Our Community forums around Discrimination and Racism were great and we appreciate everyone that attended. As a follow-up to that and based on the feedback received, we are excited to announce that the Immigrant Welcome Centre and the Welcoming Communities Coalition will be hosting our annual joint (Campbell River and Comox Valley) virtual Collaboratory on Wednesday February 24th, 2021 from 2pm – 4:30pm via Zoom.
In response to Covid restrictions, St. George’s asked its members and the Comox Valley community to contribute to an online fundraiser, in lieu of its annual donation request at the Christmas Eve service (which was only virtual this year).
The A.R.T. Program, developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced by your local facilitators
According to Karen McKinnon, Habitat VIN’s family services manager, the symbolic gift basket
is full of items meant to “Remind [the families] of how far they’ve come, what they’ve
accomplished, and the possibilities.”
Comox Valley and Campbell River Waste Management Centres to Close on all Provincial Statutory Holidays
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) Board made the decision for these facilities to close during provincially recognized holidays back in November 2019. While the changes were initially meant to take effect in July 2020, the date was delayed until January 1, 2021 to allow more time for impacted municipalities and commercial waste haulers to make schedule adjustments to accommodate the new holiday schedule.
“The important work completed to date is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all team members,” said Ken Grant, Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District Water Committee. “We’re thankful to the project team, our contractor and its amazing crews for keeping this important project on track through a year full of challenges.”
For our 2021 grants, our focus remains on serving vulnerable populations as well as supporting those organizations whose financial situations were disproportionally impacted by the pandemic, as well as supporting organizations working to adapt their programs and services. We received 56 applications totalling close to $575,000.
Shelter Point Distillery in Oyster River, Wayward Distillery in Courtenay and Ampersand Distilling and Stillhead Distillery in the Cowichan Valley are among those across the country that produced tens of thousands of litres of hand sanitizer during the first wave of the pandemic despite having to close their doors to the public and losing their source of income.
Our Central and North Vancouver Island communities have shown incredible resilience over this past year,” said Kelly Bissell, Regional Vice-President, North Island, RBC Royal Bank. “Now, as the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are increasingly urgent, the work of the United Way CNVI is more important than ever. Thank you to the dedicated frontline service providers of the UWCNWI and their partner agencies – the local love you provide our communities is greatly appreciated.”