Thank Yous

One of our volunteers recently celebrated her 80th birthday and a donation was made honouring her work and acknowledging the courage of one very special YANA client facing liver cancer at just two years of age.

Thank you to employees from WorkSafeBC who collectively donate to YANA each year.

Our appreciation for donations received through the Provincial Employees Service Fund.

Thank you for the donations we receive through Canada Helps and for the notes sent to us through this tool. We love hearing what inspires your giving!

We love this guy’s community spirit!  Thanks for sharing the charity portion of your proceeds from Ecole Robb Road’s Entrepreneur Fair.

Thank you to Brenda and Chrissy from First Insurance/The Cooperators who donated to YANA through Volinspire.

Brenda Waterhouse and Chrissy MacKinnon

Sincere gratitude to Costco for their significant contribution to local families.

Big thanks to the grad class at Mark Isfeld Senior Secondary School for your recent fundraising efforts. A shout-out to Brenda Hunt for her loving leadership and volunteer efforts!

Easter Eggstravaganza was excellent yet again thanks to hosts Investors Group, Town of Comox and Quality Foods. Their efforts were supported by Mountain City Cycle, Harbour Air Seaplanes, McDonald’s, Westview Ford, Marc Villanueva Realty, Eagle FM, Relay Party Rentals, Real Canadian Superstore, Comox Fire Rescue, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sure Copy, Dairy Queen and the Comox Valley Reginal District. Many thanks to this amazing team and to all participants and volunteers!

Thank you to Investors Group who donated to YANA in conjunction with their Easter Eggstravaganza event. Your commitment to helping local children is remarkable!

We enjoyed being part of the InCON Gaming Convention. Thank you for including us!

Our sincere appreciation to the Comox Valley Pool League for their commitment to helping local families through their annual donation.

Happy birthday, Matteo! Thank you for including YANA in your birthday celebration.

Our gratitude to Doug and to all participants in the Hillbilly Masters Golf Tournament who include YANA in their fun each year.

Hillbilly's Masters Golf Championship winner's jacket

Big thanks to everyone who made our Spring Kids’ Clutter Sale such a success. Special acknowledgement to Tanya Del Bianco, Meghan Hunt, Judy Cryer, School District 71, Courtenay Elementary School, Coastal Transportation & Storage and the terrific volunteer team that supports this sale.

Our gratitude to the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship.

Happy birthday, Josephine! Thank you for sharing your birthday money and making a positive difference in your community.

Thank you to Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club for donating to YANA through the Bingo Account of Rotary.

Many thanks to Graeme and Sherri Lister from Rainforest Outdoor Living for hosting a chilli cook off with donations to YANA. Fun and yum had by all!

Graeme and Sherri Lister

Thank you and congratulations to Jack Boan who recited 808 digits of Pi and collected over $1,000 in pledges toward his effort. Big thanks to the donors that honoured his amazing talent!

Our appreciation to Arbutus RV for their recent donation to YANA.

Thank you to the two hardworking nursing students from North Island College who helped us distribute information about our services throughout the community.

Thank you to The Comox Valley Record, Hot Chocolates, Sure Copy, Artist Lisa Joan, Mount Washington, Crown Isle, Old House, Oh Spa, Locals, Revy Auto Group and Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for amazing contributions toward Valley Vonka and the Hot Chocolate Factory. We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of such a fun, delicious initiative. A shout out to participating merchants as well!

Big thanks to the many volunteers who bring so much effort and love to what they do for YANA! You keep our community spirit soaring!

Thank you to a young, local lad who gave to YANA after accidentally ruining his phone and then being given a new phone from a friend who would not accept money for the phone. Responsibility-taking at its best!

Our appreciation to Sunwest RV Centre who hosted a BBQ for YANA and matched all monies raised.

Thank you to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island and to the good folks who directed funds our way.

Many thanks to Rock Cod who rocked the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser in March and our appreciation to guests who gave so generously.

Thank you to local realtor, Gerry Chwelos, who directed a client’s donation to YANA and many thanks to the private donors.

Happy belated birthday to Dylan and many thanks for being generous with birthday money year after year.

Our appreciation to the good folks at Superstore who made YANA the beneficiary of their recent coupon campaign.

Huband School had breakfast with Santa and the good, jolly elf asked that a donation be made to YANA in lieu of receiving anything from the school. How lovely!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2017 Big Love Benefit on February 24th! Together, we raised $91,000!

It was wonderful to be included in Coast Capital Savings’ grand opening. We are grateful for the donation and your recognition of our work in the community.

Thank you to a new, fun band known as Bad Cookie. They rocked their private party and donated door proceeds to YANA. Nothing bad about that, just good.

Thank you to Telus for donations through their Employee Volunteer Program.

Thank you to Monica Parkin for including us in her recent social media campaign.

Our gratitude to Muchalat Construction for their recent donation.

Thank you to JR Edgett Excavating for supporting local families with a donation to YANA.

Much appreciation to Comox Fire Rescue who chip Christmas trees for YANA and put all of the funds toward our programs for local families.

We were thrilled to be part of Pumpkin Fest thanks to Big D’s Bees and their terrific trebuchet.

Thank you to Jen and Sarah for leading a fitness challenge and making YANA a part of it.

Thank you to Truffula Tree Farm for committing to community giving each holiday season.

A shout-out to the White Whale for offering such fun events and including YANA in the festivities. We were thrilled to be part of your New Year’s celebration.

White Whale New Years Prohibition Party 20162017

A big thank you to Branch 160 of the Royal Canadian Legion and to the Ladies Auxiliary. Your commitment to YANA is deeply appreciated.

Comox Legion 2016 Donation

Sweet Kylie celebrated her 8th birthday with a toonie party for YANA. Thank you!

Kylie 8th birhday toonie party

Thank you to the Playhouse Café for hosting a fundraiser for YANA and showing us lots of love.


Our gratitude to Robert A. Couture who sold the most adorable stuffed bears as a fundraiser for YANA.

Robert A. Couture Christmas Teddy Bear Fundraiser

Thank you to Division 8 at Puntledge Elementary School for sharing some of the proceeds from their recent entrepreneur fair. Creative, caring kids rock and so does their teacher!


Thank you to Tom Harris Cellular who hosted a winter BBQ and braved the winter weather to raise funds for local children and families.


Thank you to everyone who added YANA Christmas crackers to their holiday festivities and congratulations to the grand prize winner!

Much appreciation to the Driftwood Mall, Heather Tisdale, tree sponsors and tree buyers. Thanks to all of you, the 2016 Christmas tree auction was a tremendous success!

Thank you to everyone who donates their recyclables through the Comox and Courtenay Return Centres. Isn’t it wonderful that we can convert cans and bottles into funds for local families?

Thank you to the Comox Valley Airport Commission who offers a jump-start service to customers by donation to YANA.

Thank you to Susan Carson from CIBC Wood Gundy for donations through Canada Helps.

Thank you to Mason Walker from Re/Max for his special program in support of YANA.

Much appreciation to Zone 2 Realtors for their donation to YANA this Christmas.

Thank you to the Union Bay United Church for making a donation to YANA this December.

Our gratitude to the Comox Valley Potters Club for sharing proceeds from the sales of their beautiful wares.

Thank you to Jesse’s Cartoons who generously donated to YANA in support of local children and families.

It sure is meaningful to receive donations in honour of special people. This past month a child’s first Christmas was honoured, a courageous young client was mentioned, loving parents were acknowledged, friendship was honoured and the memory of a loving mother was shared with us. Thank you for these love notes accompanying donations.

Big love and thanks to Iyla Powsey for hosting a pottery and bake sale with proceeds to YANA. Such talent and kindness!


We were thrilled to be the beneficiary of Shoppers Drug Mart’s campaign for women’s health with all funds raised directed to our program for pregnant mothers who need to travel outside our region for their medical care. Thank you with all our hearts!


Thank you to Sweet Santa Fe (Michel Rivero and Christine Baxter) who shared their musical talents with YANA for the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub. A shout-out to Bruce and Judy Wing for hosting these fantastic evenings!

Our gratitude to Tayco Paving for their annual donation to YANA. What a wonderful commitment to local children and families!

Tayco Paving Staff Christmas Party 2016

Thank you to the Comox Valley ATV Club for hosting a charity barbeque for YANA.

Comox Valley ATV Club

Thank you to Lucy Nelson and her Grade 2 class who visited our office and filled our space with good vibes and great artwork. Many thanks to Hugh Mackinnon and Judy Cryer for sharing their time with these students from Brooklyn Elementary.


Our gratitude to a very special YANA donor who knits blankets for our YANA babies. We love Granny Loree!

Thank you to all vendors and volunteers who are helping sell Christmas crackers.

Thank you to the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Society who provided YANA with a complimentary table at their winter craft fair so that we could sell our Christmas crackers.

Thank you to organizers of the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Fair who provided YANA with a complimentary table at their event so that we could sell Christmas crackers.

Thank you to the Sid Williams Theatre Society who often provide tickets to shows for us to share with clients and volunteers. It is a beautiful thing to live in such a giving community!

Thank you to Courtenay Little Theatre for providing dress rehearsal tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher. These will bring joy to some very special YANA families!

Thank you to Livingroom Pharmacy who recently did a CPR course and made a donation to YANA in lieu of the complimentary instruction provided by Comox Fire Rescue.

We enjoyed reconnecting with the Satori Lifestyles Group and are appreciative of their hard work and their donation to YANA.


The Haunted Hall of Horrors was a hit again this year. Thank you for sharing your spooky passion with us.

Mark the Gold Guy brings the bling to YANA again! Thank you to Mark from Comox Valley Pawnbrokers who donated the grand prize for our Christmas Cracker campaign, a beautiful diamond ring valued at $4,440!


Thank you to Tim Haley from Simply Timeless who has provided professional, timely appraisal services to YANA at no cost for many years. We are grateful!

Happy belated birthday to Emmy Lan! Thank you for sharing your birthday money with YANA and helping children who need to leave the Comox Valley for medical care.


Zeke Gregory had a birthday recently and made a sweet donation to YANA. Thanks, Zeke!

Thank you to Fall River Logging who contributed funds from their staff golf tournament.

