Charity and Donations

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

 

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

 

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)
Letters to the editor.

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
Letters to the editor.
Save-On Foods store manager James Arbouw and assistant manager Mark Dudley stand next to the bin that will be used to collect donations for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive returns to Port Alberni for 2021

Volunteers hope to collect 6,000 lbs. of food during Sept. 25 drive

Save-On Foods store manager James Arbouw and assistant manager Mark Dudley stand next to the bin that will be used to collect donations for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Father and son

A Cycle of Giving: Tour de Rock rolls on

September is often viewed as a time of change and of starting…

  • Sep 20, 2021
Father and son
Jensen Warson Castley loves chocolate, and when he discovered the third and final golden ticket for 2021 in a Valley Vonka bar he was over the moon excited. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Final Valley Vonka ticket has been claimed for 2021

Winners will find out at the end of September which prize they won

Jensen Warson Castley loves chocolate, and when he discovered the third and final golden ticket for 2021 in a Valley Vonka bar he was over the moon excited. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jim Doiron and Wendy Haas bought the last Valley Vonka bar at Coombs Country Candy on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 and it turned out to be a winner! They opened the milk chocolate bar to discover the second golden ticket of the 2021 fundraiser. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Second Valley Vonka golden ticket has been revealed

Who has the final winning ticket in the Alberni Valley’s literacy fundraiser?

Jim Doiron and Wendy Haas bought the last Valley Vonka bar at Coombs Country Candy on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 and it turned out to be a winner! They opened the milk chocolate bar to discover the second golden ticket of the 2021 fundraiser. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The 2021 Valley Vonka bars have been a hot commodity this month: the bars will have likely sold out by Sept. 11, 2021, just 11 days after they were launched. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Valley Vonka bars almost sold out in Port Alberni

Two golden tickets are still out there; first one has already been discovered

The 2021 Valley Vonka bars have been a hot commodity this month: the bars will have likely sold out by Sept. 11, 2021, just 11 days after they were launched. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)

Painting ‘paw’-digy motivated by B.C. doggie treats

Nanaimo’s Foley Dog Treat Company partners with artistic pooch on charitable initiative

‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)
Alberni Valley News publisher Teresa Bird opens the first Valley Vonka bar of 2021 (don’t worry: it wasn’t a winner). There are three golden tickets hidden in the bars. Will you uncover one? (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Scrumpdiddlyumtious Valley Vonka chocolate bars are back!

In the words of Willie Wonka, “Hold your breath, make a wish,…

  • Sep 2, 2021
Alberni Valley News publisher Teresa Bird opens the first Valley Vonka bar of 2021 (don’t worry: it wasn’t a winner). There are three golden tickets hidden in the bars. Will you uncover one? (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Surrey teen Sia Sidhu has been raising money for BC Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways in recent years. This year's "Team Sia" fundraiser involves a raffle of more than 60 prizes donated by sponsors. (submitted photo)

B.C. girl, 13, raises over $32K for BC Children’s Hospital, launches new raffle

Several hospital departments have benefitted from Sia Sidhu’s fundraising work in recent years

Surrey teen Sia Sidhu has been raising money for BC Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways in recent years. This year's "Team Sia" fundraiser involves a raffle of more than 60 prizes donated by sponsors. (submitted photo)
Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)

VIDEO: B.C. animal rehab centre offers a chance to sponsor rescued bobcat

Tucker is doing well, but he will need a new enclosure

Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)
Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Thunder in the Valley cruise raises $16K for charities

Tseshaht First Nation memorial project, WCGH Foundation to benefit equally

Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Pat Kokura loves to visit the Somass River at Clutesi Haven Marina. Kokura is home in Port Alberni after spending 20 years as a missionary in Mbarara, Uganda. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Port Alberni missionary’s heart remains in Uganda

Pat Kokura still advocates for Ugandan boys’ home from halfway around the world

Pat Kokura loves to visit the Somass River at Clutesi Haven Marina. Kokura is home in Port Alberni after spending 20 years as a missionary in Mbarara, Uganda. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)