What’s in Store: Langley businesses are part of philanthropic efforts

What’s in Store

Businesses are part of philanthropic efforts

Credit unions talk merger

Westminster Savings and Prospera Credit Union are talking about joining forces.

The two credit unions, with some strong Langley ties, are contemplating a merger, said Westminster president and CEO Gavin Toy.

“We believe a merger with Prospera would be very beneficial for our members, employees, and the communities we serve,” Toy said.

Over the next few months, Westminster will be carrying out detailed research and due diligence.

If the merger goes ahead, Westminster with its 12 branches and Prospera with its 16 branches, will seek member approval next spring. Information available at www.prospera.ca and wscu.com/info.

Is Slurpee a recognized food group?

I received word the other day that the 7-Eleven Slurpee’s new Name Your Price Day on Sept. 19 raised more than $100,000 for the hungry.

Slurpee fans from B.C. to Ontario showed their generosity, with 100 per cent of all the money donated from Slurpee sales going to Food Banks Canada.

This is expected to become an annual fundraiser, said vice president and general manager Raj Kapoor.

The equivalent of 600,000 meals was raised as a result of 7-Eleven’s $108,000 donations to Food Banks Canada. The $108,000 donation is equal to providing 20,000 Canadians one month’s worth of dinner.

 â€œWe’ve seen the power of Slurpee fans before and so we were confident that our fans would deliver on this community initiative,” Kapoor said. “Once again, true to form, Slurpee fans demonstrated their commitment to a worthwhile cause. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for being so generous and for making it such a fun and exciting day.”

More food for thought

Speaking of food-oriented businesses stepping up to help feed the hungry, Boston Pizza hosted a family-friendly pub night fundraiser.

Proceeds from the seven Fraser Valley pub nights – which included an Oct. 8 event at the Walnut Grove restaurant – benefit the Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard community program.

The Full Cupboard program was developed with the intention of raising food, funds, and awareness for food banks throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Kitimat.

“We’re proud of the long history that Envision Financial and our employees have of supporting the local food banks in our communities,” said Susan Byrom, Envision’s community investment manager. “We’re excited to be partnering with Boston Pizza to continue to raise awareness and funds for these important community organizations.”

She added that during the past few years, the number of people using food banks in B.C. has risen, “so we’re happy to do our part to give back and help those in need.”

The Langley fundraiser sold out. Stay tuned for how much this first-time partnership created and what’s ahead.

Scholarship

Speaking of credit unions, Coast Capital Savings has awarded two Langley students with education awards.

While one of the two local recipients refused to be identified in the media, the other scholarship winner was Langley’s Madison Guy, who earned $2,000 to help towards her education.

The aspiring high school teacher is one of 10 recipients of this year’s Coast Citizen awards, honoured for her volunteer work coaching soccer and engaging in the UBC women’s soccer team to assist the Vancouver Street Soccer League – a non-profit organization that helps people overcome difficult conditions such as homelessness and drug addiction through soccer.

She plans to study economics at UBC this fall.

“As a child, I was given many opportunities to find what I was passionate about, and it was really engrained in me to pursue my dreams,” Guy said.

“I think that becoming a teacher, as well as continuing to coach soccer, will allow me to help children find what they’re passionate about and achieve their goals,” she added, thanking Coast Capital for the award.

In addition to the Coast Capital’s 10 Citizen awards, 25 other students received Standing Tall awards. More than 500 B.C. students applied for the 35 scholarships.

Landscapers lauded

Langley-based Horizon Landscape Contractors – which operates out of a yard at 40th Avenue and 232nd Street – came away from a prestigious horticulture award.

Horizon walked out of the recent CanWest Horticulture Trade Show and walked home with the B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association’s top honour.

Brothers Michael and Brian Dougherty, and their Horizon team of 50 to 90 full-time employees (depending on the season) operate multiple commercial and residential landscape and hardscape crews throughout the province – primarily in the Lower Mainland.

Out of 12 landscape projects in the running for this provincial honour – each valued between $5,000 and more than $120,000 – Horizon won for its Langley Oasis project in South Langley.

With an overall combined score of more than 85 per cent, these accolades also earn the Dougherty boys and their team a spot on the shortlist for the 2015 national award of excellence.

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