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FOCUS NANAIMO 9 14 33 37 2022 Issue 1 Volume 2

CONTENTS

City of Nanaimo ...................................................... 5 Snuneymuxw First Nation/Nanaimo Chamber...........8 St. John Ambulance ............................................... 9 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board..................12 Downtown Nanaimo ............................................14 Nanaimo Hospitality Association ......................16 Nanaimo Regional Hospital District.................. 19 Rotary in Nanaimo .................................................24 Vancouver Island Whale Watch .......................... 25 Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.................. 26 VI Outdoor Adventure & Motor Show .............. 28

FROM THE PUBLISHER Sometimes when you get a good idea, you can just feel it. You get excited and confident others will share your enthusiasm. I’m sure you know what I mean and your intuition tells you that everything will turn out beautifully. In October, 2021 we published our inaugural Focus Nanaimo edition. That was a great success. We were very proud of the magazine and are pleased to deliver our second edition today. Focus Nanaimo is exactly what you would expect: updates from all sorts of organizations and the interesting things they are doing in Nanaimo. I hope you enjoy reading the wide cross section of submissions and we thank those organizations for sharing their submissions with us.

Volunteer Nanaimo...............................................31 Vancouver Island Economic Alliance ................ 33 Nanaimo Art Gallery ............................................. 34 Nanaimo NightOwls ............................................. 35 Harbour City Photography Club ........................ 37

do our best to provide the highest level of service all the time. Thank you all so much, your continued business is incredibly important and very much appreciated. I am sure that these are equally challenging times for you, your employees or co-workers and your families. If you would like to learn more on how we can help connect your business with our readers, please reach out to me at your convenience. We are here to help. I’d also like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the team at the News Bulletin as we’ve navigated our way through the pandemic. I know it hasn’t been an easy journey for any of us, but I just want to say thank you. Your efforts to keep our readers informed are very much appreciated. Special thanks to our dedicated carriers, drivers, journalists, multimedia marketing representatives, press personnel and support staff - you are a dedicated and talented group to work with.

I’d like to remind everyone the importance of supporting the many local businesses in our community (and our advertisers in particular). Shopping local is critical and drives our economic recovery forward in such a positive direction. Support Now onto the good idea, enjoy the local merchants, support your reading our spring edition of Focus neighbours and we all move forward Nanaimo. together.

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Thriving, growing and getting younger The City we love is changing. Only two years from our 150th birthday, Nanaimo has shaken off its coal-mining past and is emerging as a national hotspot for new residents. I am not surprised. The pandemic forced many people to work from home, and they discovered they could choose to live in a place where the people are friendly, the climate is mild, outdoor and organized sports abound and there is no end of ways to have fun. Thousands of people voted with their feet and moved to Nanaimo. They are building homes, starting businesses, sending their children to school, and inviting others to come and visit. Last year saw a 50 per cent hike in housing starts, a key indicator that our economy is very strong and headed for continued growth. Building permit values were the second highest ever last year, and based on current activity will be even higher in 2022. New homes, offices, institutions – the building blocks of a modern, growing city. Many newcomers are younger people. In the

coming 10 years people aged 25-44 will be the largest age group, a major shift from past years where the biggest growth was among people aged 65-plus. That means more entrepreneurs, more customers for existing businesses, more demand for amenities and infrastructure, and more people who can care for our seniors. The future is bright. We are in the final stages of building a long-range plan to guide growth to ensure we meet our needs and live within our ecological limits. City Plan Nanaimo ReImagined, includes the views and ideas of more than 10,000 local people who want the best city possible. I encourage you to read about our values, goals and plans at www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca/reimagine-nanaimo. We are also starting work on revitalizing Downtown to bring more people into the core for shopping, work and entertainment. Private investment, including the new Marriott Hotel and a rental apartment tower, is a clear sign that our strengths have been noticed.

Just like other cities in BC, we have growing pains. We need more people to fill the many jobs here, more affordable housing for families, young people and those on fixed or low incomes, and we really need senior levels of government to deliver more effective solutions to help people suffering from mental illnesses, addictions, injuries and homelessness. We continue working hard to make our city the best it can be. With the energy and strength of our people, I know that Nanaimo will continue to prosper and flourish.

