The Hebrew word shalom is understood in English simply as peace, but (as usual) the English falls short of its true meaning. Shalom refers to the peace that comes as a result of there being justice for all.
“Our Comox Valley business community has once again been incredibly generous and we
invite you to view the great selection of items available,” added Beckett. “Both the Gala and
online auction raise much needed funds for the Foundation to continue our important work
in the community.”
This year in lieu of the 17th annual dinner the Courtenay Child Haven Committee is selling take out Indian Dinners for four for $50 on October 16th at 5 pm at the Courtenay Legion. Pre-payment by e-transfer will be the method of payment and social distancing will be practiced.
The pandemic continues to illuminate the ways the social determinants of health are interconnected and how they impact our health. Housing, food insecurity, social isolation, accessibility, transportation, diversity and inclusion, social support and connections, education and employment are social determinants of health and all have been impacted by this pandemic. Our coordinating circle and action teams continue to safely meet and focus on collective action to positively impact these social determinants of health.
During the next few months, the health network will share resources and information about social isolation, mental health, and wellness on our social media. Please join us there, we would love your input.
We are all in this together. Be kind, be calm, be safe.
This year, not being able to sell the juice at various events due to the Pandemic could have affected the success of the Backyard Blend fundraiser, however, a number of local retailers have stepped up to help. The 100% pure apple juice, with no chemical additives, can now be purchased at several locations.
Much needed upgrades to Cumberland’s basketball and racquet courts at Village Park are now complete. The upgrades include a new racquet court configuration maximizing the existing space for one tennis court and two pickleball courts. The new layout reduces the likelihood of errant balls disrupting adjacent games
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.