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Lives You've Changed

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Remote Community Rallies Around Intrepid Seniors 

September 2020
A new United Way-supported outreach program has the Surge Narrows community crossing trail and sea to support seniors 
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It’s never too late to seek help

September 2020
On World Suicide Prevention Day, consider what this Island senior has to say
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Because of you, Sherry feels connected to her community

September 2020
Sherry is a senior who is living with dementia and depression. Through a United Way funded seniors visiting program, she met Chery...
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Because of you, David feels confident and joyful

September 2020
Your commitment helped David cope and find light again.
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Because of you, Natalie and her two children have a safe home

September 2020
Natalie was committed to improving her family’s life and with your help, she made that change.
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Social Isolation is a killer

August 2020
Being told to isolate from friends and family isn’t what anyone wants to hear, and it can take a heavy toll on your mental health. But it can immediately become a matter of life and death for those…
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As an adult Henry learned to read and it changed his life.

August 2020
Graduating high school and going to university used to seem impossible to Henry, who couldn’t read or write. But now he says, “you can really do what you put your mind to. All you have to do is reach…
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Community resilience through volunteering and compassion

June 2020
In the central and northern regions of Vancouver Island, over 8000 services have been delivered to vulnerable seniors through the Safe Seniors Strong Communities program since March, including 1337…
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Seniors supported in Port Hardy: meals and smiles

May 2020
Seniors across our region are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They’re vulnerable to the virus, they’re vulnerable to the isolation, they’re vulnerable due to reduced services; the…
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Cowichan Women's Night shelter, one year in operation

December 2019
One year ago on December 20th, the Cowichan Women’s Night Shelter opened its doors to provide homeless women with a safe, warm place to sleep, plus dinner and breakfast.
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Samantha built self confidence and learned to fly

November 2019
Girls Group, you gave me wings to fly very high
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Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home

November 2019
Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home
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Children thrive when they spend quality time with caring adults

November 2019
Children thrive when they spend quality time with caring adults
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Dental care is more than just health care

November 2019
Dental care is more than just health care
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A new friendship helps Liz feel less isolated

October 2019
With all her friends and neighbours gone, Liz felt alone and isolated in a community where she once knew everyone. A new friend changed all of that.
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Amanda Joseph is regaining control of her life

October 2019
Now three years sober, Amanda Joseph has rebuilt her life thanks to the support of a United Way program in Campbell River.
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Anxiety no longer rules Sam's life

July 2019
Sam has always dealt with anxiety and because of generous donors like you, he was able to join a program that turned him into a leader.
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After-school cooking program helps Kevin through a difficult time

December 2018
Thanks to United Way, youth in Courtenay are learning to cook through LUSH Valley Food Action Society's Young Cooks program.
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Hospice softens Kate’s path through grief

November 2018
Three years ago, Kate said goodbye to her husband. A United Way-funded program gave her hope.
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Reading between the lines

August 2018
When Jayce’s kids fell behind in reading, a United Way program helped them improve their skills—and their confidence.
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Overcoming homelessness to help others

August 2018
Travis went from experiencing homelessness to studying at university. Now, he’s helping others get their lives on track.
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How Karissa overcame postpartum depression

August 2018
Like so many moms, Karissa has struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her 7 month-old child. She recently moved from Kelowna, where she faced an increasingly difficult family…
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Seniors Enjoy Exercise Classes

August 2018
Seniors are not always comfortable, or able, to attend regular fitness classes. Many seniors also do not have the opportunity to get out and socialize as much as they would like.
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Ruth struggled to raise her grandchild

August 2018
Jenna and her grandmother struggled through “two years of hell” during a lengthy diagnosis process.
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Children grieve differently than adults

August 2018
When Stephen’s Nana passed away, the 7-yearold boy was confused and distraught.