Our gratitude to lovely Lia and her Bag Up For Cancer campaign. The wonderful support from her friends and workmates at Rhino Reforestation is greatly appreciated, as is the love from her family and friends here in the Comox Valley!



Big thanks to everyone who made Christmas crackers and filled our office space with community spirit and 5,000 handcrafted treasures. Special thanks to Lesley Hunter for coordinating this important Comox Valley tradition.

2016 Christmas cracker volunteers

Our sincere gratitude to Tanya Del Bianco and Meghan Hunt for organizing the latest Kids’ Clutter Sale. Many thanks to all volunteers, sellers, donors and shoppers and to Courtenay Elementary School for hosting the event. Appreciation also to Coastal Transportation & Storage for their ongoing contribution to this event.


Thank you to the crafty volunteers who helped us get things ready for our cracker-making sessions and who so beautifully completed our archives.


Thank you to Go Dogs Go. We love our furry friends and their people.


Thank you to all contributors to Shoppers Drug Mart’s ‘Growing Women’s Health Campaign’. Even Sparky and Comox Fire Rescue got involved! We love when supporters collaborate.


Mystery solved! We wondered who was mowing the lawn at our new office. Thank you, Kelly Rusk.


Thank you to donors who support us monthly through Canada Helps. Your ongoing support helps build a robust, sustainable organization that local families can count on.

A big shout-out to Gladstone Brewing for their important involvement in the “It’s Not Just Beer, It’s Love” fundraiser. Thank you!

Thank you to the kind people in Cupe Local 556 who help us help local families through their donations to YANA.

Our appreciation to the Provincial Employees Service Fund and the folks making donations through this program.

Thank you to our friends in Ottawa who dedicated their United Way funds to YANA.

Thank you to J Waters Electric who recently donated to YANA and sent us a lovely message through our online giving platform, Canada Helps.

Our sincere gratitude to HMCS Quadra who have been donating to YANA annually for many years. These fine young people have provided many thousands of dollars over the years which has helped to sustain our programs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

YANA donation from HMCS QUADRA

It was great to meet our local United Way representative and receive a donation. Thank you to people who dedicate funds to YANA through the United Way.

United Way

Volunteers are very important to us and two in particular require special mention. Kelly and Robbie Rusk not only volunteered many hours in the last few months but they also turned their volunteer hours into donations through the matching gift program at Investors Group. Thank you!

Foxy Box made everyone at YANA feel foxy with their recent donation! Thank you for helping us help local families.


Mykah McDonald turned 4 and her family donated birthday money to YANA in honour of her Uncle Trevor whom YANA helped while he battled leukemia as a young child. Donations like these mean so much to us.

Happy 9th birthday to Rocco Little who donated his birthday money to YANA. You and your family are special to us! Thanks for keeping YANA in your hearts.

We really appreciate being included in the Nautical Days celebration through the coin collection at the Ceremony of Flags. Thank you to all those who gave so generously and for the lovely volunteers that passed our cans.

Thank you to Our Lady of Sacred Hearts Chapel for a recent donation to YANA. We appreciate your commitment to our cause.

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Heaps of love and gratitude to our partners at Simon’s Cycles. You are such a strong and dependable crew. Your contribution to our community through the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride is remarkable!


Thank you to the good folks at Rawthentic Eatery who put together a sweet gift basket full of goodness to share with one of our YANA families.

Rawthentic Gift Basket

Thank you to the Potter’s Place and all those who participated and contributed to the Chili Bowl fundraiser during Market Days. What a wonderful event and an amazing gift to YANA families.

Potter's Place

Big thanks and congratulations to Courtenay Kia for hosting another amazing It’s So Local, It’s Loco fundraiser. We were so pleased to be included!

Chris from Courtenay Kia with the proceeds from 'It's So Local It's Loco!'

Heaps of gratitude to young Rory Gentles who collected pledges before her last big haircut. You rock!

Rory's hair cut for YANA

My Tech Guys are at it again! Good people doing good things for the community. Thank you for charging cell phones at Music Fest by donation to YANA.

My Tech Guys Music Fest Charging Station 2016

Thank you to donors who are pledging cyclists for the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride and to the cyclists who are actively fundraising on our behalf. A big shout out to sponsors who are ensuring event expenses are covered. We are grateful for everyone’s participation!

Did you know it is a volunteer committee that plans the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride? Tremendous thanks to Alex Khan, Andi Davies, Jill Grant, Kelly Rusk, Marcie Dumais, Maureen Wagner, Ocean Varney and Patti Fletcher.

Thank you, Telus! It is great that your giving programs benefit local charities like ours.

Thank you to United Way and to donors who direct their United Way donations to YANA.

Our appreciation to the Navy League Cadets who fundraise for YANA and show great dedication to what they believe in.

Thank you to Bruce and Judy Wing for hosting the 1st Tuesday Fundraisers at The Mex and to Café Ole who dedicated their musical talent to YANA.

Thank you to Roy’s Town Pub for their involvement in the It’s Not Just Beer, It’s Love fundraiser.

We loved seeing the 2016 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride video up on the big screen at the Comox Valley Airport!


YANA Board Director Hugh MacKinnon and YANA Ambassador Darlene Nelson were all smiles at the Comox Legion’s open house. We were honoured to be included in this great event that allowed legion members and the public a chance to see some of the organizations supported by the legion membership.

Comox Legion Open House 2016

Cheers to Max, Aaron, and Robin at the White Whale. We’re very grateful that they were a part of the Royston Nano Brewery event, “It’s Not Just Beer It’s Love!”

White Whale 2016 Cheers to Royston IPA 'It's Not Just Beer It's Love'

Thank you to the wonderful volunteer team from First Credit Union and Insurance who filled our office with smiles and helping hands during their community impact day.

First Credit and Insurance Community Impact Day 2016

Thank you to the good folks at VI Insurance Centres who provide their Jeans Day funds to YANA. We appreciate these denim do-gooders!

Vancouver Island Insurance Centers 2016

Thank you to the T & B Slo Pitch team who participated in the Union Bay Jackson Memorial Slo Pitch Tournament and donated their winnings to YANA.

TNB Union Bay Slo Pitch 2016

We are grateful to be part of the Union Bay Jackson Memorial Slo Pitch Tournament and thankful for the End of the Roll Misfits who hosted the concession and donated proceeds to YANA.

End of the Roll Misfits 2016!

End of the Roll Misfits

A very special little guy named John Nihls celebrated his first birthday and his family donated birthday money to YANA. Thanks for keeping YANA in your hearts and for being the cutest pirates around.

Baby John Calder 1st birthday

Our friends at the White Whale are so fun and generous. Thank you for including YANA in the Mott’s Clamato Caesar Competition. Our appreciation to all event contributors.

The White Whale Mott's Clamato Caesar Competition for Shellfish Festival 2016

Thank you to Huband Park Elementary students, Dylan & Sean, who did a bottle drive for YANA.

Dylan and Sean Bottle Drive 2016

Thank you to Royston Elementary School for hosting an art auction with proceeds to YANA.

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Thank you to Queneesh Elementary School for hosting a book fundraiser with proceeds to YANA.

Royal Bank provided donations to YANA for employee service in the community. A big shout out to Tracy Bono for her auction volunteer work and to Charlene Cameron and her group from RBC Securities for their volunteer work at our Kids’ Clutter Sale.

TD Bank provided a donation to YANA on behalf of Ivan Lee for outstanding service. Congratulations, Ivan, and thank you TD Bank!

Many thanks to the following businesses and individuals who contributed to our office renovation and move: Grant Construction, Kelly & Robbie Rusk, Owen from CV Painting, Gord Coates, Trimark Electric, Courtenay Glass, Slegg Building Materials, Sound Security, Valley Kitchens, Brian Bowden, Jamie Robertson, Jeannie Spencer, Karene McGill from Two Tornadoes Housekeeping, Keelie & Adam Duncan, Albert Houlgrave, Christopher Smith, Jan Scheuerman from Seas the Day, Fran & Graham Nasadyk, Ron Arksey, Judy Cryer, Lesley Hunter, Nicola North and Comox Moving & Storage.

Thank you to Anela Kahlamoe for sharing his talent and entertaining guests at the Mex during their recent 1st Tuesday Fundraiser. A shout-out to Judy and Bruce Wing who host these wonderful evenings!

The students in Kathy Sirrs grade 2/3 class from Royston Elementary made thank you cards for people and organizations in the Comox Valley that support our community. We feel very lucky to have received one!

Royston Elementary Thank You Card 2016

Thank you to our Tin Town neighbours and friends at Healing Bliss whose grand opening included donations to YANA.

Island Bliss Grand Opening 2016

Thank you to brave, beautiful Meredith from Fabricland who has a new haircut and tremendous love for local families with sick children. We are grateful for your giving spirit and appreciate everyone who pledged your fundraising effort.

Meredith's head shave for YANA 2016

Cute Carter celebrated his 4th birthday and gave some of his birthday money to YANA. Thank-you!

Carter's 4th Birthday!

Quality Foods celebrated their 34th Anniversary and included YANA in the festivities. This business consistently supports our service to families by including YANA in their points program. Big thanks to QF!

Quality Foods 34th Anniversary BBQ

Much appreciation to Salish Seafoods who hosted a delicious BBQ for customers with proceeds to YANA. It was fun to see so many YANA friends come by to enjoy their savoury treats.

Katie and Rachael Salish Sea Foods Summer Kick Off BBQ for YANA

Jacob and Sage sold yummy cupcakes in Cumberland as a way to help kids with health challenges. We love it when kids support kids!

Jacob and Sage Hahn-Power cup cake sale

Batman blessed YANA with his presence at the InCon Family Gaming Convention. We are grateful to have been the beneficiary of the photo booth fun.

InCON 2016

Some students at Ecole Au Coeur De L’ile recently donated their money from Christmas craft fundraising. Thank you!

Thank you to Mark Isfeld Senior Secondary who provided a “Project Nice” donation to YANA.

Thank you to Highland Senior Secondary for having a special cake fundraiser for YANA. We appreciate your community giving and we love cake!

Much appreciation to Miracle Beach Elementary School who hosted a garage sale benefitting YANA and who support YANA through their jeans day fundraising throughout the year.

Thank you to G.P. Vanier Senior Secondary School who hosted a very special assembly and barbeque showing loud and clear their support for YANA kids!

