Power of Good

Welcome to a host of heartfelt community stories, and be introduced to countless private individuals and organizations and the great work they do. The ‘Power of Good’ showcases stories from around the province that have been published in print and online media. See the positive and uplifting contributions individuals and organizations have made to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

Dozens ‘adopt’ grandparents for Christmas in Comox Valley

By on January 4, 2017

Members of the 1st Cumberland Pathfinders are loaded with presents from the community to distribute to nursing home residents at Cumberland Lodge and Glacier View Lodge. — image credit: Supplied photo

The Comox Valley community embraced Breanna Brosko’s Adopt A Grandparent initiative, and because of it, dozens of local seniors at two area nursing homes were smiling a little brighter this Christmas.

Last month, Brosko erected a Christmas tree at the Cliffe Avenue A&W, adorned with tags, each bearing the name of a senior in the community.

People were invited to drop by the restaurant, pick a tag off the tree, and purchase a gift for the name on the tag.

On Dec. 23, Brosko and other members of the 1st Cumberland Pathfinders, a branch of the Girl Guides of Canada, delivered more than 60 presents to seniors living in the Cumberland Lodge and Glacier View Lodge.

“It was such and amazing and rewarding experience,” said April Bosko of the 1st Cumberland Pathfinders. “Many of the seniors were moved to tears and so appreciative of both the gifts and the time the girls in our Pathfinder unit spent delivering them and chatting with them.”

Glacier View Lodge recognized Breanna’s efforts on its Facebook page.

“We are truly thankful for the gifts and the visit, and we are blessed to witness the kindness and generosity that Brianna and the other Pathfinders have shown!”

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Animal rescuers benefit from Langley girl’s kindness

By on December 30, 2016

What did Clare Reimer get for her 10th birthday? One bucket of specialized formula for newborn animals and 10,000 meal worms. The Grade 5 student from R.C. Garnett Demonstration Elementary decided –  for the fifth year running – to forgo

South Surrey-White Rock breakfast program helps ease stress

By on December 30, 2016

By  Alex Browne – Peace Arch News One of the great local successes of the White Rock Rotary Club in the past few years isn’t a bricks and mortar building or a monument set in stone. Its importance to the

Santa trades in sleigh for helicopter to visit young Nanaimo patients

By on December 21, 2016

Three-month-old Jace Cahill goes face to face for the first time with Santa during his stay at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Santa made a surprise visit to the children’s ward Tuesday to spread a little holiday cheer to young patients

Courtenay senior knits mitts for children in need

By on December 21, 2016

Jean Henderson has knitted 50 pairs of children’s mitts for those in need. — image credit: PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK By  Erin Haluschak – Comox Valley Record Little hands in the Comox Valley will be a bit warmer, thanks to Jean

Festival of Trees helping sick children around Vancouver Island

By on December 13, 2016

Trees from last year’s Festival of Trees at the Bay Centre. This year, the event is celebrating 25 years in Victoria with the goal of raising $200,000 to support B.C. Children’s Hospital. — image credit: Victoria News file photo   by 

Celebrity Christmas Food and Toy drive in Langley benefits victims of abuse

By on December 13, 2016

Morgan van Linge (right) and Rachel Last (centre) of Langley were thrilled to meet Graham Wardle, star of the CBC television show Heartland, during last year’s celebrity food and toy drive, organized by Langley’s Andy Bhatti. This year’s event takes

All they want for Christmas

By on November 29, 2016

Chrystal McCarthy and her six-month-old son, Calin, wait to register at the Surrey Christmas Bureau on Nov. 22. McCarthy has been a client osince 2011 after her daughter Ariana, 5, was born. — image credit: Boaz Joseph photos / The Leader

Alphabet Heroes bring words to life

By on November 29, 2016

Isreal Hicks Jr. with the latest version of the Alphabet Heroes, characters designed to make words and reading exciting for children entering school. — image credit: Frank Bucholtz By Frank Bucholtz – Cloverdale Reporter Isreal Hicks Jr. had trouble learning when