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Therese Marcoux-Pena browses the paperbacks Friday, April 1, at the Rotary Used Book Sale at Nanaimo North Town Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Therese Marcoux-Pena browses the paperbacks Friday, April 1, at the Rotary Used Book Sale at Nanaimo North Town Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

8-year-old Lower Mainland resident sells paintings to help Ukrainians

Ava Gambling and her brother James, 4, raised more than $1,000

Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Real Canadian Superstore in Nanaimo will hold a food drive and fundraiser event benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank beginning March 31 and running till Easter weekend. (News Bulletin file)
Real Canadian Superstore in Nanaimo will hold a food drive and fundraiser event benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank beginning March 31 and running till Easter weekend. (News Bulletin file)
Kevin Hall, UVic president and vice-chancellor, UVic chancellor Marion Buller, second from left, VIU chancellor Cloy-e-iss, Judith Sayers, and Deborah Saucier, VIU president and vice-chancellor, pose with a talking stick carved by Ts’usquinuxn, William Good. (Vancouver Island University photo)

Talking stick gifted to Vancouver Island University Chancellor Judith Sayers

Hand-carved tool honours chancellor’s heritage, helps bind traditional knowledge, academia

Kevin Hall, UVic president and vice-chancellor, UVic chancellor Marion Buller, second from left, VIU chancellor Cloy-e-iss, Judith Sayers, and Deborah Saucier, VIU president and vice-chancellor, pose with a talking stick carved by Ts’usquinuxn, William Good. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Luc Begin makes toffee on snow at Beban Park social centre as part of the Maple Sugar Festival on March 26. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Toffee on snow one of the delicacies at Nanaimo’s Maple Sugar Festival

Festival happening this weekend, March 25-27, at Beban Park social centre

Luc Begin makes toffee on snow at Beban Park social centre as part of the Maple Sugar Festival on March 26. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)

B.C. woman creates ‘fidget blanket’ for autism, dementia

Brita Doubroff says product can also benefit caregivers

White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)
French Canadian culture and cuisine will make for a fun family weekend at L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo’s Maple Sugar Festival March 25-27 at Beban Park. (News Bulletin file)

How sweet it is: Maple Sugar Festival coming to Nanaimo this weekend

French Canadian sugar shack tradition celebration takes place March 25-27 at Beban Park

French Canadian culture and cuisine will make for a fun family weekend at L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo’s Maple Sugar Festival March 25-27 at Beban Park. (News Bulletin file)
Funds raised through the Sweatin’ for Science campaign will help remove barriers in access to science fairs and STEM education as well as ensure the success and sustainability of science fairs across BC and Yukon.

AbCellera joins Science Fair Foundation BC’s Sweatin’ for Science as presenting sponsor

Vancouver-based technology company AbCellera has joined The Science Fair Foundation BC as…

  • Mar 21, 2022
Funds raised through the Sweatin’ for Science campaign will help remove barriers in access to science fairs and STEM education as well as ensure the success and sustainability of science fairs across BC and Yukon.
Representatives from the Nanaimo RCMP, VIU Mariners hockey team Kirby’s Source for Sports stand behind a pile of donated hockey gear that was sent to outfit children and youths in Kinngait, Nunavut. (News Bulletin file)

Donated hockey equipment from Nanaimo helps ensure ‘game on’ in Nunavut

RCMP, VIU Mariners hockey team, airlines and community members partner on initiative

Representatives from the Nanaimo RCMP, VIU Mariners hockey team Kirby’s Source for Sports stand behind a pile of donated hockey gear that was sent to outfit children and youths in Kinngait, Nunavut. (News Bulletin file)
The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Special screening of Ukraine movie in Langley to support relief efforts

More than 30 Cineplex theatres across country to participate

The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)
Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford girl raises $2,500 for Ukraine through homemade bracelet, bookmark sales

11-year-old has help from friend to collect donations for UNICEF emergency fund

Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)
Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, accepts a $20,000 donation from the Nanaimo Lions Club represented by Pierre Le Gal, left, vice-president Dave Alderson, Dennis Sauer and Al Brett. (News Bulletin photo)

Lions club gives to Nanaimo hospital’s ICU project

Nanaimo Lions Club presents $20,000 to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, accepts a $20,000 donation from the Nanaimo Lions Club represented by Pierre Le Gal, left, vice-president Dave Alderson, Dennis Sauer and Al Brett. (News Bulletin photo)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
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Whales back in Tofino-Ucluelet area, Pacific Rim Whale Festival returns with them

Celebration of grey whale migration returns this weekend to the West Coast

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Eddie Goncalves, from The Nowik Team mortgage brokers, hands a bike off to Adrienne Bennest, of Nanaimo Brain Injury Society, as part of a delivery of bikes to Nanaimo Youth Services Association on Thursday, March 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Youth Services Association clients go on a roll thanks to Bikes for Kids

Bicycle program donates 40 bikes to association office at Bastion Street in Nanaimo

Eddie Goncalves, from The Nowik Team mortgage brokers, hands a bike off to Adrienne Bennest, of Nanaimo Brain Injury Society, as part of a delivery of bikes to Nanaimo Youth Services Association on Thursday, March 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Kraken gig all in a Day’s work for Lake Cowichan mayor

Bob Day the play-by-play voice of jr. B hockey team

Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Ann Marie Clark, dealer principal at Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln, third from left, presents $12,700 to Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization, represented by Samantha Hayes, centre manager, third from right. (Photo submitted)

Auto dealership donates to Nanaimo Unique Kids Foundation

Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln donated $100 from every vehicle sold in December and January

Ann Marie Clark, dealer principal at Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln, third from left, presents $12,700 to Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization, represented by Samantha Hayes, centre manager, third from right. (Photo submitted)
Babs Rogers, 101, takes part in the Coldest Night of the Year walk Feb. 26 in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)

Coldest Night of the Year walk in Nanaimo shatters records with $100,000 raised

Fundraiser exceeded its target, says Island Crisis Care Society

Babs Rogers, 101, takes part in the Coldest Night of the Year walk Feb. 26 in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)
A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)

Naked bungy jumpers in Nanaimo set fundraising record

More than $100,000 raised for Mental Health Recovery Partners

A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)