Vanier Leadership Class 2016


Thank you to École Robb Road who hosted a concession at their annual track meet and donated proceeds to YANA. Yummy for kids and supportive for YANA families. Perfect!

Some of the lovely volunteers from a great day!

It’s Not Just Beer, It’s Love… the event name says it all! Heaps of gratitude to Brad and Dennyse Harris and everyone who came together for the love of beer and the love of local families travelling for the medical care of a child.

Photo by Erin Haluschak

Thank you to Toshikan Karate who did 108 kata for YANA.

Toshikan Karate did 108 kata for YANA May 2016

The Comox Valley Pool League fundraises throughout their season for YANA. We are deeply touched by your commitment to our cause.

Comox Valley Pool League 2016

Ellie turned 7 and shared her birthday money with YANA. Thank you for your generosity!

Ellie Guhl 7th birthday

Micah had a birthday, too, and surprised us with a donation through Canada Helps. Awesome!

Hooray for Eric who celebrated a birthday recently and donated funds to YANA! Thanks for helping kids who really need it.

Croquet for YANA was fun! Thank you to organizer, Christopher Smith, and to Isfeld Senior Secondary School for hosting. A shout out to all contributing businesses and participants!

Pauline Rae and her neighbourhood got busy recycling for YANA. Thank you for your hard work and concern for local families.

Thank you to the Beta Epsilon Master Sorority for their special service project which benefitted YANA.

Thank you to donors who designate their United Way donations to YANA so that we can help local families with sick kids.

Much appreciation to the local Worksafe BC office and those giving through the Helping Hands Fund.

Thank you to government employees who give to YANA through the BC Employees Community Service Fund. We are grateful for your support.

Every penny counts! Thank you to community members who put money in our cans and to the many Comox Valley businesses who provide the opportunity.

Thank you to Robbie and Kelly Rusk for painting our new office. We have serious love for these two volunteers!


Thank you to Comox Moving & Storage for helping us move free of charge. You make a stressful time so much easier!

Thank you to Grant Construction for the care and time they are putting in to make our new office space fantastic. We are very grateful.


Thank you to all donors, sellers and volunteers who participated in the Spring Kids’ Clutter Sale. A big shout out to Tanya Del Bianco and Meghan Hunt for coordinating the sale, Courtenay Elementary School for hosting, Coastal Transportation and Storage for storing and delivering our racking system and to Brenda Hunt for coordinating the concession. What a great event!

Games and Grounds did some fundraising for YANA late in 2015 and we had the pleasure of visiting them recently. Thank you for keeping local children and families in your hearts!

Games and Grounds 2016 for Christmas Eve 2015 Gathering

Jack you amaze us! Your memory for reciting the digits of pi is remarkable as is your community spirit. Thank you for showing you care about YANA kids in your own unique way!

Jack 605 digits of PI memorized!

We are very grateful for the special Kyte Delivery Service driver who had a fundraising campaign for YANA in honour of his granddaugher,Talia, and in loving memory of Harold Flint. Thank you to Reg, also known as K-32, who drove for 90 hours and covered 3,100 km. And thanks to his colleagues who helped him reach his goal (K-39, K-28, K-7, K-33, K-35, K-15, K-19, K-16).

K-32 Drives For YANA 2016

The Hillbilly Masters Golf Tournament at Crown Isle added YANA to their fun and we are grateful. Thank you!

Happy belated birthday, Hazel! Thank you for fundraising for YANA!

Hazel's 9th Birthday

Thank you to Road Runners Learn to Run Clinic leaders and participants who took part in a special yoga class with proceeds to YANA. A big thank you to Deb Karlstrom for leading the session.

Yoga for YANA Deb Karlstrom and the Roadrunners at Learn to Run Clinic 2016

Did you know that there was a Bikram Yoga Marathon benefitting YANA where yogis participated in 3 classes back-to-back? Talk about hot and awesome!

Iain and Sandy Bikram Yoga 2016 crop

Easter Eggstravaganza led by the Town of Comox and Investors Group was a huge success. Thank you to all contributing businesses, volunteers and participants.


Thank you, Costco, for your generous donation to YANA. We appreciate your support of local children and their families.

Costco 2016 !!!

Thank you to sweet Alice who donated her birthday money and came into the office for a visit! Your kindness is appreciated by the kids we support and by all of us here at YANA.

Alice and her birthday money! 2016

Thank you to Courtenay Fitness Etc. and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings who provided a fun opportunity for hockey fans to Shoot To Win and passed along these proceeds to YANA.


Thank you to Telus for their donation to YANA through their Dollars for Doers Program.

We are grateful for our friends at Investors Group whose personal donations double through the Investors Group Matching Program. Thank you.

The love shared at the Big Love Benefit on February 26 was big indeed and we are incredibly grateful for everyone’s contribution. Our hearts are so full. Thank you!

YANA Big Love Benefit Thank You

Sweet Dylan celebrated her birthday and donated her birthday money to YANA. Thank you!

Dylan Powsey Birthday Donation

Huge thanks to Comox Fire Rescue who donated tree chipping proceeds to YANA. We are very grateful to have the support of this caring, hardworking crew. A shout out to everyone who brought in trees and donations!

Comox Fre Rescue Christmas Tree Chipping 2016

Thank you to Arbutus RV whose employees gave Christmas party proceeds to YANA with the owners generously matching their employees’ contributions.

Arbutus RV Thumbs Up Feb. 2016

Brooklyn Elementary School hosted a book swap with proceeds to YANA in conjunction with Literacy Week. Thank you!

Brooklyn Book Swap

The force is strong with My Tech Guys who recently hosted a Star Wars movie fundraiser for YANA. Thank you!

My Tech Guys Secret Star Wars Fundraiser

Thank you to our friends at Walmart for their generous donation to YANA.


Thank you to young entrepreneur, Ella, who donated her entrepreneur fair earnings to YANA. We are grateful.

Our gratitude to local realtor Mason Walker from Re/Max who has a giving program whereby a portion of his commission goes to his clients’ charity of choice. Thanks also to his YANA-loving client!

We were grateful to be the recipient of Parkland Industries’ employee giving program this past month.

Thank you to Telus for their donation to YANA through their employee volunteer program.

A shout-out to the volunteers and businesses who are getting behind the YANA Big Love Benefit to ensure it is a very special evening on February 26th. Thank you!

Thank you to the Truffula Tree Farm for fundraising for YANA regardless of the blustery December weather. We appreciate your effort and your positive attitude!


Courtenay Family Chiropractic helped YANA start the new year off in the right direction with a donation that will help strengthen local families. More about their generosity here.

Courtenay Family Chiropractic 2016

Sincere thanks to the many individuals who contributed to YANA in 2015. Having the support of your community during challenging times makes a big difference.

Kalin Segriff celebrated his 7th birthday and gave to YANA. We think you are quite a guy and a fantastic big brother!

Kalin Segriff Bday

Thank you to budding entrepreneurs at Arden Elementary School, Brodie, Jadah and Hannah, who donated a portion of their earnings to YANA.

Thank you for keeping local children in your hearts, Glacier View Retirees.

We are grateful to the Union Bay United Church who provided a donation in support of local families.

Thank you to Driftwood Dental who held a special campaign benefiting YANA.

driftwood dental 2015 donation

Thank you to the Hospital Employees’ Union who donated to YANA this past month.

We are grateful to the Comox Valley School Administrators’ Association who continue to support YANA so that we can continue to help local children with special health needs.

Thank you to Tayco Paving who make giving to YANA part of their Christmas tradition through their annual employee Christmas party.

Our Christmas cracker campaign was a great success thanks to everyone who contributed from crafters, to vendors to buyers to our grand prize donor, Mark the Gold Guy. Thank you!

Huge holiday hugs to everyone involved in the Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree Auction for YANA. Your love for local families was shown in the beauty of the trees!

Thank you to the realtors of the Zone 2 Vancouver Island Real Estate Group who provide funds to YANA through their annual Christmas luncheon.


Thank you to the Comox Valley Legion and Ladies Auxiliary who keep local families in their hearts through their annual donations.

Legion and Auxilary 2016 December Cheque Presentation

It was a pleasure to be included in the Comox Valley Art Group’s Red Art Show & Sale. Talent and community-minded artists are a winning combination!

december 2015 red art

A shout-out to Orion Facilitated Planning! We love businesses that understand how important it is to keep Comox Valley families together.

We appreciate our friends at the Military Family Resource Center and those involved with Java Talk who do special fundraising for YANA.

Alexander Urdahl celebrated his 11th birthday and donated some birthday money to YANA. What a guy!

We were thrilled to be included in The House of Now Autumn Wellness Benefit. Thank you to all of the session leaders and to participants.

House of Now

The kind-hearted, spook-loving folks on Stewart Street in Courtenay brought in donations from their Halloween haunted house. Thank you!

haunted hall of horrors

Thank you to Daniel and Justine Ludwig of Big D’s Bees who created a huge trebuchet and launched hundreds of pumpkins during Coastal Black’s Pumpkin Fest. Creating cool contraptions to generate community spirit and funds for local families is pure genius. Your little people (shown here) are lucky to have such smart, caring parents and we feel lucky, too.

december 2015 Coastal Black

Fluid Bar & Grill added YANA to their Halloween fun with “Bobbing for Bar Tabs.” Thank you to these happy, smiling people!

Brandon and Kaden Fluid

Thank you to Susan Carson of CIBC Wood Gundy who donates annually through the CIBC World Markets Children’s Miracle Foundation. We feel fortunate to have your support.


Appreciation to our canine friends and their owners who entertained guests with tricks at the Black Creek Fair. Go dogs go!

Lynn Go Dog Go

We were thrilled to have enthusiastic, hardworking volunteers from First Insurance help at the YANA office during their Community Impact Day. Thank you!

Watch your fingers!

Much gratitude to Mark the Gold Guy of Comox Valley Pawnbrokers who donated a beautiful diamond ring valued at $4,500 for the Christmas cracker grand prize and to Tim Haley for appraising its value. You amaze us with your generosity year after year!

2015 Christmas Cracker Grand Prize

Our volunteers went crackers over crackers! Thanks to everyone involved in crafting 5,000 Christmas crackers in record time! A big thank-you to our lead coordinator, Lesley Hunter, and to her special assistants Darlene Nelson, Judy Cryer, Nan Jancowski, Alana Adamschek and Sandy Houlgrave.

