Apr. 14, 2019

A tribute to John Horn's contribution to Nanaimo

CONGRATULATIONS to John Horn on his new post as Executive Director of the Cowichan Housing Association. John has been dedicated to the affordable housing cause in Nanaimo for more than a dozen years as Social Planner for the city. He is a Registered Professional Planner and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Concordia University. It was a pleasure to work with him during my term on city council when John was the workhorse on building a Safer Nanaimo. He has a strong understanding of the challenges in meeting affordable housing needs along with the implications of homelessness. Cowichan is lucky to have him.

WOMEN WHO CARE – Nanaimo Brain Injury Society got $13,000 from 100-plus Women Who Care Mid-Island. Kix Citton, executive director of the society said the money will support the program which helps individuals and caregivers. More than 4,000 people inour region are living with effects of brain injuries. NBIS serves thos people as well as caregivers. Community education programs are offered for the public, service providers and in schools, with a focus on prevention. 100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island meet quarterly, learn about the work being done by local charities, and then vote on which one to support. The charity gets $100 from each woman. If you want to know more about 100-plus Women Who Care, visit www.100womenwhocaremidisland.com. For more info about the brain injury society, visit www.nbis.ca. 

CHIPPING IN - A program providing affordable, healthy meals in Nanaimo will continue into the future, thanks to community fundraising and support. The Good Food Box program of Nanaimo Foodshare, gives $10 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables once a month. It faced an uncertain future at the end of last year after losing provincial funding. Foodshare executive director Jen Cody covered the needs. On top of that, the program will see its provincial grant renewed.