May. 6, 2019

Good morning Nanaimo

TODAY IS VOTING DAY, and the message is get out and vote. Your vote could make a difference in who serves us in Parliament, at least for a short while. Dover Bay Secondary School students got a taste of the democratic process last week. The school hosted Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection candidates for a forum, with students casting votes in a mock byelection after. Political studies teacher Alistair King, Dover Bay, there was dynamic discussion and all the major issues were covered, from the scope of the students. MORE

A NANAIMO HOSPITAL unit clerk’s initiative has given the gift of sight to hundreds of people. Judy Cook recognized a shortage of enucleation technicians at the hospital as numerous eye donation offers were being turned away. “It hurt me so badly to know that these gifts were going to waste,” she told NanaimoNewsNOW. “People were not available for the procedure”. Judy applied to the Eye Bank of B.C. where she was accepted I learned how to do the procedure. She's performed more than 200 eye donation procedures since becoming an enucleation technician in 2013 and has helped Nanaimo become the leading eye donation centre of B.C.

Up to eight people can be helped with one pair of eyes. She has retired but is on-call with three other technicians. Many of the donations come from the palliative care, where she said staff are dedicated to promoting eye and organ donation.

TWO YEARS after the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, Nanaimo hockey players banded together on Sunday in the Humboldt Strong Memorial Street Hockey Tournament Sunday. This year, funds will go to Canuck Place, a childrens’hospice. The first tournament raised more than $8,000 for the Humboldt Strong Foundation.