Community Giving Awards
Every year, we reach out to members of the Union of BC Municipalities for their nominations of the most deserving non-profit organizations in their local communities. Each winner receives a Community Giving Award of $15,000 to support their good work.
Consideration is given to projects that promote safety, education, the environment, Indigenous initiatives and other important community projects. Since 2017, more than 20 grassroots organizations have received the award.
Introducing the 2023 Community Giving Award winners
This year, FortisBC recognized the Kootenay Livestock Association, Ann Davis Transition Society and The North Okanagan Good Food Box Society as non-profits enriching their communities and awarded them each $15,000 to continue their good work.
Agriculture in the Classroom project
The Kootenay Livestock Association’s Agriculture in the Classroom project enables students to make informed decisions about food choices, food safety and various agricultural products of the region. They work from inside classrooms, school gardens, local farms, ranches and dairies. Participants in this project learn about various aspects of local agriculture and the surrounding issues.
Furniture and Bedding project
The Fraser Valley Regional District’s Ann Davis Transition Society supports local women and children affected by abuse or violence. Through the Furniture and Bedding project, they’re upgrading the facilities of their two transition houses, built to provide safe havens for victims of domestic violence. The upgrade includes fixing the furniture and providing new bedding for about 36 beds. The additional items will help the organization support women and children as they heal from their experiences.
Good Food Box project
The North Okanagan Good Food Box Society’s Good Food Box project ensures a consistent supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to local families at discounted rates. Each month they distribute about 900 boxes of fresh produce and 50 per cent of the boxes are sponsored or donated by local families to those in need. Their initiative also promotes healthy eating and partners with other organizations to identify and assist those requiring support