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The 4th annual Mental Wellth Gala is on May 9, 2014

Columbian Centre’s annual Mental Wellth Dinner and Musical Gala is a celebration of mental health and wellness—and an opportunity for community supporters and members of the public to participate in, and honour, our collective work in building supportive homes and communities.

Our gala is during CMHA’s 63rd Annual Mental Health Week – Monday, May 5 to Sunday, May 11, 2014.

This year the event will be held at  The Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo.Mental Wellth Poster 2014

Join us for a night of entertainment and connection. This event includes a three-course buffet dinner, live music and a silent auction. Our musical guests are Phil Dwyer (multiple JUNO award winner) & Louise Rose and Joan Wallace & The Martys.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. (6:00pm – 10:00 pm).

Tickets are $85.00 ($35.00 tax receipt) in advance only at the Grand Hotel and Bernard Callebaut Chocolaterie (Country Club Centre). Contact Tona at tona@columbiancentre.org or call 250-758-8711 for more information. Click here for Poster.

Proceeds go to the Columbian Centre Society.

Tickets now available online. Tickets will be held at the door.

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Meet the Performers

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Organizer and Anglican priest Rev. Carol Finlay is pioneering the Canadian version of a successful U.K.-based model

In 2009 Carol Finlay visited a medium security penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario, and told a small gathering of inmates that she had an idea: she wanted to start a monthly book club there. To her surprise, the men indicated that they would like to start immediately.

Since that time, a number of similar clubs have sprung up, mostly across Ontario. The book clubs promote literacy, self-awareness, and confidence.

We will hear from Carol Finlay, the executive director of Book Clubs for Inmates, and with Kevin Pinto, who was starting his life again outside of prison, in a rebroadcast from March 2012.

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Help for victims

April 24th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

picture 254NANAIMO RCMP VICTIM SERVICES: WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY DO AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER.

Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services provides a variety of services to victims of crime and other personal tragedies.  They work from a client centered perspective and offer emotional support, practical assistance and accompaniment in the processes of court and help with filling out forms. They will serve as a liaison between the RCMP and the victim, providing updates on the status of the police investigation and/or court case.  Trained volunteers provide the bulk of the service.

We will speak with RCMP Corporal Gary O’Brien and Cheryl Zapotichny, Program Manager for the Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services.

Local food bank helps youth

April 16th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Making Donations To Food BankLoaves and Fishes Community Food Bank is hoping a student-only food depot at John Barsby Secondary School will serve as a blueprint for depots in other schools.  The food depot program at the Nanaimo school supplies hampers that provide food for children for the weekend on a referral basis.

Nanaimo is known as an area with high levels of child poverty.

Alex Counsell, Operations manager at Loaves and Fishes estimates about 200-250 people a week that access Loaves and Fishes are under the age of 18 (Nanaimo News Bulletin Oct.2013, Karl Yu).

On this week’s program, we will be talking with Peter Sinclair, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, about youth poverty and food security programs to address the needs of youth living in poverty in Nanaimo.

New location for Nanaimo Community Hospice

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hospiceThe Nanaimo Community Hospice provides counseling and support to people with serious progressive illnesses where a cure is not expected and to their families and caregivers.

Support is provided during the end of life and for family members and caregivers following the death of a loved one.

The Nanaimo hospice has recently relocated into a beautiful new building and grounds, with much more space for previously crowded programs.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Jeanne Fahlman, Development Officer for the Nanaimo Community Hospice about their successful move, their current programs and upcoming special events.

Marika Swan’s work with Redwire Native Youth Media has shown her the importance of healing through expression

Marika Swan is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who was born out in the wilds of the west coast. Marika says she believes in a deeply profound relationship with the land that she comes from and a responsibility to its survival, health, and freedom. Marika is an artist who has also worked with Redwire Native Youth Media Society for the past five years.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Marika Swan. She’ll be speaking about healing through expression in a rebroadcast conversation from July of 2011. (more…)

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Revisiting Mad Pride

April 9th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Mad pride is an international movement that celebrates the human rights and culture of people considered very different by society.  Mad pride events, organized by loosely connected groups in at least seven countries including Canada, Australia, South Africa and the United States, draw thousands of participants.

Frank talk about mental illness…or as some put it, “extreme mental states”…happens in online forums, blogs, community groups, art collectives, on youtube and in the traditional media.

This Thursday on People First Radio, we speak with Leef Evans, an artist and author from Vancouver…in a rebroadcast from May 28, 2009.

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