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Snuneymuxw & Chamber of Commerce sign MOU An agreement three years in the making was signed between Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony April 22 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The MOU officially recognizes formal adoption of the principles of UNDRIP by the Chamber, and a commitment to working enthusiastically towards economic reconciliation with First Nations, especially Snuneymuxw, in the mid-Island area. “I am thankful that Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce are partnering to promote an economy that is inclusive of First Nation peoples and supports Indigenous entrepreneurship. For centuries the Canadian economy was designed to purposefully exclude First Nation peoples from trade and commerce and prevent participation in the wealth and resources of our territories. Inherently, this promotes oppression, inequity and injustice. So, I welcome this MOU with the Chamber, a collaboration that works

to recognize First Nations’ economic and traditional principles and provide support that welcomes Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs. Economic reconciliation in this way will help to rebuild an economy that is inclusive and fair to everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity.” according to a statement released by SFN Chief Mike Wyse and Council. “We have arrived at the starting point for building a new, shared economic vision for the future. Prior to the pandemic, Chamber board members worked hard to develop the framework for this. Chamber Director and SFN Councillor Erralyn Joseph was key to defining the SFN perspective in the MOU”, stated Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO & President. “We’re proud and honoured to have First Nations perspective on our Board and in our business community and look forward to identifying and expanding Indigenous participation in our local economy.”

Nanaimo MP Lisa Marie Barron as well as Nanaimo MLA’s Sheila Malcolmson, Doug Routley, Adam Walker and Mayor Leonard Krog. Sheila Malcolmson gave a keynote address pointing to these steps laying a new foundation for the economic growth and health of the region through co-creation of opportunities between non and Indigenous business developers and investors. A traditional Coast Salish welcome and blessing was offered by Snuneymuxw elders. The event was part of the monthly series of Networking Luncheons and open to the public. Over 170 were in attendance. Submitted by Kim Smythe, ACE CEO, Nanaimo Chamber

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St. John Ambulance recruiting for volunteer programs Caring for communities from coast-to-coast St. John Ambulance Canada has more than 15,000 volunteers and coordinates one of the country’s largest volunteer networks. Our volunteers positively impact the lives of millions of Canadians each year. While the financial contribution of St. John Ambulance community service volunteers could be calculated in millions of dollars, the contribution to the safety of Canadians is immeasurable. When Canadians need them, our volunteers have an unmatched record of answering the call.

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Activities: Volunteer Medical Response Services are provided at a variety of community settings including: • Public gatherings • Sporting and recreational activities • Disaster or civil emergencies

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program reaches out to thousands of people across Canada on a daily basis bringing comfort, joy and companionship to members of the community who are sick, lonely, reside in longterm care and mental health facilities; are in hospitals, schools and library settings. Program participants reap the therapeutic benefits of the unconditional companionship of a four-legged friend. St. John Ambulance Medical First Response Volunteers Well-trained and well-equipped, St. John A m b u l a n c e Me d i c a l F i r s t R e s p o n s e volunteers are at countless public events (sporting, cultural, musical, etc) to provide basic and advanced care when emergencies occur. By being there, St. John Volunteer Medical First Responders are “first on the scene” and the “first to respond” in the critical

Impact: Volunteer Medical Responders provide lifesaving first aid and help reduce the risk of further injury or illness. Without the assistance of our Volunteer Medical Responders, many community-based organizations would not be able to offer first aid coverage at public events. The cost of hiring individuals or groups to provide on-site first aid coverage would be prohibitive for many smaller organizations. Volunteer Benefits: • Community involvement • Advanced first aid and health care training and experience • Life skills to benefit personal career development St. John Ambulance’s Youth Cadet Program St. John Ambulance’s Youth Cadet Program is a structured health-oriented program that provides youth with opportunities for social, educational and personal development through training, local community volunteering service, leisure activities and participation at special events. Youth gain confidence by learning first aid skills and how to manage themselves and

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VIREB ANNOUNCES 2021 REALTOR® OF THE YEAR AND 2021 REALTORS CARE® AWARD RECIPIENTS The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) announces that Janice Stromar of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty was named our 2021 REALTOR® of the Year, while Jason Simard of eXp Realty in Nanaimo received our 2021 REALTORS Care® Award. Both awards were presented at VIREB’s annual general meeting on March 11. Stromar, a former paralegal, became a licensed REALTOR® 18 years ago. She joined the VIREB Board of Directors in 2014 and served as president in 2017. Joining the BCREA Board of Directors in 2019, she became chair-elect in 2021 and will assume the role of BCREA chair later this month. A highly respected REALTOR®, Stromar’s commitment to organized real estate extends to her community. A past president of the Lantzville Rotary Club, she’s worked with the 710 Club for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. She also sat on the City of Nanaimo Affordable Housing Steering Committee in 2017 and 2018 and on the board of directors for the Nanaimo Women’s Business Network and the Nanaimo Executives Association.

