April 21, 2008

The Vancouver Sun

The KidStart Mentoring Program operated by PLEA Community Services Society of BC received $355,000 from Vancity, which is the final installment of the 2005 $1million Vancity Award. KidStart provides adult volunteer mentors for vulnerable children and youth in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Campbell River.

Pacific Assistance Dogs received the first installment of a $300,000 pledge from the Milan and Maureen Ilich Foundation. PADS breeds raises and trains dogs to place with people who have a physical disability.

The Richmond Public Library has received the 2008 Cultural Diversecity Award for Business in recognition of its outstanding contributions in the area of multicultural services and resources for new immigrants.

Concert Properties donated $750,000 in services to the the first Burn Fund Building in North America. They have joined with British Columbia's Professional Fire Fighters to provide services to develop and manage the $25 million project.

ParkLane Homes donated $25,000 towards the construction of a fitness centre at the new recreation complex in Port Moody which celebrated its grand opening on April 12.

The Canadian Club of Vancouver presented the Baldwin-Lafontaine Award to Lorraine Fortin (president) and Regis Painchaud (director) of Visions Ouest Productions in recognition for their important contribution to the francophone community and culture.

The Savory Coast Restaurant raised $2000 for the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund at its Red Hot Wine Tasting event.

Scotiabank was a Diamond Sponsor of the Canadian Mental Health Association's 2008 Bottom Line Conference. The annual conference is an initiative of the CMHA to create awareness about the economic and personal impact of untreated mental illness in the workplace.

Absolutely Fabulous Foods was named best local caterer at the 2008 International Special Events Society awards recently.

Providence Health Care's John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic was recognized at the British Columbia

Persons With AIDS Society's 7th Annual AccolAIDS Awards. The awards honour the extraordinary achievements and dedication of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals responding to the AIDS epidemic in BC.

Metropolis at Metrotown contributed $45,000 to ArtStarts in Schools to engage 10 lower mainland classrooms in an in-depth artist's residency that investigates environmental issues.

Citizens Bank of Canada recently awarded $160,000 to 12 not-for-profit organizations across Canada as part of the bank's Shared Interest awards. One of this year's local recipients is The Land Conservancy of British Columbia.

Coast Capital Savings board chair Bill Wellburn received accreditation as a chartered director from the Directors College, and vice chair Bob Garnett completed the directors education program at the Institute of Corporate Directors' Corporate Governance College.

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