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A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)

Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Quesnel Fire Chief Sylvain Gauthier communicates with other firefighters while fighting a fire in April of 2021. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel council celebrates outgoing fire chief Sylvain Gauthier

“Sly” has been working in the Quesnel Fire Department since 2007

The graduating class of Health Care Assistants toss their caps into the air after receiving their honours. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel CNC graduates celebrate at distanced ceremony

The students celebrating are some of more than 1,200 who are graduating in 2021

The graduating class of Health Care Assistants toss their caps into the air after receiving their honours. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
A Baker Creek tour from 2019 with a group of students - tours will be much smaller in 2020 due to COVID-19 prevention measures. (Submitted Photo)

Baker Creek Nature Explorers plans for full summer in Quesnel

The day program will run twice a week for two age groups

A Baker Creek tour from 2019 with a group of students - tours will be much smaller in 2020 due to COVID-19 prevention measures. (Submitted Photo)
The Gold Pan Grannies attended the Quesnel Farmers’ Market where they sold perennials and vegetable plants and fruit trees by donation Saturday, May 29. They were able to raise $1,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Gold Pan Grannies raise $1,000 for Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

Annual plant sale at Quesnel Farmers’ Market a success

The Gold Pan Grannies attended the Quesnel Farmers’ Market where they sold perennials and vegetable plants and fruit trees by donation Saturday, May 29. They were able to raise $1,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Amy Vardy is one of four dancers to compete in their final year of the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel Festival of the Arts graduating dancer profile: Amy Vardy

The Quesnel Festival of the Performing arts is honouring their graduating dancers

Amy Vardy is one of four dancers to compete in their final year of the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts. (Submitted Photo)
Emily Nelson is one of four graduating dancers honoured by the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts.(Submitted Photo - Robyn Louise Photography)

Quesnel Festival of the Arts graduating dancer profile: Emily Nelson

The Festival of the Arts is honouring graduating dancers

Emily Nelson is one of four graduating dancers honoured by the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts.(Submitted Photo - Robyn Louise Photography)
The Quesnel Child Development Centre is looking to expand their library of switch-adapted toys for rental to families of kids with disabilities. They’re hosting a Disney-themed online fundraiser on June 18. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel Child Development Centre looking to expand rental toy library

The CDC needs more switch-adapted toys before beginning their lending program in earnest

The Quesnel Child Development Centre is looking to expand their library of switch-adapted toys for rental to families of kids with disabilities. They’re hosting a Disney-themed online fundraiser on June 18. (Submitted photo)
The West Village Community Garden in Quesnel installed a greenhouse Saturday, May 29. The project was supported by a $6,700 grant from the Quesnel Community Foundation. (West Village Community Garden Quesnel Facebook)
The West Village Community Garden in Quesnel installed a greenhouse Saturday, May 29. The project was supported by a $6,700 grant from the Quesnel Community Foundation. (West Village Community Garden Quesnel Facebook)
New Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel executive director Corbin Bright was on hand on hole 7 at the Quesnel Golf Club supervising the hole in one contest. Golfers shot for the hole for a chance to win $50,000 (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel drives into post-pandemic fundraising

The club put on a fundraiser at the Quesnel Golf Course over the weekend

New Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel executive director Corbin Bright was on hand on hole 7 at the Quesnel Golf Club supervising the hole in one contest. Golfers shot for the hole for a chance to win $50,000 (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Gold Pan Grannies attended the Quesnel Farmers’ Market where they sold perennials and vegetable plants and fruit trees by donation Saturday, May 29. They were able to raise $1,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Gold Pan Grannies raise $1,000 for Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

Annual plant sale at Quesnel Farmers’ Market a success

The Gold Pan Grannies attended the Quesnel Farmers’ Market where they sold perennials and vegetable plants and fruit trees by donation Saturday, May 29. They were able to raise $1,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Former Canim Lake Band chief Mike Archie raises his drum in salute as car and trucks honk at the gathered community members of the Canim Lake Band and 100 Mile House. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

WATCH: Kamloops bound convoy greeted by Canim Lake Band along Highway 97

Well over two dozen members of the Tsq’escenemc people (Canim Lake Band) showed up

Former Canim Lake Band chief Mike Archie raises his drum in salute as car and trucks honk at the gathered community members of the Canim Lake Band and 100 Mile House. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

WATCH: Kamloops bound convoy greeted by Canim Lake Band in 100 Mile House

More than two dozen members of the Tsq’escenemc people (Canim Lake Band) showed up

Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fundraiser to search more B.C. residential schools tops $100,000

Indigenous leaders hope to use radar technology to search for lost children on Vancouver Island

A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Boys and Girls Club rebrands to ‘BGC Canada,’ citing push for gender-inclusivity

Club says it already opens its doors to all kids and teens and its name should reflect that

BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. government announces $1.5 million in pandemic relief for struggling Legion branches

Property tax exemption is what Legions really need, Victoria branch president says

Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Linkin Novac was one of the first to check out the new trail on Wednesday, June 2. (Cassidy Dankochik - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

3 km of trails now open near Quesnel’s airport

The trail was created inside a fuel management demonstration forest

Linkin Novac was one of the first to check out the new trail on Wednesday, June 2. (Cassidy Dankochik - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
City councillors Mitch Vik, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Martin Runge, and Quesnel School District Trustee Julie-Anne Runge joined members of the Quesnel Pride Society including Karen Edwards, Kassondra Schwab, Ashley Rodgers, Ellen Facey and Emily Ingram, to christen the new rainbow crosswalk installed in downtown Quesnel. The crosswalk was installed with funds donated by RBC and will be maintained by the City of Quesnel. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel installs crosswalk, raises flag at LeBourdais to mark beginning pride month

The crosswalk was installed by the city after the pride society received a $3,000 grant

City councillors Mitch Vik, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Martin Runge, and Quesnel School District Trustee Julie-Anne Runge joined members of the Quesnel Pride Society including Karen Edwards, Kassondra Schwab, Ashley Rodgers, Ellen Facey and Emily Ingram, to christen the new rainbow crosswalk installed in downtown Quesnel. The crosswalk was installed with funds donated by RBC and will be maintained by the City of Quesnel. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)

B.C. Cancer Foundation canvassers going door-to-door

Residents asked to support monthly donor program, but warned canvassers do not take cash

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)