The founder of Sims Real Estate Group, Jason Simard is an entrepreneur, leader, mentor, coach, and volunteer. Whether he is teaching resumé building to young people at Nanaimo Youth Services Association, launching the Sims Foundation – his own non-profit organization that helps local families at Christmas – or sponsoring the athletic program at John Barsby Community School, Jason is passionate about giving back. He’s tuned in to his community and constantly seeks proactive ways to leverage the power of his real estate team and use his influence to help others. Throughout the year, members of organized real estate work together to make a difference in their communities by volunteering time and raising funds for a diverse array of causes and charities. Many of these initiatives fall under the REALTORS Care® umbrella, a guiding principle and brand that celebrate the great philanthropic work done by Canadian REALTORS®, real estate boards and associations, and broker offices. Submitted by Nora Cserny, Communications Coordinator, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

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Live performance offers a rare and particular experience to those adventurous folks who step out of the usual routine of their lives and into the theatre. We often think of the audience as encountering the potency and mystery of the performance, but on the most basic level performance offers an encounter for each individual with the potency and mystery of themselves.

“Despite being central to the human condition, conversations around disability, caregiving and death can be exceedingly difficult to enter into. I hope that my performance of this work opens space for those conversations – with all of their complications, significance, unavoidable sadness – among audience members, their friends and families.” PEGGY BAKER

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It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! Summer’s starting to look a lot different in Downtown Nanaimo than it has in the recent past given the great ambience now that we can all reconnect and celebrate.

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We can expect the beloved events of the past to make their post-pandemic comeback including the return of Canada Day, Dragonboats, Silly Boats, Bathtub Races, the Blues Festival, a Big Band Festival on Labour Day weekend and, of course Nanaimo’s newest hallmark event -- the Commercial Street Night Market. This event first made its mark on the community in 2018 and quickly became a local favourite and an Island visitor destination. Coming this June, Commercial Street will be filled with artisan vendors, street entertainers, food trucks and more every Thursday evening throughout the summer months. All of these great summertime events held in Downtown Nanaimo provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to help ‘support local’, and simply

enjoy local cultural festivities. In addition to the great Downtown Nanaimo events coming our way, there are a number of activities you and your family can participate in that are particularly unique to the season. The Harbourfront Walkway is a great place to explore including stunning views, sea creatures and island landscapes. Not to mention the local storefronts along the walkway leading to Swy-A-Lana Lagoon that hosts the beach, public art and playgrounds. Summertime is also made more complete with great outdoor dining options. Many Downtown Nanaimo restaurants and cafes will of course take advantage of the warming summertime sea breezes by taking their business to the street. Whether you’re into beer, wine, cocktails or quick bites, there’s a patio for you in Downtown Nanaimo!

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obvious reasons. Renting kayaks and cruising the harbour leading to Protection Island and Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Marine Provincial Park is a fan favourite in Downtown Nanaimo. WildPlay will open up their annual zip line crossing Swy-A-Lana Lagoon, and many services are available for trips on catamarans and more. Don’t forget, you can also enjoy whale watching in the Salish Sea from the downtown seashore. Summer fun is sure to be found in Downtown Nanaimo and we hope to see you rediscovering your favourite spots, events and patios all summer long. Submitted by Kim Smythe, Downtown Nanaimo BIA

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Nanaimo festival, event & sporting event grants now available Need some funding to help kick start your festival, cultural event or sporting event? Apply for the Nanaimo Hospitality Association’s development fund. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year, and a grant review committee assesses applications every two months. Find details and the application here: http://www.nanaimohospitality.ca Apply early so that the grant notification date falls before your event. Grants will not be provided after your event takes place. The NHA generally doesn’t accept grant applications for events taking place in July and August due to already high levels of capacity. Types of events funded Cultural and sporting events and festivals are an essential part of a vibrant community, and the

NHA supports a wide range of these, especially multi-day festivals and events that attract overnight visitors to Nanaimo.

Level of Funding

The NHA development fund also supports feasibility studies for new events and new tourism infrastructure.

The grant may pay up to 50 percent of the successful applicant’s projected budget. The fund results from a three-percent municipal, regional and district tax implemented by the 30+ accommodation members of the NHA.

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Festivals and events draw people to the city, bring communities together, help showcase the best of Nanaimo, and contribute to the entire region’s growth. Supporting festivals, cultural events and sporting events during these challenging times is key to the recovery of the tourism sector.

