Summer students make impact in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Federal government funding provides help for two Nanaimo-based charities.

Ashley Elliot

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island and Literacy Central Vancouver Island were recipients of the Government of Canada’s summer student grant program through the Youth Employment Strategy this year.

The summer student grant program is an opportunity for students like Ashley Elliot and Solveig Hanson to gain relevant work experience before graduation. According to a United Waypress release, these positions are what move small organizations forward – groups like the United Way and Literacy Central cannot afford to hire without the support of the Government of Canada’s summer student program.

Elliot, United Way summer student, spent two years at Vancouver Island University and will be returning to school in September to the University of Victoria.

She is gaining experience in fundraising, non-profit communications, research and teamwork. Elliot is also learning about the social issues in her hometown of Nanaimo.

“Ashley is a great help to us as we prepare for the fall fundraising campaign. For the first time we have that extra hand through the summer student program and Ashley’s time will help us raise more to support local programs in our community,” said Signy Madden, executive director at the United Way.

Hanson was another recipient of the summer student program with one of the United Way’s community partners, Literacy Central. She is having a great experience working with a volunteer in her 80s who has been sharing with Solveig her knowledge about the social enterprise bookstore as well as what it was like to live through the bombings in London during the blitz.

“We are really pleased to have Solveig with us as our summer student,” said Michele Hillier, executive director at Literacy Central. “She is working on a couple of initiatives that we just do not have the staff or time to complete. It is lovely to have her youthful energy here.”

Just Posted

Hospice gets some help thanks to community hike

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society’s Hike for Hospice was held Saturday at Westwood Lake

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prevent ‘reno-victions’

Lack of vacancy control results in rent hikes far exceeding allowable increases, says letter writer

Space rock band Possum will make Nanaimo debut

This month the group releases its first full-length record, ‘Space Grade Assembly’

Dogs, dogs and more dogs in Nanoose this weekend

Nanaimo Kennel Club hosts annual show

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cars too hot to leave kids unattended

A campaign on preventative measures is needed, says letter writer

Dogs, dogs and more dogs in Nanoose this weekend

Nanaimo Kennel Club hosts annual show

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Every cigarette and lottery ticket stolen from Parksville’s Log Cabin General Store

Break-in, theft occurred late on June 10 or early June 11

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

Suspect arrested following gunpoint robbery in Qualicum Beach

Stop and Shop Grocery was robbed June 5; man now in custody

Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival comes to Nanaimo

Performances to take place over two days at St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Truck loaded with culverts tips over on highway exit in Nanaimo

Crash blocks northbound access to Trans Canada Highway from Duke Point Highway

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Most Read