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North Island Gazette file photo from FILOMI Days 2019, pre-covid.

FILOMI Days 2021 unlikely to happen, says Port Hardy mayor

FILOMI Days commemorates the fishing, logging, and mining industries that helped build the town.

North Island Gazette file photo from FILOMI Days 2019, pre-covid.
The bumper crop of spuds donated by a local farmer. (Sandra Daniels photo)
The bumper crop of spuds donated by a local farmer. (Sandra Daniels photo)
Cumberland Community School students made a banner, among things, to wish Dot a happy birthday. Photo, Comox Valley Schools/Mary Lee

Students serenade Dot for her 99th birthday

Port McNeill woman asks Island community where her mom lives for some help

Cumberland Community School students made a banner, among things, to wish Dot a happy birthday. Photo, Comox Valley Schools/Mary Lee
A group standing on the old B.C. Packers’ wharf waiting for the steamer to come in circa 1940’s. (Image courtesy of the Alert Bay Public Library and Museums)

Village of Alert Bay turning 75 years old

Village was the North Island’s main hub for much of the 1900s

A group standing on the old B.C. Packers’ wharf waiting for the steamer to come in circa 1940’s. (Image courtesy of the Alert Bay Public Library and Museums)
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is building Qwalayu House adjacent to North Island Hospital in Campbell River. Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island photo

Qwalayu House to start providing a home away from home for North Islanders this summer

Facility will provide families a place to stay when receiving care at the North Island Hospital

  • Feb 1, 2021
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is building Qwalayu House adjacent to North Island Hospital in Campbell River. Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island photo
As the Bighouse carving work nears completion, the team of eight artists — four masters and four local apprentices — are looking back over the enormous project, feeling grateful to have been part of it, and sad to see its end. Left to right: Junior Henderson, Talon George, Johnathan Henderson, Walter George, Jeremy Wamiss, Greg Henderson. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Sisiyutł serpent ready for the new Bighouse

The triple-headed serpent is one of several intricate carvings artists have made for the Bighouse

As the Bighouse carving work nears completion, the team of eight artists — four masters and four local apprentices — are looking back over the enormous project, feeling grateful to have been part of it, and sad to see its end. Left to right: Junior Henderson, Talon George, Johnathan Henderson, Walter George, Jeremy Wamiss, Greg Henderson. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Harvest Food Bank’s Zero Waste program. (Travis Winterwed file photo)

Zero waste program continues to drastically help the North Island

The zero waste program means that Save-On Foods no longer throws anything out.

  • Jan 25, 2021
Harvest Food Bank’s Zero Waste program. (Travis Winterwed file photo)
An officer fills up back of a police car with toys. (Submitted photo)

Port Hardy RCMP give back to local community members in need

“We leave,” says Voller “but a piece of our hearts stays in each community we served in.”

An officer fills up back of a police car with toys. (Submitted photo)
The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.

Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Chris Voller with Gwa’sala First Nation hereditary chief Willie Walkus at a farewell gathering for Voller. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

North Island First Nations nominate RCMP officer for Reconciliation Award

Chris Voller nominated for work in the community over past nine years

Chris Voller with Gwa’sala First Nation hereditary chief Willie Walkus at a farewell gathering for Voller. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Garry Griffin, CIBC’s director and team lead in commercial banking in Campbell River, has been elected as chair of the NIC Foundation board. Photo courtesy NIC

New leadership at the top of NIC Foundation

Campbell River’s Garry Griffin has been elected as chair of the NIC Foundation board

  • Jan 18, 2021
Garry Griffin, CIBC’s director and team lead in commercial banking in Campbell River, has been elected as chair of the NIC Foundation board. Photo courtesy NIC
Mackenzie Cox representing the first Black Shirt Day at North Island Secondary. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)

Port McNeill Grade 12 student observes Black Shirt Day for anti-racism

‘Wearing that colour T-shirt for that day is a commitment to show that we care.’

Mackenzie Cox representing the first Black Shirt Day at North Island Secondary. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)

10,000 old Nanaimo-area garbage bins repurposed elsewhere on the Island

Used containers donated to school districts, communities to be reused

The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)
Boni Sharpe, Olivia Jorgenson, Kerrigan Sharpe and Caitlyn Porter (formerly of Mugz 1.0) are working hard to meet enthusiastic demand. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Mother-daughter duo perk up Port McNeill with modern coffee shop

Coffee’s on and the cinnamon buns are hot, if you can get ‘em in time

Boni Sharpe, Olivia Jorgenson, Kerrigan Sharpe and Caitlyn Porter (formerly of Mugz 1.0) are working hard to meet enthusiastic demand. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Monolith appears in Vancouver Island yard

Item in Courtenay showed up on Wikipedia list for a little while

The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard
You have two options when it comes to officially opening a new facility – cut a ribbon or cut a cake. A cake cutting was chosen to officially open North Island College’s Campbell River campus expansion so (from left), college president John Bowman, North Island MLA Claire Trevena and NIC Board of Governors chair Jane Murphy had the honour of cutting the cake. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror

North Island College reflects on 2020

Submitted From the highs of opening the expanded Campbell River campus to…

  • Dec 31, 2020
You have two options when it comes to officially opening a new facility – cut a ribbon or cut a cake. A cake cutting was chosen to officially open North Island College’s Campbell River campus expansion so (from left), college president John Bowman, North Island MLA Claire Trevena and NIC Board of Governors chair Jane Murphy had the honour of cutting the cake. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
Port Hardy Senior Citizens' Society president Rosaline Glynn holds up the certificate from B.C. Premier John Horgan next to Loaves & Fishes director Peter Sinclair, vice president Kris Huddlestan, and Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas.  (Submitted photo)
Port Hardy Senior Citizens' Society president Rosaline Glynn holds up the certificate from B.C. Premier John Horgan next to Loaves & Fishes director Peter Sinclair, vice president Kris Huddlestan, and Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas.  (Submitted photo)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Marina Hargrave is the lead for The Campbell River Shoebox Project in Port Hardy/North Island. (Submitted)

Gift cards given to local women in need this holiday season

The Shoebox Project went to a virtual campaign due to COVID-19

Marina Hargrave is the lead for The Campbell River Shoebox Project in Port Hardy/North Island. (Submitted)
<em>Ikak’ila </em>means take care of yourselves. (Video still)

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw elders encourage COVID-19 vigilance in video

Hearing their voices and language reminds us who we’re keeping safe

<em>Ikak’ila </em>means take care of yourselves. (Video still)