Funding for feasibility studies

• The event’s ability to generate overnight visitation • Economic impact • The organization’s experience to organize and host the event • The organization’s financial need • The potential to have the event return to Nanaimo

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The Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s Silly Boat Races are back at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17! Join us for a day of boat races, food, family fun, and live entertainment featuring The Kerplunks! The Silly Boat Race is the Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s largest annual fundraiser. In 2019 the event raised over $100,000 for equipment, programs, and resources. We are currently seeking volunteers. Help us support children and families in our community by volunteering at the Silly Boat Races!

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Nanaimo Regional Hospital District The Nanaimo Regional Hospital District (NRHD) has confirmed its five major areas of focus for capital planning and advocacy are the patient tower replacement, new cancer centre, cardiac catheterization lab and a new high acuity unit, all to be located at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), and a long-term care facility in the region. “These five projects are vital to improving access to essential healthcare services for residents north of the Malahat,” said Ian Thorpe, NRHD Chair. “The NRHD is committed to funding its share towards these projects. To meet this commitment, we will consider many factors including residents’ ability to support the tax increases needed and advocate for the Province of BC to fund a greater share of the costs.” The NRHD Select Committee will lead the development of an advocacy strategy for the projects. This will be an evolving and collaborative process, drawing on expertise from First Nations, stakeholders and community leaders.

The strategy will highlight the stark difference in the standard of healthcare between the south island and the central/ north island regions and why these projects need to be a provincial priority to close this gap. If the Province approves these projects, the NRHD will be ready to proceed. While regional hospital district funding varies to some extent across the province, typically the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District, like other hospital districts, provides 40 per cent funding for capital equipment and capital projects for local health facilities. The Province, through Island Health, provides the remaining 60 per cent of the capital funding. Island Health is responsible for delivering healthcare services on Vancouver Island. Island Health pools both Provincial and NRHD funding, along with other sources such as charitable foundations, to maintain, improve and build healthcare facilities. The NRHD will commit to 40 per cent of the capital costs of the NRGH

patient tower replacement, cardiac catheterization lab, new high acuity unit and new long-term care facility, and advocate that the costs related to the cancer centre be paid 100 per cent by the Province. The goal is to accumulate reserves to reduce reliance on debt and prepare the NRHD to meet its partnership funding obligations for these priority projects that are urgently needed. Submitted by the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District


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Make a difference as a Rotarian Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired and like-minded individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in our communities and around the world. As a leadership organization that has been around for 117 years, Rotary provides opportunities for members to develop both professionally and personally through networking, workshops, conferences and social events. Rotarians use their skills and abilities to create lasting change. With a membership of over 1.4 million, Rotary is known

and respected around the world for innovative problem solving and impactful projects that make a difference in the lives of millions year after year. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18+ to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Visit the Nanaimo Rotaract Facebook page. Interact clubs bring together

young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self ”. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun. How to join Rotary: If being part of Rotary sounds like it fits with your values, desire to grow and give back, it is easy to get started. Just contact any of our local clubs and they will be more than happy to invite you to a meeting. Find your Rotary club today by visiting www.rotaryinnanaimo.com http://www.rotaryinnanaimo.com/ for more details. Submitted by Bev Hilton, proud Rotarian

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Sustainable whale watching starts here Nanaimo’s waters are home to a growing population of Bigg’s orca, and we’ve been on the water all year watching them thrive. In fact, on April 9th more than 70 Bigg’s orca were recorded in the Salish Sea; that’s a record!

The Salish Sea humpback whale population is growing too, and we should start seeing humpbacks regularly in the coming weeks as

they return to our waters to feed on If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of herring and krill all summer. Each whales from land, you’ll be happy year we see more humpback whales to know we’ve started posting than the year before, and we expect shore-based sightings reports when that trend to continue. whales are visible from land. Follow If you’re a boater, be sure to keep @vanislandwhale for free updates. an eye out for whales this spring. Remember if you see a blow go Happy wildlife viewing! slow, and give the animals lots of space. Be sure to check with DFO Submitted by Val Watson, for the latest regulations on marine Vancouver Island Whale Watch, mammal viewing distances. www.vancouverislandwhalewatch.com @vanislandwhale Join one of our daily trips to discover the abundance of life in the Salish Sea. We look for orcas, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, eagles, porpoises and more. Vancouver Island Whale Watch is located on the pier at the Nanaimo harbour.

