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Local Good
Local Good is a regional organization wanting to foster engagement and spread positivity in your local communities by sharing good stories, spotlighting individuals, and support...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Social Mission
An informed community is a connected community! We want to help share your story with as many local people as we can. By sharing your stories, you can directly create impact by fostering volunteerism, inspiring people to join in random acts of kindness, and ultimately help build a stronger community for everyone! Everything you share goes to your local Black Press Media publication website :)
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Stories of our community involvement
2022 HERITAGE BC AWARDS RECIPIENTS - The Heritage BC Awards celebrate incredible achievements in heritage across the Province of BC every year in the categories of:

» Lifetime Achievement
» Conservation
» Education, Communications, and Awareness
» Planning and Management
» Distinguished Service
» Indigenous and Diverse Cultures
» Best COVID-19 Pivot

Visit https://heritagebc.ca/events-activities/bc-heri... to view the amazing award winners, including Lifetime Achievement winner, Jim Wolf, of the New Westminster/Burnaby area.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for the work you do to support your local communities!
KELOWNA MAN CYCLING ACROSS BC FOR MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY - Sam Biffart is set to climb close to the equivalent of two Mt. Everests this June, on two wheels.
The Kelowna man has a goal of riding his gravel bike from Victoria to the Alberta border over a span of just over two weeks from June 5-21, all in the name of mental health.

Dubbed ‘B.C. Trek’, Biffart hopes to raise $15,000 for Third Space Charity, a program that provides free supportive counselling to young adults in the Okanagan region.

“I love adventuring and riding my bike, and after a year of thinking about and planning this trip, I’m excited to finally get it started,” said Biffart. “Myself and many people in my life have struggled with mental health, so it was really important to me that I make this ride a way to raise awareness of the issue while also raising money to help more people get the support they need.”

Third Space Charity Executive Director Karen Mason said they are “so grateful” for Biffart’s support.

“I bike to and from work a lot during the warmer months, but I can’t begin to imagine a cycling trip like that which Sam is about to undertake on behalf of our mental health support programs for young adults.”

The trek is mapped out at more than 1,500 kilometres long, climbing a total of 15,550 metres. Biffart added that he plans to stay off of major travel routes.

Those looking to stay updated on Biffart’s adventure can follow him on Instagram and Facebook @sambiffart. Donations can be made to Third Space Charity at thirdspacecanada.org/donate.

Current sponsors for the ride include Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. , Janzen Insurance, Momentum Realty Inc, Smith Creek Cycle, Kinetic Evolution and Tool Shed Brewing.

Source: https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/sports/kel...
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY SURREY CAMPUS ALUMNI FEATURE - Check out this great Q&A with Susan Byrom, SFU alum and Executive Director of Community Investment and the First West Foundation. Susan's passion, dedication, and support of local community is inspiring and we're so glad SFU is shining a spotlight on her work!

https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/news-and-events/news-...
BC ACHIEVEMENT FOUNDATION NAMES RECIPIENTS OF 19TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARDS - The recipients come from industries and locations all across B.C. and were selected by “an independent jury of community leaders from throughout British Columbia,” according to the foundation.

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate the work of these 20 individuals, who shine as examples of dedication and service,” said Anne Giardini, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, in a release.

“It’s heartening to see these community leaders, visionaries, innovators and volunteers continuing to work to make the world a better place while lighting a path of achievement for other British Columbians to follow.”

Premier John Horgan also weighed in, saying the recipients have “dedicated their time and energy to helping their friends and neighbours, and British Columbia is a better province because of them.”

You can check out the full list of winners below. More information about them can be found here: https://www.bcachievement.com/award/bc-achievem...

Carol Camille, Lillooet
Jim Good, Prince George
David He, Burnaby
Herman Ho, MB, AdeC, Vancouver
Dr. Faisal Khosa, Vancouver
Chin uook Kim, New Westminster
Suresh Kurl, Richmond
David Amrik Lau, Saanichton
Lawrie Mack, Invermere
Baylie McKnight, Victoria
Anders I. Ourom, Vancouver
Carmen Rosen, Vancouver
Kamal Sharma, Surrey
Robert Tanaka, Coquitlam
Dr. Tracey Thorne, Gabriola Island
Charissa Tonnesen, Tumbler Ridge
Dr. Vivian W. L. Tsang, Vancouver
Wayne White, Courtenay
Sqwulutsultun William Yoachim, Nanaimo
Anthony and Nancy Yurkovich, Richmond

Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/BC-Achievement-Founda...
Happy National Volunteer Week! 🙌 Time to celebrate Canada’s 24 million volunteers, who volunteer over 5 billion hours each year. THANK YOU to all volunteers out there. YOU are the heart of our communities and we appreciate all that you do. 🥰
HAPPY EARTH DAY! ...NATIVE SHOES GIVES 40,000 SHOES A SECOND LIFE AS B.C. PLAYGROUNDS. We recycle glass, we recycle plastic, we even recycle clothes—but have you ever wondered where your shoes end up after you’re done with them? If local footwear company Native Shoes had its way, they’d all be turned into playgrounds.

The brand, which makes eco-friendly shoes using a naturally stretchy foam called ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), is catering its products to “tiny activists” who are growing up as conscious consumers. EVA makes the shoes easier to clean, which is important for the brand’s sustainability initiative, the Remix Project, to give used footwear a second life.

“We saw that we were making shoes that were durable and long-lasting, but when they came to end of life, we wanted to do something with them,” says CEO Kyle Housman, who joined Native Shoes as president in 2017. “It was actually one of our employees who came up with the idea of how to grind the shoes. He essentially researched how to build a blender, but on a much grander scale to be able to process the plastic and the rubber.”

Although some furniture at head office contains ground shoes, when the team brainstormed how to best repurpose children’s footwear, playground flooring looked like a natural fit. To build it, they enlisted Surrey-based surface installer Marathon Surfaces.

Since launching the Remix Project in 2018, the company has repurposed some 40,000 shoes and built five playgrounds in the Lower Mainland. “We take shoes back in a couple of different ways,” Housman says. “You can bring them to our Gastown store; we have a drop-off there. If they’re good enough to be cleaned and donated, we’ll do that so that they get another life with another human being. But if they’re not in a condition to be cleaned and donated, then we’ll grind them up and take them through the process. We’ll also take them back via Canada Post if you call our customer service group.”

With 70 staff across Canada and the U.S., the company launched its latest kids’ line, Robbie Sugarlite, this year. The products are made with EVA and bio-based content from sugarcane—hence the proprietary name. With Earth Day right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to think about what footprint the things we buy leave on our planet.

https://www.nativeshoes.com/ca
Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/This-local-footwear-b...
NONPROFIT ALLIANCE DONATES $14.5 MILLION TO BC PARKS FOUNDATION - Montreal-based Age of Union—a nonprofit founded by tech entrepreneur and environmentalist Dax Dasilva—has committed $14.5 million to the BC Parks Foundation.

“I’ve been connected to the cause of protecting nature and protecting species from my teenage days in B.C.,” Dasilva tells BCBusiness. Growing up in Richmond, he got started as an environmental activist by protesting the logging of old-growth forest in Clayoquot Sound as a 17-year-old.

When Dasilva launched environmental alliance Age of Union last October, he pledged $40 million to fund and support wildlife and threatened-species preservation projects around the world. Inspired by the 30 by 30 call to action—which saw Canada urge the biggest nations to protect 30 percent of their land by 2030—his donation to the Province “represents [his] belief that we can do that” and aims to set an example for what’s possible when citizens rally for conservation.

“I think these are the kind of stories that people like to hear,” says the executive chair of software company Lightspeed Commerce. “With the environment, there can be a narrative of doom and gloom. What Age of Union is about is showing that action is a source of hope for us and nature is still very much something that we can protect.”

The donation to the charity partner of BC Parks is for the seventh conservation project backed by Age of Union. Some of the funds will go toward conserving Pitt River Watershed in Katzie First Nation territory and French Creek Estuary in Qualicum and Snaw-naw-as First Nation territories.

Unlike some conservationists, Dasilva doesn’t think lack of public awareness is an issue anymore. “We want people to be engaged at any level—whether they’re a private citizen, a business leader, a tech leader or a community leader,” he says. “We have these critical 10 years to turn the corner, and that’s why we have so many projects across so many different types of landscapes and even the ocean. There’s pristine nature not far from us; there are wild species not far from us. We need to protect them.”

Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/This-nonprofit-allian...
WITH HELP FROM SOME FRIENDS, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE GETS A REFRESH - Having a sick child is something that nobody wants to experience, and being away from them while they’re in the hospital is even worse. To help keep everyone together, Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMH BC) offers accommodation to families with kids undergoing treatment at nearby BC Children’s Hospital.