Thank you to Belfor Property Restoration for storing many big boxes of cracker-making supplies for YANA.

Many thanks to everyone involved in our October Kids’ Clutter Sale including sellers, donors, shoppers, volunteers, Courtenay Elementary School, School District 71, and Coastal Transportation and Storage. Special thanks to Tanya Del Bianco, Dennyse Harris, Judy Cryer and Kyle Timms.

Thank you to Jody Macdonald of Idea Maps who expertly designed an impressive poster displaying YANA’s vision and values. We appreciate your time and talent!


Thank you to McKinnon Photography who continues to show love for YANA by capturing beautiful images of our courageous clients and volunteering time to do so.

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Thank you to the Shifty Sailors who came all the way from Whidbey Island, Washington to perform in the Comox Valley. Appreciation to the amazing audience who gave generously to YANA and to Wendy Nixon who graciously hosted and helped out.

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Thank you to JRP Solutions who donated to YANA in conjunction with the Rob Webb Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament.

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Thank you to Heart Drum Beat who hosted a wellness event benefitting YANA. We appreciate that you turned your healing talents into community support.

Thank you to the good people at Comox Golf Club and the Tee Box for hosting a fundraiser for YANA and our appreciation to all the businesses that contributed to this event.

We were very fortunate to have Bill Parkinson, Wendy Mayers and Darlene Nelson sitting on the YANA Board of Directors over the past years. Big thanks to these three individuals who gave generously of their time and shared their wisdom and good humor with us. You will be missed at the board table!

My Tech Guys offers device charging at events by donation to local community groups. We sure appreciate being the beneficiary!

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The Potter’s Place chili bowl sale has become a much-loved Comox Valley tradition. Thank you to the potters, chili chefs, contributors and purchasers.


Inspired by the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride, the staff at Shoreline Orthodonics donated their Jeans Days funds. Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

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Thank you to Comox Fire Rescue who made a significant pledge to all Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride cyclists and helped us achieve our fundraising goal.


Thank you to the Davis family who donated their family reunion funds to YANA during the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride celebration at Marina Park. What a delight to receive such a generous gift on such a happy occasion.

Thank you to the kind folks from Cupe Local 556 who donated to YANA through the Good Will Community Fund.

Invest Comox Valley donated to YANA in conjunction with the White Whale’s Seafood Festival. Thank you.

The cadets at HMCS Quadra fundraise for YANA each summer and we are thankful for their annual donation and the opportunity to attend their graduation ceremony. Go cadets go!

It was sure fun to be included in the In-CON Gaming Convention photo booth. We appreciate these costume aficionados and their big hearts.

A huge thank you to Simon’s Cycles, Dr. Andreas Conradi and all riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors who participated in the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride. Together, we raised nearly $45,000 which will go directly to Comox Valley families with children who need to travel for medical treatment. Bikes will keep us together!

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Thank you to the young, talented Naomi who hosted an art show and bake sale with proceeds to YANA. What an awesome way to share your talent and help children who really need it!

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Thank you to the Huisamen family who hosted a birthday party and included YANA in the fun.   We appreciated being part of a tribute to a beautiful person and to be the recipient of your guests’ generosity.

Good times were had at the Coastal Community Credit Union’s recent fundraiser for YANA with some very special donations received including a significant contribution from Angela Zumbo of the Mortgage Centre. Thank you to CCCU staff and attendees.

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Thank you to Nevaeh and Delainy who shared their birthday money with YANA. Such sweetness!

Nevaeh 6 and Delainey 5 donated some of their birthday money and Makendree 1 came along for the photo op!

We feel fortunate to have been included in the White Whale’s 1st birthday celebration. We love a good party and these good-hearted people.

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A shout out to Young Cap who rocks the rap and helps YANA at the same time.

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Big brother Max planned a very special party to celebrate the end of his sister’s treatment and we were so happy to share in this joyous occasion.  Both these kids will move mountains, we are quite sure of it! Thank you to these lovely people.

Max's party for Linden; Max, Denise, Linden Harris and Ocean

Thank you to Coastal Black Estate Winery for hosting the Solstice Fun Run in June, such an invigorating way to have fun and to help YANA. A big thank you to all participants and volunteers.


The City of Courtenay’s “Feel Good Fridays” are a comfy, beautiful way to help local families. Thank you.

Thank you to staff and students at Airport Elementary School who had a hot dog and bake sale at the end of their school year with proceeds to YANA.

Thank you to Coastal Black Estate Winery for hosting Yoga in the Barn. We sure appreciate you and all the yogis who participated. Good for the heart and soul.


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Thank you to the two chapel communities at CFB Comox, St. Michael & All Angels Protestant Chapel and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Chapel, who co-hosted a pig roast and yard sale for YANA families.

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Congratulations to Michaela Poetker who completed the Goddess Half Marathon and also fundraised for YANA. We love your active, giving spirit!

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Sadie’s lemonade stand was a hit with thirsty customers at Queneesh Elementary School and with us. Thank you!

sadie with proceeds from her lemonade stand at Queneesh

Thank you to Tom Harris Cellular who hosted a barbeque with proceeds to YANA. We appreciate your efforts and your commitment to helping local families.


Thank you to the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride Committee who are volunteering so much time to make this summer’s cycling event amazing.

Thank you to the Comox Valley Division of Family Practice whose Perinatal Care Working Group dedicated survey monies to YANA.

Thank you to Central Builders who hosted Ladies’ Night with proceeds to YANA. We appreciate all the work that goes into this special evening and other staff fundraising events throughout the year.

Thank you to School District 71 who provided a donation honouring retiring staff. Congratulations to these hardworking individuals!

MNP staff dedicated donations to YANA for their jeans days as their way of showing support for local families. Thank you!

A shout out to people who generously donate their bottle returns to YANA through the depots in Comox and Courtenay. Thank you!

We feel blessed to have the support of the Comox Valley School Administration Association. Thank you for your annual donation.

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We sure appreciate community-minded individuals like Simon Morgan who passed on his employee recognition funds acknowledging his volunteerism. Thank you.

Simon Morgan from CCCU 2015

Huge thanks to Christopher and Wendy Smith who organized Croquet for YANA at Isfeld and Highland and to everyone involved in this spirited fundraiser. We feel lucky to have your support.


A big thank you to Comox Fire Rescue who hosted a car wash for YANA. These kind-hearted heroes don’t just fight fires, they clean cars like pros.

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Darwin Gagne rocked the Mex for the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser. A big thank you to Darwin and to organizers Judy & Bruce Wing.

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What a lovely surprise to have been chosen by artist, Anne Davies, as the beneficiary of her recent art show victory. Talent converted to community support, awesome!


Happy birthday to Eric and Annika Wunderlich! Thanks for caring and sharing!


Happy birthday to Rylan Boccabella! Thanks for sharing your birthday money with kids that need special medical care in other places. You rock!

Pierce Gerritsen celebrated his 10th birthday and shared his birthday money with YANA and wrote us a very special letter. What a kind young man! Thank you.

Keelie Duncan and her crew of young volunteers hosted a movie night for YANA at Ecole Robb Road. ADI Benefits matched funds raised. We’re grateful for all of you!


Arden Elementary School held a book sale for YANA. Thanks for spreading the love of reading and the love of community.

Thank you to Valley View Elementary School who host hat days throughout the year and donate proceeds to YANA. Hats off to staff and students!

Airport Elementary hosted a talent show and collected coin donations to YANA. Talented, caring young people are cool!

Thank you to Ivan, Mason and Mitchell from Miracle Beach School who had a garden basket sale and shared proceeds with YANA. We were so pleased to receive your donation and letter.

The Harris family continue to show lots of love for YANA.  Thank you, Max and Linden, for selling yummy frozen treats and thanks to your dad who makes his own yummy delights and shares proceeds with us. You are very important to us.



Thanks to Shoreline Orthodontics who welcomed us to participate in their Tri-K Expo and to volunteers from the YANA Ride Committee who gave of their time. We love the coming together of community-minded cycling enthusiasts!

Thank you to Salish Seafood who hosted a delicious BBQ with donations to YANA. Love your food and your giving spirit.

Thank you to two caring individuals who donated through CUPE 1816.

A shout-out to Salish Seafoods, Mac’s Oysters and Fanny Bay Oysters who contributed to White Whale’s Buck-A-Shuck contest. Thank you!

Thank you to the White Whale who included YANA in their recent patio opening and oyster buck-a-shuck and to YANA volunteer, Steve Dion, for his extraordinary shucking talents.

Robin from the White Whale presenting a cheque for $750.00 to Ocean from YANA

Members of the Comox Valley Pool League continue to keep YANA in their hearts through donation of their 50/50 draw earnings. Thank you for your generous contribution.

Comox Valley Pool League 2015 Annual Dinner

Many thanks to participants, organizers, sponsors and volunteers who were part of the Easter Eggstravaganza event at Marina Park. We feel very fortunate to be included in this fun, family event led by Investors Group, Town of Comox and Quality Foods. Over $3,500 was raised for local families with children who need to travel for medical care.


Jenna Burrelmaguire hosted a Colour By Amber party and donated commissions to YANA. We love your passion for these beautiful treasures and appreciate your contribution.

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We love the spirit at Valley View Elementary. Thank you to Mrs. Daneliuk’s  and Ms. Rea’s classes who donated their Entrepreneur Fair proceeds to YANA. Inventive, caring kids are the best!

Thank you to all sellers, donors, shoppers and volunteers who participated in our April Kids’ Clutter sale. Huge gratitude to Tanya Del Bianco, Dennyse Harris and Judy Cryer for their coordination efforts, Courtenay Elementary School for hosting the sale and Coastal Transportation & Storage for their behind the scenes contribution.


We appreciate being the beneficiary of Worksafe’s Employees Helping Hands program. Thank you.

Some Calgary donors specified that their United Way donations come to YANA. Fantastic support from afar!

A shout out to provincial employees who choose to support YANA, a great way to show your love for local families.

Thank you to Orion Financial Planning for donating to YANA this past month.

Telus’ ‘TV For Good’ campaign was a huge success and we are so grateful for the generous contribution Telus has made to YANA. It was a treat to have one of our lovely YANA families help us express our thanks.

