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Pencil ninja is just one of the many stories from the minds of local youth on display in Victoria shop windows now through July 2. (Drawing courtesy Story Studio)

Young storytellers lead readers on a hunt through Victoria

Story Path featuring Pencil Ninja and more promotes literacy and outdoor physical activity

Pencil ninja is just one of the many stories from the minds of local youth on display in Victoria shop windows now through July 2. (Drawing courtesy Story Studio)
Volunteers with Camp Barnard and Scouts Canada accept an $11,254 donation from the Bottle Depot. (Photo courtesy of Camp Barnard)

Refundable containers build opportunities for Greater Victoria youth

Donations to Bottle Depot’s charity bins raise $11,254 for Scouts Canada’s Camp Barnard

Volunteers with Camp Barnard and Scouts Canada accept an $11,254 donation from the Bottle Depot. (Photo courtesy of Camp Barnard)
Joseph Blake, Christopher Horwood, Caitlyn Huffman, and Tom Aerts commemorate the selection of the 2021 Oak Bay Rotary Scholarship and Sno’uyutth Legacy Scholarship winners. (Courtesy Oak Bay Rotary)

Rotarians dish out scholarships to Oak Bay grads who spread good energy

Caitlyn Huffman, Christopher Horwood each awarded post-secondary cash

Joseph Blake, Christopher Horwood, Caitlyn Huffman, and Tom Aerts commemorate the selection of the 2021 Oak Bay Rotary Scholarship and Sno’uyutth Legacy Scholarship winners. (Courtesy Oak Bay Rotary)
Yak Flight is a group of six Greater Victoria vintage plane pilots best known for their Remembrance Day flyover. (Courtesy of Chris Walker)

‘It’s just magic’: Greater Victoria group thankful for one-of-a-kind hobby

Yak Flight is best known for its formation fly on Remembrance Day

Yak Flight is a group of six Greater Victoria vintage plane pilots best known for their Remembrance Day flyover. (Courtesy of Chris Walker)
Sensing that her neighbourhood was feeling a bit glum, Saanich resident Judy Savrtka set to brightening people’s moods with her whimsical earthen sculptures. (Courtesy of Judy Savrtka)

Saanich woman lifts neighbourhood spirits with whimsical creations

Judy Savrtka said she was tired of seeing how grumpy and sad people were

Sensing that her neighbourhood was feeling a bit glum, Saanich resident Judy Savrtka set to brightening people’s moods with her whimsical earthen sculptures. (Courtesy of Judy Savrtka)
Royal Bay Secondary learning commons teacher Tanya Phillips (left), Grade 12 student Izzy Kroll and principal Mike Huck show off their hoodies with the school’s new crest. Behind them is supportive art sent by elementary students in the district after the school’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized in May. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Royal Bay students embody Colwood school’s new motto: Together We Are More

School crest and motto project led by students, was two years in the making

Royal Bay Secondary learning commons teacher Tanya Phillips (left), Grade 12 student Izzy Kroll and principal Mike Huck show off their hoodies with the school’s new crest. Behind them is supportive art sent by elementary students in the district after the school’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized in May. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp, who is also gay, begins the painting of his school’s Pride cross walk near Sooke Road. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Royal Roads University installs third rainbow crosswalk at Colwood campus

Pride colours on pavement, Pride flag at Hatley Castle show support for diversity: RRU president

Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp, who is also gay, begins the painting of his school’s Pride cross walk near Sooke Road. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Olympian Ghislaine Landry, captain of Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team, is taking over the City of Langford’s Instagram page this week. (City of Langford/Instagram)

Rugby Olympian highlights favourite spots in Langford

Ghislaine Landry, Canada’s womens sevens captain, is gearing up for her second Olympics

Olympian Ghislaine Landry, captain of Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team, is taking over the City of Langford’s Instagram page this week. (City of Langford/Instagram)
Ultra marathon swimmer Susan Simmons, left, and Spirit Orcas members do laps together at Willows Beach during a routine practice on Thursday, June 24. (Evert Lindquist photo)

