Showing posts from July, 2012

Vancouver Island Olympic Athlete: Cameron Levins

Article/photos submitted by Valerie van der Gracht (twitter: @Valvdg ) GO CAM ADA GOLD On a rainy Friday night in Black Creek, the members of this small community, located between Courtenay and Campbell River, came together to show their support for local runner Cameron (Cam) Levins. Most of us “ know ” Cam by virtue of his running regime that brings him into our neighbourhoods and our hearts. Cam has earned a place on Canada ’s Olympic team for 2012. Cam is a student at Southern Utah University (SUU), where he is on a track and field scholarship. According to Cam’s high school track coach, all it took was one visit to SUU for Cam to know it was the right place for him. Although other more recognizable or prestigious universities were in the running, it was his rapport with the coach that made SUU Cam’s first choice. Many sports writers are calling Cam’s accomplishments amazing and unheard of in racing. Earlier this spring Cam competed in and won the 5,000 m at M

Vancouver Island Chip Bandits Video goes viral

Interestingly enough, this satirical news story (which was actually a real story) happened to go viral Apparently the two alleged BBQ chip bandits are charged with break and enter It has even appeared on Anderson Cooper's RidicuList

Vancouver Island named best Island in North America.

Cape Scott North Vancouver Island, near Port Hardy Travel + Leisure magazine readers recently named Vancouver Island the top island destination in North America (beating out the Florida Keys and the San Juan Islands in Washington) . Vancouver Island was also named in the Top 10 Island's of the world, placing 10th after Sicily Italy. Nothing us Vancouver Islanders didn't already know :)

A Family With Vancouver Island Roots Loses 5 y/o daughter

It's extremely heartbreaking to hear about a young family losing a child, it's times like these we need to help, support and do all we can to reach out to our fellow human beings and attempt to minimize the unimaginable pain this family is going through. Her mother is a very kind, warm and funny woman that went to the same elementary school and high school as myself. This could have happened to anyone, I wish it didn't have to happen to anyone. Global News Story Kind hearted strangers, aquaintances, family and friends, there has been a trust account set up at Island Savings at Cornation Mall in Ladysmith Called In trust for Jaedyn: account -# 2226223. Every little bit helps this young family. Please give what you can. Thank you.

Vancouver Island Charity Golf Tournament

It's the Nanaimo Clippers 40th Anniversary Celebration! In proud Partnership with the Erica D'Alessandro Murphy Athletic Bursary Fund. They are looking for player prizes/Silent auction items, hole sponsors ($200) and of course players! I will be sponsoring a hole as well as playing and would love to see lots of Nanaimo businesses partake in this event - if you are interested in being a part of this fun event please go to and download a registration form . Single Player = $125 (includes 18 holes of golf @ the Cottonwood Golf Course, power cart and dinner) Team of 4 = $500 (includes 18 holes of golf @ the Cottonwood Golf Course, power cart and dinner) If you'd just rather support the event and come out for dinner it's $40 per person. Thank you, I look forward to seeing lots of people supporting a great event!

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island Hires New Executive Director

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island Hires New Executive Director Nanaimo, BC – July 4, 2012 - The Board of Directors of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Signy Madden as UWCNVI’s new Executive Director. Ms. Madden will start working full time at United Way in September. Ms. Madden is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with twenty-five years’ experience managing non-profit agencies and running successful communications and fundraising campaigns. For the past 15 years she has been a consultant on Vancouver Island and has been involved in many campaigns such as saving the Kinsol Trestle and Bethlehem Retreat Centre and building new facilities for St. John Ambulance and Nanaimo Community Hospice. Prior to consulting, Ms. Madden worked in Vancouver as Executive Director of the Option Youth Society and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. She is a member of