SURREY, BC, May 28, 2011 /CNW/ - FortisBC employees volunteered their
time to help restore the North Oyster Community Hall in Ladysmith, a
valued historical landmark in the community that was once an old school
house. Volunteers helped by painting, building a kitchen and
revitalizing the surrounding landscaping.
"FortisBC has always been a strong believer in the importance of
contributing to the communities where we live and work. By helping to
revitalize the North Oyster Community Hall, we can share these values
and demonstrate the worth we see in creating a vibrant and healthy
community," said Carol Greaves, community relations manager, FortisBC.
The North Oyster Community Hall was previously an old school building
that opened in 1913, serving the community for many years. From World
War II until 1949, the building served as a community hall before
reverting to being a school. However, from 1992 to 1993, plans were
made to demolish the building. With only 48 hours before the demolition
was to start, the local community raised over $20,000 to save the
building and move it to its present location.
"The North Oyster and Area Historical Society is very grateful for
FortisBC's continuing commitment to communities such as our own. With
the help of FortisBC, the North Oyster Community Hall will provide
North Oyster/Diamond residents with a meeting place for community
groups and space to celebrate special occasions with friends and family
for many years to come," said Mary Marcotte, director, Area H -
Cowichan Valley Regional District.
This event was one of three FortisBC Community Giving Day projects in
B.C. In Tsawwassen (Delta), employees helped construct a new
greenhouse, plant vegetables, and make food baskets for families in
need. In Trail, employees revitalized an after school pre-teen drop-in
centre. All three projects received a $30,000 corporate donation from
FortisBC. These projects reflect FortisBC's role in delivering a
sustainable future for British Columbians, both in developing and
implementing integrated energy solutions, and in giving back to the
communities in which it operates.
This is the fourth annual Community Giving Day event, which forms part
of FortisBC's overall corporate giving programs. The Community Giving
Days offer employees the opportunity to take an active role in making
their communities better places to live and work. Photos of the Community Giving Day events will be available.
FortisBC is an integrated energy solutions provider focused on providing
safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane
and alternative energy solutions, at the lowest reasonable cost.
FortisBC employs more than 2,000 British Columbians and serves
approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities.
FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest
investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and
operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately
7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and
approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and
distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC
Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do
business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information
can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
FortisBC employees have long been ambassadors in their communities, and
examples of the corporate social responsibility we value as a company.
To support our employees and the communities in which we live and work,
FortisBC offers employees the opportunity to take an active role in
making their communities happier, healthier and better places to live.
Community giving reflects FortisBC's role in delivering a sustainable
future for British Columbians, both by developing and implementing
integrated energy solutions, and by giving back to the communities in
which we operate.
FortisBC provides a variety of ways employees can help their community
throughout the year, including a company-wide employee volunteer day in
the spring, and a corporate giving campaign in the fall.
Specifically, employees can "give where they live" through:
The Community Program
Employee Giving Partnerships
The Community Program
Employees can apply for corporate funding of $300 every year to any
local, not-for-profit organization they are already involved with, such
as a child's sporting team, or the local SPCA.
Each year FortisBC's Community Relations team organizes Community Giving
Day - where employees volunteer their time to three not-for-profit
community projects around the province. Each project receives a
corporate contribution of $30,000 to the local not-for-profit
organization, and hands-on participation from employee volunteers
towards the project.
Employee Giving Partnerships
FortisBC offers financial support to charitable causes that are
important to our employees. FortisBC will top up employees' charitable
donations ranging from $100 to $1,000 by 50 per cent, topping out at
$500 matching dollars per employee annually. Employees can also sign up
for payroll deductions donated to their local United Way or Warm
Hearts, the employee-run charitable foundation at FortisBC, and
FortisBC will top up their donations by 50 per cent throughout the
Warm Hearts is the employee-run charitable foundation at FortisBC,
established to support the health and well-being of the communities
where our employees live and work. Every year employees are surveyed
for the types of charities they believe Warm Hearts should support.
Based on this feedback, the Warm Hearts committee reviews applications
of the charities that employees have brought forward, or those which
best reflect the types of causes employees want to help.
In the past four years, FortisBC employees have donated over $500,000 to
local organizations through our Employee Giving Partnerships - last
year alone, they donated to almost 200 deserving organizations. With
the added corporate donations from FortisBC, organizations have
received more than $1,000,000 since 2007.
This is in addition to the 65 local organizations who have received
financial support through the employee-run Warm Hearts charitable
foundation, who have collectively received more than $200,000 since
2007. Since its beginning in 1994, Warm Hearts has donated more than
$600,000 to the community.
Each year, FortisBC also supports more than 200 grassroots initiatives
that actively benefit the communities in which we operate, through
community investment and employee volunteerism programs. We also
provide financial support to different organizations where our
employees volunteer their time as coaches, instructors and in other
By giving locally, and combining our efforts, we believe we can make
lives better in the communities where we live and work. FortisBC is
proud of its employees, who work every day to achieve this goal.
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