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Ronell Bosman, Samaritan House manager, left; and Sara Knippshield, support worker; receive a delivery of gift bags last month from the Preceptor Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International, represented by volunteers Barbara Catt, Nola Jones and Caryl Skolski. (Photo submitted)

Women’s friendship centre donates essential items to Samaritan House

Preceptor Gamma Lambda supports Nanaimo women’s shelter

Ronell Bosman, Samaritan House manager, left; and Sara Knippshield, support worker; receive a delivery of gift bags last month from the Preceptor Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International, represented by volunteers Barbara Catt, Nola Jones and Caryl Skolski. (Photo submitted)
Diane Vik checks out the selection of thousands of books at the Rotary Used Book Sale happening at Nanaimo North Town Centre near London Drugs. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo used book sale physically distances fiction and non-fiction

Rotary Used Book Sale on now at Nanaimo North Town Centre

Diane Vik checks out the selection of thousands of books at the Rotary Used Book Sale happening at Nanaimo North Town Centre near London Drugs. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island woman warns of scams on dating sites from personal experience

Rose gets her $1,500 back, but most aren’t as fortunate

A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)
After losing family members to cancer and inquiring about local mental health services, David Bitonti decided to organize Movember Night at the Nanaimo Bar on Nov. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
After losing family members to cancer and inquiring about local mental health services, David Bitonti decided to organize Movember Night at the Nanaimo Bar on Nov. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Alison Douglas, owner of the Children’s Treehouse, left, makes a donation to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, represented by board member Carolyn Iles. (Photo submitted)

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive puts out a call for volunteers

Registration for the Christmas charity starts Nov. 16

Alison Douglas, owner of the Children’s Treehouse, left, makes a donation to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, represented by board member Carolyn Iles. (Photo submitted)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Indigenous Court to offer alternative sentencing options for northern Vancouver Island

Final approval from the Judicial Council is expected in January

Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jeanne Fahlman, acting executive director of Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, left; Nahanni Ackroyd, 100-plus Women Who Care Mid-Island; Erin Johnson, hospice society; Shannon Gorgichuk, 100-plus Women; Janet Skinner, hospice society past-president; and Donna Houssin, 100-plus Women; gather for am $11,000 cheque presentation in October. (Photo submitted)

100-plus Women Who Care combine their efforts to help Nanaimo hospice

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society presented with $11,000 cheque

Jeanne Fahlman, acting executive director of Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, left; Nahanni Ackroyd, 100-plus Women Who Care Mid-Island; Erin Johnson, hospice society; Shannon Gorgichuk, 100-plus Women; Janet Skinner, hospice society past-president; and Donna Houssin, 100-plus Women; gather for am $11,000 cheque presentation in October. (Photo submitted)
Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo members Wendy Smiley, left, CFUW-Nanaimo president Karen Skarpnes, storyteller Margaret Murphy, and CFUW members Jeri Manley and club treasurer Kathy Torhjelm gather in recognition of the club’s 75th anniversary. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women celebrates 75th anniversary

Group gathered via Zoom earlier this month to recall its history in the area

Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo members Wendy Smiley, left, CFUW-Nanaimo president Karen Skarpnes, storyteller Margaret Murphy, and CFUW members Jeri Manley and club treasurer Kathy Torhjelm gather in recognition of the club’s 75th anniversary. (Photo submitted)
Adam Ireton holds his son Weston, along with Kristen and Beckett as they celebrate Weston's last day of treatment for lukemia. (Kristen Ireton photo)

799 days: ‘Super’ Weston defeats cancer

‘Weston is disease-free now, so we will be going into a period of checkups and things until he’s 18’

Adam Ireton holds his son Weston, along with Kristen and Beckett as they celebrate Weston's last day of treatment for lukemia. (Kristen Ireton photo)
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Tara Feindel, left, Kamilla Duha and Sonja Ferg are among the members of Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo who will participate in a Halloween for Hunger event Oct. 31, collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Youths in costumes ask for community support of Halloween food drive

Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo holding event Oct. 31 outside former Pier 1 Imports

Tara Feindel, left, Kamilla Duha and Sonja Ferg are among the members of Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo who will participate in a Halloween for Hunger event Oct. 31, collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Global Village Nanaimo recently opened for the fall at 6581 Aulds Rd. near Home Depot. (Photo submitted)

Non-profit fair-trade store in Nanaimo offering new ways to shop

Global Village Nanaimo open until Dec. 24 on Aulds Road

Global Village Nanaimo recently opened for the fall at 6581 Aulds Rd. near Home Depot. (Photo submitted)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for animals at Island sanctuary

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)
St. Mary’s Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)

Nanoose Bay church opens special pet cemetery

St. Mary offers garden for ashes to be buried, memorialized

St. Mary’s Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)
Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)

QUIZ: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The week of Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Have you made your will?

Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)
Nanaimo non-profits are looking for space to be able to accommodate their upcoming Christmas charity drives. (Stock photo)

Christmas charities in need of space to accommodate their efforts

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and Christmas Angels charities challenged by COVID-19 times

Nanaimo non-profits are looking for space to be able to accommodate their upcoming Christmas charity drives. (Stock photo)
Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)