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NLPS addresses overcapacity, environmental concerns and more The communities served by Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (NLPS) are some of the fastest growing communities in Canada. With that growth comes many benefits as well as a host of challenges. To address those challenges, last year we introduced the community to our Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). The LRFP is the Board of Education’s blueprint to ensure that we are serving our students in safe and welcoming facilities. To address the capacity issues that accompany growth, NLPS is currently seeking the public’s input on how to best serve students in the North Nanaimo area. The district is also going to be launching a similar consultation process with respect to the Ladysmith area. In the meantime, we have nearly completed the expansion of École Hammond Bay Elementary School which is slated to add 150 more students. There is also an expansion at Dover Bay Secondary planned to address capacity issues in Grades 8 to 12. The Board has also requested additional expansions from the Ministry of Education and Child Care, at a number of other schools in the district. To ensure seismic safety of our facilities, the district has nearly completed the full seismic upgrades at Cilaire and Pleasant Valley elementary schools. Students will be welcomed back

in September to the enhanced facilities that have not only undergone seismic upgrades but have been refreshed in accessibility improvements as well. The Board is committed to pursuing their ambitious goal of seismically upgrading all district facilities.

Under the direction from the Board, staff is also pursuing an ambitious environmental agenda. To reduce Green House Gas emissions by 4.5% per year, the district is investing in upgrading HVAC systems and increasing renewable energy sources including solar. The district will soon have 1/3 of the bus fleet fully electrified. These upgrades will not only have positive environmental impacts but will also ensure healthy quality airflow in schools which limits the spread of COVID. In some cases, this will allow for air conditioning as we continue to get warmer, making positive climate change adaptations.

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In line with our Syeyutsus Policy Framework, the district is committed to Truth and Reconciliation and is pursuing a deeper attachment to the land for its students. This includes enhancing outdoor learning opportunities, school gardens and increased use of local, Indigenous plants. Finally, the Board is committed to working towards the replacement of Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS). The school is seismically unsafe, overcapacity, environmentally inefficient, and not conducive to modern learning. The district was unsuccessful in receiving Ministry of Education and Child Care approval for replacement this year but will apply again and are cautiously optimistic that the Ministry will prioritize this much needed infrastructure for our region. Overall, the community can have confidence that NLPS is being proactive to ensure safe positive learning spaces for today’s students and the thousands of additional students we anticipate as our region continues to grow. Submitted by Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, for more information, visit www.sd68.bc.ca


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Vancouver Island’s most exciting new event comes this fall Save the date, the weekend of September 9-11, 2022 marks the inaugural VI Outdoor Adventure & Motor Show at Arbutus Meadows Event Centre in Nanoose Bay. The newest and largest of its kind on the island, will stimulate and excite your interests in everything the great outdoors have to offer. Part auto show, part outdoor show, part RV show, part boat show, part motorcycle show… there’s sure to be

something for everyone. The show will be featuring everything from: power sports, fishing, trucks, bikes, RVs, hunting, boating, adventure sports, water sports, camping, survival, electric vehicles and more. The event is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions Ltd. of Parksville, who are now the largest show producer in Western Canada with 19 annual events on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. We are very excited for this all new event which will bring the best, newest and most diverse line-up of outdoor, recreation and adventure companies,

products and services all under one roof for an action-packed weekend. There will be family-oriented activities, demos, food trucks and more. Stay tuned for more details to come. http://vioutdoorshow.com/ For more info: vioutdoorshow.com or phone 1-800-471-1112.

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Youth paddling activities at Long Lake this spring We have lots of exciting things going on this spring at Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club. The first is a Youth Paddling Program on either Monday/Wednesday 6-7:45pm or Tuesday/Thursday 6-7:45pm and Saturday mornings from 10am12noon to build fundamental skills on the water in both recreational & sprint canoe & kayaks. The program runs until the end of June with the opportunity to join a summer paddling program. Registration is ongoing. The Club has various Introductory 2 hour Splash Clinics offered during the evenings and weekends which provide a safe, fun way to experience the sport and learn about the Club. On May 1, registration opens online for the Club’s popular weekly summer camps. The half day camp program for ages 7-13yrs runs from 9am-12noon and 1-4pm. A full day camp option and teen program is being explored at this time and will be confirmed by May 1.

NCKC is offering school field trips throughout May and June for grades 4-12. Contact information@nckc.ca to book. On June 5, the NCKC will host the Zone 6 Trials to represent the Island at the BC Summer Games in Prince George this July. The trials event is open to all Island paddlers aged 10-15yrs who would a chance to compete for a spot on the team. To register or for more information, please contact commodore@nckc.ca. The BC Cup Canoe-Kayak Regatta will be hosted on June 18 & 19th at Loudon Park, Long Lake. Athletes from throughout BC will be in attendance to race distances of 200, 500, and 1000m in singles, doubles and four person sprint canoes & kayaks. The Club offers single and family annual memberships and allow members to access the equipment during scheduled paddling sessions after receiving training. NCKC is the successful recipient of a grant from CanoeKayak BC and the KidSport Fund to offer youth who identify as newcomers, Indigenous, or

low income a space in its Spring Youth Paddling Program. Interested youth are asked to submit a letter for consideration to commodore@nckc.ca or to call 250-758-4052. The NCKC relies on the support that volunteers bring to its’ board of directors, special events, boat maintenance, and program delivery. If you would like to get involved, please visit www.nckc.ca to learn more. Submitted by Ashley Rowe, Commodore, NCKC commodore@nckc.ca

