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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)
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)
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)
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)
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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.
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)
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)
Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)

Nanaimo Search and Rescue launches ‘Rescue Our Rescuer’ for deputy chief who has cancer

Fundraiser started for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, diagnosed with breast cancer

Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)
Kelly O'Dwyer, VIREB director, left, presents cheque for $2,000 to Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, to support Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services. 
(Photo submitted)

Real estate board supports RCMP Victim Services in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board writes cheque for $2,000 over the holidays

Kelly O'Dwyer, VIREB director, left, presents cheque for $2,000 to Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, to support Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services. 
(Photo submitted)
The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Monolith appears in Vancouver Island yard

Item in Courtenay showed up on Wikipedia list for a little while

The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard
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Nanaimo NightOwls hoping to fill an RV with food donations

West Coast League baseball team organizing Jan. 1 charity drive for Loaves and Fishes

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A window display at Lucid earlier this year, with paintings by Andrea Thomas. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Foundation offers thanks for nearly $700,000 in COVID-19 relief

Local fundraising and federal money supported Nanaimo Community Response Fund in 2020

A window display at Lucid earlier this year, with paintings by Andrea Thomas. (News Bulletin file photo)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive thanks community for ‘over the top’ support of Christmas charity

This year’s drive received the highest amount of cash donations in its 38-year history

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)
Publisher Sean McCue and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin are hoping for a few more donations to Coins for Kids charity drive, which supports the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Coins still being sought for Christmas

News Bulletin charity collects for Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and Boys and Girls Clubs

Publisher Sean McCue and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin are hoping for a few more donations to Coins for Kids charity drive, which supports the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Island Crisis Care Society is looking for some volunteer help. (News Bulletin file photo)

Crisis care society asks for volunteer assistance

Society looking for client support driver, kitchen meal prep volunteer

Island Crisis Care Society is looking for some volunteer help. (News Bulletin file photo)
VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU culinary arts students providing 200 meals each week to Salvation Army

Campus cafeterias have been closed but cooking has continued

VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)
The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo, located in the Old City Quarter. (News Bulletin file photo)

Men’s Centre in Nanaimo asks for help with office improvements

Centre looking for ‘handy’ volunteers for renovation work

The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo, located in the Old City Quarter. (News Bulletin file photo)