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Supporting community groups making a difference in the Sea-to-Sky region

by Viviana Zanocco
October 5, 2016

Community investment

Recently, we hosted an end-of-summer BBQ at the FortisBC / Woodfibre LNG community office to celebrate our environmental approvals and to announce the local recipients of our community investment program.

At FortisBC, we serve more than 135 communities across the province. Giving back to the communities where our 2,200 employees live and work is an important part of our efforts to create a sustainable future for British Columbians.

We’ve been a part of the Squamish community for more than 25 years. And we take our role as a good corporate citizen very seriously. The local recipients of our community investment grants include a wide-range of organizations that are working hard to make Squamish and the Sea-to-Sky region a better place to live:

  • Howe Sound Women’s Centre - $7,500 to support the Violence Youth Education Program. Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society was formed as a grassroots organization and is the only service provider in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor that works from a feminist perspective, offering a unique set of helping services to women and their children.

    “We are so appreciative of FortisBC’s support of the ‘Violence is Preventable’ Youth Education Program. This funding enables us to connect with nearly 500 youth and children throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor on important topics such as healthy relationships, sexual exploitation, boundary setting, and anti-bullying. This work is foundational in empowering youth and children with the tools needed to develop and maintain healthy intimate and peer relationships.”

    Megan Reynolds, Executive Director


  • Garibaldi Highlands Elementary - $5,000 to help fund their French library. Garibaldi Highlands is one of two schools in Squamish to offer Early French Immersion as a program of choice for its students. In 2016, the elementary school will have seven divisions of French Immersion students.

    "Garibaldi Highlands Elementary is very fortunate to receive $5,000 from FortisBC.  Funds will support the growth of a French library which will be enjoyed for years to come. A library is the heart of a school and there is nothing more important for children than access to books.  Thank you FortisBC!"

    Susan Jacobs, French Immersion Teacher




  • Airhouse Trampoline Academy - $5,000 to assist in the creation of the Squamish Nations Academy Coaching Program, which will provide training opportunities for Squamish Nation youth.

    “Airhouse would like to congratulate FortisBC on receiving its recent Environmental Assessment approvals and praise them on creating the Community Investment program. Thank you very much FortisBC. This grant will allow more local aboriginal and First Nations youth to participate in Airhouse Academy Lesson Programs. At Airhouse our mission is You(th) in Action and we are so excited to be bringing this opportunity to more local youth!”

    —Rodney Wilson, Director of Fun



  • Squamish Air Cadets - $2,500 to help outfit the local Air Cadet Marksmanship Team. Marksmanship helps the cadets develop skills through superior training and Olympic-style competition.

    “The Squamish Air Cadets is an amazing program for youth in Squamish aged 12-18. They learn leadership, first aid, survival and of course all things to do with flight – but there’s also a lot of opportunities through the various cadet programs, competitions and scholarships. Whether they’re out camping or hiking or snowshoeing,  volunteering at a local community event, or excelling in competitions such as marksmanship or public speaking, our cadets are an amazing bunch of kids. With this Fortis community investment, we now have the funds to fully kit our Marksmanship Team. Thank you so much!”

    —Jude Goodwin, Squamish Air Cadets


Each year, we invest in a variety of community initiatives that support stronger, healthier BC communities. Specifically, we consider requests in one or more of the following categories:

  • Safety – projects that promote natural gas and electrical safety, personal safety and accident avoidance;
  • Education – projects that promote natural gas and electrical trades, literacy, and leadership;
  • Environment – projects that directly benefit the environment; and
  • Aboriginal initiatives – projects that meet the unique needs of Aboriginal communities.

Learn more about how FortisBC gives back to the communities in which we live and work.