Soroptimist International of Courtenay member Lynda Willis presents Hejira MacNeil with one of the two Live Your Dream Awards of $2,000 each. Hejira is a single mom with an 18-month-old daughter. She is earning a health care assistant certificate at North Island College with future plans to become a registered nurse. These resources were given to help improve her education and employment prospects. Funds given were raised at our Trivia Night Annual Fund Raiser. Another award was given to a woman who must remain anonymous for her and her family’s protection. We wish both women the very best outcomes for their studies and their employment opportunities.

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Friends, family and colleagues of Courtenay Councillor Doug Hillian recently gathered to celebrate his retirement after 40 years of service in the provincial justice and child welfare systems. Hillian used the occasion to raise funds in support of Project Watershed’s Kus-Kus-Sum project, the acquisition and restoration of the Field Sawmill Site in the K’omoks Estuary. Hillian (right) is pictured presenting a cheque for $1,000 raised at the event to Project Watershed board members Don Castleden and Bill Heidrick. Before his official retirement party Doug received very generous retirement gift donations from his wife, Shelagh Wallace, and from the Ministry of Children and Family Development Provincial Practice Branch leadership team bringing the total to $3,400 for the Kus-kus-sum project.

Community education on health and wellness is one of the core values both Dr. Marnie Grant and Dr. Ken Heinrich of Courtenay Family Chiropractic share. Their entire clinic team participates in several health fairs each year to bring awareness to spinal health and the importance of a well functioning nervous system to reduce needless pain and suffering. These events also serve as major fundraisers for local charity. Courtenay Family Chiropractic has been working with YANA since 2011 and has now reached $25,000 in donations! Here can be seen the presentation of their most recent donation of $6,820 to Marcel Moose (on behalf of YANA). Their office can be reached at or 250-897-3424.

Michel Henry was the winner 4R’s Education Centre’s raffle grand prize of two return flights to Barbados to enjoy the sun, surf and sand. A special thank you to Square 1 Travel & Cruise for sponsoring this exciting raffle prize valued at $2,000. Pictured are raffle winner Michel Henry (left) and Susan Davies of Square 1 Travel.

The Totem Riders Motorcycle Club presented a cheque for $2,500 to the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation to purchase a bilimeter for labour and delivery at the new North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus. Stephan Code – president, David Spiers – vice-president, Gaetan Hardy – road captain, Bonnie Hardy – treasurer, Bonnie Spiers- secretary, and a few of the members presented the cheque to Annette Moulaison-Davis – manager, Pediatrics, Rehab and Education at North Island Hospital, and CVHF’s executive director Lynn Dashkewytch.

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