Month: March 2021

Comox Valley Community Foundation Announces 2021 COVID-19 Grant Recipients

Comox Valley Community Foundation Announces 2021 COVID-19 Grant Recipients

“The need in our community remains great and our agency partners continue to work tirelessly
to provide programs and services to the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Matt
Beckett, President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. “The pandemic has exacerbated
the fundamental inequalities that exist in our community, and we are very thankful for the
Comox Valley Regional District’s continued support in addressing these issues.”

Welcoming Communities Coalition

On February 24th, 2021 we held our first ever virtual Collaboratory event, bringing our North Island communities together around the theme Beyond Inclusion: Focusing on Equity/Equality and Leveling the Playing Field for Everyone to Thrive. Dr. Moussa Magassa, UVic human rights educator, provided expertise and resources on anti-racism. We also heard from two newcomers who shared their immigration stories, highlighting their struggles and sharing the ways that our communities supported them. There was also a brainstorming session where we had ideas around levelling the playing field in our own areas of influence and in our communities. Some of those ideas will inform our priorities in the coming year and beyond.

Creating Future Memories

Meditation allows us to relax inside. It puts us into a state of calmness where we acknowledge the appearing thoughts but do not dwell on them. Once we are in a suggestible state, we can use our visualization skills to create images of what it would feel like to have vibrant health, better finances, more loving relationships, and so on.

CVRD Beach Fire Program Cancelled for 2021 Season

“At this time more than ever we need to follow the Public Health recommendations in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our community,” explains CVRD Parks Manager, Mark Harrison. “Fire rings bring people together and this is not the time to be promoting this activity. We realize that many residents enjoy the beach fire program and we look forward to offering it again in the future when it is safer to do so.”

CVRD Beach Fire Program Cancelled for 2021 Season

CVRD Beach Fire Program Cancelled for 2021 Season

“At this time more than ever we need to follow the Public Health recommendations in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our community,” explains CVRD Parks Manager, Mark Harrison. “Fire rings bring people together and this is not the time to be promoting this activity. We realize that many residents enjoy the beach fire program and we look forward to offering it again in the future when it is safer to do so.”

Poetry with Purpose – Why We Need Poets

Poetry with Purpose – Why We Need Poets

Poetry is not about form; it is about the message. For the poet it is sitting still with our eyes closed and waiting for our soul to activate our mind with words, thoughts, and images and working them until they express those feelings in such a way that they can be shared with another human being.

Non-Stop Comox to Toronto Service Commencing June 26th

Non-Stop Comox to Toronto Service Commencing June 26th

Today’s announcement follows WestJet’s planned resumption of service to the
Atlantic provinces. With the addition of the new city pairings, we are cautiously
optimistic that our tourism sector, and broader economy, will be able to benefit
from this new capacity as soon as domestic travel restrictions are lifted.

Valley School Resurrects Cinderella/Prince Charming Project

Valley School Resurrects Cinderella/Prince Charming Project

A team of students and staff at G.P. Vanier Secondary School have
picked up the torch to continue an important donation project to outfit graduates in style.
Known as the Cinderella/Prince Charming Project, the former community-run program is
designed to ensure every graduating student in the District has access to special attire to make
their graduation ceremony stylish, memorable and affordable.

Systemic Racism

Systemic Racism

Systemic is defined as relating to a system, especially as opposed to a particular part. That means we (the dominant culture) have adapted policies and practices opposed to another culture (Native Canadians). Racism shows up in our personal lives, across our institutions, and throughout our multiracial society. When we look at our native peoples, we see wealth gaps, massive unemployment, substandard housing, inequitable incarceration, and an imbalance in health standards including higher rates of infant mortality. Yes, we do have a problem with racism in Canada, but is it systemic?

COBS Bread Doughnation Week is Underway supporting Local Child Development

COBS Bread Doughnation Week is Underway supporting Local Child Development

Comox Valley’s COBS Bread location at Driftwood Mall will once again
be showing they care by giving back to the community. This Saturday, March 27, 2021,
for every six-pack of hot cross buns purchased, COBS Bread will donate two dollars to the
Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA).

Why are Podcasts so Popular?

Why are Podcasts so Popular?

Zoe Duff of Feilidh Publishing invited me as her guest on the podcast because she had read my book and had been touched by it. She felt its message needed to reach other people so they could learn from it and feel inspired by my dealing with adversity. At present, many folks find themselves in frustrating or discouraging situations and have no life skills to cope with them. I believe that’s one of the reasons why there has been such a rise in mental health issues.

The Heart Brain

The Heart Brain

In a neurological research article in 1991 , Dr. Andrew Armour recorded his discovery that the heart has an intrinsic cardiac nervous system that he referred to as a mini-brain or heart brain. According to Armour, it is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons with an intricate network of complex ganglia, neurotransmitters, proteins, and support cells similar to the neuron system of the brain. He suggested that the heart may be able to initiate a connection with the brain and the rest of the body. Traditional neurology studies for decades have assumed that the brain is the organ that controls all our other body organs and functions, but before we had the advantage of brain scans and the EEG, there was a belief going way back to the days of the Greeks that it was the heart that was at the core of our being.

Kus-kus-sum, formerly Field’s Sawmill Demolition

Kus-kus-sum, formerly Field’s Sawmill Demolition

Removing the building is the precursor to the major demolition work that will occur over the summer to remove the 8.3 acres of concrete that covers the site. Soils and other materials will be transported off the site in preparation of regrading it to natural streamside elevations. Waterways will be created on the site and native vegetation will be planted.

Comox Valley Emergency Program’s New Radio Repeater Already Saving Lives

Comox Valley Emergency Program’s New Radio Repeater Already Saving Lives

“Radio repeaters located at high points such as mountain tops and high buildings allow radio communications that might otherwise be blocked by terrain, buildings or other obstructions, to travel over long distances” explains Howie Siemens, Comox Valley Emergency Program Coordinator. “Emergency personnel rely on these radio frequencies to save lives every day.”

Valley Students Shine in Regional Skills Canada Competition

Valley Students Shine in Regional Skills Canada Competition

“I am always amazed to see the skill level of students at this competition and see these kids as our future
designers, coders, fabricators and trouble-shooters,” explained Claassen. “Our valley is fortunate to have
some very skilled students in Trades and Technology and in most years some of our student reach the
nationals and comes back with medals.”