North Island College Foundation board chair Ilona Horgen (right) receives a cheque for $20,000 from Comox Valley ElderCollege at its recent 20th-anniversary celebration. The new bursary will provide $1,000 each year to an NIC student at the Comox Valley campus who is pursuing studies in a health care field working with older adults, with preference for students in the health care assistant certificate program.

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The C.V.S.C. #5 (Comox Valley Shrine Club) presenting a $10,000 cheque to Comox resident Kathleen Kennelly the second-place winner in this year’s Shriners Kids Raffle. Pictured, from left to right, is Noble Martin Grundy, President Noble Ray Francis, Kathleen Kennelly, and Noble Nick Uluorta. Photo taken by Noble Ron McKeever.

100 + Women Who Care Comox Valley Cheque presentation for Comox Valley Project Watershed Society $15,500. Left to Right Shannon Wright - director Coast Capital Savings, Malinda Mazzocchi 100+ Women member, Kathy Haigh - Project Watershed Society and 100+ Women member, Angela Ohlman -100+Women committee member, Pam Williams- Project Watershed Society and 100+ Women member, Sharon Hysert -100+ Women member, Carol Daize- 100+ Women committee member.

The Comox Valley Farmers Institute (CVFI) and the Comox Valley Exhibition(CVEx) Jointly hosted the first ‘ Taste of the Valley ‘ dinner event on Aug. 22 to open the fall fair. The net proceeds from the event, in the total amount of $2,500, were donated to the Cups for Cancer fundraiser, and will send two young cancer patients to Camp Good Times next summer. Pictured above making the donation are, from left to right , Mike Huxham of CVFI, Mike Trimble of CVEx, Cindy Maurer and Kandi Wood Cups for Cancer, Ben Vanderhorst CVFI and Dwight Wood Cups for Cancer.

Carolyn Touhey, president of the Comox Valley Association of Bed & Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals (and co-owner of Two Eagles Lodge), presents a donation cheque from the Association to Anne Davis, Program Coordinator at the Comox Valley Transition Society. The donation of $165 represents proceeds from an admission fee charged by the Association for an industry round-table for owners of home-based accommodations in the Comox Valley.

Recently, Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness hosted another of its Community Gives Back events. This one was a little different. Instead of exercising their bodies, a group of about 20 participants experienced a mindfulness practice led by Lucas Stiefvater. Lucas and Cheryl Stiefvater, through the Stiefvater Family Foundation fund a program called Inner Explorer for the Comox Valley School District. Currently, 13 local elementary and middle schools have access to this mindfulness education program. Inner Explorer provides 10- minute mindfulness practices for students PreK to grade twelve. Studies show that incorporating mindfulness in the classroom reduces teacher stress, helps kids cope with anxiety, reduces behavior challenges and improves academic performance. The event raised $275 which goes directly to School District 71 to support mindfulness-based education in our schools. Thanks to Leanne Zdebiak-Eni and all of the team at Studio IPF for all the great work they do for our community.

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