Comox Valley Telus manager Dirk Jezierski presents to Markus Yule on behalf of YANA. Yvonne Yule, Mark Yule, Judy Cryer

The Playhouse Café hosted a Sock Hop for YANA. We appreciate this lovely new business and the kindness they are showing YANA families.

Evangeline Mathura from Playhouse Café with the proceeds from their Valentine's

My Tech Guys provided funds to YANA raised through device charging at local events. We appreciate these friendly geeks and their ongoing support.

Sweet Josephine celebrated her 7th birthday and brought in birthday money for YANA. Thank you.

Josephine Patry 7th Birthday

Comox Fire Rescue partnered with the talented Brian Scott to raffle off a painted helmet with proceeds to YANA. Thank you.


Twisted Dishes served up some love for YANA through their recent fundraiser. Thank you.

Thank you to Michelle Hughes from Comox Valley Acupuncture for leading a fundraiser for YANA. We appreciate your helping hands and loving heart.

Nrichmedia has an ongoing giving program. For every client whose project is priced $1,000 or more, they donate a portion to a charity chosen by the client. YANA was recently the recipient. Fantastic!

YANA received a donation honouring the RCMP. Donors mentioned the excellent attention received during a very stressful time.

Thank you to members of the Florence Chapter #53 of the Eastern Star. Your generosity is appreciated.

Thank you to all guests, volunteers, donors, and sponsors who came together for the 2015 Dinner & Auction. What an incredible showing of community spirit!


Miracle Beach School continues to keep YANA in their hearts. They recently shared their Jeans Days monies with YANA. Thank you for this generous contribution.

Hugh at Miracle Beach Elementary, proceeds from Jeans Day.

Zoe David donated her birthday money to YANA. We think you and your family are pretty special and we are grateful for your support.

Zoe David with her birthday money

Ben Vipond celebrated his 6th birthday and shared his birthday money with YANA. What a guy!

The Courtenay Seniors Centre donated proceeds from selling eggs. We think this is just egg-cellent!

Thank you to Courtenay Medical Clinic for having Jeans Days for YANA.

The Comox Legion keeps giving! We appreciate their commitment to helping local families with children who need to travel for medical services.

Precision Tree Services donated to YANA and gave a shout out to Comox Rotary along with their donation. Awesome!

Thank you to Brian McLean’s customers who chose YANA to benefit from the charity portion of sales and to Brian McLean for having this program in place.

April Lapointe shared her photography talent by creating a calendar full of beautiful images and selling these treasures with proceeds going to YANA.Thank you!

April Lapointe

Thank you to Courtenay Firefighters for hosting tree chipping for YANA and to everyone who had their tree chipped! We sure appreciate these courageous volunteers and their commitment to our community.

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Thank you to Tsolum River Truffula Tree Farm for hosting a successful holiday fundraiser full of love for local YANA families.

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Thank you to Comox Fire Rescue for hosting tree chipping for YANA! We’re grateful for your continued support of local families. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this fundraiser.

Comox Fire Rescue 2014 Tree Chipping

YANA was pleased to be included in the Filipino Christmas party again this year. It was a very fun event benefitting important causes. Thank you for keeping YANA in your hearts.


Thank you to Doveside Tree Farm who collected donations to YANA during their tree cutting season.

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Tria Fine Catering & Gourmet Eats partnered up with Beaufort Winery to create a special wine pairing event to benefit YANA. Good food, good wine and good for the community. Talk about awesome!

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407 Squadron, Pilots & Engineers made a donation to YANA. Your support is much appreciated!

Thank you to everyone who donates clothes and items to consignment stores and dedicate the sales to YANA. A huge shout out to Loretta Semple who leads this successful fundraiser. You rock, sista!

Did you know that you can donate your bottles and cans at both the Courtenay and Comox Return Centres to YANA? Thank you to everyone who helps out in this unique way!

It is very cool when kids show compassion for other kids and donate birthday money to YANA. We think you’re pretty special, Max!

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Compelled by the amazing spirit of Robbie Thomson, a good samaritan donated in his honour after hearing a news story about how his fundraising money was stolen. Thank you to this kind donor and to Robbie!

Many thanks to everyone who made the Driftwood Mall’s Christmas Tree Auction a huge success! Over $9,000 was raised for YANA through this community event. We are incredibly grateful!

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The lovely folks at Kinetic Construction held a golf tournament and donated the proceeds to YANA. Thank you!

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YANA is the fortunate beneficiary of an annual donation from the Comox Legion and the Comox Ladies’ Auxiliary. Thank you for your continued support of YANA families.

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The Comox Valley Potters’ Club keep giving! Thank you for selling your wares for YANA.

Joe from Potters Place Dec. 2014

We love it when businesses turn fun into funds for local families like Tayco Paving did by donating proceeds from their Christmas Party.

Did you know that Miracle Beach Elementary hosts a turkey lunch and turns it into a fundraiser for YANA? Fantastic!

The Comox Ladies Golf Club held a Christmas party and made a generous donation from their party proceeds. Thank you.

Thank you to the Glacier View Retirees for their recent donation.

We sure appreciate the continued support we receive from the Union Bay United Church.

Thank you to the Hospital Employees’ Union for their recent donation.

A very special donation and acknowledgement came from the Comox Valley Division of Family Practice. Our local doctors really understand the challenges our clients face. It means a lot to have your support.

Another shout out to everyone who bought YANA Christmas crackers and to the vendors who sold them on our behalf!

Comox Valley Realtors hosted their Zone 2 Christmas Party and gave proceeds from the 50/50 to YANA. Thank you for keeping local families in your hearts!



A big thank you to Deb Rolston who led Yoga 4 Yana. We love when events are good for the body, the soul and the community!

Yoga 4 YANA 2014 with Deb Rolston

Thank you to Steve Terris from Pure Audio who threw a hockey party and shaved his head for donations to YANA. We like your new look!

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Did you know that the Comox Valley Pool League donated the proceeds from the speed ball table at the Vancouver Island Eight Ball Championship to YANA? We are grateful that you included us in your fun!

We appreciated the opportunity to speak about YANA at the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise this past month. What a bonus to receive a donation from their Sergeant-At-Arms’ collection!



Our Christmas crackers are selling like hotcakes. Thank you to everyone who has purchased these little treasures, to our volunteers who are assisting with sales and to craft fair organizers for including us in their events.

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Thank you to My Tech Guys who provide device charging at events by donation to YANA. We appreciate your recent donation and your warm welcome when we visited the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise.

Thank you to individuals who donate to YANA in lieu of Christmas gifts and demonstrate the true meaning of the season.

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Thank you to our monthly donors who give through Canada Helps. Your commitment and generosity is valued.

Thank you to individuals and businesses who make donations in memory of or in honour of loved ones. These donations are very special.

ADI Benefits screened the 80s favourite, Ghostbusters, and provided a fun movie experience for families. Thank you to all attendees and to Adam Duncan and his family for hosting the event. Good people doing good things for the community!


The kind-hearted folks at Courtenay Plumbing were inspired by the community spirit that they experienced at Morning at the Movies and generously matched Ghostbuster-goers entry donations!  We love when this kind of philanthropy happens. Thank you!

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Thank you to our friends at the Coastal Community Credit Union on 4th Street for hosting a hotdog sale with proceeds to YANA as part of their celebration of International Credit Union Day.

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A huge thank you to those involved with our Kids’ Clutter sale this fall. We appreciate all sellers, donors, buyers and volunteers who contributed to this successful event. Special thanks to Tanya Del Bianco, our lead organizer, and to Dennyse Harris. Both of these outstanding volunteers put in many hours to make the sale run smoothly.

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Did you know that Coastal Transportation & Storage help us by storing the clothing racks for Kids’ Clutter throughout the year at no cost to YANA? They also transport the racking system before and after the event. We are incredibly grateful to have the support of this community-minded business!


We made 5,000 Christmas crackers in record time this year thanks to an amazing volunteer response and tremendous leadership by YANA Board Director, Lesley Hunter! Thanks to everyone who shared their time and talent.


Thank you to Tom Harris Cellular who does a variety of neat things throughout the year with their staff and customers to raise money for YANA.

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Sophia Barlow celebrated her 4th birthday with party donations to YANA. It is very special to see kids helping other kids in this way.

Finlay Boggan celebrated his 5th birthday and donated his birthday money to YANA. What a sweetie!

Thank you to St. Michael & All Angels, Protestant Chapel at CFB Comox for their donation.

The Town of Comox have been donating bottles and cans from their receptacles to YANA over the last year and hardworking youth volunteer, Christopher Parkinson, has been working extremely hard at the Comox Return It Centre turning the bottles and cans into money to support our program. Thank you to everyone involved!

Terry Lee from Orion Facilitated Planning showed his support of local children who require medical treatment outside the community through a generous donation to YANA. Thank you.

Thank you to the generous individuals who donate monthly through Canada Helps. Your quiet commitment to YANA is noticed and much appreciated.

It is not often that stormtroopers and other Star Wars villains come to town so we were excited and grateful to be included in the action at the In Con Family Gaming Convention.

InCON at Games and Grounds

Thank you to Tim Chaisson and the Island Charity Wrestling crew who hosted their annual wrestling event and donated proceeds to YANA. We love these crazy guys with huge hearts!

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The Georgia Straight Hot Jazz Society hosted a dance in memory of Len Wilkie. What a lovely tribute and a great gift to the community.

Jackie Wilkie 2014 Geirgia Straight Jazz Society salute to Len Wilkie

Staff and residents at Berwick in Comox dedicated their fun day proceeds to YANA. We’re glad you’re having fun and sure appreciate your kindness.

Jess Fester hosted a horseshoe tournament and made it a fundraiser for YANA. Thank you!

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish at 19 Wing in Comox continues to donate to YANA and we are very grateful.

Ben Thir celebrated his birthday and donated his birthday money to YANA. What a sweetie!

Andrew turned 7 and gave some of his birthday loot to YANA. We love this guy’s spirit!

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The Harris family keep YANA in their hearts and we are incredibly grateful for their generous contribution.

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Comox Fire Department provided a huge pledge to support YANA families and to honor cyclist and committee volunteer, Kelly Rusk. Thanks for your important contribution to the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride and your support throughout the year.

