Comox Valley organizations and individuals giving back to the community

Incumbent president Lynn Edey, Ladies Auxillary president Johanne McLeod, president John Paulin and treasurer Ernie Stefanik from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox presented cheques to the following representatives and Societies recently. These are just a handful of the Societies that Branch 160 supports on an annual basis. Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snow Sports - James Cooney and Russ Vida; Comox Valley Food Bank - Mitch Moncreiff; Comox Valley Head Injury Society - Louise Howes; Comox Valley Hospice Society - Paula Horky; Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop - Larry Clay Comox Valley Special Olympics - Christine Helpard; CV Eureka Support Society - Lynda Valikoski; CV L’ARCHE - Paula Holmes Rodman.

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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 co-ordinator 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. The Transition Society, a Comox Valley non-profit offers a range of programs and services to provide safety and support personal well-being for women and children, many of whom have been victims of domestic violence. Programs and services include shelter and housing, counselling and support, healing and recovery, crisis intervention, advocacy and education, prevention and awareness. Donations of cash or items to sell in the Transition Society thrift store, Too Good To Be Threw, are welcome and appreciated.

Wanda McMillan (L), executive director of Glacier View Lodge, and Marilyn Farnham, president of the Auxiliary to Glacier View Lodge. Marilyn presented Wanda with a cheque for $3,500 to purchase needed equipment. “You are a small but mighty group of people,” said McMillan. “We are tremendously grateful for your ongoing support of the Lodge.”

The GP Vanier Rotary Interact Club would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support in the collection of non-perishable items for our local food bank. Members of the club walked around the areas of Puntledge, Cumberland, Huband Park and Aspen Park on Halloween, trick-or-treating for donations instead of candy. Fourteen boxes of non-perishable items were collected along with $240 in donations. Year-round the Vanier Interact club volunteers and fundraises to help out local and international organizations and initiatives. The community has continued to be extremely supportive of these various events, and we would like to thank you for your help in making the world a better place.

Mary Kay Beauty Consultants Evie Van Haga & Andrea Whiting, along with Colleen at the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program are partnering to make the client’s Christmas more joyful. Both Mary Kay ladies are donating canned & misc. goods to benefit the much-needed hampers to make someone’s Christmas filled with hope.

The Comox Valley Lions Club continues to support the Comox Bay Care Society, a non-profit, community-funded mobile outreach health unit, providing no fee health care and social development services directly to clients on the streets of Comox Valley. Here we have Sabina Acheson, co-ordinator, accepting our $500 cheque from our treasurer Ernie, president Shelley and Lion Bud.

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