Tamara Cunningham

Nanaimo school district’s graduation rate for aboriginal students declined for the third straight year. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

Nanaimo school district looks to improve aboriginal graduation rates

Fewer aboriginal students graduated last year, reports B.C. Ministry of Education

Nanaimo school district’s graduation rate for aboriginal students declined for the third straight year. (NEWS BULLETIN file)
Wellington Secondary School Grade 12 students Emma Campbell, left, and Holly Cochrane show off a couple of dress samples available from Prom Closet Nanaimo. The non-profit has about 400 prom dresses in all colours, styles and sizes, which it will offer free to graduating teens. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Prom Closet Nanaimo helps students get prom perfect

Hundreds of dresses and suits at February boutique are free for graduating students

Wellington Secondary School Grade 12 students Emma Campbell, left, and Holly Cochrane show off a couple of dress samples available from Prom Closet Nanaimo. The non-profit has about 400 prom dresses in all colours, styles and sizes, which it will offer free to graduating teens. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Community donates blood for young cancer patients

Community donates blood for young cancer patients

Young Heroes Nanaimo blood drive one of the largest for city

Community donates blood for young cancer patients
Nanaimo’s Greg Keller walks with sons Dustin, 5, and Colby, 10, near their current school, Rutherford Elementary, which will close this June. They have been assigned to go to Frank J. Ney Elementary, but Keller doesn’t trust his sons’ safety to walk the Hammond Bay route, which he estimates would take them more than an hour. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Parents question school catchment boundaries

Catchment boundary alignments can’t please everyone, school district says

Nanaimo’s Greg Keller walks with sons Dustin, 5, and Colby, 10, near their current school, Rutherford Elementary, which will close this June. They have been assigned to go to Frank J. Ney Elementary, but Keller doesn’t trust his sons’ safety to walk the Hammond Bay route, which he estimates would take them more than an hour. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo gets community action team, funding to tackle overdose crisis

Nanaimo gets community action team, funding to tackle overdose crisis

B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions announces action teams in 18 communities

Nanaimo gets community action team, funding to tackle overdose crisis
Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association started a Go Fund Me campaign that’s raised more than $19,000.

Nanaimo advocacy association no longer in crisis

City council agrees to provide funding to organization

Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association started a Go Fund Me campaign that’s raised more than $19,000.
Nanaimo’s Deborah Graves, a transplant recipient, shares her story during an event Monday with Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims and Leanne Appleton, B.C .Transplant provincial executive director. The event celebrated a partnership between B.C. Transplant and Service B.C. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Minister highlights efforts to register organ donation decisions

Nanaimo woman shares transplant story during organ donation event

Nanaimo’s Deborah Graves, a transplant recipient, shares her story during an event Monday with Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims and Leanne Appleton, B.C .Transplant provincial executive director. The event celebrated a partnership between B.C. Transplant and Service B.C. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Rachel Stevenson, a Grade 4 student at Cilaire Elementary, left positive messages on the desks of other students Thursday during the Great Kindness Challenge. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo elementary school students spread kindness

Cilaire Elementary took the Great Kindness Challenge this week

Rachel Stevenson, a Grade 4 student at Cilaire Elementary, left positive messages on the desks of other students Thursday during the Great Kindness Challenge. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
John Bars-Bee Garden Club co-chairs Cohen Inglis and Hope Stewart show off their Bee City School certification with school garden facilitator Christopher Brown and sponsor teacher Janet Nelson. The school is the first in B.C. to be named a Bee City School for its commitment to enhance pollinator habitat and help elementary students learn to be environmental stewards. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Student club buzzing about bees

John Barsby first Bee City School in B.C.

John Bars-Bee Garden Club co-chairs Cohen Inglis and Hope Stewart show off their Bee City School certification with school garden facilitator Christopher Brown and sponsor teacher Janet Nelson. The school is the first in B.C. to be named a Bee City School for its commitment to enhance pollinator habitat and help elementary students learn to be environmental stewards. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
April Ringma and her children Ian, 9, and Raylyn, 6, are among families who are facing a lack of before- and after-school care program vacancies at schools the children will attend after Rutherford Elementary School closes in June. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Before- and after-school care filled up in north Nanaimo

Randerson Ridge, McGirr, Frank J. Ney schools have wait-lists for on-site care

April Ringma and her children Ian, 9, and Raylyn, 6, are among families who are facing a lack of before- and after-school care program vacancies at schools the children will attend after Rutherford Elementary School closes in June. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Modular classrooms at Victoria’s École Willows School that were locally designed and built. Keri Coles/Oak Bay News

School district will look into building its own portables

Business committee recommends investigating viability of in-house construction of ‘learning studios’

Modular classrooms at Victoria’s École Willows School that were locally designed and built. Keri Coles/Oak Bay News
Island Ferries has announced it will enter the next phase of a process to get a berth at the Vancouver SeaBus terminal. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

Island Ferries announces next step in bid to dock at SeaBus terminal

Foot-ferry company says it plans to start up service this summer

Island Ferries has announced it will enter the next phase of a process to get a berth at the Vancouver SeaBus terminal. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)
Ron and Barbara Haines, of Nanoose, look through a recipe book that Barbara uses to remember how to make certain meals. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

New campaign combats stigma about dementia

Four years after Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Barbara Haines is ‘quite happy’

Ron and Barbara Haines, of Nanoose, look through a recipe book that Barbara uses to remember how to make certain meals. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
School bus route changes considered in Nanaimo, Ladysmith

School bus route changes considered in Nanaimo, Ladysmith

First bus route review released by Nanaimo school district

School bus route changes considered in Nanaimo, Ladysmith
City council considers aid for advocacy group

City council considers aid for advocacy group

Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association asks city council for $10K

City council considers aid for advocacy group
File photo/News Bulletin

Mediators appointed to help address issues in IHealth review

B.C. health minister appoints Jane Morley and Jean Greatbatch as mediators

File photo/News Bulletin
Melissa Stephens, Vancouver Island University Faculty Association Status of Women chairwoman, left, Deborah Hollins, Nanaimo Family Life Association executive director and Sonnet L’Abbé, last year’s march organizer, are helping Nanaimo Women March On gain traction. The march is Saturday, Jan. 20. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo marches for women’s rights

Nanaimo Women March On happens Saturday, Jan. 20

Melissa Stephens, Vancouver Island University Faculty Association Status of Women chairwoman, left, Deborah Hollins, Nanaimo Family Life Association executive director and Sonnet L’Abbé, last year’s march organizer, are helping Nanaimo Women March On gain traction. The march is Saturday, Jan. 20. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Alia Johnston, one of three new volunteer baby huggers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, holds Isabella, a two-month old baby who was born addicted to substances. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo hospital program ensures babies get enough hugs

Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged program has launched at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Alia Johnston, one of three new volunteer baby huggers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, holds Isabella, a two-month old baby who was born addicted to substances. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Adrian Dix, British Columbia’s minister of health, speaks about recent report regarding the status of IHealth at a press conference in Nanaimo on Jan. 12. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

UPDATE: Report finds ‘deep mismanagement’ of IHealth project

Minister of Health Adrian Dix was at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital discussing IHealth review

Adrian Dix, British Columbia’s minister of health, speaks about recent report regarding the status of IHealth at a press conference in Nanaimo on Jan. 12. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
Flu outbreak hits NRGH

Flu outbreak hits NRGH

Nanaimo hospital is over capacity and seeing higher volumes of people coming into emergency room

Flu outbreak hits NRGH