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Grace Martin, left, Sophie VanBergen and Sejal Golemba hold flags in preparation for a Pride Week parade at École Alberni Elementary on Monday, May 30, 2022. Sixteen classes of students paraded around the front field for two laps, with Port Alberni-based drag queen Miss Frida as Grand Marshal. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

École Alberni Elementary celebrates Pride Week with parade

Event was one of several held in Port Alberni for Pride Week this month

Grace Martin, left, Sophie VanBergen and Sejal Golemba hold flags in preparation for a Pride Week parade at École Alberni Elementary on Monday, May 30, 2022. Sixteen classes of students paraded around the front field for two laps, with Port Alberni-based drag queen Miss Frida as Grand Marshal. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer sports?

The summer months are a time to enjoy outdoor sports and recreation.

Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)
Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Ryan Rasmussen just before he set out on his 160 km run from Campbell River to Nanaimo last year. This year he will be running 200 km from Duncan to Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Ryan Rasmussen just before he set out on his 160 km run from Campbell River to Nanaimo last year. This year he will be running 200 km from Duncan to Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Volunteer swimming sport coordinators Donna Tyrrell, husband Dan Tyrrell, Wei Xiao and horseshoes coordinator Bob McCauley help celebrate the countdown to Greater Victoria’s 55-Plus BC Games, at Berwick Royal Oak on June 7.

PHOTOS: Days counting down for 55-Plus BC Games on south Vancouver Island

Cauldron lighting at Saanich seniors residence June 7 marked 99 days to the Games

Volunteer swimming sport coordinators Donna Tyrrell, husband Dan Tyrrell, Wei Xiao and horseshoes coordinator Bob McCauley help celebrate the countdown to Greater Victoria’s 55-Plus BC Games, at Berwick Royal Oak on June 7.
Youth between 12 and 19 years old and living in BC or the Yukon are invited to participate in the 2022 Youth Innovation Showcase by submitting a 45-second selfie video about themselves and their latest innovation.

Youth Innovation Showcase calls for innovative student submissions

The Youth Innovation Showcase is back for its fourth year in 2022.…

  • Jun 6, 2022
Youth between 12 and 19 years old and living in BC or the Yukon are invited to participate in the 2022 Youth Innovation Showcase by submitting a 45-second selfie video about themselves and their latest innovation.
Gary Bender of Bailey Electric installs two painted banners on Argyle Street in the Rotary Arts District. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Rotary art banner program sets record with most-ever new banners

Wet weather delayed installation of banners in city’s Rotary Arts District this year

Gary Bender of Bailey Electric installs two painted banners on Argyle Street in the Rotary Arts District. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
James and Jodie Dobby and baby Jacob receive a book bag at the Roots to Read launch event at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on June 1. The program promotes reading to newborn babies. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

New Island program encourages reading right away to newborn babies

Roots to Read launched last month at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

James and Jodie Dobby and baby Jacob receive a book bag at the Roots to Read launch event at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on June 1. The program promotes reading to newborn babies. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Ryan Wong, the youngest member of the West Coast Rangers, has a passion for history. He set up his heritage encampment for a May 2019 rendezvous at the black powder range. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO

Port Alberni’s black powder Rangers plan open house

Site will be open to the public for heritage displays, events

Ryan Wong, the youngest member of the West Coast Rangers, has a passion for history. He set up his heritage encampment for a May 2019 rendezvous at the black powder range. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO
(2017) Kelly Robinson with Shaw TV was one of four volunteers at the Parksville BC SPCA shelter on Friday, Aug. 18 to take part in the Lock-In for Love fundraising event. Volunteers were locked-in with a four-legged companion and had to raise money to earn their release. -Adam Kveton photo

For the love of animals ‘lock-in’ during BC SPCA fundraiser

BC SPCA hosts their lock-in for love fundraiser this month

(2017) Kelly Robinson with Shaw TV was one of four volunteers at the Parksville BC SPCA shelter on Friday, Aug. 18 to take part in the Lock-In for Love fundraising event. Volunteers were locked-in with a four-legged companion and had to raise money to earn their release. -Adam Kveton photo
Participants begin their Walk (or run) to End Cystic Fibrosis at Bob Dailey Stadium on Sunday, May 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni walk raises $11,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research

‘Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History’ took place on May 29

Participants begin their Walk (or run) to End Cystic Fibrosis at Bob Dailey Stadium on Sunday, May 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and Mark Dawson, Member at Large for Alberni Valley Pride, raise the Pride flag outside of city hall on Monday, May 30. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni celebrates Pride with week of activities

Pride flag raised outside of city hall until June 3

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and Mark Dawson, Member at Large for Alberni Valley Pride, raise the Pride flag outside of city hall on Monday, May 30. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Local First Nations will be invited to play a big part in North Cowichan’s 250th anniversary celebrations next year. (File photo)

Vancouver Island’s second-oldest municipality will turn 150 with a First Nations focus

North Cowichan plans to make concerted push away from previous colonial-themed anniversaries

Local First Nations will be invited to play a big part in North Cowichan’s 250th anniversary celebrations next year. (File photo)
GoByBike organizers and students from Wood Elementary School wait at a celebration station in front of Buy-Low Foods in 2018—the last time in-person celebration stations were held. The stations make a post-COVID-19 return May 30-June 3, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)

Celebration Stations return in time for GoByBike Week in Port Alberni

Get on your bike and ride from May 30–June 5, and celebrate in person

GoByBike organizers and students from Wood Elementary School wait at a celebration station in front of Buy-Low Foods in 2018—the last time in-person celebration stations were held. The stations make a post-COVID-19 return May 30-June 3, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)
Uptown staff quickly guarded a swarm of bees that landed on the Saanich property May 25, Boxing them up for relocation the next morning. (Courtesy Christy Lowes Shape Property Management)

VIDEO: Security stands on guard for bees at Saanich shopping centre

Wayward swarm earns outpouring of love from Vancouver Island Naturalists

Uptown staff quickly guarded a swarm of bees that landed on the Saanich property May 25, Boxing them up for relocation the next morning. (Courtesy Christy Lowes Shape Property Management)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Longtime Port Alberni resident Jerry Fevens has been documenting the city and surrounding regional district one photo at a time for more than four decades. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)

VALLEY SENIORS: Port Alberni man captures region’s history one photo at a time

Jerry Fevens can often be seen documenting construction projects around the city

Longtime Port Alberni resident Jerry Fevens has been documenting the city and surrounding regional district one photo at a time for more than four decades. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)
Funds raised through Sweatin’ for Science support education programs and opportunities in 13 regions across BC and Yukon to nurture, inspire and elevate youth.

BC Tech Leaders Raise Funds and Awareness for STEM Education

BC’s tech leaders are Sweatin’ for Science this month to raise funds…

  • May 23, 2022
Funds raised through Sweatin’ for Science support education programs and opportunities in 13 regions across BC and Yukon to nurture, inspire and elevate youth.
Members of Ocean Friendly PA finish a successful cleanup in April at the Somass Estuary. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley volunteers clean up debris from Somass Estuary

Ocean Friendly Port Alberni plans another event for World Oceans Day in June

Members of Ocean Friendly PA finish a successful cleanup in April at the Somass Estuary. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)