Andrew Beckerman lives by the motto “do for others as you would have them do for you”. And he lives it well. Andrew has donated over $1.5 million to various charities as well as a planned giving to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria of his personal art collection valued at over $750,000. Many of Andrew’s donations often come with the condition that they be matched, which has motivated many to donate and thus double the support. Believing we are never to young to donate, Andrew provided the participants in the Agents of Change Youth session in 2017 with $150 CanadaHelps cards to help inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders. He will providing cards again this year. Leadership starts by example, and the charities Andrew has supported are extremely grateful.
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
In 1998, Jack Boomer formed the Arbutus Singers (AS) and has served as volunteer choir director since its inception. This fundraising focused choir has supported 15 charities over the past 20 years, raising close to $400,000. In 2006, Jack established the Arbutus Singers Music Education Society to bring choral music education to kids in marginalized communities in Victoria. The ChoirKids has seen more than 2000 children across seven schools experience the joy and benefits of music. He has volunteered thousands of hours of personal time so that more funds are returned to the community. He has even collected toiletries and other basics through the choir to distribute in a remote community of Nunavut, where he frequently works. All this has been made possible due to Jack’s inspired leadership. His tireless commitment is outstanding.
Corporate Responsibility Award
Coast Capital Savings
For over 75 years, Coast Capital Savings has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the communities in which they serve by supporting local organizations that aim to build a richer future for youth. Through their support of innovative community programs and their culture of employee volunteerism, Coast Capital lives out their purpose of aiming to help each person achieve what is most important in their lives. As a long-standing Imagine Canada’s “Caring Company”, they invest 7% of pre-tax income into their communities, investing $5.6 million in 2017. They believe in empowering youth and they do this by focusing on three key areas: youth financial well-being, youth education and youth mental health. Coast Capital Savings provides an outstanding impact in our community, which means the world to those they support.
Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award
The Golf for Kids Team
Golf for Kids was originally created as a fundraiser for Help Fill a Dream. Led by Dale Douglas and Murray Stewart, this completely volunteer-driven event exceeded everyone’s expectations when they raised $14,000. In 2017, Golf for Kids raised $1 million, and in addition to supporting the featured charity, donated funds to 70 additional organizations and children in need of support. Having celebrated their 20th event this September, the Golf for Kids Team are a force of vision, passion and commitment. Our community is a better place because of all the hard work this small but mighty team provides. Thank you!
Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 5-10
Andrei Marti is such a fundraising superstar already that he had two nominations put forward for this award. When Andrei was 5-years old he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and became a force to be reckoned with in his quest to help others suffering from the same disease. He currently raises money for Help Fill a Dream and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (raising $10,000) and dedicating countless hours giving speeches and educating others on his condition. Last year he decided that busking would be a faster way to raise money, so he got his busking licence and started “handstands for diabetes” on Government Street, collecting more than $1000 performing during the summer months. At the ripe old age of 8, Andrei is someone we can all wish to live up to.
Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 11-18
In 2017, Diya Courty-Stephens started a volunteer organization called Neighbourhood Bites. Already a volunteer for various organizations, Diya was researching the global food waste problem as part of her St. Michael’s University School research class. Diya discovered that a lot of good food that is close to the Best Before Date is thrown away by stores. Neighbourhood Bites organizes weekly/bi-weekly pick-ups of food that the stores would otherwise discard. Although in its infancy, over $8,500 worth of food has already gone to those in need and they don’t plan to stop now. Diya is joined by schoolmates Portia Balfour, Meredith Selwood and Jordan Stonehouse to manage the organization. Got to love the initiatives of young philanthropists.
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