Rawle James is a man from Trinidad and Tabago who grew up in Brooklyn. He is an inspirational speaker and poet currently living in Kelowna. In this edition Andrew Davis and Jessica Lightburn talk racism, Black Lives Matter and humanity with him. It also turned out the date this was recorded (June 5) was his 60th birthday!
The re-opening of the fitness facility at the Sports Centre follows the BC Recreation and Parks Association and WorkSafe BC guidelines. The CVRD will be opening the gym for strength and cardio workouts within Arena 2. Moving the facility to Arena 2 ensures the two meter physical distancing requirement and cleaning protocols in accordance with Provincial Guidelines.
African grandmothers walk for survival every day – to fetch water, take goods to market, collect medicine and perform other vital daily tasks. In solidarity with them, we have joined the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Virtual Stride to Turn the Tide, and are virtually “walking across sub-Saharan Africa.” As we cannot all walk together, we are striding independently each day from June 1 to 30. We are collecting pledges, with all funds going to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Foundation.
You are invited to LUSH Valley Food Action Society’s 20th Annual General Meeting. Since we can’t meet in person, we are going to get together online, via ZOOM
“It was crazy how many people came into the store and donated or emailed. We raised enough
funds to purchase another five [bikes] and supplies with the money raised in the shop,” explained
Jeff Beeston. “You never know how a fundraiser will turn out. You just don’t know if the
momentum will catch hearts and spread like wildfire in the community or not”.
Local Governments and School District 71 Announce the Reopening of Public Playgrounds Effective Immediately
School District 71 and Comox Valley local governments have reopened outdoor playgrounds effective Monday June 1, 2020. This reopening includes all district school playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment as well as public outdoor playgrounds in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and 19-Wing Comox.
After more than two months, the team at Too Good To Be Threw Thrift Store are
ready to open the doors and get back to business. The thrift stores closed their doors in March – like
most other businesses – amid concerns over the risk of coronavirus to customers, volunteers and staff.
Starting June 1st, the doors will re-open at the Puntledge Road store, though the 5th Street location will
remain temporarily closed.
On May 22, 2020 Habitat for Humanity Canada held its virtual annual general meeting, which included
celebrating the achievements of local Habitats. Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) was
one of ten Canadian Habitat affiliates recognized with a national award. They received the Housing Innovation
Award for employing new, improved and innovative cost-effective construction technologies.
To support vulnerable seniors affected by COVID-19, UWCNVI has funded 25 local
organizations from the Malahat to Port Hardy through grants of up to $5000. The
COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund is funded by the Government of Canada’s New
Horizons for Seniors Program.