UBCM community giving contributions

At the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention, we invite local government officials from across BC to nominate a charity or non-profit project in their community for a community giving contribution. In 2018, we received 33 nominations at the convention, and we’re proud to reward three recipients that are helping to support stronger, healthier BC communities.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients

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The Sunshine Coast Natural History Society

This Sunshine Coast Natural History Society, located in Sechelt, has protected, maintained and educated the public about the Sechelt Marsh for more than 40 years. The community giving contribution will go towards new fencing, retaining walls and addressing the challenge of trail erosion. The society also supports a wide range of natural history interests all along the Sunshine Coast.

Photo L to R: FortisBC’s Dave Bennett, Director, Communications & External Relations, and Mayor Bruce Milne, District of Sechelt.

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Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society

Established in 1987, the Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society has fostered co-operation and goodwill between the sister cities of Nelson, BC, and Izu-shi, Japan. They established a friendship garden in Cottonwood Falls Park, an area known for both its Indigenous history and early years of hydroelectric generation. The community giving contribution will help make improvements to the park and create historical displays for Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History.

Photo L to R: FortisBC’s Dave Bennett, Director, Communications & External Relations, Kevin Cormack, City Manager, City of Nelson, and Councillors Michael Dailly, Anna Purcell and Robin Cherbo.

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The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.)

Since 1985, the non-profit organization O.W.L. in Delta has been dedicated to the survival of raptors and public education. The community giving contribution will help the volunteers continue their tireless work of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured or orphaned raptors. More than 700 birds are treated and released each year.

Photo L to R: Karl Preuss, Acting CAO, City of Delta, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, City of Delta, and FortisBC’s Dave Bennett, Director, Communications & External Relations.