GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island launched its fall fundraising campaign on Wednesdaywith the aim of making local social
issues “unignorable.” – this year’s hashtag theme. Executive Director Signy Madden said the term came about in discussions with United Ways across Canada. Good news stories and results of people’s donations are often the focus,
but there are issues like the opioid crisis that communities are facing. The Central Island campaign funds dozens and dozens of programs, helping 52,000 people, but people don’t realize that actually the most vulnerable are employed people using alone.
That’s why the campaign focusses the opioid issue, to highlight that your friend, your neighbour, somebody in your family may have an addiction issue and they’re at risk, said Madden.
VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY’S Trades Discovery Centre, now bears the name of Windsor Plywood. The Windsor Plywood Foundation
supports students to get the high-quality education experiences needed. The centre, which opened in 2018, includes the carpentry shop, instructor offices, classrooms, the student commons and a lab area for industry, students and faculty to collaborate on innovative
research projects. The new building is not only expanding the footprint of two high-demand trades programs –Carpentry and Motorcycle
and Marine Technician – but it is also giving students increased access to a better learning environment.The Windsor Plywood Foundation made a gift to help complete the Trades Discovery Centre and outfit it with the equipment and technology
needed to support high-quality programs. In recognition of this support. MORE
NANAIMO’S CITY STAFF collected their fifth Spirit of Innovation Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association of BC at the recent Municipal Showcase in Whistler. The award is given annually to the team that presents
the most beneficial, innovative, and valuable technology that ultimately has a positive benefit to the community. CityProjects is a project management software system designed in-house, and will help teams at the City manage City-funded projects. The
software allows staff in Finance, Engineering and other departments to plan, resource, track and report on projects ranging from pedestrian flasher upgrades and facilities improvements, to million-dollar projects like the Bastion Bridge upgrade.
THE CIRCUS is in town with old-fashioned family fun under the big top as Circo Osorio returns to Nanaimo now until Monday. The circus
tent has been set up at the Woodgrove Centre parking lot near Hudson’s Bay. The group features performers from Russia, Belarus, Romania, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and the United States, and is offering up aerial acrobatics, magic and illusion, juggling,
fun with bicycles, rope tricks, and more. New for 2019, Circo Osorio has partnered with the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, which will be the fundraising recipients.
IS ABOUT more than food for the body, it can also include food for the mind. Vancouver Island University’s Bring Your Lunch and Learn Series starts next Tuesday. The series aims to share knowledge, open discussions and an environment where people
can present and discuss ideas and insights. The sessions are open to the public and everyone is invited to bring lunch, listen to the presentations and participate in a 30-minute discussion. The series kicks off with a panel discussion, as part of VIU Sustainability
Week, on Tuesday, titled Sustainability is What We Do: Integrating Sustainability into Teaching, with Don Alexander, Mary Anne
Moloney, Marti Harder, Matt Bowes, Wendy Simms, Sandra Johnstone and Lindsay McCunn. MORE