May. 2, 2019

Kaese named Associate Casting Director for Chesapeake Shores

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

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