Comox Valley Kin Club donates $1,125 to four organizations

Comox Valley Kin club member Terry Chaney, right, presents Kiersten Shyian, assistant manager of the Rehabilitation Program & Wildlife Care at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS), with a cheque for $1,125. Kiersten administers the Ambassador Bird Program. Photo suppliedComox Valley Kin club member Terry Chaney, right, presents Kiersten Shyian, assistant manager of the Rehabilitation Program & Wildlife Care at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS), with a cheque for $1,125. Kiersten administers the Ambassador Bird Program. Photo supplied
Sabina Acheson is presented with a cheque for $1,125 by Mike Gilbert of the Comox Valley Kin Club. The club is serving the community’s greatest needs by contributing to Comox Bay Care Society’s Mobile Outreach Care-A-Van. Operating since 2009, the Care-A-Van provides innovative, safe, and ethical health and social development services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley.Sabina Acheson is presented with a cheque for $1,125 by Mike Gilbert of the Comox Valley Kin Club. The club is serving the community’s greatest needs by contributing to Comox Bay Care Society’s Mobile Outreach Care-A-Van. Operating since 2009, the Care-A-Van provides innovative, safe, and ethical health and social development services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley.
Big thank you from the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society to the Comox Valley Kin Club, serving the community’s greatest need, for their generous donation to our programs. Pictured, left to right: volunteer Bill Tower, therapy horse Hope, rider Ana, Donna Rennison, Kin Club treasurer Michael Gilbert and executive director Nancy King.Big thank you from the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society to the Comox Valley Kin Club, serving the community’s greatest need, for their generous donation to our programs. Pictured, left to right: volunteer Bill Tower, therapy horse Hope, rider Ana, Donna Rennison, Kin Club treasurer Michael Gilbert and executive director Nancy King.
Comox Valley Kin Club treasurer Michael Gilbert, left, presents a cheque for $1,125 to Don Buchner of Wheels for Wellness. This is a great organization in the Comox Valley that transports people to appointments all over Vancouver Island.Comox Valley Kin Club treasurer Michael Gilbert, left, presents a cheque for $1,125 to Don Buchner of Wheels for Wellness. This is a great organization in the Comox Valley that transports people to appointments all over Vancouver Island.

The Comox Valley Kin Club has donated $1,125 to the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) to help cover costs of caring for patients in the wildlife hospital.

For the first time, the club has decided to recognize the importance of helping and supporting wildlife in the Comox Valley, considering the unprecedented loss of bird and animal wildlife, locally and across Canada.

“As a service club that tries to financially help and support many laudable organizations in the valley, we would like to acknowledge the importance of MARS’ work,” Kin Club treasurer Michael Gilbert said.

The club contributed the same amount to Wheels for Wellness, the Comox Bay Care Society Care-a-Van and the CV Therapeutic Riding Society.

“We have things that we try to do every year,” Gilbert said. “If we get more members, then we might add a project or two.”

The CV Kin Club has existed since 1937. It is one of more than 400 Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs across the country, under the Kin Canada umbrella.

Hal Rogers founded Kin Canada in 1920 in Hamilton, Ont. To this day, volunteers continue to adhere to his vision of ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Needs.’

The local club has nine members. Its events include the annual Robbie Thompson Ball Tournament, the Comox Nautical Days Pancake Breakfast and the Christmas Stocking Project.

“We’ve been struggling with numbers (new members), but we have a solid core,” Gilbert said.

“We’re actually quite healthy, financially. But we still need younger, new members.”

Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

FMI: cvkin.ca, or find the Comox Valley Kin Club on Facebook.



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