Langley-based credit union’s commitment continues

Who’s in for a barbecue, plant sale, or raffle?

Who’s in, if I tell you it will help feed the hungry in the community?

Well Langley’s Envision Financial is marking national hunger awareness week next week (May 5 to 9) by hosting a series of these events at different branches of the credit union throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Kitimat.

I have to once again take my hat off to this group, not because they’re holding a couple little fundraisers next week, but because in the past year they’ve managed to collect nearly $98,000 and more than 11,600 pounds of food to help the hungry in the communities they serve.

It’s all part of Envision’s Full Cupboard program aimed at achieving that goal, and that’s a pretty lofty goal indeed.

Last year more than 94,000 British Columbians accessed local food banks, 30 per cent of whom were children, according to stats presented by Envision president Shelley Besse.

“I have been so encouraged by the support we have received from our staff and our members and the enthusiasm with which they’ve joined us in tackling the issue of hunger.”

Through this community program, Envision has committed to raising $1 million for local food banks through the next 10 years. An even loftier goal, but I wish them all the best, and will do my part in publicizing their efforts to reach it.

I also find it timely in that it comes on the heels of last week’s column, in which I told you of Envision’s parent company making huge strides to alleviate global hunger.

Apple providers lauded for service

As a Mac/Apple lover, I’ve gotten to know several guys over at the Simply Computing store by first name.

While they probably dread seeing me and all the questions I bring, it never fails to impress me how incredibly helpful and insightful most of the staff members are.

That’s why it came as no surprise to me when I received a press release informing me they recently won an award, and from Apple no less.

They have been picked as a Apple premier service provider, an elite designation speaking to their “excellence” in not only sales but service (namely repairs, not that it’s often necessary). Honour well deserved.

Holler out to two new companies in town

I’d also like to send a holler out to a few new businesses that have recently opened in Langley.

First, Langley native and fellow D.W. Poppy Secondary grad Kelsi Hermus has recently opened her hair salon –  called Positive Eyedentities – in Langley – and specifically in Brookswood.

As well, a welcome goes out to Brenda Ip and her team at the new CEFA full-day pre-kindergarten centre that just opened up on the Langley Bypass last weekend in Willowbrook. During an opening ceremony last weekend, they had City mayor Ted Schaffer unveil a mural depicting the City of Langley through the eyes of a third grader.

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