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Melody Burns, Victoria Foundation technology and sponsorship co-ordinator, holds up last year’s winning picture coloured by nine-year-old Vivian, who donated her winnings – a $50 gift card and $100 for the charity of her choice – to the Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Foundation)

Random acts of colouring promote kindness, courtesy of the Victoria Foundation

Kids 12-under can mail or drop off colouring contest entries to local Black Press Media offices

A group of demonstrators show their support for the Freedom Convoy Wednesday afternoon in Sooke. The convoy is a cross-Canada demonstration by truck drivers against government mandates introduced during the pandemic, including a requirement that truck drivers crossing a border must show proof of vaccination. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

POLL: Do you support the convoy of truckers protesting vaccine restrictions in Canada?

A convoy of trucks making its way across the country is driving…

Terry Lee, left, Edmond Wong and Daniel Low of the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club perform eye dotting ceremony as part of the virtual Chinese New Year celebration online Feb. 1. (Courtesy Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club)

VIDEO: Victoria club awakens cubs for virtual Chinese New Year lion dance

Young performers of Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club usher in Year of the Tiger

The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)

QUIZ: Celebrating the joy of reading

Family Literacy Day in Canada is held each year on Jan. 27.

The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)
Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Victoria-based Paralympian follows instinct for K9 training

Jessica Tuomela, partnering with trained canine Lucy, aims to keep vulnerable Canadians safe

Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
Victoria resident Jeanette Perks won a Lotto 6/49 draw in November 2021. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Lottery Corporation)
Victoria resident Jeanette Perks won a Lotto 6/49 draw in November 2021. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Lottery Corporation)
Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Hand-drawn map of Victoria neighbourhood created to inspire residents

UVic student Masami Teramachi hopes to help locals see beauty in their own backyard

Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Hospital Way next to Victoria General Hospital was renamed Jeneece Place to mark the home’s fifth anniversary in 2017. Visionary of the home, Frankie Edroff holds up the new sign. (Courtesy of Jeneece Place)

Jeneece Place celebrates 10 years of offering Island families a ‘safe landing place’

Close to 3,000 families of chiildren receiving acute care housed since January 2012

Hospital Way next to Victoria General Hospital was renamed Jeneece Place to mark the home’s fifth anniversary in 2017. Visionary of the home, Frankie Edroff holds up the new sign. (Courtesy of Jeneece Place)
Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)

Family Literacy Week in Greater Victoria reminds of the importance of reading

Family friendly events and activities take place Jan. 23 to 30 around the region and online

Family Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of reading through a variety of games and virtual events. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Literacy)
The 32nd annual Chip In for the Kids, raised more than $15,000 for Easter Seals programs and services, including Camp Shawnigan where children and adults with disabilities have enjoyed overnight camp experiences since 1979. (Courtesy Easter Seals)
The 32nd annual Chip In for the Kids, raised more than $15,000 for Easter Seals programs and services, including Camp Shawnigan where children and adults with disabilities have enjoyed overnight camp experiences since 1979. (Courtesy Easter Seals)
Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

New face leads firefighter fundraising in Oak Bay

Aidan Wells started as a teen volunteer with Metchosin Fire Department

Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Victoria Seed Library is holding information sessions for prospective members in February, March and April. (Twitter/lifecyclesprjct)

Victoria Seed Library looks to grow membership 2022

Budding members invited to learn more at information sessions

The Victoria Seed Library is holding information sessions for prospective members in February, March and April. (Twitter/lifecyclesprjct)
Siobhan Powlowski and Jeffrey Nicholls watch birds in Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. The couple are avid birders and have become well-versed on the various species and plant life in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Bird-watching couple tout benefit of native plants to biodiversity in Saanich green spaces

Both native and non-native plant eco-systems have a place, biologist points out

Siobhan Powlowski and Jeffrey Nicholls watch birds in Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. The couple are avid birders and have become well-versed on the various species and plant life in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A paddler enjoys the dog days of summer near Oak Bay Marina. In 2021, Oak Bay residents registered 1,586 dogs in the community. (Photo by Bob Harwood)
A paddler enjoys the dog days of summer near Oak Bay Marina. In 2021, Oak Bay residents registered 1,586 dogs in the community. (Photo by Bob Harwood)
Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)

Saanich family raising money for humanitarian build in Dominican Republic

Bottle drive set for Feb. 5 and 6 at Glanford Avenue bottle depot

Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)
The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)

Libraries on reduced hours across Greater Victoria

Esquimalt in limbo as it awaits new branch opening

The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has released its first single – To The Ground – which saw more than 4,000 streams in five days. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has released its first single – To The Ground – which saw more than 4,000 streams in five days. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)

Love for Betty White tallies to nearly $500,000 for animal welfare groups in B.C.

What would have been iconic actor’s 100th birthday sees $40,000 donated to Victoria Humane Society

Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)
Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. gaming grant supports new playground at Saanich school

Almost $80,000 in funding going towards replacement at Campus View elementary

Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Team 4 Hope (donated by Mayfair Optometric) tree during the 30th Festival of Trees Victoria earned top Judges Choice award as voted by the volunteer committee. (Courtesy BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

Festival of Trees Victoria raises $171,000 for BC Children’s Hospital mental health initiative

Mindfulness program open to young patients, caregivers, family and health professionals

The Team 4 Hope (donated by Mayfair Optometric) tree during the 30th Festival of Trees Victoria earned top Judges Choice award as voted by the volunteer committee. (Courtesy BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)