Glacier Newcomers Alumnae president Ruth Collison (far right), presented a cheque for $1,500 to representatives of Pastor’s Pantry, a local charity in the Comox Valley which feeds those less fortunate. In its three years since forming, Glacier Newcomers Alumnae is very happy to have provided personal hygiene products, hundreds of bags of groceries and over $5,200 in support of Pastor’s Pantry. The food and hygiene products are donated by our members while the financial assistance comes from 50/50 ticket sales at our monthly meetings.

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At its recent meeting the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay was pleased to award Sammy Mullan with a $2,000 Kiwanis Foundation of Canada Scholarship. Louise DeArmond, the club president, made the presentation to Sammy and her parents. Sammy will be attending Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in a Music program.

Kory Wagstaff from the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar helped raise $340 for Boomers Legacy with a burger and beer fundraiser.

Craig Keeping, First Credit Union and Co-operators branch manager, presents a $2,500 cheque to Sonshine Club volunteers, to help with the renovation of the kitchen.

GVL Auxiliary presented donation to Glacier View Lodge in support of the Music Therapy program and to assist with an electrical upgrade that will allow multiple pieces of health equipment to be operated continuously in two resident rooms. The GVL Auxiliary raises money to support the residents of the Lodge through raffles and sales at various community events.

Kate Brown, Local Hero Arts Ambassador, presenting a bursary donation to CYMC Comox Valley Youth Centre director, Ryan Oliver, on behalf of Artsphere Art Group of the Comox Valley. The presentation was made at the opening of the current Artsphere Art Exhibit at The Bayside Cafe on Cliffe Avenue Courtenay running the month of July. CYMC bursary funds were raised by members of Artsphere at the recent C/V Arts Studio Tour in May.

Doug Smith of Natural Pastures Cheese Company recently donated $700 to the Comox Firefighters Association Benevolent fund. Natural Pastures is donating a percentage of the sale from one of their new products, Pacific Wildfire cheese, to the fund. The Comox Firefighters Association Benevolent fund is used by the firefighters to assist long-term sick or injured firefighters with costs not typically covered by insurance. The fund also supports a couple of local school bursaries. The fund is typical self-funded by the Comox firefighters but of course, they do welcome donations.

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