The year 2022 has seen many ups and downs for British Columbians.
And though life can be difficult at times, there were a number of stories that lifted our spirits, broadened our minds, and reaffirmed our belief in the beauty and goodness of the world.
Here are some of the best news that made headlines in British Columbia this year.
Ukrainian woman and her teenage sons arrive safely in Vancouver after escaping from Mariupol
When war broke out in Ukraine, Ukrainian Canadians living in British Columbia were trying to get all the information they could about their relatives back home.
Some were able to start making plans to bring family and friends to British Columbia
In April, after fleeing the besieged port city of Mariupol, a Ukrainian woman and her two 13-year-old sons arrived safely in Vancouver.
Victoria Serheiienko reunited with her best friend, Yuliya Cherman, who is also from Mariupol and lives in Maple Ridge, for the first time in more than three years, arriving at Vancouver International Airport.
“It’s moving, so moving, and we’re going to cry together,” Cherman said, holding her friend in a tearful embrace in the arrivals terminal. “The best thing is that they are alive.
“I still can’t believe it. For me, it’s like a dream, like a reverie. I’m so happy they made it, and I can help them. This is the start of our new life together.
Sitting together, chance encounter on Air Canada flight helped BC woman find love
It was a real love movie moment for a BC woman aboard an Air Canada flight in August 2018 and her story has gone viral this year.
When Kimberley Bowie sat in her seat on an Air Canada flight, she had no idea it would change the course of her life.
She was returning from a last-minute solo trip to Mexico.
“I was leaving a bad relationship behind and just wanted to fade away for a bit,” she told PKBNEWS via email. “When I booked the trip, all I wanted was to get away from my current life and remain anonymous, with no chance of meeting anyone. A relationship of any kind with anyone that either was about the last thing on my mind.
Bowie said she noticed a man walking down the aisle and thought he was handsome, but he walked past her row, briefly catching her eye as he did.
But after fate brought them together, Cupid had lifelong plans for the couple.
They currently live together in Mexico with their dog Rigo.
Celebrating Springer: It’s been 20 years since the orca was caught and released in British Columbia
In July, it was 20 years since teams from British Columbia and Washington State worked together to save an orphan orca named Springer.
She was the first orca to be captured and then successfully returned to her pod, and the anniversary of her rescue was celebrated with events at Telegraph Cove from July 22-24.
Springer is now thriving with her two cubs – Spirit born in 2013 and Storm born in 2017 – but it was a rough start for the whale.
PKBNEWS has been following Springer’s story for two decades and whale experts have called her story “inspiring”.
British Columbia man collects thousands of rare books and artifacts documenting Sikh history
It’s a collection that took almost three decades to build: rare medals, maps, artifacts and volumes of many types of books, some dating as far back as 1696.
Raj Singh Bhandall, the man behind Surrey’s Wanjara Nomad Collections, estimates he has over 2,000 objects in his personal mini-museum from around the world, including India and Afghanistan.
“When someone asks me, ‘What do you have?’ I always say, ‘A few pounds’, but when they slide that door open and come in, they say, ‘That’s not what you told us,’ Bhandall told PKBNEWS.
“They are like living objects. There is a story behind them. Every item has a story.
Rare white orca calf spotted in BC waters for first time
Whale experts were delighted to note that a rare young white killer whale was spotted in British Columbia waters in August.
The Pacific Whale Watch Association said a Prince of Whales captain at Telegraph Cove was on a tour watching Bigg’s transient killer whales when he noticed an almost entirely white whale in the pod.
A white killer whale was seen multiple times in California, and even as far south as Tijuana, Mexico on October 28, 2021, and the captain contacted Alisa Schulman-Janiger with the California Killer Whale Project.
Schulman-Janiger confirmed that CA216C and her white calf, CA216C1, named Frosty, were traveling with members of local families T060 and T069.
Frosty was first reported by Monterey Bay Whale Watch in August 2019, but has never been documented in B.C. waters, Pacific Whale Watch said, although the California Killer Whale Project has reported the mother, CA216C, had been seen near Alert Bay in July 2014 with her family. .
