Five B.C. community groups win $10,000 Community Champions awards
Sooke Family Resource Society among 2015 winners
A Sooke not-for-profit that offers a wide variety of programs for family services and community living, including a clothing exchange initiative, is among the five B.C. groups that have $10,000 awards in BC Hydro's Community Champions program.
Two months ago, 15 not-for-profit organizations who submitted short nomination videos were short-listed for the awards. Then the voting began, online and in classrooms across B.C.
Here's a quick look at the winners, with links to their videos on the Community Champions site:
- Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (Mossom Creek Hatchery & Education Centre), which started as a high school club in Port Moody and is dedicated to protecting salmon and educating the public with hands-on salmon enhancement activities. View the video
- Sooke Family Resource Society offers a wide variety of programs for family services and community living, including a clothing exchange initiative. View the video
- PEDAL is a non-profit society that oversees several bicycle related projects in the Vancouver area, including Our Community Bikes, a bike shop that provides stands, tools and trained mechanics to help with do-it-yourself bike repair. View the video
- The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), founded in 1969, addresses environmental issues in British Columbia, with a particular focus on urban communities in the Lower Mainland and the Georgia Basin. SPEC works with citizens, government and industry to reach their goal of creating a truly healthy, liveable environment. View the video
- A Rocha Canada, is the Canadian chapter of an international Christian organization that engages in scientific research, environmental education, community-based conservation projects and sustainable agriculture. A Rocha's field study centres offer year-round environmental education opportunities for school groups. View the video
Classrooms across B.C., inspired by our Community Champions finalists, voted in this year's initiative. And 25 won $1,000 toward a conservation project at their school via a random draw.