This year our National Philanthropy Day Luncheon was held at the Phoenix Ballroom where the sold out crowd heard from keynote speaker Derek Gent, Executive Director of VanCity Community Foundation (VCF).
Derek talked about the changing face of philanthropy and how VCF has pioneered a number of innovations in impact investing, including supporting social enterprises and community owned real estate initiatives in Vancouver.
Also during the event ACF awarded its first Business Philanthropy Award to Valley Carriers Ltd. The award is sponsored by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) and ACOC President Josh Bach presented it to Erin Parkes and Travis Klassen, from Valley Carriers. Erin noted that her grandfather had taught them years ago that it was important for a business to give back to the community.
Here are a list of just some of Valley Carriers contributions to our community:
- They collected food and cash donations for the Abbotsford Food Bank. they had about 25 employees participate in the drive.
- They raised $3,000 for the Starfish backpack program with 20 employees participating.
- They donated their time creating the winning tree in the trees of hope event for Matthews House.
- They frequently donate gifts in kind including soil and bark mulch for all Abbotsford school gardens and community gardens that Dragonlily Gardens organizes.
- They support 5 and 2 Ministries with a monthly gift of $500 Currently, Valley Carriers is doing a big project that is raising funds for both 5 and 2 ministries and Hope Central 1n Mission.
- Valley Carriers Ltd donates a house rent free to the Cyrus Centre in Abbotsford that houses homeless youth. It is a Gold Sponsor of the Run for Water and a matching donor for the elementary schools that participate in the Run. This year 10 of their employees volunteered their time cheering and handing out water and sports drinks to the runners while 25 employees participated in the Run itself.
The 2016 Allan and Vivian Trethewey Youth Philanthropy Award was presented to Tripat Sandhu and Jaspreet Sahota co-founders of the Sikh Sewa International Society of Youth which is nominated for the work it has done supporting organizations like the Salvation Army and the Abbotsford Food Bank.
Two years ago ACF created the Alan and Vivian Trethewey Youth Philanthropy Award to acknowledge Alan and Vivian for their leadership role in starting the Abbotsford Community Foundation in 1979. This year the award was again presented by J.O. Trethewy and his wife Marlene. J.O. is the brother of the late Alan Trethewey.
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