Five B.C. community groups win $10,000 Community Champions awards

Image of a bike mechanic
Vancouver's PEDAL Society, which runs Our Community bikes, a place where the public can learn how to fix and maintain their own bikes, is among the five winners of the 2015 BC Hydro Community Champions awards. Shop coordinator Jesse Cooper, shown here, has been with the shop for a dozen years.

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

25 B.C. classrooms earn $1,000 for school projects

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.

See the list of classroom winners.