Totem Pole Project at BC Jail Helps Inmates Forge New Futures
A project at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Center is helping inmates heal by working on a totem pole.
The group transformed a 340-year-old cedar log with figures that represent strength, healing, community and family.
“We all need a bit of healing here. If you think about it, we’re here because we did something wrong, or something traumatic happened to us and we took a wrong path,” Roger Der, one of the Pole Project inmates told the correctional center, to PKBNEWS. .
“It’s a way to move forward on this right path.”
The project began last summer and involves inmates spending one day a week learning traditional carving techniques from master Tsawout carver Tom LaFortune, his brother Aubrey and Max Henry, the Aboriginal Cultural Liaison ‘establishment.
“We’re all human,” LaFortune said.
Traders donate $8,800 to beloved Chinatown security guard who was attacked
In late August, shopkeepers in Vancouver’s Chinatown raised $8,800 for a beloved security guard who was assaulted earlier in the month.
Harold Johnson, 64, suffered a black eye, a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and head trauma when he was attacked by an unidentified man after taking photos in an alley near the Chinese Cultural Center on 12 august.
A suspect has been charged with one count of assault in the case.
In a short check presentation ceremony, Tracy To of the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant Association said an attack on Johnson was “an attack on Chinatown.”
“What you’ve done for our community – is not just walking the beat and keeping the streets safe, but you’re also watching us and telling us what to watch out for around our buildings,” he said. she told PKBNEWS.
Global BC Cameraman Shares His ‘Miracle’ Recovery From Jogging Cardiac Arrest
This story has deeply affected PKBNEWS employees.
In the spring, a Global BC cameraman suffered cardiac arrest and was “technically” dead for about 30 minutes.
Cliff Shim was jogging in downtown Vancouver with his dog Bowser around 11 p.m. on April 7 when his heart suddenly stopped beating and he collapsed. He normally runs along the seawall, he explained, but decided to head downtown that night for a “change of scenery”.
“It’s definitely a miracle that I’m here today,” Shim said outside St. Paul’s Hospital, where more than two dozen staff members cared for him for several weeks.
“If I had been on the seawall, there was a good chance that no one had been there, but since I was in the city center, a passerby was able to come and give me a hand.”
105-year-old Kelowna, B.C. dad and 80-year-old daughter aren’t letting age slow them down
A Kelowna senior isn’t letting his age get the better of him. At 105, Herb Reimche isn’t slowing down.
Almost every day, Reimche rides his scooter and explores the city he has lived in since 1939.
“There’s nothing else I can do. I manage with a scooter, it’s my life,” said Reimche.
He used to ride alone, until last year when his 80-year-old daughter bought her own scooter.
“I’ve never used one before. I drive a car but I’ve never used one so it was a bit of getting used to, but now it’s fun and I’m always happy to be able to go with my dad,” the daughter said. of Reimche, Twyla Gimbel.
The couple try to take daily walks, which sometimes include watching planes leave the runway.
Cat lost during months of treks across Vancouver Island leading to ‘perfect reunion’
Christmas came early for a British Columbia family when they reunited with their beloved cat named Hobbes.
The tabby had been lost for about three and a half months at Lake Kennedy, which is not far from Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the SPCA’s Nanaimo branch said on its Facebook page.
Hobbes was with his family on a road trip when he was scared out of their truck by a dog, the group said.
Its heartbroken owners camped by the lake for a week in search of the cat, but were eventually forced to give up and return to their home in Victoria.
The resilient little feline made an incredible journey across the island to the Nanaimo area – some 166 kilometers – where it wandered into someone’s house.
British Columbia breakdancer wins world championship, eyes Olympic debut in 2024
Breakdancing or “breaking” is set to make its Olympic debut in 2024, and a Vancouver man who recently won a gold medal at the sport’s recent world championship is set to be a contender.
Philip Kim just beat over 250 competitors to win his first breaking world championship, which also gave him a taste of glory.
“I had a lot of people coming in asking for signatures and photos, which is very new to me,” Kim, also known as Phil Wizard, told Global. It’s BC.