Community

Saanich teacher Omar Azim, who works at Royal Oak Middle School, was awarded the Loran Scholars Foundation Teachers Building Leaders Award earlier this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Saanich teacher Omar Azim, who works at Royal Oak Middle School, was awarded the Loran Scholars Foundation Teachers Building Leaders Award earlier this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Salvation Army has a spacious new home in downtown Langford

Former nightclub space gives organization opportunities to provide more services

Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s new community liaison committee aims to help GVHA improve its triple bottom line goals relating to environmental, social and fiscal responsibilities across its operations on the waterfront. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s new community liaison committee aims to help GVHA improve its triple bottom line goals relating to environmental, social and fiscal responsibilities across its operations on the waterfront. (Black Press Media file photo)
Janice and Donald MacDonald learned they’d won the guaranteed prize draw with their Lotto 6/49 ticket they purchased at the Royal Oak Country Grocer on July 28. (Courtesy BCLC)

Victoria couple celebrates lotto win with $1M game of telephone

‘I thought I had won $1,000 and then I put my glasses on and realized there were a lot more zeros’

Janice and Donald MacDonald learned they’d won the guaranteed prize draw with their Lotto 6/49 ticket they purchased at the Royal Oak Country Grocer on July 28. (Courtesy BCLC)
A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will start riding different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021, starting as per tradition, in Port Alice on Sept. 20. (Photo by Arnold Lim/Tour de Rock)

Tour de Rock embraces community teams for annual Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser

Tour starts Sept. 20 in Port Alice, winds up with finale in Sidney on Oct. 1

A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will start riding different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021, starting as per tradition, in Port Alice on Sept. 20. (Photo by Arnold Lim/Tour de Rock)
Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Greater Victoria organizations mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Tuesday, Aug. 31 sees free barbecue, candlelight vigil; groups re-issue calls for action

Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers Una Papineau (from left), Anika Rao, Kai Richins Daniel Bu and Kevin Yang stand in front of their haul of invasive blackberries from the University of Victoria’s Cunningham Woods on Aug. 29. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Green Team Greater Victoria tackles invasive species removal at UVic

Eco-stewardship group improving community connections, mental health as much as the environment

Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers Una Papineau (from left), Anika Rao, Kai Richins Daniel Bu and Kevin Yang stand in front of their haul of invasive blackberries from the University of Victoria’s Cunningham Woods on Aug. 29. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Birds of prey such as eagles are drawn to roadways by rodents after human waste tossed on the road. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

As days get shorter Greater Victoria drivers need to slow down: wildlife expert

BC SPCA Wild ARC reports notable increase of animal-vehicle collisions in the last decade

Birds of prey such as eagles are drawn to roadways by rodents after human waste tossed on the road. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Looking up at the ceiling in the interior foyer of 1515 Douglas Street. 1515 Douglas Street is a six-storey class AA LEED Platinum office and retail building located across from Victoria City Hall. Design by D’Ambrosio architecture and urbanism. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Victoria’s architecture steeped in history

Taking a look at some of the prominent names and places in the city’s architectural history

  • Aug 29, 2021
Looking up at the ceiling in the interior foyer of 1515 Douglas Street. 1515 Douglas Street is a six-storey class AA LEED Platinum office and retail building located across from Victoria City Hall. Design by D’Ambrosio architecture and urbanism. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Shreya Sivakumar is approaching her Grade 12 year at Mount Douglas Secondary and just finished up a summer internship program at the University of Alberta that was tailored to her interests as she gears up for university. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Inclusive research program hosts Saanich Grade 12 student in paid online internship

Shreya Sivakumar participates in summer internship at University of Alberta

Shreya Sivakumar is approaching her Grade 12 year at Mount Douglas Secondary and just finished up a summer internship program at the University of Alberta that was tailored to her interests as she gears up for university. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Sgt. Manuel Montero is working to preserve the history of the Oak Bay Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)

Search for Oak Bay Police memorabilia spans the globe

Officer turns up clues in search for historic police items

Sgt. Manuel Montero is working to preserve the history of the Oak Bay Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)
Deputy Chief Rob Nelson, Captain John Inoke and Assistant Chief Forrest Owens outside the Central Saanich museum celebrating the community fire service. The team celebrates with an open house at the Mount Newton X Road site on Sept. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Central Saanich Fire celebrates 7 decades of serving community

Veteran firefighters recall the old days of battling blazes

Deputy Chief Rob Nelson, Captain John Inoke and Assistant Chief Forrest Owens outside the Central Saanich museum celebrating the community fire service. The team celebrates with an open house at the Mount Newton X Road site on Sept. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Students Sophia Petronas, left, and Beyla Medos strike a pose in rehearsal as lionesses in The Lion King from 2019. Amber Academy launches its 2021-22 season on Sept. 13. (Contributed - Amber Academy)

Sooke arts academy pushes through pandemic

Amber Academy ready to launch 2021-22 season

Students Sophia Petronas, left, and Beyla Medos strike a pose in rehearsal as lionesses in The Lion King from 2019. Amber Academy launches its 2021-22 season on Sept. 13. (Contributed - Amber Academy)
A Brown Shrike, commonly found in East Asia, was spotted at Rocky Point Bird Observatory. (Photo by Joachim Bertrands)

Garage sale supports Greater Victoria’s feathered friends

Rocky Point Bird Observatory holding sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Brown Shrike, commonly found in East Asia, was spotted at Rocky Point Bird Observatory. (Photo by Joachim Bertrands)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A centennial worm poop project is happening in collaboration between the Victoria Horticultural Society and the Compost Education Centre. (Pexels)

Victoria horticultural and compost groups partner for worm poop project

The first 100 groups to book a workshop receive a free worm composter

  • Aug 25, 2021
A centennial worm poop project is happening in collaboration between the Victoria Horticultural Society and the Compost Education Centre. (Pexels)
Members of Victoria’s Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour, Punjabi Akali Sikh Temple and Wheely Clean at the launch of their dental van in service of women with barriers to oral health, Aug. 22. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Dental services van in Greater Victoria aids Indigenous women and women of colour

August’s registration is already fully booked with those within 10km from downtown

Members of Victoria’s Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour, Punjabi Akali Sikh Temple and Wheely Clean at the launch of their dental van in service of women with barriers to oral health, Aug. 22. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Shelbourne Community Kitchen program co-ordinator Kim Cummins (left) and former board chair Laura Cochrane take stock of the supplies in the kitchen’s pantry. (Black Press Media file photo)

Anonymous donation helps fill the cupboards at Saanich community kitchen

Shelbourne Community Kitchen moves to new location in September

Shelbourne Community Kitchen program co-ordinator Kim Cummins (left) and former board chair Laura Cochrane take stock of the supplies in the kitchen’s pantry. (Black Press Media file photo)
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HISTORY: Clay family established early roots in Sooke

Family connected to Donaldson clan

  • Aug 23, 2021
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Victorians can run the City’s 25 km border loop or cycle an alternate route of equal length this September as part of the Do The Loop fundraiser for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy of Matt Dell/South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association)

Do The Loop cycle-or-run fundraiser in Victoria supports at-risk youth

Signing up to do a 25K or 2.5K loop gives boost to Threshold Housing Society programs

  • Aug 23, 2021
Victorians can run the City’s 25 km border loop or cycle an alternate route of equal length this September as part of the Do The Loop fundraiser for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy of Matt Dell/South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association)