Milagro Retreats held a Spring Renewal event at Mt. Washington and shared the participants’ tuition with YANA. What a great way to stay healthy and to help Comox Valley children get healthy.  Your support is much appreciated!


Easter Eggstravaganza was a great event offering lots of family fun at Marina Park. Many thanks to Investors Group who organized the event with support and additional sponsorship from Comox Recreation, Quality Foods, Marc Villaneuva and Superstore. What an egg-cellent collaboration!

It is fantastic to be recognized by provincial government and municipal employees. Donations were received from the Provincial Government Employee Community Service Fund and from the City of Courtenay Pay It Forward Fundraiser.

April saw our first Kids’ Clutter Sale after Chelsey Newton handed over to YANA. Many thanks to Chelsey and her parents for this gift. A big thank you to our new coordinator, Tanya Del Bianco, as well to all the other volunteers, sellers and buyers who made our first sale a big success. We’ll see you in October for the Fall Sale. More info here.

Thank you to the Comox Valley Kennel Club for making a donation to YANA.

Mason Walker of Re/Max Ocean Pacific shows his support of local charities by offering to donate a percentage of his commission to the charity of the buyer’s choice. YANA was the grateful recipient recently. Thank you for this generosity.

It was a pleasure to be invited to the Comox Fire Department to share an in depth look at how we help families. We value their continued support and were thrilled to receive another donation on the night of the presentation. Thank you, Comox firefighters.

It seems a little late for Christmas kudos, but we want to thank Bill and Joy Bell who annually sell Christmas trees at their farm by donation to YANA.

Annie Handley at Mex Pub June 3rd

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Annie Handley will be performing with her band at the Mex Pub on June 3rd as guest performer of the 1st Tuesday Fundraisers concert series. The musical journey of this Vancouver Island singer/songwriter is an inspiration for those who love great songwriting, as well as for those who’ve shared their own music on YouTube – a forum where Annie’s songwriting talent and musical imagination have attracted followers from around the world.

Annie Handley

Her music is a wonderful paradox that combines universal themes of beginnings and endings, quests and conclusions in both gentle and edgy grooves with a styling reminiscent of rocker Sheryl Crow. Her debut CD titled “No Shoobie” topped the “What’s Hot” pop music category on iTunes Canada. Among Annie’s musical accolades is placing in the top 3 of BC Music Magazine’s New Music category and in the top 30 in a world-wide search for Alternative Music in 2010. Her Song “Bring Me Back Alive” was selected to be on the Television show “Beauty and the Beast”.

Annie is joined by Telecaster-toting guitarist Doug Biggs, well known in the Comox Valley and beyond for his creative approach and discerning ear. As comfortable on stage as behind the sound board, Doug is an established engineer/producer from Southern Ontario who has produced numerous projects for local artists including Annie, and is a valued member of sound crew at many Vancouver Island events including Musicfest. On the kit is seasoned studio drummer Bill Cymbala who has recorded with Daniel Lanois, Sylvia Tyson, Raffi, and Jerry Doucette among others. In addition to playing with Annie Handley, Bill will be performing on the main stage with the Ray Materick Band at Musicfest this year. Setting the groove on the bass will be Dave Devindisch of Campbell River who joined the band DDT with Courtenay legend Brian Howes. After signing an international record deal, the band toured Europe and had the opportunity to open for Kid Rock. With so much seasoned musical talent on stage, the evening will be an incredible show of fine songwriting, performance, and musicality.

Admission to enjoy this evening of great music is a donation to YANA, a Comox Valley charity that has been supporting local families in times of health crisis since 1986. YANA supports local families whose children require medical treatments not available locally. They provide accommodation, and travel assistance so that families can stay together during stressful times. YANA is a charity near and dear to the hearts of many valley residents helping thousands of families by funding medical trips to Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, as well as the U.S. and England.

The evening begins at 7:30pm with an opening set by event organizers and hosts Judy and Bruce Wing, followed by Annie Handley and her band. Food donations for the Comox Valley Food Bank are also much appreciated. For more information about Annie Handley, visit

Thank you to new owner, Lisa Qu, from the Bamboo Inn who made an immediate impact in the community by donating all proceeds from her re-opening luncheon to YANA.