Vancouver Island mom and baby on a beach
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How Qwalayu House provided a safe place for this Port Hardy expectant mom travelling to deliver her first baby

When Port Hardy resident Angie was expecting her first little one, she was a bundle of different emotions. And when her midwife...
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How your support helps Island kids like Nathan

Nathan is a funny and friendly ten-year-old who loves building Lego and playing with his cousins. He also lives with a rare neu...
Bear Essentials - Island Kids First - Bruhwiler Family
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How Bear Essentials and Jeneece Place helped 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...
Jodie Bittner and Island kid outside
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Meet Jodie: A mom explains why Jeneece Place is vital for Island families

When Island mom Jodie’s water broke only 25 weeks into her second pregnancy, she knew something was very wrong. After rushing t...
Island kids health - mother and her sons on a beach on Vancouver Island
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How Bear Essentials supports the emotional wellbeing of these Island brothers with complex needs

For any new parent, adjusting to the role of parenthood can be challenging. Between helping care for her three brothers with Do...
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Island kids like Nathan need your help this holiday season

In the midst of her second healthy pregnancy, Island mom Laura was caught off guard when she went into labour at only 34 weeks....
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How your support helps Island kids like Cohen

Island kid Cohen is a bright light that is always excited to start the day. At 10 years old, he loves engaging with other kids ...
Abigail Island kids first - childrens health foundation
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Give Island kids a home away from home & keep families together this Thanksgiving

Island youth Abigail is all too familiar with doctors’ offices, ambulance rides, and the surgical unit at the hospital. At only...
Bear Essentials family - Payton
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How Bear Essentials supports the mobility and independence of Island kid Payton

Island mom Shannon has big hopes and dreams for her eldest daughter, Payton. The outgoing and energetic four-year-old loves swi...
Vancouver Island family - Bear Essentials
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How Bear Essentials has helped this Island family overcome isolation

To say the Stuckenbergs are a busy family would be an understatement. Between their newborn son, Louis, two-year-old daughter, ...
Thompson Family Children's Health Foundation
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Meet the Thompsons: The importance of a home away from home in Campbell River

Already parents of two boys, Courtenay-based couple John and Melissa felt well prepared as their daughter’s due date approached...
Island kids health - two boys running
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Meet Lucas: How Bear Essentials is a lifeline for families of Island kids with complex needs

Island kid Lucas is a happy little guy. Like many other five-year-olds, he loves learning at school, playing with his brother, ...