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“In honour of our son’s 1st birthday we want to help others have a healthy 1st birthday, too.” Thank you to the Roman family for their donation and their beautiful intention.

Big thanks to YANA President, Kelly Rusk, and Vice President, Kate Berg!  They recently gave a weekend of their time to travel to Vancouver and did all kinds of work in the YANA apartments in conjunction with a grant received from the City of Courtenay.  Thanks for ensuring our apartments continue to be well-equipped and comfy for YANA families!

Charlie donated a portion of his entrepreneur fair earnings to YANA in support of local kids needing medical care away from home. We love your talent and your big heart, Chuck! Thank you!

New Community Relations Coordinator for YANA

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Looks like a great fit!

We don’t have a torch to pass but we do have a well-loved shirt and we’re thrilled Deanne McRae will be wearing it and joining YANA as our new Community Relations Coordinator.

Deanne and Ocean Varney will work together for a couple weeks with Deanne starting in her full capacity at the end of May.

Welcome, Deanne! We’re so pleased you’re part of our team.

Big thanks to “our” Tech Guys who recently collected ipads for YANA and a huge shout-out to Bob Wells who traveled to our Vancouver apartments to ensure everything is fully functioning. Thanks for ensuring our families have the comforts of connection and entertainment!

Our gratitude to the Comox Valley Record for their creativity in developing Valley Vonka and their diligent coordination of this exciting, family-focused campaign. Thank you to Courtney and Anglin Real Estate Group for making the campaign bigger and better in 2018 and to Hot Chocolates, Sure Copy and Isla Life Designs for making Valley Vonka delicious and beautiful! Many thanks to the generous prize donors (Mount Washington, Black Rock, Old House, Locals, Crown Isle and Kingfisher) and to all participating advertisers, chocolate-lovers and colouring-contest participants. Together $8,080 was raised for local children!

Valley Vonka winners cash in their golden tickets

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Second annual fundraiser for YANA a resounding success


From left, Comox Valley Record publisher Keith Currie, YANA (You Are Not Alone) community relations co-ordinator Ocean Varney, Bill Anglin, representing Valley Vonka title sponsor Courtney & Anglin Realty, YANA executive director Marcie Dumais, and Black Press director of product development Chrissie Bowker, celebrate the $8,079.75 raised in this year’s Valley Vonka. Photo by Terry Farrell

Friday, May 11 was a night of celebration, at a private party hosted by Hot Chocolates, in downtown Courtenay. The occasion? The prize presentations at the second annual Valley Vonka & the Hot Chocolate Factory, presented by The Comox Valley Record and Courtney & Anglin Realty in partnership with Hot Chocolates, Sure Copy, and Isla Designs.

Five lucky participants, who bought specially designed (by Hot Chocolates, of course) Valley Vonka chocolate bars found “Golden Tickets” inside the wrapping. Those tickets qualified the winner for one of five fantastic prizes.

The promotion was all in the name of one of the Comox Valley’s most recognized charities: You Are Not Alone (YANA) – a community organization that offers financial and accommodation assistance to Comox Valley families who need to travel to access medical treatment for their children.

The prizes included a family pack of gold season tickets (two adult, two children) courtesy Mount Washington Alpine Resort, as well as getaway packages from Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, Old House Hotel & Spa, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, and Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.

In addition to the Golden Ticket prizes, there was also a children’s colouring contest that ran concurrently. More than 200 entries were received and judges had a most difficult time selecting two winners, who each received a year’s supply of chocolate, from Hot Chocolates.

The biggest winner of the promotion was YANA, as representatives from the charity were presented with a cheque in the amount of $8,079.75.

Thanks to everyone who participated by either buying a Valley Vonka chocolate bar, or by entering the colouring contest.


Hot Chocolates owner Jorden Marshall and manager Michele Henry present the Valley Vonka colouring contest winners Grace Stegall and Louis MacDonald-Ward with their prizes: a year’s supply of chocolate from Hot Chocolates! Grace, 10, won the 6-12-year-old category, while Louis, 4, won the five-years-and-under age category. Photo by Terry Farrell.

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Central Builders hosted a chili-making contest with proceeds to YANA. We are grateful for your continued support of local families and your creative fundraising!

The Comox Valley Pool League does it again! Thank you for your annual contribution to YANA!

Our sincere gratitude to the Comox Valley RCMP who hosted a BBQ in support of a YANA family who is close to their hearts.