Charity and Donations

The Quesnel RCMP detachment will be donating the goods collected for the holiday season to four local charities. (Quesnel RCMP)

Quesnel RCMP hoping to ‘stuff a cruiser’

Items donated on Dec. 6 and 7 will be given to four local charities

 

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

Charity says it has not seen an increase in demand like this for decades

 

Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association board members Carol Weremy and Melissa Gonzalez accept a $3,999 donation from Tim Hortons staff members. The money was raised during the 2020 Smile Cookie campaign. (Photo Submitted)

Quesnel Smile Cookie campaign generates almost $4,000

The Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association is very grateful for the support

 

Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)

Paramedic donates pandemic pay to B.C. charity, challenges others to do same

Will Rogers gifts $2,000 each to Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau

Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)
From left, Quesnel Good Cheer co-ordinator Dianne Greenwood with long-time volunteers Karen McKelvie and Linda Sales in the 2019 Good Cheer headquarters located in West Park Mall. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)

Quesnel Good Cheer no longer doing Christmas hampers

Executive thanks the community for 28 years of support

  • Nov 7, 2020
From left, Quesnel Good Cheer co-ordinator Dianne Greenwood with long-time volunteers Karen McKelvie and Linda Sales in the 2019 Good Cheer headquarters located in West Park Mall. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)
Troy McMillan was flown to a Vancouver hospital Oct. 18 after falling into the boards while playing hockey Oct. 11. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel family “overwhelmed” by support after hockey injury

Troy McMillan is fighting for his life after tumbling into the boards Oct. 11

Troy McMillan was flown to a Vancouver hospital Oct. 18 after falling into the boards while playing hockey Oct. 11. (Submitted Photo)
A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)

Narwhal tusk discovered in Calgary Goodwill pile to be donated to university

The tusk had federal hunting tags from 1978 attached that say animal was harvested from the central Arctic

A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)
Seasons House provides shelter and services to people in Quesnel who are experiencing homelessness, and they’ll be able to do a little more in November once a toque and toiletry drive organized by the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre wraps up. (File Photo)

Quesnel toque and toiletry drive runs until Oct. 30

The Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre is collecting items for Seasons House

Seasons House provides shelter and services to people in Quesnel who are experiencing homelessness, and they’ll be able to do a little more in November once a toque and toiletry drive organized by the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre wraps up. (File Photo)
A beautiful scene at Dragon Lake, captured by Chelsey Bishop. The Quesnel Community Foundation has been funding scholarships, bursaries and grants that enrich the entire North Cariboo. (Photo: Chelsey Bishop)

From thousands to millions! Growing funds mean more benefits for Quesnel

High hopes for annual community funding drive, even in a challenging year

  • Oct 19, 2020
A beautiful scene at Dragon Lake, captured by Chelsey Bishop. The Quesnel Community Foundation has been funding scholarships, bursaries and grants that enrich the entire North Cariboo. (Photo: Chelsey Bishop)
The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive in Quesnel, held over the week of Sept. 21-26, collected 6,759 pounds of food — an increase of 829 pounds from last year. (Photo Submitted)

LETTER: Thank you Quesnel for supporting record-breaking food drive

The Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 6,759 pounds of food for the Salvation Army food bank

  • Oct 11, 2020
The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive in Quesnel, held over the week of Sept. 21-26, collected 6,759 pounds of food — an increase of 829 pounds from last year. (Photo Submitted)
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Pictured last year, Quesnel and District Hospice and Palliative Care Association (QDHPCA) board members, Suzannah Meir, Sandy Brunt, Carol Weremy, Sharon Pawluk, Barbara Watson, Melissa Fletcher-Gonzales, and Louise Scott pose with their Tim Hortons Smile Cookies during the annual fundraising campaign. This year’s Smile Cookie campaign, running from Sept. 14-20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations, will once again raise money for the QDHPCA. (Photo submitted)

Smile Cookies will support Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association

The fundraising campaign runs until Sept. 20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations

Pictured last year, Quesnel and District Hospice and Palliative Care Association (QDHPCA) board members, Suzannah Meir, Sandy Brunt, Carol Weremy, Sharon Pawluk, Barbara Watson, Melissa Fletcher-Gonzales, and Louise Scott pose with their Tim Hortons Smile Cookies during the annual fundraising campaign. This year’s Smile Cookie campaign, running from Sept. 14-20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations, will once again raise money for the QDHPCA. (Photo submitted)
Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Charities worry about loss of trust, donations in wake of WE deal controversy

Imagine Canada, a charity itself, has calculated the COVID-19 pandemic will cut donations by up to $6 billion this year

Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)
A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)

Donation dump: Diabetes Canada pens open letter with bins overflowing with trash

The donation pickup stoppage resulted in the temporary layoff of over 500 staffers

A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)
Quesnel Good Cheer co-ordinator Dianne Greenwood (left), with long-time volunteers Karen McKelvie and Linda Sales in the 2019 Good Cheer headquarters located in the West Park Mall. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Letter to the editor: Quesnel Good Cheer program helped 638 families in 2019

Volunteers thank the community and vow to keep looking for a solution to keep Good Cheer going

  • Feb 17, 2020
Quesnel Good Cheer co-ordinator Dianne Greenwood (left), with long-time volunteers Karen McKelvie and Linda Sales in the 2019 Good Cheer headquarters located in the West Park Mall. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo

Man accidentally donates girlfriend’s 50 pairs of shoes to B.C. thrift store

Cassandra Converse has forgiven him, but she jokes that this Valentine’s Day better be pretty special

Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo
The Quesnel Junior School WE Day club donated $500 to Seasons House. Pictured here, from left, are: sponsor teacher Sarah Shipley, WE Day club member Chloe Halstrom, Seasons House executive director Melanie MacDonald, WE Day club members Ivy Sinkinson and Katrina Milliken-Heape and sponsor teacher Stacy Turner. (Photo submitted)

Quesnel Junior School WE Day Club raises $1,000

Students decided to split the funds between the BC SPCA and Seasons House

  • Feb 8, 2020
The Quesnel Junior School WE Day club donated $500 to Seasons House. Pictured here, from left, are: sponsor teacher Sarah Shipley, WE Day club member Chloe Halstrom, Seasons House executive director Melanie MacDonald, WE Day club members Ivy Sinkinson and Katrina Milliken-Heape and sponsor teacher Stacy Turner. (Photo submitted)