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Sweet Sophie had a fiver birthday party with proceeds to YANA this summer. We love this gal and her big heart!


Comox Valley Dodge hosts monthly barbeques with proceeds to YANA. Awesome!

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Thanks to Leanne Zdebiak-Eni from Studio IPF, DJ em.ash and all participants for raising the roof for YANA at Bellyfit Live. We’re grateful for your community spirit and generosity.

Bellyfit Live for YANA with Leanne 2014

Our friends at HMCS Quadra donate monies raised by cadets each summer. We were thrilled to attend the cadet graduation ceremony and receive such a generous gift.

HMCS Quadra 2014 Grad Ceremony

A huge thank you to all cyclists, volunteers, donors and sponsors!  We are so grateful for everyone’s contribution.  The final fundraising total came in at over $37,000 with 405 cyclists and over 100 volunteers.  Fantastic!


Thank you to all the potters that donate bowls to the Potter’s Place for their annual Chilli Bowl event held during Market Days. A big thank you to organizers, sponsors and participants.

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Mackenzie and Quinn celebrated their birthday this summer by having a fiver party with proceeds to YANA.  High fives to these two cuties!


Comox Valley Reflexology Centre had their grand opening and offered their new clients mini sessions with proceeds to YANA. Good for the body and good for the soul.

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The Sawatskys hosted a garage sale for YANA. We sure appreciate their effort and their happy faces!Sawatsky Family 07-2014


Island Honda knows how to host a barbeque! Thank you for donating these proceeds to YANA.

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Mason Walker from Re/Max Ocean Pacific gave to YANA through his percentage of commission program. Thank you for helping local families!

Did you know that the Comox Valley Airport Commission periodically boost passengers’ vehicles and they offer this service by donation to YANA? We sure appreciate this kindness.

Thank you to all the generous folks who were out at Nautical Days emptying their pockets into our cans. A huge shout out to Judy, Ocean, Van and Marley for shaking cans on our behalf.

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Thank you to provincial employees who choose to donate to YANA through the Community Service Fund.

We were honoured to participate in Comox Rotary’s Ducky 500. What a bonus to cross the finish line first and receive $700!  A big thank you to Ocean Varney and her volunteer crew for creating such a dashing duck!


Sweet Rory, continues to keep YANA in her heart. She donated her birthday money this summer.


Sunnydale Golf Course hosted a Ladies Day with proceeds to YANA. Thank you to participants and organizers.

Thank you to Abel O’Brennan and his fine crew at Coastal Black Winery for hosting a scenic run with delightful treats and entertainment. A big shout out to all runners and volunteers for participating in this event.

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Thank you, Royston Elementary School, for your donation to YANA.

Cumberland Village Festival was a whole lot of fun. We are incredibly grateful for this community fundraising effort hosted at Cumberland Elementary back in June.

Acacia is young girl with a great big heart who donated her birthday money to YANA.  We sure appreciate kids helping kids in this way.

The “Tween” group from the Comox Valley Child Development Association did some fundraising and donated part of their proceeds to YANA. Many thanks to this group for thinking of YANA in their fundraising efforts.

A shout out to a terrific trio! Thank you Darlene, Lesley and Judy for keeping the office running smoothly and for adding warmth and humor to the office atmosphere.

Three enterprising young girls, called the Three Kidpreneurs, made crafts and sold them at the Comox Mall. Thank you Sarah, Carly and Anna for donating part of your sales to help other kids when their families really need it.


Thank you to all the volunteers who are working hard to make the 2014 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride even bigger and better than last year. We appreciate your love of riding and your love of YANA!

Judy & Bruce Wing presented Annie Handley at their 1st Tuesday Fundraiser. Annie chose YANA as the recipient of donations at the door. We appreciate all the effort that Judy and Bruce put into these fundraising events and are thankful for the fabulous musicians who share their talent.

Thank you to our volunteer board of directors who are behind the scenes making good things happen every month. Your commitment is much appreciated!


Thanks to the XI Alpha Epsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for their donation in June to help us keep families together when a child has to leave the valley for medical treatment.

A shout out to Three Sisters One Bead who made these adorable pendant necklaces and offered them as gifts to a few of our most courageous clients.


Thank you to all the schools who participated in YANA fundraising or awareness activities this past school year. It is exciting to see kids helping kids and to see the efforts of teachers and administrators who foster this great work ethic in their students.

Seven-year-old, Lilia Spencer, started a candy-o-gram service to raise money for YANA and she exceeded her fundraising goal. A big thank-you to Lilia and her family for keeping YANA in their hearts.

Central Builders holds their Ladies Night with proceeds to YANA each year in May. Participants have a great time. This and other staff events resulted in a significant donation. Thank you!

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Many thanks to Christopher Smith for the hard work that was involved in reopening the sani-dump station at Canadian Tire with dumping fees going to charity. Chris has created a unique way for campers to support YANA.

407 Squadron, Pilots and Flight Engineers raised funds for YANA at their Elks Ball. Having fun and helping local families is a win-win! Thank you.

Salish Seafoods held a barbecue in conjunction with the reopening of their retail shop. Donations to YANA were generously made by those attending.

Elijah Cox and his friend Kieran McDougall wanted to do something to help YANA. They set up a stand in their neighbourhood and sold hot chocolate with all proceeds donated to YANA. Great idea!


Taven Caldwell-Waluk collected donations to YANA in lieu of birthday gifts. What a generous guy!

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Thanks to Two Eagles Lodge for making a donation through BMO Invest Comox Valley.

Croquet for YANA kicked off YANA Week in the Schools. Many thanks to Christopher and Wendy Smith of Enecon Alberta for organizing this fun event. The rain stayed away long enough for the participants to really enjoy themselves.


The Comox Valley Pool League are a group that love to get together to share their passion for pool. They have a great time together and raise money for YANA at the same time. It’s a win – win for all, including our families who benefit from this generous spirit. Thank you!

Isfeld Secondary School teamed up with Meghan Hunt and Gloria Grieve to offer Zumba for YANA in April. It is awesome to see people turn their talent into community support. A shout out to Brenda Hunt who is often in the background helping to make these beautiful things happen!

Thanks to Nancy Clarke of CIBC Wood Gundy for her annual contribution through her work and the CIBC Children’s Foundation. You are making a positive difference in our community!

The Comox Valley Division of Family Practice see firsthand the impact that YANA has on local families. Thanks for your donation in support of our cause.

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.

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.


The spirit of community at the Comox Military Family Resource Centre makes a real difference. The Java Talk networking group raised $500 by organizing family photo shoots by donation to YANA.

ComoxMFRC_YANA Donation

Huge thanks to Rainforest Outdoor Living for raising $10,000 through a hot tub dream package raffle. Special thanks to the package partners: Lacasse Construction, Aiki Electric, Comox Valley Echo, Jet FM, ABC Printing & Signs, and Ian Adams Design and Illustration.


Tracy Hopkins took on a fitness challenge through Bodynetix and donated her pledges to YANA. What a great way to get fit and make a positive difference in your community!

A big thank you to Ecole Robb Road who hosted a movie night and raised over $1,200 for YANA.

Ecole Robb Movie Night

ADI Benefits brought us “Back to the Future” by hosting a movie at the Rialto Theatre with donations to YANA. Many thanks to Adam Duncan for organizing this fun morning at the movies.

Thank you, Ladies at the Eastern Star, for choosing YANA as a recipient of your fundraising efforts.

Hurray for Josephine Patry who collected money from her 6th birthday to donate to other kids through YANA.

Brooklyn Elementary School helps YANA help families through their annual mat sale where older students have the opportunity to sell used toys on a mat in the gym and younger students have the chance to purchase. Thanks to Dede Willans, students, staff and parents who participated. Lots of learning and fun takes place through this event and over $400 was raised for YANA.

Donation tins sit on the counters of many of our partners in the business community. We thank them for their ongoing support of YANA and the public for making sure every penny counts. To find out how you can participate in this initiative, contact us.

Donation tins

A big thank you to donors who give monthly to YANA through Canada Helps. Your commitment is greatly appreciated. Canada Helps is a convenient way for donors to have their donations charged monthly to their credit cards, and receive an immediate tax receipt directly by email. Learn more about this donation option here.

Dr. Ken Heinrich and Dr. Marnie Grant from Courtenay Chiropractic have recently focused their fund raising efforts on YANA. They regularly conduct complimentary spinal check-ups at various health expos in the Comox Valley and donate 100% of all fees collected for in-office check-ups that arise from these community events to charity.  Wow, what a great way to share your talent and passion!  Thank you!

Courtenay Chiro Cheque

Comox Valley Taxi has embarked on a unique way to raise money for YANA families. Since mid-December they have donated $1 for every trip to or from the Comox Airport. Those dollars really add up!

Both the Comox and Courtenay Fire Departments extended the holiday spirit by chipping Christmas trees in exchange for donations to YANA.  Thanks for your ongoing giving spirit.



Miss Evans’ class at NIDES got crafty for YANA.  Thanks for sharing the proceeds of your Christmas Craft Sale and for coming into the office to make cards for donors and clients.



Sweet Matthew Houlgrave asked for donations to YANA for his 9th Birthday. Matthew knows how YANA helps kids because his proud Mom, Marcie Dumais, is our Executive Director and is a constant example to her boys of how one person can make a difference.


Speaking of birthdays, Cumberland United Church congregation take birthday donations throughout the year and then generously donate them to YANA.

Kai Davenport donated his birthday money to YANA and so did Olie and Jasch Phillips (seen in photo).  We love hearing about these fun birthday parties and seeing kids helping kids.


The Comox Legion continue to honor the families of sick kids in the Comox Valley by including YANA in the distribution of their fundraising dollars.

The Gardeners Green Folk Club in Merville made another donation to YANA in honor of Ursula Joy. Thanks for helping us help Ursula and her family.

The Hospital Employees’ Union show how much they care about families in the Comox Valley by donating to YANA. We love our community partners.

Thanks to the Comox Valley Dental Hygiene group for hosting a free cleaning event with donations to YANA.

Jeannie Spencer held an Invision Your Life Hypnotherapy Workshop with donations to YANA.  We heard great reviews about this workshop.  Thanks for the insight you bring to our community and for caring about our cause at the same time.

