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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)
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
Hearts in the window at a business on Selby Street in Nanaimo earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)

United Way directs $400,000 to organizations helping people through the pandemic

$381,000 from federal government supplemented by $29,000 from United Way donors

Hearts in the window at a business on Selby Street in Nanaimo earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)
Darrel August, left, teacher Matt Kuzminski and Tobias Gillman, with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ learning alternatives program, distributed care packages to people experiencing homelessness on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo students who have experienced homelessness give to people living rough

Learning alternatives students distribute care packages

Darrel August, left, teacher Matt Kuzminski and Tobias Gillman, with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ learning alternatives program, distributed care packages to people experiencing homelessness on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)
Representatives from Belron International, parent company of Speedy Glass, Broco Glass and Apple Auto Glass presented a cheque for $9,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo auto glass companies donate to battle breast cancer

Apple Auto Glass, Broco Glass and Speedy Glass help raise $9,000 for Canadian Cancer Society

Representatives from Belron International, parent company of Speedy Glass, Broco Glass and Apple Auto Glass presented a cheque for $9,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)
Ericka Brown, Stenberg grad, now works as a Registered Pharmacy Technician at a hospital in her home community.

A mom’s guide to going back to college

Pharmacy Technician Distance Diploma offered flexible learning option

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Ericka Brown, Stenberg grad, now works as a Registered Pharmacy Technician at a hospital in her home community.
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Community helps light up the season for Nanaimo mom and dad who both have cancer

Convoys parading past festively decorated house in central Nanaimo

Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)

$20,000 donation will help youths and others on the Island impacted by COVID-19

RBC Foundation gives to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)
Krista Simpson, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive chairperson, left, is happy to accept, on behalf of the toy drive, a $7,500 donation from Western Forest Products, represented by Kindry Mercer, manager of regional initiatives for Western Forest Products. (Photo submitted)

Forestry company donates thousands to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

Charity happy to accept $7,500 from Western Forest Products

Krista Simpson, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive chairperson, left, is happy to accept, on behalf of the toy drive, a $7,500 donation from Western Forest Products, represented by Kindry Mercer, manager of regional initiatives for Western Forest Products. (Photo submitted)
Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army Nanaimo envoy, left, Ann Marie Clark, Steve Marshall Ford dealer principal; Dave Brockie, general sales leader; Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of development; Krista Ferris, Steve Marshall Ford community and guest relations and Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director will be social distancing, but eager nonetheless to receive donations brought to them during this year’s Give and Go donation drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo car dealer’s Give and Go drive-thru charity drive happening this week

Physical distancing no problem at event at Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln on Friday, Dec. 11

Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army Nanaimo envoy, left, Ann Marie Clark, Steve Marshall Ford dealer principal; Dave Brockie, general sales leader; Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of development; Krista Ferris, Steve Marshall Ford community and guest relations and Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director will be social distancing, but eager nonetheless to receive donations brought to them during this year’s Give and Go donation drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends

VIDEO: Half a dozen humpback whales have play day near Vancouver Island shoreline

Peter Hamilton, founder of Life Force Ocean Friends, submitted this video of…

Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends
You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Visiting hours set for socially-distanced Santa greetings in Chemainus

Walkers and drive-bys welcome at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20

You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)