Christine van Reeuwyk

Kathleen Ross (left) and Teagan Blue are among the Oak Bay High grad class of 2022 to gather for photos and friendship at Willows Beach Friday, May 20. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay High grads’ public celebration returns to Willows

Class of 2022 gathers at popular beach for photos with friends, family

Kathleen Ross (left) and Teagan Blue are among the Oak Bay High grad class of 2022 to gather for photos and friendship at Willows Beach Friday, May 20. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)

Soap for Hope Canada’s Victoria warehouse faces increasing demand with war in Ukraine

Vancouver Island-based non-profit benefits local residents, international causes

Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)
The Oak Bay High senior girls soccer team heads for provincials in Surrey after winning the Island championships on May 17. (Courtesy Kate Baker)

Oak Bay High goalkeeper comes away with clean sheet as team takes Islands

Reynolds Secondary subject to challenge game by Nanaimo secondary

The Oak Bay High senior girls soccer team heads for provincials in Surrey after winning the Island championships on May 17. (Courtesy Kate Baker)
Kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)

Oak Bay veteran surges past fundraising goal, spends morning at legislature

John Hillman walks 103 laps, one for each year of his life, in Save the Children fundraiser

Kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)
Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria youth skips haircuts for nearly 3 years, raises $12,000 for kids with cancer

St. Patrick’s elementary abuzz as 12-year-old loses a foot of hair

Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Greater Victoria bartenders faced off in the sold-out inaugural Craft Beer Cocktail Competition May 9. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)

Bartenders elevate spirits in Victoria with beer cocktail competition

Award-winning cocktails feature Vancouver Island spirits, beers

Greater Victoria bartenders faced off in the sold-out inaugural Craft Beer Cocktail Competition May 9. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)
Adam Ross, 13, leads bird census walks and talks with the Friends of Bowker Creek Society. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay 13-year-old brings birding class to the shores of Bowker Creek

Middle school ornithologist leads walks for friends society

Adam Ross, 13, leads bird census walks and talks with the Friends of Bowker Creek Society. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Fern Davidson, Jean Sparks and Bronwyn Taylor show a trio of keeper trophies won by James Kinghorn while he attended Oak Bay High. The items and story were donated by Kinghorn’s daughter after his 2014 death. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Alumni unpack history, share student stories across generations at Oak Bay High

Space under social staircase dedicated to highlighting the school history

Fern Davidson, Jean Sparks and Bronwyn Taylor show a trio of keeper trophies won by James Kinghorn while he attended Oak Bay High. The items and story were donated by Kinghorn’s daughter after his 2014 death. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

103-year-old Oak Bay veteran hopes for surge of donations to help children of Ukraine

John Hillman finishes 103 laps in walking fundraiser for Save the Children

With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community care finds future doctor a home in Oak Bay

Victoria real estate analyst expects rents to increase 5 to 10%

An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)

Kelly Ellard declines chance for full parole, says she’s not ready

Ellard is serving a life sentence for murdering 14-year-old Saanich girl Reena Virk

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)
Fresh stumps on Oak Bay Avenue in 2020 after four Norway maples outgrew their room on the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crews tackle tripping hazards with tree removal on Oak Bay Avenue

Trunk removal, sidewalk repairs underway in the village

Fresh stumps on Oak Bay Avenue in 2020 after four Norway maples outgrew their room on the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bill Cavers tends to the hive in his Fairfield yard. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Bill Cavers tends to the hive in his Fairfield yard. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Runners hit the picturesque route in a previous Oak Bay Half Marathon. The event returns May 29. (Courtesy Oak Bay Half Marathon)

Racers itching to get back on course, register in record numbers for Oak Bay Half

More than 1,400 already registered for four different races at Windsor Park

Runners hit the picturesque route in a previous Oak Bay Half Marathon. The event returns May 29. (Courtesy Oak Bay Half Marathon)
Crowds filter onto Oak Bay Avenue for the annual collector car show. (Black Press Media file photo)

Volunteers needed to cook up a great collector car show on Oak Bay Ave

Popular annual event draws variety of cars to the community July 24

Crowds filter onto Oak Bay Avenue for the annual collector car show. (Black Press Media file photo)
Willows elementary students release chum fry into Bowker Creek near the Glenn Atkinson outdoor classroom behind Oak Bay High. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Oak Bay elementary students send chum fry down the creek

Willows kids release nearly 200 small salmon into Bowker Creek

Willows elementary students release chum fry into Bowker Creek near the Glenn Atkinson outdoor classroom behind Oak Bay High. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The walkway along Bowker Creek is among pedestrian accesses under scrutiny as Oak Bay develops a pedestrian and sidewalk master plan. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Survey sample says 59% get out walking or cycling daily in Oak Bay

Results come from survey completed by more than 800 residents

The walkway along Bowker Creek is among pedestrian accesses under scrutiny as Oak Bay develops a pedestrian and sidewalk master plan. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Downpour doesn’t dampen Oak Bay veteran’s spirit as 103-year-old walks to Save the Children

War in Ukraine adds inspiration for third consecutive fundraiser by John Hillman

David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)