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Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and Cerebral Palsy Association of BC announce partnership to raise awareness about CP

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC) today announced a new long-te...
Bear Essentials - Fast family
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Meet Malakai: How Bear Essentials has given this Sooke family peace of mind

On a typical day, you might find Island kid Malakai swimming, listening to music, or laughing with his parents. Described by hi...
Bear Essentials - Island Kids First - Bruhwiler Family
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Meet Liv and Asta Mai: How Jeneece Place became a home away from home for this Tofino family

When Tofino couple Francis and Hanne made the journey to Nanaimo for a routine midwife appointment, the last thing they were ex...
Bear Essentials program - Island kid Emma
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How Bear Essentials supports the comfort and independence of Island kid Emma

Like many five-year-olds, Emma is a kind and outgoing girl with endless energy. She loves playing in the park with her big sist...
Nick Chowdhury and son, Home away from home Campbell River - Qwalayu House
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Away from home with a preemie: Why Nick Chowdhury supports a home away from home in Campbell River

Seven-year-old Nathan can light up a room. Just ask his dad, Nick, and you’ll hear about Nathan’s big smile, how he’s always da...
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Meet the Gabrielles: How Jeneece Place kept this Port McNeill family together

Jaime’s morning began like any other. It was a regular weekday and she dropped her two boys, nine-year-old Kallen and four-year...
Vancouver Island family - Lucy and Clara
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Meet Misty, Lucy, and Clara: How Victoria’s home away from home welcomed Campbell River mom with preemie twins

By the time Campbell River mom Misty was pregnant with her twins, she knew what was normal in a pregnancy and what wasn’t. Mist...
Island kid Caide
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Meet Shyla and Caide: How a home away from home helped this Campbell River family

In spring of 2018, Campbell River soon-to-be mom Shyla went into preterm labour at just 24 weeks. After being flown to Vancouve...
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Then and now: How your donor dollars helped Campbell River kid Emma access essential health care

When Brian and Ricci Miller drove from their hometown of Campbell River to Victoria for a routine ultrasound, they weren’t expe...
Bear Essentials program Karena and Owen Crumpler
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How Bear Essentials supports the comfort, inclusion, and independence of Island kid Owen

In many ways, 11-year-old Owen is like a lot of kids his age: he loves going to school, playing with his brother Max, and going...
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Meet Foundry Victoria peer support worker Maude

Please note: This story contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences, including people who have experienced trau...
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Meet Holly and Emily: How Bear Essentials helps one Nanaimo family in their day-to-day life

Ask Holly to describe Emily, her teenage daughter, and Holly is quick to reply. Emily likes dancing and loves singing, especial...