Dawn Gibson

The Sooke Country Market will be changing locations to John Philips Memorial Park in coming weeks. The new location is expected to debut July 4, should everything go as planned. (Contributed photo)

Sooke Country Market changes location

New market location expected to debut on July 4

The Sooke Country Market will be changing locations to John Philips Memorial Park in coming weeks. The new location is expected to debut July 4, should everything go as planned. (Contributed photo)
Jayme Vivian, second from left, with some of her graduating classmates Jaeden Demelo, far left, Marin Clarkston, and Makayla Craig. (Photo contributed by Jayme Vivian)

Sooke principal reflects on year at EMCS

Graduating student says pandemic brought classmates closer together

Jayme Vivian, second from left, with some of her graduating classmates Jaeden Demelo, far left, Marin Clarkston, and Makayla Craig. (Photo contributed by Jayme Vivian)
Sooke resident Patricia Pagnotta created a fairy village on a pathway near her home off Grant Road. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Tiny whimsical village finds home along Sooke pathway

Sooke woman creates fairy village to bring happiness and magic to community

Sooke resident Patricia Pagnotta created a fairy village on a pathway near her home off Grant Road. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
Dana Hayden, owner of Vancouver Island Goat Yoga, practices yoga with her goats. She will be hosting Goat Yoga in Shirley on June 21. (Mike Pepperdine - Besea Photolab)

Goat yoga sessions kick off in Shirley

Classes will be held outdoors and include maximum 10 participants

Dana Hayden, owner of Vancouver Island Goat Yoga, practices yoga with her goats. She will be hosting Goat Yoga in Shirley on June 21. (Mike Pepperdine - Besea Photolab)
The SEAPARC arena has been used since the end of April as a temporary isolation space for Sooke’s homeless population. The shelter is shutting down early due to youth camps being held at the facility starting on June 29. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke temporary homeless shelter packs up early

Occupants to leave facility by June 22

The SEAPARC arena has been used since the end of April as a temporary isolation space for Sooke’s homeless population. The shelter is shutting down early due to youth camps being held at the facility starting on June 29. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
B.C. Transit has adjusted its operations continuously throughout the pandemic. Full driver doors have been installed in buses to ensure physical distancing between customers and drivers. (B.C. Transit photo)

Greater Victoria transit usage sees gradual rise

Ridership still down 66 per cent compared to last year

B.C. Transit has adjusted its operations continuously throughout the pandemic. Full driver doors have been installed in buses to ensure physical distancing between customers and drivers. (B.C. Transit photo)
Sooke artist Linda Anderson with a few of her many rock paintings. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Rock painting gains popularity on Vancouver Island

Facebook groups formed for people to share ideas, gift painted rocks

Sooke artist Linda Anderson with a few of her many rock paintings. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Greater Victoria writer releases first novel inspired by U.S. school shootings

Greater Victoria writer releases first novel inspired by U.S. school shootings

Dear Mr. President tells thought provoking story of victims left behind

Greater Victoria writer releases first novel inspired by U.S. school shootings
The Rotary Club of Sooke is staying connected using Zoom to hold meetings. The group shows off masks made by Rotarian’s wife Linda Ferguson. (Photo contributed by Rotary Club of Sooke)

Sooke community groups keep in touch – from a distance

Sooke Rotary, Lions Club hold meetings online to stay connected

The Rotary Club of Sooke is staying connected using Zoom to hold meetings. The group shows off masks made by Rotarian’s wife Linda Ferguson. (Photo contributed by Rotary Club of Sooke)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke joins regional economic partnership

South Island Prosperity Partnership creates ‘task force’ to help local economy recover from pandemic

(Black Press Media file photo)
Richmond Boy Scouts enjoy a photo op at last summer’s Pacific Jamboree at Camp Barnard. The camp has hit hard times with the coronavirus epidemic. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Coronavirus restrictions prolongs Camp Barnard closure

Thousands of scouts won’t be going to summer camp in Sooke this summer

Richmond Boy Scouts enjoy a photo op at last summer’s Pacific Jamboree at Camp Barnard. The camp has hit hard times with the coronavirus epidemic. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sidney veteran revisits memories of the Second World War

Sidney veteran revisits memories of the Second World War

VE-Day important as veteran remembers comrades who didn’t survive

Sidney veteran revisits memories of the Second World War
Film production on Vancouver Island has been put on pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)

COVID-19 sees Vancouver Island film production fade to black

Industry staff work from home, use break to focus on writing, post and pre-production

Film production on Vancouver Island has been put on pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)
Staff at Bosley’s pet store in Sooke keep a positive attitude amid all the major changes in service during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo contributed by Ashley Belcher)

Sooke businesses adjust to new reality amid COVID-19 pandemic

Staff at Bosley’s keep a positve attitude, ‘singing and dancing’ in the store

Staff at Bosley’s pet store in Sooke keep a positive attitude amid all the major changes in service during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo contributed by Ashley Belcher)
The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest obstacle faced by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Sooke. (Photo contributed by Marie Allen)

Sooke church’s small congregation keeps the faith despite struggles

Holy Trinity Anglican Church was facing difficulties even before the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest obstacle faced by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Sooke. (Photo contributed by Marie Allen)
My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. In collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club, the program is extending its reach to Sooke. (Black Press file photo)

Food security initiative encourages Sooke residents to grow food at home

My FED Farm program offers free garden kits to those affected by COVID-19

My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. In collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club, the program is extending its reach to Sooke. (Black Press file photo)
The property where the Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project was supposed to go. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Habitat for Humanity backs out of Sooke housing plan

Organization cites poor timing

The property where the Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project was supposed to go. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
Port Renfrew overcomes economic stagnation to become B.C. tourism mecca

Port Renfrew overcomes economic stagnation to become B.C. tourism mecca

Big Read: Small Island town reborn

Port Renfrew overcomes economic stagnation to become B.C. tourism mecca
The ride of a lifetime

The ride of a lifetime

RCMP officer Rusty Olsen shares experience with Musical Ride

The ride of a lifetime
Map from B.C. Wildfire Services shows location of the fire near Jordan River. (Photo from B.C. Wildfire website)

Small wildfire near Jordan River under control

B.C. Wildfire Services checking in on fire periodically to ensure no hot spots left

Map from B.C. Wildfire Services shows location of the fire near Jordan River. (Photo from B.C. Wildfire website)