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Dodd’s Furniture, in partnership with the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, is collecting gently used coats to be distributed through social agencies to people experiencing homelessness. (Stock photo)

Coat drive in Nanaimo helping to keep people warm this winter

Dodd’s Furniture collecting coats in partnership with Nanaimo Homeless Coalition

Nanaimo’s historical Bastion will be illuminated in blue light on Monday, Feb. 22 as part of the Girl Guides of Canada’s girl empowerment campaign. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Bastion will be illuminated in blue to celebrate girl empowerment

Communities across B.C. turning on blue lights for Girl Guides of Canada campaign

Sean McCue, Nanaimo News Bulletin publisher, presents a cheque for $1,800 to Carolyn Iles, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive board member. The money, which will help purchase presents for children of financially challenged families in Nanaimo, was raised through the News Bulletin’s annual Coins for Kids campaign. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Sean McCue, Nanaimo News Bulletin publisher, presents a cheque for $1,800 to Carolyn Iles, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive board member. The money, which will help purchase presents for children of financially challenged families in Nanaimo, was raised through the News Bulletin’s annual Coins for Kids campaign. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Altrusan Vicki Calder, left, delivers Bus and Park It packs to Kiara Colyn from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)

Pandemic prompts Altrusa Club project to get people out to enjoy Nanaimo’s parks

Bus and Park It packs include free bus passes and PPE for people experiencing poverty and depression

Altrusan Vicki Calder, left, delivers Bus and Park It packs to Kiara Colyn from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)
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Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP

Vancouver Island RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

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Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Community policing volunteers help with a distracted driving education campaign. (Black Press file photo)

Community policing volunteers help with public safety programs in Nanaimo

Volunteers assist with Speed Watch, Crime Watch, 529 Garage and other initiatives

Community policing volunteers help with a distracted driving education campaign. (Black Press file photo)
Paige Karczynski is the new executive director of Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. (Photo submitted)

New executive director leading Nanaimo hospice at a time when grief counselling is greatly needed

Paige Karczynski takes over as Nanaimo Community Hospice Society begins its 40th year

Paige Karczynski is the new executive director of Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. (Photo submitted)
This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communities across Vancouver Island.

UPDATED: Poster popping up in Island communities falsely claiming COVID restrictions are over

Unattributed poster claims COVID restrictions ended March 1; Island Health responds

This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communities across Vancouver Island.
Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>

Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied

The cat came back, with help from BC Ferries staff

After Dasher made a dash, staff in Comox found her and got her home safe

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)

B.C. man rescues dog that was trapped for 43 hours inside hidden well

At first, Wade Deisman thought his neighbour got a new puppy, but the barking didn’t stop.

Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)
BCCOS officer Steve Petrovcic, BC Parks Ranger Jamie Godfrey and RCMP Cpl. Dan Jinda near Mt. Washington on Jan. 24. Photo supplied by BCCOS.
BCCOS officer Steve Petrovcic, BC Parks Ranger Jamie Godfrey and RCMP Cpl. Dan Jinda near Mt. Washington on Jan. 24. Photo supplied by BCCOS.
LRCA Food Security Coordinator Paula Masyk holds a bin of produce delivered by Loaves and Fishes. (Cole Schisler photo)

LRCA Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes team up to provide produce for Ladysmith families

Since the partnership began, Loaves and Fishes has provided 3,669 kilograms of food

LRCA Food Security Coordinator Paula Masyk holds a bin of produce delivered by Loaves and Fishes. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Coldest Night of the Year walk will be a little different in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, taking place throughout the month of February. Violet Hayes, Island Crisis Care Society executive director, Richard Powell, director of development and Elspeth Erickson, resource development coordinator hope people will participate. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will take place over a month

People asked to take part in Island Crisis Care Society fundraiser while socially distanced

The Coldest Night of the Year walk will be a little different in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, taking place throughout the month of February. Violet Hayes, Island Crisis Care Society executive director, Richard Powell, director of development and Elspeth Erickson, resource development coordinator hope people will participate. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
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.
Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization, a non-profit, seeks to raise $8,000 for a play structure to help children remain active during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization asking for help fundraising for play structure

Physical activities have been limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, says non-profit

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization, a non-profit, seeks to raise $8,000 for a play structure to help children remain active during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)