Posts Written OnAugust 2016

After many years away from the Island, Jackie Hildering returned to visit friends in 1999. They arranged for her to go on a whale watching tour and while on board she realized she was no longer the kind of educator that she wanted to be.  “On the deck of that boat, it was just an enormous shake up,” she said. “I just wanted to get back and be the kind of biology teacher that was themselves, connected to nature.” Upon returning to her job as the deputy head of the International School of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, she couldn’t shake…

The chairlifts at Mount Washington – known for taking skiers and snowboarders up the side of the mountain to enjoy some of the best winter conditions anywhere in North America – will be spinning this summer taking bikes and riders up to enjoy the fruits of Mike Manara and his team’s recent hard work. Manara is the resort’s Snow School Director in the winter, but he is also in charge of the mountain’s Mountain Biking Operations – responsible for the design, construction and rebuild of the mountain biking trail system on the mountain – and he is very much looking forward…

The support Campbell River provides Special Olympics athletes opens them to a world of fun, fitness, camaraderie and travel and the benefits those things afford. The biggest method of supporting Special Olympics in Campbell River is through support of the annual Howie Meeker Special Olympics Golf Classic which will be held August 20 at Storey Creek Golf Course. The event is the local chapter of Special Olympics’ most important fundraiser. Without this event, Special Olympics doesn’t happen in Campbell River and that means a lot of individuals with special needs lose the benefits gained from participating in sports. “It’s just…

Barb Zant started working at Home Brew Factory & Wine Boutique on Dogwood Street almost 20 years ago. She didn’t know anything about wine – other than that she loved it. Her experience, at the time, with “homemade wine,” like that of many others, wasn’t great. But she found out she loved the product they were producing at the shop and loved the people and process of making it so much that she bought the entire operation when it came up for sale eight years into her tenure there. And 11 years later, she’s never been happier with that decision.…

You can just barely see the top of Anne Young’s head over the stack of binders she’s carrying as she performs a master juggling act while walking down her stairs. Once she reaches the kitchen, she spreads the binders across the counter and begins to flip through the pages and pages of movie posters she’s compiled over the years. The posters are keepsakes from all of the shows that Young has directed since coming to Campbell River in 1957 as a teenager. A entertainer extraordinaire, Young has quite the history in Campbell River’s arts culture. These days, she’s best known…