(L-R) Carole Dickson (Auxiliary Vice President) Michael Aikens chief administrative officer (The Views) Caroline Hoon (Auxiliary president) and Chris Kelsey (PRCC board member). Carole and Caroline presented a cheque valued at $230,855.49 to Michael Aikens (The Views at St. Josephs’).

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Organizations and individuals show their support for the community

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Bursary recepients Cameron Christison, Eric Jung and Victoria Frowen with Carol Dickson Auxiliary vice-president. Each student received a $1,000 bursary.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market (CVFM) general manager Twila Skinner on behalf of the CVFM board of directors and market vendors presents North Vancouver Island Chefs Association (NVICA) President Lesley Stav with a cheque for $1,000. CVFM sponsors the NVICA bursary in appreciation of their on-site collaboration of the ever-popular FoodFest events that highlight market vendors’ farm-fresh produce and product. The FoodFests inform and excite market patrons as the chefs demonstrate the delicious connection between farm and fork; tide and table. This year’s recipients added to their skills and knowledge with an NVICA sponsored Food Safe Level 2 workshop. From left to right Lia McCormick-Clever Crow, CVFM general manager Twila Skinner, Gaetane Palardy - Island Gourmet Trails, Chris Baratto - sous chef Locals Restaurant, Laura Agnew - As You Like It Catering, Lesley Stav - president NVICA.

The Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association recently held their June Outdoor Show. Entry fee was monetary or food donation for the Comox Valley Food Bank. Director Terry Kerton, left and the Outdoor Show chair Char Antonenko, on right presented a cheque for $2,201.61 and approximately 600 pounds of food. The amount demonstrated terrific generosity from our Comox Valley community and others.

Cumberland Centennial Rotary Club community services director Linda Oprica is seen here presenting a cheque to Village bylaw enforcement officer, James Abrams to help with the assembly of education kits. “Education kits are a great tool to engage the general public, specifically primary-aged school children. The kits have eye-catching and interesting material which helps the educator deliver general biology information and, more importantly, safety messages such as to what to do when encountering wildlife to stay safe, how not to attract wildlife, and what to do if an altercation happens.”

The Comox Valley Child Development Association received a donation of $1,000 from the Blue Devils Swim Club. Funds were raised during their swim-a-thon. CVCDA executive director Joanne Schroeder seen here with some of the members.

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