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Community giving 2016

At the 2016 UBCM Convention, we announced our community giving recipients, each of which received $15,000. Learn more about the three finalists.​

North Shore Neighbourhood House is a charitable organization that has been serving the North Shore community in Vancouver since 1939. The house values and promotes cooperation, respect and empowerment through the provision of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and the community as a whole. The Edible Garden Project, for example, creates food gardens that bring people together to build community, teach new skills, and share fresh high quality produce with those most in need in the North Shore community. The FortisBC investment will be used to install water saving drip irrigation in the educational food gardens in North Shore Neighbourhood House child care centres and Sharing Gardens. The gardens provide a place for children and adults from across the North Shore to gather and learn about the local environment, how to grow food, develop leadership skills and build strong community connections.

Trail Historical Society operates the Trail City Archives, the Sports Hall of Memories and the Trail Museum. The society aims to run an integrated cultural and heritage centre with a museum and archives that actively preserves local history and engage community residents and visitors in the pursuit of knowledge, appreciation and understanding of local and regional history. The Trail & District Public Library is a separate non-profit organization aimed at providing information and resources to the public in a warm, welcoming and accessible physical space for meeting and interacting with others. FortisBC’s investment will be distributed between these two organizations to purchase furniture, fixtures, equipment and exhibits for a new integrated library/museum space at Riverfront Centre, which is slated for construction fall 2016.

Sooke Community Association and Community Hall was built by volunteers in 1937. Since then, it has been a place for more than a dozen different community groups throughout Sooke and the Juan de Fuca area on Vancouver Island. Groups such as Sooke Seniors, Lions Group, Loan Cupboard, Food Bank, Sooke Fall Fair and more are able to rent this community space at reduced rates. In some cases, depending on the availability of resources, organizations may be eligible to access the community space free of cost.  FortisBC’s investment will contribute to a much needed replacement of the community hall’s existing natural gas furnace. This upgrade will increase the hall’s comfort and usability, while allowing it to operate more environmentally responsibly and efficiently.

Learn more about the winners in this video: