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, fourteen grassroots organizations have received the award.
Making a difference in municipalities across British Columbia
This year, FortisBC recognized Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Similkameen Kulture Kompass and Powell River Salmon Society as non-profits enriching their communities and awarded them each $15,000 to continue their good work.
The Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s Connected Waters campaign promotes the restoration of one of the most productive salmon rivers in the world. Funding from the Community Giving Awards will be used to create in-person and online events that educate both government officials and the public about the importance of connecting waterways in the Lower Fraser watershed by updating flood infrastructure such as dikes, flood boxes and pump stations to meet the needs of salmon.
(L-R) Artist Madeline Terbasket (syilx, Ho-Chunk, Anishinaabe), Kenny Richter (Lower Similkameen Indian Band), Arden Holley.
Similkameen Kulture Kompass
The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society’s Similkameen Kulture Kompass meets the unique needs of Indigenous groups, organizations and communities by promoting local Indigenous, LGBTQi2+ and marginalized artists struggling to have their voices heard and acknowledged by showcasing their art along a hiking trail that links communities in the Similkameen Valley. In addition to helping build art installations, funding from the Community Giving Awards will be used to develop a website that promotes the trail, artists, and history of local Elders.
Powell River Salmon Society
The Powell River Salmon Society promotes environmental protection and preservation of the Chinook salmon population. Each year, 10,000 volunteer hours, along with corporate and government partnerships, are used to release 1.9 million salmon smolts back into regional waters along the south coast of British Columbia. Funding from the Community Giving Awards will be used to strengthen salmon enhancement efforts and modernize classroom education through their recently launched website, salmoneducation.org.