SURREY, BC, May 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Even more fresh produce will soon
sprout at the Earthwise Society's garden and farm in Tsawwassen
(Delta), thanks to a little help from FortisBC employees. In addition
to increasing the growing area of the farm by 25 per cent, volunteers
worked on a section of farmland, prepared and installed irrigation,
laid plastic to weed-proof garden areas and planted fields of squash
and corn. Volunteers also helped construct a new greenhouse.
"We are proud to be able to contribute to an organization that is making
such a direct impact in the local community. FortisBC has always
believed in the importance of contributing to the economic and social
well-being of the communities where we live and work, so our employees
were very eager to contribute to the Earthwise Society," said Amy
Hennessy, community relations manager, FortisBC.
The non-profit Earthwise Society's garden and farm is a two-acre organic
farm with year-round production in a hoop house, a nursery, and a farm
store. The mixed vegetable farm produces the most diverse produce in
Tsawwassen, and is cultivating the next generation of B.C. farmers,
while raising public awareness about the value of local food
The Society also runs a "Harvest Box" program, which provides needy
families in Tsawwassen with boxes of fresh produce, an education
program on food sustainability, as well as the opportunity to come to
the farm and participate in the growing and harvesting produce.
"The Earthwise Society would like to thank the team from FortisBC.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of Earthwise, and the impact of
so many helping hands was huge for us. Because of FortisBC, we were
able to increase our production area by 25 per cent, extend our year
round growing capacity, and help grow our Harvest Box program for local
families in need," said Patricia Fleming, executive director, Earthwise
This event was one of three FortisBC Community Giving Day projects in
B.C. In Trail, employees revitalized an after school pre-teen drop-in
centre and in Ladysmith, employees helped restore a historical
community hall. 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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