Posts Written OnSeptember 2016

Nicole Janveaux doesn’t like to talk about herself. She doesn’t see what the big deal is, really. She’s just a regular person who struggled with homelessness, depression, addiction issues and self-harm in her youth before turning to the gym. So what if she’s now a 47-year-old mother of two who happens to also have a lifetime exemption into the national bodybuilding championships, right? “I’ve been weightlifting since I was 19,” she says, taking a short break from her workout routine at The Yard in Campbellton, “but I guess I’ve been doing it competitively for about four years.” She first went…

A group of women with a creative flair are celebrating 15 years of socializing, making art and getting things done. “We’re gals on a  mission,” says Mary Teer one of a group of about 12 women who make up the Driftwood Club of Campbell River. “We’re always on a mission to save something.” The club was founded around the creation of Hobbitats – west coast villages made from driftwood. They became – and are still – quite a hit when they burst on the local art scene 20 years ago and soon spread far and wide in popularity. Club members…

Nicole Janveaux doesn’t like to talk about herself. She doesn’t see what the big deal is, really. She’s just a regular person who struggled with homelessness, depression, addiction issues and self-harm in her youth before turning to the gym. So what if she’s now a 47-year-old mother of two who happens to also have a lifetime exemption into the national bodybuilding championships, right? “I’ve been weightlifting since I was 19,” she says, taking a short break from her workout routine at The Yard in Campbellton, “but I guess I’ve been doing it competitively for about four years.” She first went…

A once-neglected part of Campbell River is finding its voice and undergoing a renaissance. Business leaders in historic Campbellton are pressuring city officials, the Highways Ministry and just about anyone who will listen that the birthplace of the municipality is entitled to the same urban renewal other parts of the city have received. “This is where Campbell River grew up,” said Brian Shaw, a Campbellton business person and force behind the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association (CNA). “I have always believed in this part of the community. I want it to grow. I want it to be beautiful.” Shaw made those comments at…

Sonia Edwards has never been one to take something for granted. So when an employer took what she calls “a leap of faith,” she made certain to make the most of the opportunity. Growing up in Quebec, and knowing only basic English, a store manager in Jasper, Alta. took a chance and hired her to manage a gift shop. “The manager of the store took a leap of faith and he said ‘I’ll help you with your English,’” Edwards says. “Without that person I wouldn’t be here today; that person really took a chance on me. And really that’s why…

Meinjsa Vlaming fell in love with puppeteering when she was 18-years-old. To be more specific she fell in love with a handsome puppeteer. “He was so amazing and beautiful but he had no idea who I was because he already had stage shows and everything,” she said. Vlaming had been making puppets since she was nine years old, using a pattern,that she still uses today, that she got from a TV show . Around the same time she was pining for the puppeteer, she saw the movie Les Enfants du Paradis. She was enchanted by the masks and grotesque movements…