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Community giving 2017

​FortisBC invests in a variety of community initiatives that support stronger, healthier BC communities.

We are excited to share our latest community initiatives, including our most recent initiative during this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in September 2017.

Community inv​estment

During the UBCM, non-profits were offered the opportunity to submit an application to receive community investment funding – from 77 applications received, four were selected. FortisBC is proud to have donated $15,000 to each of these four recipients. Charities were invited to submit an application to request a donation for their projects and to show how the donation would benefit their initiatives.


The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association​ in Campbell River is a non-profit society formed in 2012 of citizens and business owners interested in urban renewal. The FortisBC investment will go towards the first phase of the Rescue the River project, which will help create a ‘view corridor’ along the Campbell River from Spruce Street to the Tamarack Bridge. The riverfront area and end of Spruce Street will be cleared of all brush and debris and see the addition of a small park and viewing platform for all to enjoy.

Photo: Ron Kerr, Councillor, City of Campbell River.

Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees, a volunteer-based organization, has a mandate to support Syrian refugees trying to settle into new homes in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. One of their goals is to find immediate housing for Syrian refugee families who are currently in temporary housing. FortisBC’s donation will go towards renovating empty, uninhabitable rental homes. Renovations will include major repairs and new paint, flooring and appliances.

Photo: Richard Stewart, Mayor, City of Coquitlam, and Councillor Teri Towner.

W.E. Graham Community Service Society, provides programs and services to individuals and families in the Slocan Valley. FortisBC’s donation will go towards software, hardware, new equipment, and installation costs, to upgrade their Learning Lab operation. The Lab is used by home-based businesses, local artists and students from five schools located in rural and economically disadvantaged areas. 

Photo: Councillor Madeleine Perriere, Jessica Lunn, Mayor, Village of Slocan, and Councillor Burley Vanbynen.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops​ serve the Kamloops North Shore, an area with many families living in poverty. They provide a wide variety of programming and services to meet the community’s needs. FortisBC’s donation will help fund improvements to the John Tod Centre Playground. Safe playgrounds are in short supply in this neighborhood and the current playground is not suitable for children under the age of six. New play equipment will create a safe, supportive place for young children and families to gather and be active. ​

Photo: Arjun Singh, Acting Mayor, City of Kamloops.


Learn more about the winners in this video: