Supporter Stories

YANA has been upheld by the generosity, spirit and energy of the community members in the Comox Valley. We encourage our volunteers and donors to share their stories to demonstrate the strength of the YANA community and to inspire others to support us in unique and meaningful ways. Please contact us if you would like to share your story.

Darlene’s Story


When I first moved to the Comox Valley I became acquainted with the founder of YANA, Sandra Williams, and worked with her daughter, Roberta, at school. I was asked to help for various events and Christmas Crackers. It was a noble charity to embrace and I have loved being associated with the volunteers and members of the board. Our family was touched personally by YANA which has given me a deeper understanding of the blessing YANA is to the children and families of the Comox Valley. It is a pleasure to be given the opportunity to volunteer with YANA.

Patti’s Story

Patti's photoSupporting the ride was an easy, exciting choice for us at Simon’s Cycles. We love seeing people on bikes. We believe that cycling has positive impacts on community, health and the environment. Being able to combine these benefits with raising funds for YANA and having a fun family event was a perfect fit. Continue reading Patti’s story.

Bob’s Story

wells familyI began supporting YANA through my Rotary Club in 2003. However, when my wife was flown to Children’s Hospital in pre-term labour with our twins in 2007, I was amazed at how much support we received from YANA so that we could focus on our family. Once we returned home with our healthy babies, we chose to support YANA so that other families would have the same support we received. Continue reading Bob’s story.

Alexa’s Story

Alexa bake saleI became involved with YANA when I was 16 after learning about the personal situation of a woman who worked at my school who has since become a friend. She shared her story of her daughter being sick and how she was supported by YANA. I was greatly impacted and knew right away that I wanted to support others in her situation. Continue reading Alexa’s story.

Marjan’s Story

The resiliency of the children and families moves me and further strengthens by motivation to continue to donate to and support YANA. Continue reading Marjan’s story.