLETIN

Students put problem-solving skills to the test

Nanaimo Christian Schools take part in Global Day of Design

Nanaimo Christian School student Mesha Loots, 12, crafted shelter students could use if they were stranded because of an earthquake. The exercise was part of the Global Day of Design last Friday when students thought of the problems they could face with an earthquake and found solutions.                                TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/NEWS BULLETIN
High school lacrosse players Jayden Thomas and Jake McInnes have found themselves benched from the game because a lack of capacity to take on more players at Nanaimo and District Secondary School’s field lacrosse academy. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

NDSS full, out-of-catchment lacrosse players are out of luck

High school can’t accommodate any more students, impacting field lacrosse academy

High school lacrosse players Jayden Thomas and Jake McInnes have found themselves benched from the game because a lack of capacity to take on more players at Nanaimo and District Secondary School’s field lacrosse academy. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
The old Woodlands Secondary School site. Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is ready to create a new 10-year facilities plan. FILE PHOTO

Nanaimo school district to craft new facilities plan

Options to be considered include consolidations, renovations, additions or new schools

The old Woodlands Secondary School site. Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is ready to create a new 10-year facilities plan. FILE PHOTO
Rock City Elementary student Emmitt Giesbrecht, front, gets a kick out of his beats during a workshop on digital music, as classmates Kyle Fisher, left, Lauren Churko and Ruby Gress work on their own tunes. The class was part of Best Buy Canada’s Geek Squad Academy, which came to Vancouver Island for the first time on Tuesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo students get lesson in technology

Best Buy Canada’s Geek Squad Academy stops at Rock City Elementary in first Island visit

Rock City Elementary student Emmitt Giesbrecht, front, gets a kick out of his beats during a workshop on digital music, as classmates Kyle Fisher, left, Lauren Churko and Ruby Gress work on their own tunes. The class was part of Best Buy Canada’s Geek Squad Academy, which came to Vancouver Island for the first time on Tuesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Kristen Atwell-Pope, neurologist, left, Amber Holden, MS nurse clinician and clinic coordinator, and Samantha O’Niell-Edgar, patient, do a trial run of the TeleMS program at a new clinic location at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Thursday. The Nanaimo clinic will begin doing actual consultations this week. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

MS telehealth clinic opens its doors in Nanaimo

Satellite clinic considered first of its kind in Canada

Kristen Atwell-Pope, neurologist, left, Amber Holden, MS nurse clinician and clinic coordinator, and Samantha O’Niell-Edgar, patient, do a trial run of the TeleMS program at a new clinic location at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Thursday. The Nanaimo clinic will begin doing actual consultations this week. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Amos Harris and Isaiah Harris are enrolled in a Ladysmith Secondary School class that’s all about culture and the Hul’qumi’num language. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

Class work one way to preserve indigenous language

Nanaimo hosts first-ever language symposium later this spring

Amos Harris and Isaiah Harris are enrolled in a Ladysmith Secondary School class that’s all about culture and the Hul’qumi’num language. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
Denese Ferris, left, waits for a pour as Terri Wolhfarth, volunteer coordinator at Eden Gardens, fills cups and hands out treats at the care facility’s bistro. More volunteers are needed to open the bistro more often. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Eden Gardens looks to boost its array of volunteers

Dementia care facility marks its first year open

Denese Ferris, left, waits for a pour as Terri Wolhfarth, volunteer coordinator at Eden Gardens, fills cups and hands out treats at the care facility’s bistro. More volunteers are needed to open the bistro more often. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Cadence Manson, 16 (left), Claire Little, 18, Sarah Dixon, 18, and Trent Jack, 19 are four of 12 members of the new Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council, a group that’s looking to make life better for youth in care. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Youth in care advocate for change

New youth advisory committee gets to work in Nanaimo

Cadence Manson, 16 (left), Claire Little, 18, Sarah Dixon, 18, and Trent Jack, 19 are four of 12 members of the new Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council, a group that’s looking to make life better for youth in care. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Pills found circulating in Terrace, B.C., last year. Nanaimo school district is considering measures to help with substance misuse after a spike in students using Xanax or a Xanax-like drug earlier this year. BLACK PRESS file photo

School district considers new position, drug concerns raised

Assistant superintendent confirms spike in use of a Xanax-like drug in schools earlier this year

Pills found circulating in Terrace, B.C., last year. Nanaimo school district is considering measures to help with substance misuse after a spike in students using Xanax or a Xanax-like drug earlier this year. BLACK PRESS file photo
Mckenna Wagner, 12, Taya Hleck, 10 and Riley Paugh, 6, helped plant a new indigenous garden at Forest Park Elementary School. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Students celebrate new indigenous garden

Garden teaches students about traditional uses of local plants

Mckenna Wagner, 12, Taya Hleck, 10 and Riley Paugh, 6, helped plant a new indigenous garden at Forest Park Elementary School. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo school district has proposed more than $4 million in budget initiatives for next year. FILE PHOTO

School district changes mind, won’t cut community school coordinators

Budget initiatives proposed for next school year

Nanaimo school district has proposed more than $4 million in budget initiatives for next year. FILE PHOTO
All a-buzz about Earth Day. Basia Henoch; community school coordinator; left; Jaimie Smythe; event ambassador; Michael Geselbracht of the Mid-Island Community Development Cooperative and Chris Brown; Earth Day event coordinator are getting everything ready for Earth Day 2018, a celebration of home, community and the environment at John Barsby Secondary School. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo can get together to celebrate Earth Day

Farmers, artisans, honeybees, baby goats RSVP for party Saturday, April 21, a day before Earth Day

All a-buzz about Earth Day. Basia Henoch; community school coordinator; left; Jaimie Smythe; event ambassador; Michael Geselbracht of the Mid-Island Community Development Cooperative and Chris Brown; Earth Day event coordinator are getting everything ready for Earth Day 2018, a celebration of home, community and the environment at John Barsby Secondary School. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Rob Lawrance, City of Nanaimo environmental planner, said a natural capital study put Buttertubs Marsh in the context of a physical utility asset. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo adds up the value of natural infrastructure

Environmental assets have dollar value, study finds

Rob Lawrance, City of Nanaimo environmental planner, said a natural capital study put Buttertubs Marsh in the context of a physical utility asset. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin
The City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo school district and Island Health are working on a concept for a youth medical clinic at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. FILE PHOTO

City explores youth medical clinic at aquatic centre

City of Nanaimo, Island Health, school district looking at concepts for a youth health hub

The City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo school district and Island Health are working on a concept for a youth medical clinic at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. FILE PHOTO
Erralyn Thomas, president of Petroglyph Development Group, shows the vision for a longhouse on Saysutshun, or Newcastle Island. A vision for the marine park was unveiled Friday by the economic development group for the Snuneymuxw First Nation. (TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Snuneymuxw First Nation unveils $6M vision for Newcastle Island

Vision for island near Nanaimo includes restaurant with Snuneymuxw-inspired fare, artisans village

Erralyn Thomas, president of Petroglyph Development Group, shows the vision for a longhouse on Saysutshun, or Newcastle Island. A vision for the marine park was unveiled Friday by the economic development group for the Snuneymuxw First Nation. (TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin)