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The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library mandating vaccines for all employees

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is adopting a Vaccination Operational Policy…

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo
Pam (Parminder) Virk was given an appreciation award by the District of Saanich for her dedication to bringing the community together through the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich woman honoured for bringing diversity and culture to Greater Victoria

Pam Virk and the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria also active in philanthropy

Pam (Parminder) Virk was given an appreciation award by the District of Saanich for her dedication to bringing the community together through the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Realtor knows Langford community will support the Goldstream Food Bank

Darren Day hosts third food back fundraiser collecting food and cash for the cause

Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
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Sooke sawmill once employed 420 workers

Sooke Forest Products Sawmill operated on Goodridge Peninsula

  • Dec 13, 2021
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The North Saanich 4-H Fowl Creatures poultry club won a $500 grant for programs and activities from Farm Credit Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich 4-H club receives financial boost from farm funder

The $500 will go towards developing existing programs, funding local events

The North Saanich 4-H Fowl Creatures poultry club won a $500 grant for programs and activities from Farm Credit Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
Matt Bawtinheimer of Oak Bay Bikes works on one of the 60 bikes collected by the Spandads in a bid to get bikes out to kids this Christmas. (Photo by Malcolm Gaylord)

Spandads ensure bikes a possibility around Greater Victoria Christmas trees

Oak Bay Bikes service department lends a hand with labour, expertise

Matt Bawtinheimer of Oak Bay Bikes works on one of the 60 bikes collected by the Spandads in a bid to get bikes out to kids this Christmas. (Photo by Malcolm Gaylord)
A percentage of the sales of Spinnakers soda will be donated to The Rotary Club of Oak Bay for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Oak Bay)

Soda sales fund programs for youth at risk in Greater Victoria

Rotary Club of Oak Bay partners with Spinnakers Soda, holds 50/50 raffle benefiting 3 non-profits

A percentage of the sales of Spinnakers soda will be donated to The Rotary Club of Oak Bay for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Oak Bay)
Real estate agent Chace Witson (centre), flanked by Peninsula Santa’s Helpers volunteers Patti Sanders (left) and Carey Salvador, encourages donations to the annual Saanich Peninsula Holiday Toy Drive. Donations can be made until Dec. 15. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula toy drive organizers make final request for public donations

Annual fundraiser’s local roots stressed, donation deadline Dec . 15

Real estate agent Chace Witson (centre), flanked by Peninsula Santa’s Helpers volunteers Patti Sanders (left) and Carey Salvador, encourages donations to the annual Saanich Peninsula Holiday Toy Drive. Donations can be made until Dec. 15. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
In June, Ashley Lewis started the Victoria Purse Project, open to those in need, she stuffed donated purses with self-care items such as lotion, toiletries, and maybe a scarf or piece of jewelry. (Victoria Purse Project/Facebook)
In June, Ashley Lewis started the Victoria Purse Project, open to those in need, she stuffed donated purses with self-care items such as lotion, toiletries, and maybe a scarf or piece of jewelry. (Victoria Purse Project/Facebook)
Oak Bay High principal Tom Aerts and Jan Hemming of the Oak Bay High Alumni Association know first-hand how busy the track behind the school can get with student and community use. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Financial hurdle moves in bid to resurface Oak Bay high track

Estimate jumps to $376,000, campaign gears up to hit goal by spring

Oak Bay High principal Tom Aerts and Jan Hemming of the Oak Bay High Alumni Association know first-hand how busy the track behind the school can get with student and community use. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army Victoria Citadel hosting annual holiday toy drive in Saanich

Families in need across the region to benefit from community donations

A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Ayre Manor residents Terry and his wife Dawn eating some snacks at the annual Christmas party. (Supplied by Ayre Manor)

Sooke offers gifts and donations to Ayre Manor and Transition House

Wish trees, pyjamas and Christmas parties among the offerings

Ayre Manor residents Terry and his wife Dawn eating some snacks at the annual Christmas party. (Supplied by Ayre Manor)
Three City of Langford employees pose for a quick photo. They have been working night shifts this past month, through some extreme weather, but it hasn’t dampened their spirits while they make Langford’s holiday decor sparkle. (Photo courtesy of the City of Langford)

Holiday spirit sparkles in Langford

Santa’s helpers working hard to make the city shine

Three City of Langford employees pose for a quick photo. They have been working night shifts this past month, through some extreme weather, but it hasn’t dampened their spirits while they make Langford’s holiday decor sparkle. (Photo courtesy of the City of Langford)
Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe owner ‘shocked, honoured and humbled’ to win business of the year

Cathy’s Corner Cafe, Sooke Food Bank multiple winners for 2021 Business Excellence awards

Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A small tree in Queens’ Park, Oak Bay, is festooned with Christmas ornaments, village and cheerful painted rocks. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Decorating fairy hits Oak Bay waterfront

Queens’ Park tree festooned with Christmas ornaments, village and uplifting painted rocks

A small tree in Queens’ Park, Oak Bay, is festooned with Christmas ornaments, village and cheerful painted rocks. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Recruitment begins for new teen advisory group

Library hosting first meeting in January

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pharmacy making Christmas wishes come true

Gifts go to Ayre Manor residents, Sooke Christmas Bureau and the women’s transition house

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)

Colwood hosting free holiday concert Friday night

Sangster Elementary choirs featured; hot chocolate, light tunnels 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Meadow Park

The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)