The schools just keep on giving. The Highland Alumni Basketball game over the holidays collected donations to YANA at the door. Glad we stay in people’s hearts even after they leave the Valley.

Many thanks to Loretta Semple who organizes, collects and delivers clothes for the Consignment for YANA project. It was a big success in 2013 and she continues with this project in 2014. Visit her Facebook page Consignment for YANA to learn more.

Ongoing thanks to the parishioners at The Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel who are regular donors to YANA.

The Westerly Hotel prepared a lovely Harvest Long Table event for 40 lucky people while donating partial proceeds to YANA in honor of Ruby Poirier.

Teachers Doreen Stride and Jan Maund and their kindergarten classes hosted a turkey lunch for 100 in early October at Miracle Beach School. Proceeds from the lunch were donated to YANA and will go directly to helping families in the Comox Valley.

Dr. Colleen Clancy and her staff participate in a weekly Jean’s Day throughout the year. Funds raised were enthusiastically given to YANA.


Thanks to Santa who spread cheer at the Courtenay Fire Department’s Christmas party and asked that his fee be donated to YANA. What a generous, jolly old elf!

Eric’s Appliance Repair gave a Christmas donation, thank you for showing you care.

Glacier View Retirees continue to help with donations from their group.  Thank you!

Yoga for YANA saw some enthusiastic participants stretching with Deb Ralston at The Little Red Church.  A great combination of exercise and help for local families.


We thank The Driftwood Mall and Heather Tisdall for the wonderful display of Christmas Trees. We also thank the donors of the decorated trees and the tree purchasers. Talk about a win-win fundraiser.

Tayco Paving held their Christmas party and collected cash donations from employees, what a great local company with generous employees.

The Comox Valley Filipino Community know how to put on a party, serve fabulous food and make a positive difference in their community. Event proceeds will help us keep doing what we do. Thanks for your support and to West Jet for donating flight vouchers toward this event.


The Comox Valley Realtors held a Christmas Lunch and made a lovely donation to YANA.  We appreciate your community spirit, realtors!


Judy and Bruce Wing and Celtic Cargo entertained at the Mex Pub with donations to support YANA. Thanks to the patrons and the band for their kind donations.

Comox Volunteer Fire Department raised money for YANA at their Christmas banquet.  Firefighters sure know how to show community spirit.


Comox Ladies’ Auxiliary made a lovely donation to YANA through their fundraising efforts.


Courtenay Kia made a donation to YANA in December just because!

Union Bay United Church continues to support YANA with their donations. What a great community initiative.

We continue to receive donations through the Telus Dollars for Doers program where Telus donates on behalf of their employees who volunteer.  What a beautiful way to acknowledge staff who are generous with their time.

We are so appreciative of the Comox Valley for supporting our Christmas cracker sales. We sold out once again and a lucky winner received a beautiful diamond ring (photo)!  A big thank you to Mark Dalziel for donating the grand prize and also to Tim Haley for appraising it.


Comox Legion’s year-end gaming donation was a wonderful gift to receive.


Sweet Aurora grew her hair long and donated it so wigs could be made for cancer patients. Friends and family supported her with donations to YANA Thanks, Aurora, for showing your community how kids can support each other.


Dale Presly asked for donations to attend a series of Dream Workshops he held at the Ocean Resort and sent the money to YANA so we can help kids get well and fulfill their dreams.  Thanks, Dale!

Simon and Oliver Spragg asked for donations instead of presents at their birthdays and split the money between YANA and BC Children’s Hospital.  Simon and Oliver are shown here with their little sister, Thea, presenting the money to their proud Nana, Judy Cryer, President of YANA and Marcie Dumais, Executive Director.


The Comox Valley Women’s Fastball Charity Tournament presented an amazing donation from their summer event.  These funds helped us buy new computers for our four Vancouver apartments. The computers help families keep in touch with friends and relatives while they are out-of-town.


Tim Chaisson and other wrestlers in the Charity Wrestling Group presented YANA president, Judy Cryer, with the proceeds from their summer event. Way to go guys!


The Comox Valley Jeep Club had a lot of fun at their Jeep-o-ween halloween party and raised money for Comox Valley families.  Thanks for your generosity, Jeep Club members.


19 Wing Building Services presented a cheque to Marcie Dumais representing the proceeds from their fundraising for YANA  Many thanks to all these helpful people!

Building Services presentation to Y.A.N.A

Chelsey Newton’s Kids’ Clutter Sale once again collected donations to YANA at the door. On a much bigger note, Chelsey has handed over the Kids’ Clutter Sale to YANA so watch for the next sale on April 18th and 19th, 2014. Also, a shout out to our friends at Coastal Transportation & Storage who generously donated space to store the racking system.

The Garcia family hosted a big party for their sons at Comox Rec Centre. The kids had a lot of fun and they made a generous donation to YANA instead of presents. Thank you!

Thanks to the gang at Jiffy Lube for hosting a Customer Appreciation Barbecue by donation to YANA

Lee Charbonneau chose a really fun way to raise awareness and funds for YANA through her “Bubbles at Simms Park” event. We love these creative ideas!

Gavyn Jespersen-Mielecki turned 6 and gave some of his birthday money to YANA Awesome!

Many thanks to Lara Austin from RBC for collecting donations at the Seniors’ Show.

Some fun-loving folks on Pridy Road in Comox put on a private party with proceeds to YANA Thanks for your contribution.

The parishioners at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church choose YANA for their charitable donations. They make regular donations which we put to good use. Thank you for your dedication to our work.

Thanks to all the individuals and groups who got “cracking” for YANA! With your help, 5000 Christmas Crackers were beautifully crafted and are ready to sell. Special thanks to Lesley Hunter who supervised most of these volunteer sessions.

Huge thanks to our friends at Air Maintenance Squadron for getting soapy for YANA at their annual car wash.

Thank you to Loretta Semple for organizing the Consignment for YANA project at local consignment stores. It is very cool that you can clean out your closet and turn it into funds for YANA!

Our youngest fundraiser has been hard at work at the Comox Return It Centre. Thanks, Christopher Parkinson!

Special thanks to Brian Bailey from My Tech Guys for travelling to Vancouver to install new computers in our four YANA apartments. Your efforts help YANA families stay connected.

My Tech Guys are always thinking about YANA At various events like Music Fest and the Air Show, they charge electronic devices so attendees don’t have to miss out on their favourite photos. They collect donations to YANA in exchange for this service.

Belfor Restoration held a balloon prize draw at their company golf tournament and donated the funds to YANA Thank you for this generous donation and your ongoing support.

The Wells’ twins, Megan and Connor, donated money from their birthday party. YANA is sure feeling the love from everyone at My Tech Guys!

Many thanks to Cumberland Rotary who sold rhododendrons grown by the Smiths with proceeds to YANA

For many years the Old English Car Club have chosen YANA for donations at their annual car show held at Filberg Park and they also contributed an additional donation from the club. Thank you!

Thank you to all cyclists, volunteers, sponsors and donors that contributed to the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride. It was an amazing example of people coming together for the joy of riding and the joy of helping! Cyclist, Kelly Rusk, had some special pledges, one from the Firefighters Association and one from Mirren Everitt , who put all of his allowance toward pledging Kelly’s ride.

Courtenay Medical Associates and staff had a jeans day and donated the proceeds to YANA Hooray!

Nrichmedia has an ongoing giving program. For every client whose project is priced $1,000 or more, they donate 3% to a charity chosen by the client. YANA is frequently the recipient. Fantastic!

Once again, Nautical Days provided an opportunity for YANA to collect donations on the final evening of the festivities at Marina Park. Thank you for this opportunity and special acknowledgement to the volunteers who collected money and the generous people who made donations.

Thank you to The Potter’s Place for their Chili Bowl Fundraiser which took place during Market Days this summer. The bowls and the chili were made with love! What a great way to add to your pottery collection each year and help local families with sick kids at the same time.

The B.C. Government does payroll deductions for donations by provincial employees. Many thanks to those employees who choose YANA to receive their donations.

Canadian Western Bank held a branch fundraiser with proceeds to YANA We appreciate your ongoing support.

The Parks Department from the Town of Comox has teamed up with YANA to turn cans and bottles into help for families. The staff collect the containers from the bins around town and then one of our hardest working volunteers does all the sorting at the Comox Return-It Centre. Thank you to 8-year-old Chris Parkinson for this great effort and to his mom, Carol-Anne, for being at his side.

YANA tins from various stores, restaurants and pubs around the Valley bring in a constant flow of donations. Thanks to the businesses and the donors. Every penny counts!

Once again the Old English Car Show at Filberg Park had donations for YANA at their entrances. Our volunteers were very impressed with the generosity of those who attended. Thanks for including us in the event and contributing significantly to our cause.

HMCS Quadra annually raise money for YANA through fun things like concession sales, raffles and head shaves. Over the past 13 years, they have raised over $25,000 for YANA Wow, that’s impressive!

TELUS often sends us cheques on behalf of their employees through the Doers for Dollars program. These contributions are noticed and valued. Thank you!

Many thanks to Fall River Logging for your donation.

Calorie Connection Vending who continue to be regular supporters of YANA They now donate monthly through our online donation program. We appreciate this commitment!

The Freemasons from Comox

The Comox Valley Airport who help people out when they return home to vehicles with dead batteries. They do this at no charge but will take donations to YANA Wow, helping travelers and helping the community at the same time, that’s fantastic!

City of Courtenay for their Jean’s Day

C.I.B.C. – At the grand opening of the Crown Isle branch, C.I.B.C. presented a grant to YANA to assist with apartment furnishings and family funding.

C.I.B.C. Wood Gundy Ð Thank you, Nancy Clarke, for your continued support.

Sunnydale Golf Club who held a tournament in memory of Jane Keoughan

Flying Canoe Club who hosted an oyster bar for YANA We love this fishy, fun, fundraising!

Hannah Stevens who collected donations to YANA on her 8th birthday. What a sweetie!

The Los Chi-Wah-Wahs who hosted a concert at the Bridge Lounge in honor of Hope Kopeck.

Many generous individuals whose “quiet” contributions in June and July helped to keep families strong.

Vancouver Island White Water Paddling Association, Jackson Kayaks & Western Canoe & Kayak. They auctioned off a boat with proceeds to YANA

Schools in School District #71 – seeing kids so excited about helping other kids is a wonderful thing!

