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Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod will be out with firefighters collecting donations at various grocery store across Nanaimo to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy this weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters trying to give muscular dystrophy the boot

Boot Drive happens at various grocery stores in Nanaimo this weekend, Sept. 18-19

A Terry Fox Run banner signed by Nanaimo participants at a past run-walk event at Bowen Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Terry Fox Run participants asked to run or walk at their own pace

Nanaimo organizer hopes to raise $20,000 between community and school events

Jim Mann, an Alzheimer Society of B.C. advocate who lives with dementia, hopes people are cognizant of the effect of COVID-19 on those living with dementia. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo residents asked to set their sights high for Alzheimer Society of B.C.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and the Climb for Alzheimer’s takes place until Sept. 21

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Nanaimo-Ladysmith-Chemainus community team will include Shane Coubrough, clockwise from top left, Dave Giles, Mike Sherman, Cydney MacNeill, Steve Smith and Ashley Cockle. (News Bulletin photos and photos submitted)

This year’s Tour de Rock team members know the culture and the cause

Tour starts Sept. 20 in Port Alice, winds up with finale in Sidney on Oct. 1

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Nanaimo-Ladysmith-Chemainus community team will include Shane Coubrough, clockwise from top left, Dave Giles, Mike Sherman, Cydney MacNeill, Steve Smith and Ashley Cockle. (News Bulletin photos and photos submitted)
Members of the Bad to the Bone team were among participants of the Vancouver Island Multiple Myeloma March in Nanaimo on Sept. 6. Close to $22,000 was raised. (Submitted photo)

Multiple myeloma research fundraising walk in Nanaimo surpasses $20K target

Walk raising money for incurable blood cancer research took place Sept. 6 at Nanaimo Lions Pavilion

Members of the Bad to the Bone team were among participants of the Vancouver Island Multiple Myeloma March in Nanaimo on Sept. 6. Close to $22,000 was raised. (Submitted photo)
Rogan the Painting Dog creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)

Painting dog motivated by Nanaimo doggie treats

Foley Dog Treat Company partners with artistic pooch on charitable initiative

Rogan the Painting Dog creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver Island Regional Library has loaned childrens books for a new family space at Vancouver Island University. Pictured here, Ben Hyman, VIRL executive director, and Lara Wright, interim university librarian. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island Regional Library loans books for new VIU family space

Renovated space at Vancouver Island University includes 2SLGBTQ+ and breastfeeding friendly space

Vancouver Island Regional Library has loaned childrens books for a new family space at Vancouver Island University. Pictured here, Ben Hyman, VIRL executive director, and Lara Wright, interim university librarian. (Submitted photo)
James Tyler of Heavy D’s Barbershop gives a child a fresh haircut at the Fresh Start back-to-school event at Harbourfront library branch Aug. 28. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo barbers and librarians help less fortunate kids get ready for back-to-school

Fresh Start event took place at Harbourfront library branch Saturday

James Tyler of Heavy D’s Barbershop gives a child a fresh haircut at the Fresh Start back-to-school event at Harbourfront library branch Aug. 28. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign is on until Aug. 31, seeking to raise money for students in poverty. Pictured here are Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, and John Eivindson, assistant manager of Coastal Community Credit Union’s Labieux Road location. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Stock the Lockers campaign starts to raise money for back-to-school in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Stock the Lockers goes until Aug. 31 to help less fortunate students in school district

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign is on until Aug. 31, seeking to raise money for students in poverty. Pictured here are Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, and John Eivindson, assistant manager of Coastal Community Credit Union’s Labieux Road location. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The Fresh Start back-to-school drive this month is collecting money, backpacks, supplies and clothing for less fortunate students in Nanaimo. (Stock photo)

Back-to-school fundraiser looks to give Nanaimo students a Fresh Start

That 50’s Barbershop, VIRL Harbourfront Library and other partners asking for donations

The Fresh Start back-to-school drive this month is collecting money, backpacks, supplies and clothing for less fortunate students in Nanaimo. (Stock photo)
Diabetes Canada is holding a used clothing drive next week in Nanaimo in commemoration of the discovery of insulin 100 years ago. (Black Press file photo)

Diabetes Canada holding used clothing drive in honour of insulin’s discovery

Drive will take place Aug. 7 at Real Canadian Superstore at Metral Drive

Diabetes Canada is holding a used clothing drive next week in Nanaimo in commemoration of the discovery of insulin 100 years ago. (Black Press file photo)
Terry Rogers, Bonnie Murrell and Evelyn Boegh of Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak were happy with the results of the club’s 25 for 25 Challenge to commemorate its 25 years of existence. Rogers and Boegh are founding members. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary celebrates 25 years with $25K, 2,500km fundraiser

25 area non-profit agencies participated in community challenge

Terry Rogers, Bonnie Murrell and Evelyn Boegh of Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak were happy with the results of the club’s 25 for 25 Challenge to commemorate its 25 years of existence. Rogers and Boegh are founding members. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park will host Toss the Boss, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo and Victoria brain injury societies. (Black Press file photo)

Island’s brain injury societies invite companies to Toss the Boss off a bungy bridge

Oct. 1 event at WildPlay Element Park benefits Nanaimo and Victoria societies

Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park will host Toss the Boss, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo and Victoria brain injury societies. (Black Press file photo)
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Nanoose Bay fitness enthusiast Mitchel Cook is training for an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for burpees on Nov. 5. (Submitted photo)
Nanoose Bay fitness enthusiast Mitchel Cook is training for an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for burpees on Nov. 5. (Submitted photo)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.

Counter-rally sends messages of thanks to Vancouver Island hospital workers

Residents hold support rally one day after COVID restrictions protest at Comox Valley hospital

Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will ride different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021. (Courtesy Cops for Cancer)

Tour de Rock embraces community teams for annual Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser

Tour starts Sept. 20 in Port Alice, winds up with finale in Sidney on Oct. 1

A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will ride different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021. (Courtesy Cops for Cancer)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)