Carly Bernays

Remembering mom

West Shore elementary student raises funds to honour mom who died from cancer

This year, schoolwork at Wishart elementary school hit close to home for Carly Bernays.

Each year, Grade 6 students at Wishart elementary school start a business and give the profits to charity.

The money raised this year will go the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, in memory of Bernays’ mother Paula Bernays, and former Wishart teacher Dana O’Dowd. Both women died from the disease.

Bernays lost her mom when she was only four.

“It kinda sucks,” said the 12-year-old, who also lost her father with she was two. “I don’t want that to happen to other people.”

The Grade 6 students have been learning about business through the Junior Achievement program, A Business of Our Own. Colwood businessman Don Rugg, of View West Marketing, helped mentor the class.

“I am teaching the kids to run a business. They learn about setting up the store, merchandising, sales and bookkeeping,” Rugg said.

The students chose to sell stuffed animals at the school. What was going to be a one-day affair has been extended into next week.

Initially they ordered just under 200 stuffed toys and have now ordered 300 more to meet the demands.

“The more money raised, the more research can be done,” said Marilyn Bernays, Carly’s grandmother and guardian since she lost her parents.

Bernays has been overwhelmed from the support of her classmates.

“From just one classroom we got like $100,” she said.

Bernays would like to ask the public to donate to breast cancer research in memory of her mother.

For more information, go to www.cbcf.org.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read