“We’ve got the sick children, the siblings and then the parents as well, so the amenities and spaces we have in the house include fitness rooms, the games room, the Lego lounge, the teen lounge and a music studio,” CEO Richard Pass tells BCBusiness. “A variety of things for the families when they’re here, because if they’re here for a short-term stay—say, for a checkup—it can be five-ish nights. But for someone with a cancer diagnosis, I think the longest stay we’ve had is just under 500 days consecutively, so they’re actually living here for a couple of years.”

When Pass joined in 2006, the organization could only serve 12 families. After raising $32 million to expand its services, the new RMH BC opened in 2014 with 73 bedrooms. But even though the facility usually serves 2,000 families a year, with strict COVID protocols in place, the number of resident families has been reduced from 73 to 58. The pandemic also allowed time for reassessment. “The communal spaces—the play spaces—are heavily used,” Pass explains. “When things with COVID were on and we couldn’t use the communal spaces in the same way, it seemed like a great opportunity to take the time to renovate and refresh to get them back up to the best for when we can reopen again.”

With contributions from the B.C. building and design community, the past year has seen the house undergo renovations to its playroom and teen lounge, as well as the installation of a mural in the outdoor sports court. Before redesigning the playroom, Jamie Banfield spoke to the children at RMH BC about what they would like. Built by Alair Homes, the room now offers various options for play, from dress-up to kitchen preparation to grocery shopping.

The teen lounge was redone by Cathy Radcliffe of Cathy Radcliffe Design and Margot Jagger of Wilson Road. The idea was to make a Zen space in soothing colours, with artwork and new games and activities..

Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/With-help-from-some-f...
2022 BUSINESS OF GOOD AWARDS: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. AND THE WINNER IS.....EPICURE! Amelia Warren never planned to go into the family business. “In our family, it was always, Find a way to give back,” says the CEO of food maker and retailer Epicure. “I always thought that would be through charitable work.”

So Warren worked with local and national nonprofits focused on youth empowerment and artistic expression. Returning to her hometown of Victoria for the summer of 2007, she launched a foundation at the request of her mother, Epicure founder Sylvie Rochette. “I got super excited about how business could play a role in making the world a better place,” she recalls. Two years later, Rochette asked Warren to run the business because she needed to step away for a while.

Epicure specializes in meal kits, blended herbs and spices, and other products that help people quickly prepare healthy food. It sells through independent consultants, many of them busy mothers. “The ethos of our business is about helping people eat better, because we really believe that if you eat better, you can live better,” Warren says.

When she joined North Saanich–based Epicure, which Rochette founded in 1997, annual revenue was $25 million. With help from a recent U.S. expansion, sales have since crossed nine figures. Throughout North America, the 200-employee company now has some 25,000 consultants to whom it paid $40 million in 2021.

Epicure has built on that reach with its Buy A Meal. Share a Meal. program. “For every product you buy, we’re donating meals to Feeding America or Food Banks Canada,” Warren says. Last year, Epicure gave away almost a million meals. It also has a disaster relief program that makes in-kind donations to afflicted communities.

The Epicure Foundation supports research, education and capacity-building projects that address key food security issues in Canada. It’s made financial and in-kind donations to more than 50 grassroots efforts, from community gardens to nutrition programs. “We try to make those [initiatives] connected to the communities that our consultants are based in,” Warren says. The foundation, whose donations total more than $810,000, has helped some 195,000 families.

Through its Fundraiser Program, which donated about $113,000 last year, Epicure backs community groups, sports teams, education programs and other charitable causes in Canada and the U.S.
SCOUTS DONATE ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO FLOOD VICTIMS IN MERRITT. When a group of scouts from Burnaby, B.C., saw how historic flooding demolished homes and ruined personal belongings in the town of Merritt, B.C., back in November, they decided to step up and help.

After months of collecting donations, the 13th Burnaby Ismaili Scout Group travelled to Merritt this weekend to hand out around 170 packages of essential items — including cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items and toiletries — to flood victims.

The group says it wanted to help the people of Merritt because many of them are still living in temporary housing four months after flooding devastated the town.

"That's part of the scout's objective ... we have to learn how to give back to the community, to help the needy," said scout section leader Azlim Rajwani.

About a dozen scouts, scout leaders and volunteers gave out the packages at the Railyard Mall Parking lot. The event was coordinated with the City of Merritt, the disaster management team and the Merritt Support Centre.

For the full story, visit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

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