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Do you know where your voluntary sector is?

April 2nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Do you know where your voluntary sector is?)

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picture 072As national volunteer week approaches, we focus on volunteerism…and speak with organizers and some of the volunteers in our community. What is the reality? What are the hopes? What are the trends? (more…)

A frontline services roundtable

March 26th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A frontline services roundtable)

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Looking at food, shelter, and supports in Nanaimo

picture 069Local frontline services are under increasing demand or are experiencing specific challenges. We’ve convened a frontline services roundtable to explore and update recent events ranging from the reported closing of a Salvation Army lunch program to reports that VIHA will be unable to fund support programs at the Balmoral Hotel building redevelopment. (more…)

The Vagina Monologues

March 19th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The Vagina Monologues)

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Witty, irreverent, compassionate, wise

picture 068Celebrated as a bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities across North America and at hundreds of college and university campuses. It has also inspired a dynamic grassroots movement—V-Day—to stop violence against women.

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, the play gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads or hears it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. (more…)

Is there potential for new life at Harewood School?

March 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Is there potential for new life at Harewood School?)

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picture 067Harewood School was built in 1914, an imposing and highly visible building—and landmark—in Nanaimo.

Recent discussions about the now-closed school’s potential as a community centre building have become bogged down in bureaucratic red tape. A public meeting will be held Wednesday March 11th to discuss progress and moving forward. (more…)

Life or meth?

March 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Life or meth?)

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“Most addictive drug ever” is also considered the most destructive

picture 65It has been described as a ‘hideously destructive substance’…and ‘the most addictive drug in the world’. Methamphetamine is a drug with high potential for widespread abuse—due to the portability of its manufacture. Canada’s meth problem is worst in British Columbia and a recent survey suggests that one in five B.C. students know of someone who has used it.

We speak with Mark McLaughlin, of Crystal Meth BC, about prevention and education efforts. And, Ewan K shares his personal story. (more…)

Dining to make a difference

March 5th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Dining to make a difference)

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Thousands of Islanders will dine out to fight HIV/AIDS on March 12, 2009. Donations from their food bills will be given to AIDS Vancouver Island. We speak with Andrea Langlois of AIDS Vancouver Island, and representatives from a number of participating restaurants.

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