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On July 16, Operation Freedom Paws Canada held its first annual open house which also included a graduation ceremony for its two newest graduates. (Photo courtesy of Operation Freedom Paws Canada)

Operation Freedom Paws connects therapy dogs with veterans and disabled community in B.C.

Operation Freedom Paws, which trains therapy dogs and their owners, has been in B.C. since 2020

 

Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies says he will donate his World Cup earnings to charity. Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies to donate World Cup earnings to charity

How much those earnings will be yet to be determined

 

(photo provided by Amy Nunn).

A sour treat for a sweet cause: Good Lemonade Day raises over $17,000 for Kelowna charity

Local families across B.C. hosted lemonade stands on June 18 to raise money for JoeAnna’s House

 

District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Rotary marks 100 years

The club was first formed in 1922, and has worked for the betterment of the community since

District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
From left to right: Abbey White, Ian Benson, Monique Lee, and Len Gostick. The first three are organizers of the bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event, and Gostick was an original co-founder and continual sponsor of the event. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Golf tournament fundraiser in Elkford and Fernie brings in large crowd, former NHL players

Money raised will go to the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society and Angel Flight East Kootenay

From left to right: Abbey White, Ian Benson, Monique Lee, and Len Gostick. The first three are organizers of the bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event, and Gostick was an original co-founder and continual sponsor of the event. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
(Photo - Third Space Charity/Contributed)

West Kelowna resident cycling across B.C. for mental health awareness

Biffart’s journey started on June 5 and he aims to be done on the 21st

(Photo - Third Space Charity/Contributed)
Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)

B.C. family of 5 set to fly around the world over the next year – and raise $1M for charity

The Porters plan to take 14 months to see 50-plus countries and support SOS Children’s Villages

The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)
A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Miracle container filled with B.C. charity donations survives Beirut blast

Found 40-foot container provides Syrian refugees skills training, school

A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. shop sources bounty of answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, Victoria’s The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The Fernie Fox Hotel donated $4,000 to the Fernie Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre for their annual Community Appreciation Initiative. From left: Marina Pauw (Fernie Fox Hotel Owner), Dindin Dimayacyac (Fernie Fox Hotel Front Desk Manager), Jim Booth (Seniors Centre Board of Directors), Paul Eckstein (Seniors Centre Board of Directors), Jeremiah Pauw (Fernie Fox Hotel Owner), and Nici Blackwell (Seniors Centre Board of Directors).

Fernie Fox Hotel donates $5,000 to seniors and community programs

The donation recipients were decided via selfies from Fernie locals

The Fernie Fox Hotel donated $4,000 to the Fernie Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre for their annual Community Appreciation Initiative. From left: Marina Pauw (Fernie Fox Hotel Owner), Dindin Dimayacyac (Fernie Fox Hotel Front Desk Manager), Jim Booth (Seniors Centre Board of Directors), Paul Eckstein (Seniors Centre Board of Directors), Jeremiah Pauw (Fernie Fox Hotel Owner), and Nici Blackwell (Seniors Centre Board of Directors).
The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)

ETA completes first trail in Elkford

The club has completed a 4.2km non-motorised trail that links routes around town

The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)
Boxes of chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies are being sold in the annual charity fundraiser. (Girl Guides of Canada photo)

Anonymous donor buys $10K in cookies from B.C. girl guides

Troop will donate the cookies to a variety of Nanaimo area poverty assistance charities

Boxes of chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies are being sold in the annual charity fundraiser. (Girl Guides of Canada photo)
Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)

B.C. nurse fights to bring ‘top notch’ supplies, neurosurgery facilities to West Africa

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation trains surgeons, brings supplies where they’re needed most

Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)
File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)

75 years of returning lost keys, War Amps celebrate program

Started in 1946, the key tags have provided Canadians with piece of mind if they lose their keys

File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes selfies with community members at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque after speaking to the congregation to recognize Eid al-Adha in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Feds looking into Muslim charities’ concerns: PM

Almost 100 Muslim organizations and civil society groups wrote to Trudeau this week

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes selfies with community members at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque after speaking to the congregation to recognize Eid al-Adha in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Scottish man treks across Canada for the trees

Michael Yellowlees is raising money and awareness for the re-wilding of Scotland

Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)

Mighty moose dragathon raises $10k

Isabella GiaV said the spotlight on mental health was the real win of the event

Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Adopt a senior this Easter

Buds and Blooms has a target of adopting 200 seniors in the Elk Valley

Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)