GIBSONS, BC, Nov. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Gibsons Public Market is grateful
to receive a $100,000 donation from CIBC toward the construction of a
year-round hub of community amenities.
The gift from CIBC will go toward a community kitchen that is
anticipated to be a major attraction of the new Public Market. "The
kitchen is the centre of family life where lively conversation and
learning happen, and food is one of the first things that comes to mind
when we think about healthy life choices for ourselves and our
families," said Pam Robertson, Chair of the Gibsons Public Market
Capital Campaign. "The CIBC Community Kitchen will be an important
public amenity of the hub and, through diverse programming, it will
engage visitors of all ages in learning about menu planning and food
preparation from the creative to the practical, and the economic to the
"CIBC is proud to contribute to the development of Gibsons Public Market
that will bring the community together in recreation, health and
education," said Rod Fossen, District Vice-President, CIBC, Vancouver
area. "We chose to focus our donation on the Community Kitchen because
it supports one of our core values in raising healthy families and
communities, which includes promoting healthy food choices and seeing
the kitchen as a place where family comes together."
Community kitchens are increasingly popular amenities in public markets
across North America. The facilities host community skill-building programs that
support food literacy and promote public health through safe food
handling and preserving methods and the preparation of nutritious,
budget-conscious family meals.
The Gibsons Public Market project is now at a vital stage with a capital
campaign to close a gap of $400,000 by year end in order to qualify for
matching funds from the Island Coastal Economic Trust Fund that will
enable construction to begin in early 2016.
The Public Market will be a new gathering place that, in addition to the
CIBC Community Kitchen, will host a year-round farmers' market, marine
education centre, café, food producers, entertainment, public amenities
and meeting spaces.
Gibsons Community Building Society
The Gibsons Community Building Society (GCBS) is building a vibrant
year-round Gibsons Public Market—and community hub and learning
destination that will foster sustainability for the Town of Gibsons,
neighbouring islands and Sunshine Coast residents and visitors of all
ages. The facility will feature a marine education centre, a public
market, a community kitchen, a rentable commercial kitchen for new
incubator businesses, and a café. Additionally, more than 70% of the
13,500 square foot building will be dedicated to community amenities.
The GCBS has mobilized hundreds of volunteers with an outstanding Board
of Directors and Governors and continues to attract financial, material
and in-kind donations to build the Public Market. Project partners are
Community Futures, Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, and the Town of
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For further information:
Nancy Grenier, Gibsons Community Building Society
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