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Canadian military history on Nanaimo’s dynamic waterfront

Canada’s proud military history and traditions are celebrated at the Vancouver Island Military Musuem. The museum is staffed by dedicated veteran volunteers and knowledgeable individuals committed to honouring the service of our Armed Forces, Merchant Navy and RCMP.

Salvation Army, RCMP and the critical role played by the Merchant Navy in war time. Follow the evolution of women in the Armed Forces, from Nursing Sisters during the Boer War to present day operations in all branches of our Armed Forces.

The museum houses a truly remarkable collection of military artifacts and memorability displayed in more than thirty exhibits. For more than a quarter century, the museum has assembled a truly impressive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts from the War of 1812 right through to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. Examine life on the home front and the important work of the Red Cross, St John Ambulance, the

The military museum is also home to a Veterans Wall of Honour which recognizes the service of Canadian and Allied Veterans who’s names are engraved on granite plaques and displayed on the building exterior.

Activités sportives, jeux pour tous, jeux en équipe, jeux de société et bricolage, cirque, cuisine, olympiades, jeux d’expressions, jeux d’eau.

Sports Activities, Games for All, Team Games, Table Games and Crafts, Circus, Cooking, Olympics, Improv, Water Games

Venez vous amuser en français au camp d'été de L'Association des francophones de Nanaimo! Ce camp de jour offre plusieurs activités divertissantes. Nous accueillons des jeunes âgés entre 5 et 12 ans. De 8h30 à 16h30 durant la semaine.

The museum can even help you perverse your history through medal mounting and framing. The museum can mount orders, decorations, and medals with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our experience

ensures that you receive the highest possible quality and accuracy for your medal set. Contact the museum to discuss how best to care and preserve your family history and treasured memories. No visit to the city is complete without visiting the Vancouver Island Military Museum. The museum is located at 100 Cameron Road and is open Wednesday to Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 11am-3pm. It is closed on statutory holidays. Come see, come learn, come experience history. Submitted by Brian McFadden Vancouver Island Military Museum 250-753-3814 oic@militarymuseum.ca www.vimilitarymuseum.ca http://www.vimilitarymuseum.ca/

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Join L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo’s French Summer Camp in Nanaimo for a multitude of fun activities. For children between 5 and 12 years. Weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Pour plus d’information / For more information Téléphonez / Call (250) 619-1057 ou par courriel / Or via email camp@francophonenanaimo.org www.francophonenanaimo.org Les activités se dérouleront à L’école Océane The camp will be held at L’école Océane 1951 Estevan Road, Nanaimo

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Volunteer Nanaimo’s Touch a Truck event returns After a two year hiatus Volunteer Nanaimo is very pleased to present its 6th annual Touch a Truck event. The event will be held Sunday, June 19 2022 on Father’s Day at Woodgrove Centre. This is an annual fundraiser to support our YouthNetwork Program which encourages young people from 11 to 18 years to volunteer in the community and help foster a lifetime of commitment to community service. For the first time the event will be hosted by Woodgrove Centre and promises to be the biggest and best yet. Attractions will include a Bouncy Castle, a Climbing Wall, Face Painting and, of

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course, trucks of all shapes and sizes. The event runs from 11am to 3pm. Individual Entry - $5. Family Rate (max.6) - $20. For more information on Touch a Truck, please visit our website, www.volunteernanaimo.ca/touch-a-truck-2.

Whether it’s supporting one-off events or activities, or participating in ongoing programs, volunteers are invaluable to Volunteer Nanaimo, to the agencies we support, and to the vital community we’re all so proud of. For more information or to sign up for our newsletter, check out our website: www.volunteernanaimo.ca, email: vnanaimo@gmail.com or call our office 250-758-7121. Submitted by Rita Innamorati, Executive Director, Volunteer Nanaimo vnanaimo@gmail.com

