Charity and Donations

Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)

Love for Betty White tallies nearly $500,000 for animal welfare groups in B.C.

What would have been iconic actor’s 100th birthday sees $40,000 donated to Victoria Humane Society

 

Corinna Wiebe, with daughter Sydney Stenberg, was overwhelmed when she saw the extent of renovations to their Aldergrove home. (LifeApp video image)

VIDEO: Aldergrove woman with cancer gets new home, thanks to local charity

Charity releases video to thank more than 200 volunteers, 80 companies and 130 donors

 

Cathy Jensen, seated, from Abbeyfield House and Rosemarie Buchanan, a board member, donate handmade blankets to Capt. Michael Ramsay of the Salvation Army. The blankets will go to people who need to keep warm this winter. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Knitters in Port Alberni make warm gesture for those in need

A thrift store find was transformed into blankets with help from Abbeyfield House resident

 

Karen Freethy, third from right, protective services coordinator with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, accepts a $500 donation and a number of teddy bears from members of the Port Alberni Toy Run, Dec. 13, 2021. The teddy bears will be included in care kits for children who may need to be evacuated in case of emergency. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Port Alberni Toy Run donations will help those who need it most this season

Salvation Army food bank, ACRD Emergency Operations Centre benefit from fundraising

  • Dec 23, 2021
Karen Freethy, third from right, protective services coordinator with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, accepts a $500 donation and a number of teddy bears from members of the Port Alberni Toy Run, Dec. 13, 2021. The teddy bears will be included in care kits for children who may need to be evacuated in case of emergency. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Students and staff from Maquinna Elementary School in Port Alberni fill a truck with more than 1,100 items that were donated to the Salvation Army to help families in the community. (PHOTO COURTESY MAQUINNA ELEMENTARY)

Student-led food drives help Port Alberni’s food bank fill its shelves

Elementary schools step up with collections for multiple charities

Students and staff from Maquinna Elementary School in Port Alberni fill a truck with more than 1,100 items that were donated to the Salvation Army to help families in the community. (PHOTO COURTESY MAQUINNA ELEMENTARY)
Mary Clare Massicotte, left, her husband Ron Adams and Ellen Frood from the Community Action Team admire the CAT window that is part of the Trees of Hope fundraiser on Third Avenue at Mar Street. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Christmas windows bring back memories of iconic Port Alberni department store

Trees of Hope serves as a fundraiser for charities, a bright spot for uptown visitors

Mary Clare Massicotte, left, her husband Ron Adams and Ellen Frood from the Community Action Team admire the CAT window that is part of the Trees of Hope fundraiser on Third Avenue at Mar Street. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island woman crochets police dogs blankets for Christmas

Woman who loves to crochet creates blankets for all four of Nanaimo RCMP’s police service dogs

RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)
The PAACL train in the Port Alberni Association for Community Living window features local “riders”. Come to the Coulson building on Third Avenue Dec. 10 to see the Trees of Hope in the windows and vote on your favourite entry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

RBC, Coulson Group celebrate season with Trees of Hope Dec. 10

Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on Third Avenue and Mar Street

The PAACL train in the Port Alberni Association for Community Living window features local “riders”. Come to the Coulson building on Third Avenue Dec. 10 to see the Trees of Hope in the windows and vote on your favourite entry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Farmers in training work the land at the Shelter Farm, which has received two grants in the past few years from the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (PHOTO COURTESY GUY LANGLOIS)

Alberni Valley Community Foundation opens grant process for 2022

Port Alberni-based charitable organizations have until Feb. 28 to submit grant proposals

Farmers in training work the land at the Shelter Farm, which has received two grants in the past few years from the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (PHOTO COURTESY GUY LANGLOIS)
Cindy Simpson, left, and Helma Swinkels, right, from Bibi J’s in Port Alberni make a pair of donations to Sally Anderson for the Read and Feed program. Bibi J’s donated $3,000 while Simpson and her husband made a separate donation of $500. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Bibi J’s gift shop donates $3,000 to Port Alberni’s school Read and Feed program

Donation is the third in a year for Helma Swinkels’ reimagined gift shop

Cindy Simpson, left, and Helma Swinkels, right, from Bibi J’s in Port Alberni make a pair of donations to Sally Anderson for the Read and Feed program. Bibi J’s donated $3,000 while Simpson and her husband made a separate donation of $500. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)

Ryan Reynolds makes Red Cross donation following B.C. floods, urges fans to do the same

Canadian Red Cross providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by extreme weather

Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)
Kayla Garcia walks her dogs daily at Dry Creek Park, and says she finds drug paraphernalia and other garbage in the park every day. She is concerned pop-up warming centres will add to the problem. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Warming centres cause some concern for neighbours in Port Alberni

Grassroots Homelessness Coalition will provide pop-up outdoor warming places for city’s unsheltered

Kayla Garcia walks her dogs daily at Dry Creek Park, and says she finds drug paraphernalia and other garbage in the park every day. She is concerned pop-up warming centres will add to the problem. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Signy Madden, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island regional director, says the area has seen more food security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

United Way trying to support ‘high-impact’ social programs through tough times

United Way launches fundraising campaign with goal of $1.3 million for the north and central Island

Signy Madden, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island regional director, says the area has seen more food security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Second Valley Vonka fundraiser raises more than $5K for Literacy Alberni

The fundraiser was inspired by the Golden Ticket contest from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Island retiree operates thrift store to keep his neighbourhood neighbourly

Deni’s Dynamite Deals donates thousands of dollars every month

Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Michael Yellowlees and his Alaskan Husky dog Luna enjoy a break in Ottawa’s Andrew Haydon Park during a picnic put on by the Scottish Society of Ottawa in late September. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Michael and Luna connect Canada’s landscape one step at a time

Scottish visitor and his sled dog are walking from coast to coast for climate change

Michael Yellowlees and his Alaskan Husky dog Luna enjoy a break in Ottawa’s Andrew Haydon Park during a picnic put on by the Scottish Society of Ottawa in late September. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)

VIDEO: Riders motivated by the cause as Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rolls down Island

RCMP constable gets head shaved at event hosted by Island Corridor Foundation

Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)
Firefighters Chris Baratto (Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.), left, Anthony Selva (PAFD), Troy Dhillon (Beaver Creek VFD) and Ryan Devries (Cherry Creek VFD) are ready to fill their boots during the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive in Port Alberni Sept. 24–25, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Help Alberni Valley firefighters give Muscular Dystrophy the boot this weekend

Fire crews will be out in force Sept. 24–25 for the annual Fill the Boot campaign

Firefighters Chris Baratto (Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.), left, Anthony Selva (PAFD), Troy Dhillon (Beaver Creek VFD) and Ryan Devries (Cherry Creek VFD) are ready to fill their boots during the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive in Port Alberni Sept. 24–25, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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LETTER: Bad behaviour of one person mars Toy Run trip for visiting couple

My wife and I are here for our third time to attend the Port Alberni Toy Run…

  • Sep 22, 2021
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