Charity and Donations

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: A poignant farewell to Pot Luck Ceramics

As of Sept. 30 Pot Luck is closing its doors, a victim of COVID-19.

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Cynthia Fowler, a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) at Westhaven Long Term Care, demonstrates the new Alenti bath chair that arrived recently at the Port Alberni seniors’ care facility. Westhaven was able to replace their 25-year-old chair with a donation from the WCGH Foundation. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Port Alberni long-term care home gets new bath chair

Westhaven residents say thanks to WCGH Foundation for donation

Cynthia Fowler, a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) at Westhaven Long Term Care, demonstrates the new Alenti bath chair that arrived recently at the Port Alberni seniors’ care facility. Westhaven was able to replace their 25-year-old chair with a donation from the WCGH Foundation. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
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The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Pot Luck Ceramics closes ground-breaking social enterprise

Port Alberni store celebrates successes in face of COVID-19

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Lisa Duncan, front left, and Brooke Pighin, right, carry off an outdoor boot camp fundraiser at Bob Dailey Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTOGRAPHY)

Port Alberni ‘Fitness FUNdraiser’ collects nearly $1,000 for frontline workers mental health

Lisa Duncan and Brooke Pighin created a “boot camp” event to raise funds for Legacy Place Society

  • Aug 18, 2020
Lisa Duncan, front left, and Brooke Pighin, right, carry off an outdoor boot camp fundraiser at Bob Dailey Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTOGRAPHY)
Alf Todd of Colwood takes a moment to lean his bicycle against a garden wall at Victoria Quay after cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Port Alberni on Aug. 11, 2020. Todd was raising awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Victoria man raises funds, awareness of Parkinson’s on 200-km bike ride

Alf Todd talks about how tough Highway 4 ‘Hump’ is, and the importance of cycling

Alf Todd of Colwood takes a moment to lean his bicycle against a garden wall at Victoria Quay after cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Port Alberni on Aug. 11, 2020. Todd was raising awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Charities worry about loss of trust, donations in wake of WE deal controversy

Imagine Canada, a charity itself, has calculated the COVID-19 pandemic will cut donations by up to $6 billion this year

Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)
Western Forest Products presents a cheque to the Bread of Life Society on July 23, 2020. From left to right: Capt. Michael Ramsay (Salvation Army), John Edmondson (Bread of Life), Colin Minions (Bread of Life), Kindry Mercer (manager of regional initiatives at WFP) and Greg Antosz (manager at APD sawmill). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Bread of Life receives $10,000 donation from Western Forest Products

The donation will go towards COVID-19 community response

Western Forest Products presents a cheque to the Bread of Life Society on July 23, 2020. From left to right: Capt. Michael Ramsay (Salvation Army), John Edmondson (Bread of Life), Colin Minions (Bread of Life), Kindry Mercer (manager of regional initiatives at WFP) and Greg Antosz (manager at APD sawmill). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Port Alberni Toy Run is selling special teddy bears wearing miniature Toy Run T-shirts as a new fundraiser for 2020. (PORT ALBERNI TOY RUN PHOTO)

Port Alberni Toy Run launches new fundraiser for 2020

Toy Run teddy bears will help replace funds lost due to COVID-19 changes

The Port Alberni Toy Run is selling special teddy bears wearing miniature Toy Run T-shirts as a new fundraiser for 2020. (PORT ALBERNI TOY RUN PHOTO)
Volunteers, staff and board members from Kuu-us Crisis Line Society assemble hygiene kits for clients at their workshop on Adelaide St. in Port Alberni on May 27, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Kuu-us Crisis Line Society hands out hygiene kits in Port Alberni

Kuu-us and Salvation Army team up to bring food, hygiene kits to those who need them

Volunteers, staff and board members from Kuu-us Crisis Line Society assemble hygiene kits for clients at their workshop on Adelaide St. in Port Alberni on May 27, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Hugh Grist is chair of the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Community Foundation releases second round of emergency funding

The Alberni Valley Community Foundation will provide $75,000 to support local charities…

Hugh Grist is chair of the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Participants in a seminar which provided input to a local food recovery and distribution program, was funded by Loblaws through the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Community Foundation delivers emergency funds

Special COVID-19 grants will go to organizations helping vulnerable population

Participants in a seminar which provided input to a local food recovery and distribution program, was funded by Loblaws through the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)

Donation dump: Diabetes Canada pens open letter with bins overflowing with trash

The donation pickup stoppage resulted in the temporary layoff of over 500 staffers

A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)
Double R Meats owner Dallas Ward serves samples to Penny Cote and her husband Brian during the Westcoast Nibbler at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Feb. 29, 2020. Ward won the Best Meat category at the fundraising event. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

West Coast Nibbler raises more than $10,000 for Port Alberni charities

Third annual event featured food and beverages from local suppliers

Double R Meats owner Dallas Ward serves samples to Penny Cote and her husband Brian during the Westcoast Nibbler at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Feb. 29, 2020. Ward won the Best Meat category at the fundraising event. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
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LETTER: Consumers need to learn more about cobalt mining when buying batteries

I feel compelled to write about one of the darker sides of our modern technology…

  • Mar 4, 2020
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Toronto Maple Leafs alumni member Brad May meets his PAACL opponents during team introductions prior to the start of the Inclusion Cup, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at the AV Multiplex in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Maple Leafs alumni take over Alberni Valley Multiplex

Inclusion Cup raises funds for Port Alberni Association for Community Living

Toronto Maple Leafs alumni member Brad May meets his PAACL opponents during team introductions prior to the start of the Inclusion Cup, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at the AV Multiplex in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP Const. Maria Marciano will run in the Wounded Warriors Vancouver Island run from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2020. She will take the leg into Port Alberni on Feb. 27. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Wounded Warrior Run gets personal for Port Alberni RCMP participant

Run will come to Port Alberni on Thursday, Feb. 27; fundraising dinner planned for Legion Br. 293

Port Alberni RCMP Const. Maria Marciano will run in the Wounded Warriors Vancouver Island run from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2020. She will take the leg into Port Alberni on Feb. 27. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Steve and Richard Guineau of Go To Guys are gearing up for spring yardwork. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Get a head start on spring cleaning in Port Alberni

Chris Fenton walks across a desert to raise funds for ACAWS

Steve and Richard Guineau of Go To Guys are gearing up for spring yardwork. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)
Kinette Barb Kalugin, left, Mayor Sharie Minions, and Kinsmen Jason Ferguson and Bruce Hadley sign the proclamation at Port Alberni City Hall for Kin Canada Week Feb. 16-22. (ALICIA PUUSEPP PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s Kin groups celebrate service club’s centennial

Port Alberni’s Kin club has been serving the community for 84 years

  • Feb 15, 2020
Kinette Barb Kalugin, left, Mayor Sharie Minions, and Kinsmen Jason Ferguson and Bruce Hadley sign the proclamation at Port Alberni City Hall for Kin Canada Week Feb. 16-22. (ALICIA PUUSEPP PHOTO)