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Shop local and buy Island Good If there is one thing the last two years have taught us, shopping local is more important than ever before. Appreciation of our Island producers and suppliers of Island Goods has only grown. As one Island Good fan recently said, “when the spice racks were empty https://www.woodfirerestaurant.ca/woodfire-spice/ at our grocers, woodfirespice.ca from Gabriola Island was there to supply a variety of spice blends.” Consumers want to support their community and environment and the Island Good brand is gaining momentum as a simple, headache-free way to source Island Good products and retailers. Recently, Island Good and the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce partnered on a ‘shop local’ initiative. At the beginning of 2022, with a grant from the federal government to reinforce ‘shop local’ promotions and drive a legacy for local business, the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce launched registration for its free online directory of Nanaimo’s local business community at https://shoplocalnanaimo.ca/ ShopLocalNanaimo.ca. Island Good, a key partner in the program, is the brand mark for ‘made on the Island and Gulf Island products’ and ShopLocalNanaimo.ca offered bursaries to a limited number of businesses. “Island Good makes such a natural partner for our https://shoplocalnanaimo.ca/ ‘ShopLocalNanaimo.ca’ campaign. It is an easy visual cue that a product is made right here, or that retailers are focused on local. Providing Island Good products fits with the choices consumers are making more and more these days – sourcing locallyderived products for their families. We were happy to help increase the number of Island Good licencees in Nanaimo!” Says Kim Smythe, CEO, Nanaimo Chamber

“You would be pleasantly surprised to learn of all the producers, retailers and restaurants selling and serving Islandmade goods.” Says Suzanne Hedges, Relationship and Business Development Manager for Island Good. “There are so many examples!” Islanders Fresh Authentic Mexican Salsa, now found in many locations, is made right here in Nanaimo. If you haven’t tried it yet you are in for a treat! Their traditional salsas, use authentic traditional Mexican recipes with fresh whole food and local ingredients. A delicious vegan meal at Eve Olive restaurant, located at 5281 Rutherford Road in Nanaimo can be complimented by variety of local wines or Longwood draft beers.

“brand and directory is making it easy for everyone to do just that.” Says Sue, Millstone Artisan Gallery. A visit to Vancouver Island Refillery offers many Island-made options. “Both Shop Local Nanaimo and Island Good are helping us promote a huge diversity of products made on Vancouver Island; from locally made soaps and household cleaners, to delicious coffee and chocolates! Supporting our local economy is really important right now, and what better way than helping small local businesses support each other!” Says Paula, Director, Vancouver Island Refillery. “This is just a small sample of the Island-Good selection in Nanaimo” says Hedges. “People want to experience Island Goodness and Nanaimo businesses are definitely stepping up to the plate to provide local selection to consumers.”

Longwood Brewery uses hops, barley and other ingredients sourced on Vancouver Island. In fact, over 75% of their barley comes from Central Vancouver Island. Their most recent Cranberry-Citrus sour uses Yellow Point Cranberries. “We like to call ourselves an obsessively local brewery and are proud to be named one of the most local of local breweries in BC.” Said Tracy McLean, Partner. Millstone Artisan Gallery, located at 2800 Shady Mile Way, in Nanaimo is full of beautiful Island-made goods. “People come to the island not only for its beauty but also the beauty that is created here. Travelers like to go home with a momento from the Island and residents want to support their communities by buying local. The “Island Good

Visit https://shoplocalnanaimo.ca/ shoplocalnanaimo.ca and https://islandgood.ca/ islandgood.ca for a full directory of local Nanaimo and Island Good businesses. Submitted by George Hanson, President, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance


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Carried Through the Water on now at Nanaimo Art Gallery Nanaimo Art Gallery is excited to present Carried Through the Water, a solo exhibition by Diyan Achjadi from April 15 to June 26.

can come learn Stop Motion Animation on May 15th from 1 - 4 pm. We are also offering weekly Friday lunchtime tours of Carried Through the Water.

Carried Through the Water features Diyan’s beautiful stop motion watercolour animation Hush, alongside new and recent works on paper that explore the impact of human activity on the ecosystem, including shifting of shorelines due to climate change and land reclamation. Through visual storytelling, Diyan’s work also considers how activities in one location might impact multiple other locations. An ash-cloud from volcanic activity on one island might change the colour of the sky thousands of miles away, and the movement of people, objects, stories, and memories, can have profound effects that reach across oceans.

Diyan Achjadi is a Vancouver-based artist who explores the ways that surface ornamentation and illustrated printed matter can document the circulation of ideas and stories in visual form. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, her formative years were spent moving between multiple educational, political, and cultural systems.

