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.
SUMMER YOUTH CAMP – The RCMP has a number of openings for central Island high school students to apply for the 2019 RCMP Youth Camp. and have extended The deadline to apply is May 7. The camp is for students from Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville/Qualicum and Cowichan interested in a career in policing or emergency services. Students from Grades 10–12 in Districts 68, 69, 70 and 79 are eligible for the camp, taking place fom July 8–12 in Nanaimo. Students who graduate from high school this year will also be considered. The camp, which began a number of years ago with Port Alberni RCMP, is five days of immersion in policing and emergency services. Lodging, meals and uniforms are provided over the five days and students learn team building, drills, fitness, policing scenarios, paint ball fun, self-defense and tactical training.
GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Nanaimo’s own Jacqui Kaese has been named Associate Casting Director for Season 4 of Chesapeake Shores, the Hallmark TV series produced in the mid-Island. Jacqui has been the extras casting director and local casting director for Hallmark Channel USA for seasons one and two. She has made a real mark in a global industry. Many success stories have emerged from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland through her Spotlight Academy. Take a look at the alumni from the academy – Sarah Grey (StarGirl - Legends of Tomorrow) Cameron Bright (Twilight) Justin Chatwin (American Gothic) Sean Sipos, (CSI Miami) Beau Mirchoff, ( Desperate Housewives ) Colin Ford, (We bought a Zoo, Under the Dome) Blake Woodruff, (Whisper), Jackson Warris, (Once Upon a Time) Quinn Lord, (Once Upon a Time) Erica Shaye Gair, (Whicker Tree) Jake Kaese, (Butterfly Effect) Stef Lang (Singer Songwriter ) and Jenna Berman, (Haunting Melissa). Check out Jacqui’s story.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY of B.C. Walk takes place Sunday at 10 a.m. in Bowen Park. If you are living with dementia or know someone who is, you can show your support by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. It provides an opportunity to remember or honour people who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with the disease. This year the Nanaimo Walk honours the late Donna Armstrong, wife of Hap Armstrong and mother of Coun. Sheryl Armstrong.
The Alzheimer Society offers free workshops in Nanoose Bay as part of its family caregiver series. The workshops, starting May 15, will provide basic information for family caregivers caring for a person with dementia. The workshops are May 15, 22, 29 and June 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Pre-registration required; call 250-734-4170 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY’S institutional partnership with Kisii National Polytechnic (KNP) in Kenya is taking the next step with the roll out of KNP’s new foundations program in building technology. Six KNP instructors are at VIU this month being trained on project-based learning and technical skills to deliver the new program, which includes plumbing, carpentry and masonry – skills needed for the growing demand of trades workers in Kenya. VIU instructors will go to Kenya over the coming year and a half to help their counterparts get the new program up and running. MORE here