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Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (center) sings “Ordinary Day” with a virtual choir of 200 physicians from all over Canada. The video draws attention to A Dollar A Day Foundation, which supports those suffering with mental health and addiction issues. (Screenshot/YouTube)

VIDEO: 200-physician choir sings to benefit mental health, addiction recovery

Led by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, the video calls attention to mental health needs

 

After twice have their wedding plans altered due to COVID-19 restrictions, Suzanne Schmidt and Andrew Sturgess got married in Bakerview Park last weekend, with the only guests being their two daughters, Zoey (foreground) and Tessa. (Darren Ripka photo)

From New Zealand to Bakerview Park, B.C. couple weds in ‘backyard’

Twice scaled-down wedding ‘proof that good things still happen during bad times’

 

Gabriola artist Elizabeth Shefrin and some friends sewed 75 nurses’ surgical scrub caps to donate to graduating VIU nursing students. (Photos courtesy Eliabeth Shefrin)
Gabriola artist Elizabeth Shefrin and some friends sewed 75 nurses’ surgical scrub caps to donate to graduating VIU nursing students. (Photos courtesy Eliabeth Shefrin)
Alma, Allan Balladares and family organized a fundraising and food drive benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo Saturday. A caravan of cars began at Beban Park and headed down to the food bank’s Fry Street warehouse. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Essential service worker family organizes convoy to assist Nanaimo food bank

Over $1,000 raised, along with food, benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo

Alma, Allan Balladares and family organized a fundraising and food drive benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo Saturday. A caravan of cars began at Beban Park and headed down to the food bank’s Fry Street warehouse. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Nanaimo artist Adrienne Bouchard Langlois is creating a series of children’s videos about a toy mouse self-isolating in a dollhouse. (Photo courtesy Dan Fraser)

Nanaimo artist creating children’s video series about a self-isolating mouse

Adrienne Bouchard Langlois addresses coronavirus with delicacy for young audience

Nanaimo artist Adrienne Bouchard Langlois is creating a series of children’s videos about a toy mouse self-isolating in a dollhouse. (Photo courtesy Dan Fraser)
Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: B.C. strata residents break out in song to salute COVID-19 frontline workers

“…it’s a beautiful way to say thanks. And it’s also entertaining for people walking by.”

Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell
Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

VIDEO: Family sings Happy Birthday outside B.C. care home to 100-year-old woman

All smiles for Dorothy Dewar who lives in Eden Care Centre, the location of one COVID-19 case

Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Drive-by parade for B.C. boy features superheroes, from land and sky

Chase Petersen has a “super” birthday parade

Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
University District Buy Nothing member Cindy Griffin tends to an Asian pear tree that she was given last year through the group. (Photo submitted)

Buy Nothing group in Nanaimo seeing neighbours helping neighbours during pandemic

Founder said she’s noticed an uptick in people giving where they live

University District Buy Nothing member Cindy Griffin tends to an Asian pear tree that she was given last year through the group. (Photo submitted)
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Friends give Vancouver Island veteran a drive-by 99th birthday greeting

Jim Cooper of Courtenay is one of a couple of Second World War veterans in the community

Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Nanaimo retirement community residents answer dance-off challenge

Berwick on the Lake residents show their moves out on their balconies

Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Volunteers are needed to help sew masks for a Nanaimo B.C. SPCA fundraiser. (Facebook photo)

COVID-19 mask fundraiser helping out Nanaimo SPCA

Organizer looking for more volunteers to help with sewing

Volunteers are needed to help sew masks for a Nanaimo B.C. SPCA fundraiser. (Facebook photo)
Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Motorcycles motor past Nanaimo hospital as a show of support

Riders wish to show appreciation, and they also want to get out of the house, organizer says

Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)

PHOTOS: B.C. seniors offer advice to younger generations

Residents of Penisula Retirement Residence offer words of widsom via homemade signs

Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)
Nanaimo artist Andrea Thomas is auctioning a series of COVID-19-inspired paintings with all proceeds benefitting the Nanaimo Community Response Fund. (Photo courtesy Andrea Thomas)

Nanaimo artist auctions COVID-19-inspired art for pandemic relief charity

Andrea Thomas’s paintings will benefit Nanaimo Community Response Fund

Nanaimo artist Andrea Thomas is auctioning a series of COVID-19-inspired paintings with all proceeds benefitting the Nanaimo Community Response Fund. (Photo courtesy Andrea Thomas)
Valerie Earle, in admissions, left, and nurses Rebecca Dick and Kailee Mann were among the health-care workers outside NRGH waving as the Cars 4 COVID cruise passed by the hospital’s emergency department on Saturday night. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Car cruise offers a roar of support for Nanaimo’s health-care workers

Cars 4 COVID event Saturday saw 130 vehicles make their way from south Nanaimo to NRGH

Valerie Earle, in admissions, left, and nurses Rebecca Dick and Kailee Mann were among the health-care workers outside NRGH waving as the Cars 4 COVID cruise passed by the hospital’s emergency department on Saturday night. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re In This Together: Black Press Media puts callout for feel-good community stories

We want to tell uplifting stories you’ve seen in your community during the pandemic

Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colin Springford says thank you for the truck parade that was held for his 75th birtday. (Submitted photo)

Nanoose Bay farmer gets special truck parade for 75th birthday

Springford emotional as he watches celebration

Colin Springford says thank you for the truck parade that was held for his 75th birtday. (Submitted photo)