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Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (center) sings “Ordinary Day” with a virtual choir of 200 physicians from all over Canada. The video draws attention to A Dollar A Day Foundation, which supports those suffering with mental health and addiction issues. (Screenshot/YouTube)

VIDEO: 200-physician choir sings to benefit mental health, addiction recovery

Led by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, the video calls attention to mental health needs

 

After twice have their wedding plans altered due to COVID-19 restrictions, Suzanne Schmidt and Andrew Sturgess got married in Bakerview Park last weekend, with the only guests being their two daughters, Zoey (foreground) and Tessa. (Darren Ripka photo)

From New Zealand to Bakerview Park, B.C. couple weds in ‘backyard’

Twice scaled-down wedding ‘proof that good things still happen during bad times’

 

West Coast Aquatic Safaris delivers ‘almost live’ footage of a whale tour to a group of Easter Seals campers on July 22. (West Coast Aquatic Safaris photo)

West Coast company brings virtual whale watching experience to youth with disabilities

About 40 Easter Seals BC/Yukon children, youth and adults with disabilities were…

 

Sarah Hagar hangs out with her boys Sol and Jules at the Ucluelet Skate Park. Hagar, a registered clinical counsellor, is working with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and Coastal Family Resource Coalition to offer free support to parents on the West Coast. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Sarah Hagar hangs out with her boys Sol and Jules at the Ucluelet Skate Park. Hagar, a registered clinical counsellor, is working with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and Coastal Family Resource Coalition to offer free support to parents on the West Coast. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Tofino Treble Sparrows rejoice with choir director Sophie L’Homme after a sold out December concert in Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

WATCH: Tofino youth choir sing tribute song to front-line workers

Wickaninnish Elementary students release virtual rendition of ‘A Thousand Suns’ by Hey Rosetta!

The Tofino Treble Sparrows rejoice with choir director Sophie L’Homme after a sold out December concert in Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)

Pacific Rim Hospice Society gifting free wellness “check-ins” to all West Coast residents

“This pandemic has led to a lot of isolation and it’s helpful for anybody just to have a soundboard.”

Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)
Daphne and Calla Hurwitz pose in front of a lovingly decorated CBT office door. (Submitted photo)

CBT creates giving portal for Tofino and Ucluelet non-profits

“Non-profits, like many other sectors, are weathering a storm right now.”

Daphne and Calla Hurwitz pose in front of a lovingly decorated CBT office door. (Submitted photo)
Screenshot from the Prom Is On website.
Screenshot from the Prom Is On website.
Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: B.C. strata residents break out in song to salute COVID-19 frontline workers

“…it’s a beautiful way to say thanks. And it’s also entertaining for people walking by.”

Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell
Carol Sedgwick, left, Bri Hunter, Karen Severinson, Lucia Lyons, and Suzanne Ryles prepare health-minded grocery bags for west coast families. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet schools provide groceries to 60 families

“Hopefully our children staying home are getting the nourishment that helps them do their homework.”

Carol Sedgwick, left, Bri Hunter, Karen Severinson, Lucia Lyons, and Suzanne Ryles prepare health-minded grocery bags for west coast families. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

VIDEO: Family sings Happy Birthday outside B.C. care home to 100-year-old woman

All smiles for Dorothy Dewar who lives in Eden Care Centre, the location of one COVID-19 case

Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Drive-by parade for B.C. boy features superheroes, from land and sky

Chase Petersen has a “super” birthday parade

Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island retirement community answers dance-off challenge

Berwick on the Lake residents show their moves out on their balconies

Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Friends give Vancouver Island veteran a drive-by 99th birthday greeting

Jim Cooper of Courtenay is one of a couple of Second World War veterans in the community

Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Motorcycles motor past Nanaimo hospital as a show of support

Riders wish to show appreciation, and they also want to get out of the house, organizer says

Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)

PHOTOS: B.C. seniors offer advice to younger generations

Residents of Penisula Retirement Residence offer words of widsom via homemade signs

Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)
Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re In This Together: Black Press Media puts callout for feel-good community stories

We want to tell uplifting stories you’ve seen in your community during the pandemic

Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.