Thank you to everyone who came out to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley at their recent Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser. The event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and drew some Big crowds with its fun 80’s theme. All money raised will go towards matching at-risk children with a caring Big Brothers or Sister. Serving as role models, mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, staying in school, having respect for family, peers and community. Shout out to all my Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union co-workers who came out to bowl and volunteer. We had four amazing teams who donned their 80' duds to support this amazing cause! Our staff also helped to create all of the cool 80's décor including the enormous rubiks cubes which were totally awesome!
A huge shout out to Daphne Swift, her husband Rick and all of the amazing volunteers and community sponsors and supporters that came together to make this year's BIG Shop of Horrors Haunted House even bigger and better than last. So great to be a part of this community event that brought such joy and terror to so many people and much needed money to our food banks and community charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley and the MS Society. More than 1,700 souls were brave enough to enter this year which generated a whopping $11, 175 dollars back to the community. I had a blast helping in the Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union photo booth and raising awareness for our signature cause #TheFullCupboard. Can't wait until next year!
Since 2011 we have been partnering with the Chemainus Theatre Festival Society to provide the Island Savings Discover Theatre Workshops to elementary school students in communities we serve. These workshops are designed to increase self esteem and promote self expression in our youth to cultivate a successful future. Over the last 7 years, 300 hundred workshops have been provided to over 7,000 students! These incredible workshops would not be possible without the good work of the Chemainus Theatre Festival Society. As part of our partnership every year we host a Kidzplay performance and provide face painting as well as a scavenger hunt for the children to enjoy. We had a great time as usual interacting with everyone and getting to meet the cast of this years production, "The Little Prince". We were also able to donate 100 tickets to Island families and non profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley, Big Brothers Big Sister Central Vancouver IslandClements Centre Society and Cowichan Neighborhood House. We are already looking forward to next years production!
Congratulations to Ashly Gait who received the “2017 Individual Community Spirit Award” at the recent Island Savings Night of Stars event. Ashly provided strong leadership and support of our signature cause The Full Cupboard which raises food, funds and awareness for our island food banks so that no island child goes hungry. Through her efforts she hosted two community fundraisers which generated more than $3,200 which will help to create more than 9,600 meals for those in need. Ashly’s community spirit also shone bright through her countless volunteer hours at community events throughout the year, her role on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley's Board of Directors and her contributions to organizing the Annual Christmas party for staff children. Thank you Ashly for all that you do and the inspiration you provide for others. Our communities are a better place as a result.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our community partners at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley this weekend for their Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser. The sold out event drew big crowds with this year’s Super Hero theme and was nicely supported with donations from the local business community and general public. Island Savings staff were proud to give back at the event working alongside BBBS for all volunteer duties and also contributed to the fundraising on 6 bowling teams. All money raised will go towards matching at -risk children with caring Big Brothers and Sisters. Serving as role models, mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, staying in school, having respect for family, peers and community. There are currently 53 children on a wait list in the Cowichan Valley for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Start something today. Contact BBBS and learn how you can make a difference in a child’s life.
A big thank you to Ashly Gait who has recently joined the Board of Directors with our community partners at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley. Ashly’s new volunteer role will have her assist BBBS with their goals in creating individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. BBBS offers a wide range of mentoring opportunities: one-to-one matches, in-school mentoring, and 7-week group mentoring programs. There are currently over 53 children and youth waiting to be matched with a caring adult in the Cowichan Valley.
BBBS Executive Director Erin Generous recently dropped by our Mill Bay branch to meet with Ashly and drop off registration packages for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event which is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event will take place March 4th at the Duncan Bowling Alley. Teams of 4-6 players are encouraged to sign up and collect pledges to participate. This year’s theme will be “Super Heroes” and teams are encouraged to dress up as their favourite. If you are interested in starting up a team please contact Erin at 250-748-2447. Island Savings Community Crew is proud to be supporting this year's event with a number of volunteer positions.
Photo Caption: BBBS Executive Director Erin Generous with Board Member Ashly Gait hold up a poster for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. All proceeds will help to increase mentoring opportunities for at-risk children in the Cowichan Valley.
Island Savings was very proud to accept the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Community Partnership Award. Representatives from the three BBBS agencies in our trade area recently visited our Administration office to present the honour. The Community Partnership Award is one of three granted annually across Canada to organizations or companies who demonstrate leadership and serve as a community role model, and who contribute by achieving tangible results and improving BBBS’s impact in areas of priority. “Selecting Island Savings for this award was an easy decision,” says Jennifer Kemp, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sister Central Vancouver Island. “Island Savings chose to embrace giving at every level of their corporation. This partnership demonstrates so beautifully that people and organizations find meaningful and creative ways to help vulnerable children and families. Island Savings and their members have made a positive impact in Vancouver Island Communities and we could not be more pleased or thankful.” In addition to the Central Vancouver Island chapter, Island Savings is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and Area and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley.
The Big Shop Of Horrors creator Daphne Swift and her werewolf friend visited the Cowichan Valley Basket Society yesterday to drop off a Halloween treat of $4,500. Manager Colleen Fuller was very happy to accept the donation which was collected through Island Savings' signature cause The Full Cupboard. Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union was proud to support the fundraiser with both in-kind and financial support. More than 30 of our staff contributed to the event’s success during both construction of the house and as parking attendants, cashiers and actors. More than 1,250 visited the Haunted House during its seven day run and plans are already in the works for the fun to continue next year. The charity event also benefited the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley. Thank you Daphne and her husband Rick for all of their efforts in coordinating this large scale community fundraiser and to the many volunteers, sponsors and local businesses who supported it.