September & October 2014
The Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue conducts an average of 40 searches each year, including two recent high profile local cases.  Media information officer Paul Berry, at their Courtenay headquarters, has seen that number grow significantly since he joined the CVGSAR 14 years ago.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Community

Coordinated Rescue

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue is 40 years strong, and serves a growing need

After two heart transplants as a baby and toddler, Robbie Thompson and his mom, Sue Germain, understand more than anyone the importance of organ donation. 
“It’s important to get the word out to as many people as we can, to raise awareness that organ donation saves lives,” says Germain. Photo by Seadance Photography

People

Putting His Heart Into It

Robbie Thompson works to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation

“When you read to a child, you are building new vocabulary, introducing them to fairytales, and teaching them that stories have a middle, beginning, and an end,” says Comox Valley 1000x5 project coordinator Deborah van der Linde, with her daughter Lily.  “When you read to infants, they’re hearing the sound and rhythm of language.”  Photo by Seadance Photography

Education

Readers of the Future

1000x5 initiative aims to boosts kids’s pre-literacy levels by the time they enter Kindergarten

“It is my nature to challenge myself and raise the bar of excellence high,” says Gustavo Yelamo, who teaches Spanish classes in the Comox Valley.  “It is important for me to know that I provide excellent service to my students.”  Photo by Seadance Photography

People

From ‘Olé’ to ‘Hola’

Local Spanish teacher draws on his authentic roots—and colorful history—to teach his students

Winning the Vocal Performance of the Year honors for 2014 at the Vancouver Island Music Awards “was a beautiful feather in my cap,” says Brodie Dawson, performing onstage at this year’s Filberg Festival. “It took me to the next stage.”  Photo courtesy Kirk Friederich Photography

Music

Musical High Note

Comox Valley musician Brodie Dawson makes her mark on the Island music scene, and beyond

“My experience as a background actor has been so much fun,” says Jill Ackerman, all dressed up and ready for her next casting call.  Photo by Seadance Photography

People

Acting with the Stars

Jill Ackerman lands a background acting role in a new TV series

The Denman Island Apple Festival will feature more than 50 varieties of apples on display, including offerings from Vlasta Ulovec of Apple Lane Orchard, which grows a variety of heritage apples.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Festivals & Events

An Abundance of Apples

Island farmers and foodies launch the first ever Denman Island Apple Festival this Thanksgiving

Photo by Seadance Photography

Festivals & Events

Freshly Squeezed

Mobile press makes it easy to get fresh apple juice

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