Meet our New Welcoming Communities Coalition Assistant, Laurel Megalli. In her own words:
“I grew up in the Comox Valley and have recently returned to the Island after living in the UK for the past 3 years. I moved to London in 2017 to do my master’s in Art History, and after completing my degree I worked for a cultural communications company in London where I worked on communications strategies for museums, galleries and other arts organizations.
“Island Health is pleased to celebrate 30 years of supporting United Way’s annual Workplace
Giving Campaign,” said James Hanson, Vice President of Clinical Operations for Central and
North Island at Island Health. “Our staff share a commitment to supporting the health of people
in their communities and donating to the United Way is an extension of the care we are
honoured to provide each day.”
Lake Trail Students Collaborate to Create an Art and Story Walk Honouring Residential School Survivors
On September 30th Lake Trail Community Middle School will be celebrating Orange Shirt Day, a day when we acknowledge and honour thousands of Indigenous c1hildren who were taken away to residential schools across Canada. Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake in 2013 by survivor and author Phyllis Webstad. Webstad’s children’s book entitled The Orange Shirt Story conveys the message that every child matters, and raises awareness about racism, bullying and the injustices of residential schools. Today, Orange Shirt Day events have spread to communities and schools all over B.C. and Canada.
“Residents have done an excellent job securing their solid waste and picking their fruit in the past few years, and it’s really important that we keep this up,” says Mayor Leslie Baird. “Cumberland has a history of bears getting into garbage and being destroyed. We must keep bears out of the Village to keep them safe.”
“Charities and non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting
as lifelines for many vulnerable Canadians. The Government of Canada is pleased to support
these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue
their invaluable work.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and
“The goal of the Everyone Eats Raffle is to raise $17,000 for two essential, local organizations that are working to ensure that everyone in the Valley can eat,” said John Frisch, President of Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise. “At the same time, the raffle will support our local food providers, like growers, food retailers, and restaurants,” Frisch said.
hree possible routes are under consideration that will allow the decommissioning of the exposed sewer pipe. Costs for implementation of any of these options will be significant for Courtenay and Comox taxpayers – ranging from $160 to $210 per year, per household. All potential routes will pass along Comox (Dyke) Road and through downtown Comox and the Lazo Hill area, which means an added burden of construction impacts for those moving through and living in these areas. Construction is currently estimated to begin in 2022 and last two years.
“While it was a busy night for 442 Squadron, the coordination between the various organizations led to a successful outcomes in both cases.”
Captain Danny Schwager, pilot, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 19 Wing Comox.
Comox Valley residents will soon have more options for plugging in electric vehicles thanks to funding support from the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada, as new Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed throughout the region next year.