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Working together for a better BC

by Amy Bunton
August 9, 2016

Community investment


What does a historical society, a kids’ summer program, a food donation society, a senior coordinating society and a women's shelter all have in common? They care about their BC community; and so do we. This year, at four local government association conferences across the province, in areas we serve, we invited attendants to enter a draw for the opportunity to select a local nonprofit organization in their area to receive a $1,500 community investment donation from FortisBC.

At the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) conference, Lumby City Councillor Nick Hodge, selected Whitevalley Community Resources to receive the funding. The dollars went towards their kids’ summer program, where locals will now get to play on the new inflatable water slide, go on a day trip and welcome a guest speaker.  

In New Westminster, draw winner Councillor Laurie Williams chose Monarch Place Transition House that offers shelter and support for women and children fleeing from domestic violence. This money will help the shelter restock supplies needed for the 12-bed facility that receives calls every single day from across Vancouver looking for refuge for women experiencing physical and emotional abuse.  


"I am pleased to be able to support the Summer Day Camp program. It not only provides a great place for kids, it also gives young people a chance at their first job. Many of those camp counsellors go on to become teachers or early childhood educators." - Councillor Nick Hodge Lumby (right).

"We are so appreciative of both Councillor Williams and FortisBC for their support. It is with relationships and donations like this that we are able to keep our doors open for women and children in need." - Lorrie Wasyliw, executive director at the shelter (right).


“As a longtime resident who has been active in many community activities over the years, I was thrilled to win the FortisBC draw and be able to help out two great organizations, the Lantzville Historical Society and the Seaside Community Society.  These two volunteer organizations undertake very important roles in Lantzville; preserving and celebrating our past, and creating new opportunities for residents of all ages throughout the community. The money received will go a long way in helping both achieve their goals and make Lantzville an even better place to live.” – Bob Colclough, City Councillor, Lantzville (centre).  

“The Kootenay Carshare would like to thank Michael Daily and FortisBC for their donation to the “Get A Lift” program. GAL is a Kootenay Carshare, Nelson Cares and Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society partner program to get a specialized van that Kootenay Carshare members can use for transporting family and friends with special mobility issues.” – Bruce Gardave, executive director, Koortenay Carshare Cooperative (centre left).

The Lantzville Historical Society and Seaside Community Association were excited to be chosen by Councillor Bob Colclough, to share the investment money. The two volunteer-based societies are grateful for the donation as it will allow them to continue keeping local history and culture alive for generations to come. 

For Councillor Michael Dailly, the winner at the Association of Kootenay & Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG), the decision of which local nonprofit should receive the donation was a tricky one. He chose to share the donation between the Nelson Food Cupboard Society and the Nelson and District Senior Coordinating Society, two charities that encourage community involvement and share their strengths and abilities with those in need. The Nelson Food Cupboard creates community by sharing healthy food and offering skill-building opportunities to residents that do not have sufficient resources to provide food for themselves and their families. The Nelson and District Senior Coordinating Society provides services for local seniors, such as grocery runs, income tax support and home help services such as cooking, house cleaning and shopping.

"People with low incomes are receiving fresh produce and learning valuable gardening skills while developing a network of support; and students from all grade levels have helped prepare the garden while learning about community food security and the food system. None of this would be possible without the support of the community. Michael Dailly’s donation and FortisBC’s support are wonderful examples of how the community has helped, and we appreciate it!" - Kim Charlesworth, coordinator, Nelson Food Cupboard Society.

The diversity of organizations that were chosen demonstrates just a small glimpse of the great work being done in our communities. 
"FortisBC has a strong commitment to help strengthen communities where we live and work. By providing these investments, we were able to bring together local governments, nonprofits and business to move that commitment forward." - Neal Pobran, senior manager, community and aboriginal relations, FortisBC.  Learn more about how FortisBC gives back to the communities in which we live and work.
You can help support any of these organizations by contacting them directly:

Whitevalley Community Resources

Monarch Place Transition House

The Lantzville Historical Society

Seaside Community Association

Nelson Food Cupboard Society

Nelson and District Senior Coordinating Society