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Neighbours Being Neighbours party August 9th

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in events - (Comments Off)

Join Columbian Centre and our neighbours on Saturday August 9th to celebrate community, diversity and children by encouraging neighbourliness among all people

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Have fun meeting your neighbours in a family-friendly environment while enjoying live music, great food and activities for all ages. The  annual Neighbours Being Neighbours Community Gathering is hosted by Columbian Centre.


Creating defensible urban community space

July 29th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

A Nanaimo neighbourhood looks to the structure of its physical spaces to reduce crime, increase stability

picture 566During the recent past, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there has been an increasing interest in the effects of neighbourhoods on the health of the people living in them. Researchers and policy-makers have come to understand that the characteristics of neighbourhoods, whether measured in terms of their physical, social or economic attributes, can have important impacts on individuals.


The “Lord of the Fringe” was in Nanaimo to present his latest monologue Marathon as a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Fringe Festival

picture 567Acclaimed fringe theatre veteran TJ Dawe performed his latest show, Marathon, in mid-July in Nanaimo as a benefit for the city’s Fringe Festival. Weaving together varied interests and relentlessly pursuing self-discovery, TJ creates intimate and engaging shows that always leave his audiences with something to chew on.


Creative nonfiction story Tilly: a Story of Hope and Resilience captures spirit of hope, recovery

monique gray smithMonique Gray Smith, an accomplished consultant, writer and speaker, was at the Gabriola Island Public Library earlier this year discussing her new book about a First Nations woman’s journey to sobriety.

The book is called Tilley: A Story of Hope and Resilience. “It’s the story of one woman’s journey from early addiction and alcoholism to discovering who she is as a mixed heritage person,” Gray Smith told the Nanaimo News Bulletin. “Even though it’s a story based on First Nations people and history, it really is a story of common humanity around recovery and the ability to move past early obstacles in life.”


PosterWe enthusiastically invite you to participate in the upcoming Annual Mid-Island Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Colliers International and the Nanaimo Clippers on August 15, 2014. We are excited to announce that CBC hockey commentator Kelly Hrudey will be our special guest in addition to other hockey celebrities. Corporate representatives and community leaders will also be in attendance at the golf tournament. The weekend is as well a celebration of the Nanaimo Clippers alumni and each team of 4 will have a player from the past or present added to your team to play alongside our Fans, Season Ticket Holders, and Corporate Partners. Keep checking back for a list of special guests.


Suicide awareness for everyone

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

The importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and getting help or resources for the person at risk

suicide_speak_reachsafeTALK, a workshop about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.


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“Find your lonely road and follow it…follow it through everything to the end of the road and then let go of that road…put it behind you…”

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In the past three years, 50 recognized Canadian Forces veterans have committed suicide directly related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their tours in Afghanistan. Put into perspective, there were 158 Canadian Soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan over the 12 year campaign. If the current rate of suicides continues, then 200 Veterans of the Afghanistan war will die by their own hand in Canada in the same time frame.

PTSD has been wounding people in the Canadian Forces, and veterans, for some time—but it seems to be taking an ever-increasing toll as Canadian veterans die by suicide and family members raise questions about the supports needed but not offered or available.


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