Monday parade highlights Empire Days

Empire Days are held on the Victoria Day long weekend in May to celebrate the crowning of the May queen.

Celebrated in Cumberland since 1919, Empire Days are held on the Victoria Day long weekend in May to celebrate the crowning of the May queen.

Events include:

Saturday — Pancake breakfast at Village Square at 9 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stroll down Dunsmuir Avenue for the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Market Day. Festivities include a street market, kids activities, live music, restaurant and pub specials, and a soapbox derby at 10 a.m.

Washoe tournament at Village Park at noon. Comox Valley Kickers v.s. Nanaimo in a rugby challenge for the Miner’s Cup at 1.

Sunday: Maypole dancing takes place at 1 p.m. and Old Time Soccer at 2 at Village Park.

Monday: Features the Empire Day Parade along Dunsmuir Avenue to Village Park for the crowning of the May queen. There are vendors, kids races and entertainment at the park. Pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Cumberland Legion and burgers from 11 to 2 p.m.

— Village of Cumberland

The United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) says employees at TD branches from the Central and North Island contributed $17,861 through their employee giving program.

That’s in addition to a $6,000 corporate donation from TD to the Change Starts Here campaign.

The campaign raised over $700,000 in the Central Island to support 11 life-changing programs in our communities.

“TD employees staff know that their donation makes a real difference in local people’s lives,” said Signy Madden, UWCNVI executive director. “Their donations go directly to empowering kids to succeed through mentorship, ensuring vulnerable seniors get a hot lunch daily or supporting people with mental illness as they reintegrate back into society.

“A big thank you to the branches for getting on-board with United Way and supporting a positive investment in their community.”

Comox Valley branch managers Lisa Hackett from Comox and Jason Farrugia from Courtenay are proud supporters of United Way and excited to be onboard again this year for the 2013 fundraising campaign.

Donations to the United Way support local charities including, Eureka Club, Comox Valley Transition Society, Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society and the Boys and Girls Club.

Employee giving programs, donations and volunteers are sought throughout the year. Contact UWCNVI at 250-729-7400 or info@uwcnvi.ca or visit www.uwcnvi.ca to learn more how you can help.

UWCNVI is funding grants in 2012 to 44 charities supporting 50 programs for children, youth and seniors in Central Island, the Comox Valley and Campbell River. UWCNVI is also a partner in the Success by 6 early childhood development programs throughout the Central and Northern Island.

— United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island