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Pacific FC is on the hunt for a new Stewie the Starfish mascot to work the 2022 season. (Courtesy Pacific FC)

Pacific FC conducting interviews for new Stewie the Starfish

Oversized purple starfish shoes need filling immediately, says Langford-based soccer club

Pacific FC is on the hunt for a new Stewie the Starfish mascot to work the 2022 season. (Courtesy Pacific FC)
White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)

B.C. woman creates ‘fidget blanket’ for autism, dementia

Brita Doubroff says product can also benefit caregivers

White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)
A new City of Victoria grant program has been created to help fund accessibility related upgrades for arts and culture venues. (Courtesy Intrepid Theatre)

City of Victoria to help finance accessible spaces for arts and cultural groups

New grants aim to boost accessibility at performance and rehearsal venues

A new City of Victoria grant program has been created to help fund accessibility related upgrades for arts and culture venues. (Courtesy Intrepid Theatre)
Victoria resident Melissa Sephton, who has cerebral palsy, is pictured in her Cook Street home on March 17. Sephton has saved up $14,000 towards a new van vital for her lifestyle, and along with her caregivers is asking the community for help fundraising more. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria woman with cerebral palsy loses vital van; replacement sought

‘Melly loves to see the world,’ fundraiser note says; $14,000 saved from disability cheques

Victoria resident Melissa Sephton, who has cerebral palsy, is pictured in her Cook Street home on March 17. Sephton has saved up $14,000 towards a new van vital for her lifestyle, and along with her caregivers is asking the community for help fundraising more. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
President of the Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91 (Langford legion), Norm Scott. Oct. 2021. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
President of the Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91 (Langford legion), Norm Scott. Oct. 2021. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Application are now being accepted for the the Create Places Colwood grant program. (Black Press Media file photo)

Create Places Colwood grants bring placemaking to life

Online applications for project funding will be accepted until April 10

Application are now being accepted for the the Create Places Colwood grant program. (Black Press Media file photo)
Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

More than $131,000 in My Great Neighbourhood grants up for grabs in Victoria

Annual city program offers up to $5,000 for community projects, $1,000 for activities

Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay hosts a virtual town hall meeting March 24. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay hosts virtual town hall

Public determines direction for March 24 meeting

Oak Bay hosts a virtual town hall meeting March 24. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Friends of Dorothy founder Rudy Tomazic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Forging a space for all to be accepted in Greater Victoria

Rudy Tomazic is the 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Hero

  • Mar 20, 2022
Friends of Dorothy founder Rudy Tomazic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Brad Simpson is the 2022 Coach of the Year. (Courtesy Brad Simpson)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Helping everyone take their best shot

Brad Simpson is the 2022 Coach of the Year

  • Mar 20, 2022
Brad Simpson is the 2022 Coach of the Year. (Courtesy Brad Simpson)
Former fire chief Bob Beckett (left) briefs a team from Langford Fire Rescue during a call after a snow fall. (Photo courtesy City of Langford)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Preparation key to emergency response

Bob Beckett is the 2022 Emergency Services Hero

Former fire chief Bob Beckett (left) briefs a team from Langford Fire Rescue during a call after a snow fall. (Photo courtesy City of Langford)
Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation, says its Community Grants Program for 2022 is aimed at strengthening community well-being. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Foundation)

Victoria Foundation looks to reach new communities with 2022 grant program

Funding builds on 2021 Community Recovery Program, which distributed over $3 million

Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation, says its Community Grants Program for 2022 is aimed at strengthening community well-being. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Foundation)
The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Special screening of Ukraine movie in Langley to support relief efforts

More than 30 Cineplex theatres across country to participate

The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)
Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)

Victoria soccer club keeps Jamaican kids in the game

Family with longtime ties to rural school gifts technology, drops off donated gear

Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)
Metchosin Farm owner Fiona Hamersley Chambers is working to bring seed security to the region and beyond, which plays a critical role in food security, she says. (Courtesy of Fiona Hamersley Chambers)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Food security the foundation of Metchosin farm

Fiona Hamersley Chambers is the 2022 Environmental Hero

Metchosin Farm owner Fiona Hamersley Chambers is working to bring seed security to the region and beyond, which plays a critical role in food security, she says. (Courtesy of Fiona Hamersley Chambers)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Josh Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Jose Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Crystal View student lands Langford’s highest-ever finish in B.C. Legion contest

Xyrena Medrano, 8, was inspired by her father’s role in the Canadian military

Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Josh Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Jose Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Diane Bernard: municipal matriarch turning a bailiwick into a Sooke success

Bernard has been an integral cog in Sooke’s politics and the business community

Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar. (File courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, office of MLA Mitzi Dean)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Langford grad continues to shape school district policies

Ravi Parmar is the 2022 Educator of the Year

  • Mar 18, 2022
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar. (File courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, office of MLA Mitzi Dean)
March 11, 2022 - Portrait of Trudine Wilson, a long time volunteer with Girl Guides and a Local Hero for Goldstream .  Don Denton photograph
March 11, 2022 - Portrait of Trudine Wilson, a long time volunteer with Girl Guides and a Local Hero for Goldstream .  Don Denton photograph
More off-leash spots could be on their way to Victoria. (Photo courtesy of walkfordogguides.com)

Victoria chases potential off-leash dog spots in Fairfield, Fernwood

Staff will look into pilot at Brooke Street Park, city asking SD61 about temporary spot at Vic High

More off-leash spots could be on their way to Victoria. (Photo courtesy of walkfordogguides.com)