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News Briefs: Camosun Chargers off to nationals, provincial government gives funding for accessibility, our arena still sounds like a grocery store

October 15, 2014 by Matt O'Connor, contributing writer

Camosun student Melissa Lyon accepting her award (photo provided).

Standing tall

Camosun student Melissa Lyon has won a Standing Tall Award of $5,000 from Coast Capital Savings, which will help her to further pursue her educational goals and aspirations of becoming a teacher. The award recognizes her dedication to the pursuit of her career despite living with cerebral palsy and epilepsy since birth. Lyon is currently into the University Transfer Program at Camosun and hopes to transfer in the Elementary Education Program at UVic in the near future. Lyon was one of four Victoria students who received the Standing Tall Award this year.

Off to nationals

The Camosun Chargers golf team recently played their best game of the season, according to head coach John Randle, and finished as PACWEST silver medallists this weekend at the Okanagan Golf Club, where the season finale tournament was held. Fraser Valley, who came in first overall this season, will head to Quebec City with the Chargers as the first- and second-place British Columbia representatives at the PING CCAA Nationals, being held from October 14Đ17. This is Camosun’s third consecutive silver medal and sixth consecutive trip to the nationals since Randle took over in 2008.

Senior women’s volleyball

The Camosun women’s volleyball team hosted its annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament at the beginning of October, showcasing BC’s top volleyball teams and providing an opportunity for schools to compete against each other early on in the season. The event, which was held at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence on Camosun’s Interurban campus, also allows the college to scout for players who may be interested in playing for the Chargers in the future.

New disability services

As part of an initiative put forth by the government of BC aimed at improving the employment rates of people with disabilities, $1.5 million is being given to 20 public postsecondary schools around the province for programming and accessibility to high-demand job training. Camosun College, Selkirk College, and the Justice Institute of BC have received $75,000 to jointly work on improving the current disability services in place.

Canada’s luckiest student

CIBC and Student Life Network have teamed up to bring Canadian students an amazing chance to win free tuition for a year, $20,000 towards school fees, free groceries for a year, free textbooks for the winner and a friend, and a trip for two to Peru (as well as a ton of other prizes). Over 65,000 Canadian students have already entered the contest, so enter for your chance to win at

Short films wanted

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is currently looking for film submissions for the festival’s 10th anniversary, which has a theme of “diversity.” All genres, styles, subjects, and filmmakers are welcomed, as long as the film is under 12 minutes in length, subtitled if not in English, and submitted by November 1, 2014, along with the $25 entry fee. The festival will be screened in Nanaimo at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre for three shows in February. In the past, the festival has acted as a stepping stone for new filmmakers, so don’t miss this opportunity. Films can be submitted at

Name saved

RG Properties and Save-On-Foods have come to an agreement that will extend the naming rights of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The partnership, which began in 2004, will carry on for another 10 years. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is the largest sport and event venue on Vancouver Island, holding over 230 events yearly.

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