Spencer Sterritt

Roughly 300 people donate blood during visits from Canadian Blood Services, which happens more often in Nanaimo than in other Island communities.
Roughly 300 people donate blood during visits from Canadian Blood Services, which happens more often in Nanaimo than in other Island communities. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo blood donation clinics most popular on Vancouver Island

By Spencer Sterritt
December 13, 2018 - 5:58pm

NANAIMO — Generous community spirit means Nanaimo's blood donor clinics are the most frequently visited on Vancouver Island and one of the most popular across the province.

The Neutral Zone, on Franklyn St. and used by many service providers in Nanaimo, suffered serious fire damage in mid-October.
The Neutral Zone, on Franklyn St. and used by many service providers in Nanaimo, suffered serious fire damage in mid-October. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

No replacement found for beloved Neutral Zone gym

By Spencer Sterritt
December 11, 2018 - 11:33am Updated: December 13, 2018 - 1:19pm

NANAIMO — Nearly two months after a beloved community space sustained serious fire damage, there's no forward progress on finding a replacement for the much needed space.

The gates are officially shut at Discontent City at 1 Port Dr. with leftover belongings stretching down the outside of the fence.
The gates are officially shut at Discontent City at 1 Port Dr. with leftover belongings stretching down the outside of the fence. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Discontent City closes, 155 homeless now living in new temporary housing

By Spencer Sterritt
December 10, 2018 - 12:07pm Updated: December 10, 2018 - 4:07pm

NANAIMO — It's the end of an era at downtown Nanaimo's Discontent City, as bulldozers collect garbage and belongings at the now empty lot.

More than 900 families this year will receive a gift from the Christmas Angels, chosen just for them.
More than 900 families this year will receive a gift from the Christmas Angels, chosen just for them. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Christmas Angels program seeking donations to help families in need have a joyous holiday

By Spencer Sterritt
December 7, 2018 - 5:40pm

NANAIMO — It's a joy to receive presents at Christmas, but it's also a joy to give a present and help out a family in need.

Elder Lolly Good leading everyone in an opening song at the Snuneymuxw Community Building on Friday, Dec. 7.
Elder Lolly Good leading everyone in an opening song at the Snuneymuxw Community Building on Friday, Dec. 7. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Transitional beds for Snuneymuxw to help with 'stark reality' of women fleeing violence

By Spencer Sterritt
December 7, 2018 - 3:23pm

NANAIMO — It's hoped new transitional housing for Snuneymuxw First Nation will help women and families take the first steps away from abusive relationships.

Tillicum Lelum executive director Grace Elliott Nielsen (left) with Kw'umut Lelum executive director Bill Yoachim (right).
Tillicum Lelum executive director Grace Elliott Nielsen (left) with Kw'umut Lelum executive director Bill Yoachim (right). submitted/Tillicum Lelum

Service providers combine forces to help mid-island Indigenous residents

By Spencer Sterritt
December 4, 2018 - 6:07pm

NANAIMO — A new agreement between Indigenous service providers in the Nanaimo area is breaking down artificial divides and making sure no families are left behind.

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