Jascha Phillips decided to cut his long hair and donate the money he raised to YANA We sure love it when family and friends get behind a kid doing good in our community. Thanks Jascha.

Courtenay Kia held a barbecue and donated proceeds to YANA We love summer barbecues and what better way to do it than with proceeds to a local charity like YANA

What a fun time on a sunny day at the airport. The Comox Valley Airport Commission matched the funds raised by a barbecue for airport volunteers and the public by On the Fly Cafe. It was nice to connect with these kind folks again.

Marjan Jackson was a YANA Volunteer extraordinaire when she volunteered to do all the work to bring the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir to the Comox Valley. It was a fantastic evening at Mark R. Isfeld School. Thank you so much Marjan. Thanks go as well to the corporate sponsors of the event – Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, McQueen Construction, Canadian Western Bank and Tim Hortons. It was a great partnership with Mark R. Isfeld School, as well.

The Comox Valley Principals and Vice Principals Association continue to pay back to YANA We know that they get to see first hand the impact of childhood illnesses and injuries on their students and their families. YANA helps all children under the age of 19 living in School District 71 who must leave the Comox Valley for medical treatment elsewhere.

The Courtenay Office of Workers Compensation made a nice donation to YANA through their corporate “Helping Hands” program. It’s so nice that your local donations can be given to a local charity through your gifting program.

Telus, through their “Give Where You Live” Program, approved a grant to Highland Secondary School “to empower and enable youth to be agents of change”. What a great way to give back to kids and families in our community. Thanks Highland and Telus.

We love it when kids choose to donate Birthday Party money to YANA so we can help other kids. Thanks this month to Acacia and Alice who celebrated their birthday in this giving kind of way.

Central Builders held another amazing Ladies’ Night in May. It looked like everyone had a great time, building, learning, eating and winning door prizes. Well done Central Builders.

Irelynn and her friends held a car wash and sold lemonade for their donation to YANA Having fun and raising awareness about YANA at such young ages is wonderful.

A lovely group of ladies held a clothing swap amongst themselves and collected donations for YANA What a great idea.

A late donation came in from a Christmas party over the holidays. Christmas in May – love it.

Thanks so much to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation for sharing their Scrubs Game proceeds with YANA We had fun again this year and very much appreciate the partnership with the Hospital.

Ms. May’s class at Arden did some fundraising for YANA We love to see kids helping kids. Thanks you!!

Thanks to The Dave Procter Team at ReMax for your recent donations to YANA You really know how to demonstrate the community spirit that makes the Comox Valley a great place to call home.

Thank you to the Florence Chapter 53 for sharing your giving spirit with YANA

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at CFB Comox continues to to be generous with their donations to YANA

There are 11 very special people in the Comox Valley. They are the members of our 2012/2013 Board of Directors and our Executive Director who really give of themselves to continue the work that Sandra Williams started 27 years ago.

WOW! The Comox Valley Pool League are an amazing group. They held 50/50 draws throughout their winter season and presented a very nice donation to YANA at their Awards Banquet.

Thanks to Loretta Semple for co-ordinating the Consignment for YANA fundraiser.

Rrrawsome sells and delivers raw dogfood – thanks for donating 5% of your March sales to help YANA help families. This was awwwesome.

Those kids at Ecole Puntledge Park with their “I Can” motto sure can. Thanks to Julie’s Grade 3 Class for donating the proceeds from their week-end sale at the school to YANA

Chelsey Newton collected donations for YANA at her Kid’s Clutter sale on April 20th. This is a great event and we sure appreciate the donation.

Christopher & Wendy Smith sure have big hearts and a ton of enthusiasm. They worked with Mark Isfeld School to organize the Drive for Charity event at Isfeld School on April 21st. The proceeds from the Croquet game (what family fun!) and the Silent Auction were donated to YANA Thanks go to the staff and students at the school as well.

Thanks to Speed Pro for our fancy new “cheque” that we can use for photos of our YANA donors. You guys sure are community minded.

In celebration of little Joni & Freya’s 1st birthday party, a donation was made to YANA Kids helping kids at a very early age!

Finneron Hyundai increased their “likes” on Facebook and made a donation to YANA

Many thanks to Chances for choosing YANA as the recipient of their “found” money.

When little Kai’s parents asked him if he’d like to donate some of the money from his piggy bank he said he wanted to give it to YANA and he presented it in a pretty box with a ribbon and a hug.

When Carrie Lemke, a voice teacher, and her students performed a musical theater recital they decided to accept donations for YANA From all accounts it was a successful event.

April 22-26 was the first annual YANA Week in the Schools. What a great way to raise awareness about how YANA helps families in School District 71. Many schools held awareness assemblies and fund raising events. We thank our Director, Hugh MacKinnon for an amazing job of organizing this, and attending many of the events.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who decorated and donated trees to the Driftwood Mall’s Christmas Tree fundraiser for YANA A big thank you to Heather who organized the entire event.

Thank you to Pam Tessman who did a little busking with her son – singing ‘Here to Help’. The donated the proceeds from their busking day to YANA – so sweet!

Thank you to the Bell Family for opening up your property for ‘cut your own Christmas Tree for YANA’ What a lovely and giving family tradition!

Thank you to Karen McKinnon who hosted a holiday fundraiser for YANA. A portion of the gift certificates that she sold at the mall were gifted to YANA

Thanks to Circle K Blueberry Farm for doing some fundraising for YANA this past summer. I hear it was a bumper crop!!

Thanks to folks at the Black Creek Diner for hosting a sweet holiday fundraiser – cookies for YANA!

Thank you to Doveside Tree Farm for your donation to YANA We appreciate your festive giving!

Thank you to our friends at Central Builders for thinking of YANA and making charitable giving part of your celebration!

Thank you to Karen Pantuso who raised money for YANA by taking pictures of children with Santa over the holidays!

Thank you to the Crumpler Family for facilitating a donation to YANA through the Christian Labour Association of Canada. You guys rock!

Thank you to the parishioners at Cumberland United Church for giving to YANA through your Birthday Collection.

Thank you to all the fire fighters who installed smoke alarms and, in lieu of payment, suggested that home owners donate to YANA Thank you to the home owners who followed up with lovely cards and donations!

Thank you to the kids at Puntledge School who raised money for YANA as part of your ‘I Can’ initiative. We love to see kids helping kids… way to go!!

Dylan raised money for YANA at her birthday party. What a sweetie. Thank you, Dylan!!

Thank you to Philip for collecting donations for YANA at his birthday party. We sure are lucky that there are such caring kids in the Comox Valley!

Callie had a birthday party and she collected donations for YANA What a super nice thing to do!

Thank you to Meghan and Lee from Fruv for organizing a fun, fitness zumba fundraiser for YANA

Thank you to Club 99 for supporting the work that YANA does in the Comox Valley.

Thank you to the Royal Purple for supporting the work that YANA does to help children and families.

Thank you to Jamie Edwards who raised some money for YANA while putting a focus on fitness. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Jamie’s fitness challenge!

Thank you to the Comox Firefighters for your ongoing support for YANA We appreciate the way you help us to promote the work that we do and your financial contributions are amazing!

Thank you to Boston Pizza for contributing to the work that YANA does in the Comox Valley.

Thank you to our friends at Telus for contributing to YANA through the Dollars for Doers program.

Thank you to the Comox Legion for supporting children and families in the Comox Valley through YANA

A great big thank you to our friends at Tayco Paving who sure know how to throw a party! They donated the proceeds from their Christmas party to YANA

Thank you to the folks at the Comox Bay Sailing Club for donating the proceeds from their Casino night… another group that knows how to have a good time and at the same time benefit YANA !

Good ol’ Rapping Ryan Parton has taken his fundraiser to a new level and the money for YANA keeps pouring in. Thanks Dude!

Thank you to Deb Rolston for hosting a successful yoga fundraiser for YANA Namaste!

Thank you to Carol Anne Parkinson from Kindermusik for sharing the gift of music with her students to raise money for YANA. Your generosity is music to our ears!

Thank you to the Glacierview Retirees for your ongoing support to YANA It sure is nice to have friends like you.

Santa is alive and well… and his spirit is kept alive by a guy named Brian. Thank you, Brian, for your festive efforts to give back to YANA and our community.

The Comox Valley Airport does a really cool thing. If a traveler leaves their car lights on while they are in sunny Mexico and they come home to a dead battery in the CV Airport parking lot… the airport team has a charger on wheels and they provide a boost in exchange for a donation to YANA Thank you for your creative fundraising idea!

The crew at MNP (Meyers Norris Penny) collect donations for jeans day in support of YANA. A comfortable, happy and giving office environment!

Thank you to the Comox Valley Realtors who raised some funds for YANA through their Christmas party. You are a bunch of swell folks!

Thank you to St. Michael and All Angels Protestant Chapel for continuing to keep YANA in your giving circle.

A pub in Ontario hosted a YANA fundraiser in memory of Kim Pasowysty. Thank you to Candice Wheeldon for bringing that long distance fundraiser home to YANA

Jim Gordon’s retirement from Remax was celebrated with a generous donation to YANA Jim, we wish you a fantastic retirement… thank you for your contributions to YANA over the years!

Thank you to the North Island Choral Society for hosting a holiday Messiah sing-a-long for YANA We appreciate your generosity!

Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus for keeping YANA in mind when considering your charitable offerings. You are a bunch of swell guys!

Thank you to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for your continued support for the work that YANA does with children and families in the Comox Valley.

A big thank you to the Art Group of the Comox Valley for hosting the Red Scarf Art Show and Sale for YANA Thank you for sharing your talent to help local children and families.

Thank you to Kim and Trevor from Chevron for facilitating and matching a corporate donation to YANA You guys are great!

Thank you to Carol Popkin-Adams who continues to gift YANA with her graphic talent… even from across the ocean!

Thank you to Karen McKinnon who shares her gift by photographing the faces of YANA children in an effort to help us tell the story of YANA

Thank you to our webmaster, Tara Field, who helps us to keep the world informed about what YANA is up to throughout the year!

Strength of body and spirit, that’s Suzanne Slattery! Suzanne won the ‘planking’ contest hosted by her F’Ab Ride class and she donated her winnings to YANA