Local swim team to stroke 60K from Jordan River to Colwood

Spirit Orcas swims part of preparations for eventual swim across English Channel

Ultra marathon swimmer Susan Simmons, left, and Spirit Orcas members do laps together at Willows Beach during a routine practice on Thursday, June 24. (Evert Lindquist photo)
Models pose to showcase clothing available at Second Hand Hope. All profits from the thrift store go to Soap for Hope Canada to provide hygiene products for people in need. (Courtesy of Soap for Hope Canada)

Soap for Hope thrift store to open doors Saturday in Victoria

Second Hand Hope launch will feature live music, artisan craft sale June 26

Models pose to showcase clothing available at Second Hand Hope. All profits from the thrift store go to Soap for Hope Canada to provide hygiene products for people in need. (Courtesy of Soap for Hope Canada)
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
Marion Cumming offers bannock and jam with B.C. cherries for mid-morning tea. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Oak Bay artist leaves land to Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Respect a key to transitioning home to Indigenous group’s use

Marion Cumming offers bannock and jam with B.C. cherries for mid-morning tea. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)

Wanda the octopus says goodbye to Sidney

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea returned octopus to waters off Ucluelet, received a new one June 8

Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)
Archer hopes planting sunflowers around the mural will give the art a sense of community and allow viewers to engage with it. (Evert Lindquist photo)

Sunflower girl mural sprouts up along Saanich’s Burnside Road

Artist Paul Archer completed the mural in seven days for Gorge Tillicum Community Association

Archer hopes planting sunflowers around the mural will give the art a sense of community and allow viewers to engage with it. (Evert Lindquist photo)
Sidney resident Babs Chorlton celebrates her 104th birthday. (Courtesy Robert Cairn)

Sidney resident celebrates her 104th with a second pandemic birthday party

Summergate Village resident gathers with 25 friends in her garden

Sidney resident Babs Chorlton celebrates her 104th birthday. (Courtesy Robert Cairn)
Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)

Two orca pods spotted in Sooke harbour in one day

Visit by transient killer whales ‘one of the largest displays’ in recent memory

Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)
A warm and sunny day at Boomerang Court (Plaza Franco), where the Victoria Francophone Society holds annual St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations. June 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day events will be held at Boomerang Court and open to everyone. (Courtesy of the Victoria Francophone Society)

Music and poutine on tap in Victoria for St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24 celebrations for Victoria’s French-speaking community happen in Boomerang Court

A warm and sunny day at Boomerang Court (Plaza Franco), where the Victoria Francophone Society holds annual St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations. June 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day events will be held at Boomerang Court and open to everyone. (Courtesy of the Victoria Francophone Society)
Oak Bay Police Association Bursary recipient Lucy Balogh and family. (Evert Lindquist photo)

Oak Bay High students honoured for outstanding accomplishments

2021 marks school’s first year with two female valedictorians, second year of Nils Jensen Bursary

Oak Bay Police Association Bursary recipient Lucy Balogh and family. (Evert Lindquist photo)
Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com

Vancouver Island dog calendar seeking submissions for fundraising initiative

Contest will raise funds for Operation Freedom Paws Canada

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com
Carlton House of Oak Bay resident John Hillman is doing 102 laps around the retirement residence’s courtyard to raise money for Save the Children Canada. Hillman, 102, did 101 laps last year in a similar fundraiser. (Carlton House of Oak Bay/Facebook)

Oak Bay 102-year-old veteran plans to walk 102 laps for Save the Children

John Hillman will lap the courtyard at Carlton House for 10 days

Carlton House of Oak Bay resident John Hillman is doing 102 laps around the retirement residence’s courtyard to raise money for Save the Children Canada. Hillman, 102, did 101 laps last year in a similar fundraiser. (Carlton House of Oak Bay/Facebook)