Nanaimo Art Gallery will be offering public programs throughout the run of the exhibition inspired by Carried Through the Water including our monthly dropin series, Art Lab Sundays where anyone

Diyan Achjadi What is Unseen Gouache, ink, graphite, collage on paper • 2021

Carried Through the Water is the first exhibition in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: What stories do we tell? After the Nanaimo iteration, this exhibition will tour to Burnaby Art Gallery where it will be on display from July 15 to Sept 18, 2022. Submitted by Dana Gage, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Nanaimo Art Gallery http://www.nanaimoartgallery.ca

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Onward to debut season in 2022 Without even throwing a pitch, the Nanaimo NightOwls were newsmakers. The new team coming to the Harbour City, and the West Coast League, is ready to land – at long last. Announced on March 5, 2020 – and we all know what happened 10 days later – the newly -named NightOwls are finally ready for the limiting effects of the pandemic to be behind them, so they can play ball at a refurbished and historic Serauxmen Stadium. The team was named Sports Newsmaker of the Year in 2021, even when covid forced the team to delay its start for one summer. “I know as a coach, this has been a long time coming, and we are excited to get the players in uniform and representing this great city,” said Head Coach Greg Frady, joined by Gorm Heimueller and Sean FitzGerald on the coaching staff. It’s a busy summer ahead – 33 home games starting with the home opener on June 3, with the Edmonton Riverhawks as the firstever opposition. A further 27 games on the road, and then the plan of being in the midst of playoffs that would start on August 9.

Rivalries are built in with the Kelowna Falcons, Bellingham Bells, Kamloops NorthPaws and, of course, the Victoria HarbourCats. The WCL is the best amateur level on earth – top collegiate players disbursed to summer leagues like the WCL to hone their craft, before returning to prime NCAA programs in the fall. The WCL had 90 players selected in the 2019 MLB draft, including the first and third overall picks. The City of Nanaimo has stepped up to give

the field a much-needed facelift that will serve all baseball user groups well – wait until you see the final product, which is actually a few years away with the planned phases. Season tickets and soon-to-be-single tickets available through the team site at http://www.nanaimonightowls.com , and the team has very active social media platforms. The game experience will feature promotions, toe-tapping music, an active mascot, food trucks and plenty of food options, and an atmosphere to rival the famous Nat Bailey Stadium. Team merchandise will be a must-have for Nanaimoans. “We’re excited to see the people of Nanaimo and area come out and cheer us on, get behind the players, many of whom are Canadians,” said Frady, a veteran college and international coach. “Nanaimo – we hope you know what’s coming, because it’s going to be a lot of fun. Submitted by Jim Swanson, Managing Partner and General Manager, Nanaimo NightOwls (and Bars) Baseball Club http://www.nanaimonightowls.com

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The Art of Photography : Photo Salon 2022 The return of the annual Photo Salon is another indication that the Harbour City Photography Club is alive and well. After a two-year hiatus, the club is hosting the exhibition which features the best photographers. It will be held in the View Gallery on Nanaimo’s VIU campus from June 18th to June 27th. All images have been rigorously adjudicated. The digital images are first judged for acceptance into the show by a panel of three judges and only those pictures that meet the standards of the exhibition will be prepared and hung in the gallery. A second set of judges will adjudicate the gallery’s print images. Awards, first through to third place and Honorable Mention, will be announced on June 17th at the Gala reception. This year, the exhibition is divided into four categories: Landscape, WildlifeNature, Artistic-Digital Art, and Open. A fifth, a non-adjudicated category, Environmental Photojournalism, will also be on display in the gallery. The public is welcome to visit The Salon. Admission is free. The gallery is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, June 24th, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Club has organized two other opportunities for their members to exhibit their work. The Creative Commons in the Harbourfront Library will feature HCPC work from June 27th through to July 31st. The club is also supporting the Nanaimo Museum’s Heritage Art 2022 – A Splash of Colour,

which will be on display in the museum over the summer months. HCPC is in the final stretch of an eventful year of Zoom presentations, hands-on lessons, photo challenges, and interesting outings. During the months of September through to June, the club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month and has approximately, two photo outings per month. Summer months are given to photography outings in the many wonderful spots around Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.

Photo Salon 2019 Our Island Tree Craig Letourneau

Photo Salon 2019 Transcendence Rene Myles

For further information about the Club and membership, to enjoy our newsletter, In Focus, or connect to our podcast, Pixels, visit our website: HCPClub.ca. https://hcpclub.ca/ Submitted by Rooney Dumler, President and Program Director, Harbour City Photography Club

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The future is bright. For the first time ever, Nanaimo’s fastest growing demographic over the coming decade will be 25-44 year olds. Housing starts were also 50 per cent higher in 2021 than 2020. This surge in housing starts, and the projected shift to a younger population, are strong indicators of economic strength now and in the future. Read the full State of the Nanaimo Economy report at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/EcState