Envision Financial

#SimpleGenerosity

Celebrating community leadership


Simple Generosity began in recognition of Canada 150 – Envision Financial celebrated community leadership across BC by recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities.

We were so inspired by the amazing stories that we want to continue spreading Simple Generosity in our communities in 2018 and celebrate the outstanding contributions from dedicated volunteers!

 

Volunteer Awards

We’re selecting 52 volunteers and empowering them to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit of their choice.

Community Legacy Grants

We gifted a $50,000 grant to an organization focused on enhancing our communities for children and families.

 

The stories behind #SimpleGenerosity

Behind every dollar awarded there is a story of inspiration and generosity. We’re proud to share these stories – stories of your community – with you.

 

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Abbotsford resident, Gabrielle Hoffer is donating her $1,000 award to Catholic Charities Justice Services. Gabrielle has been volunteering with the program for over 17 years. Through the program, Gabrielle supports prison chaplains in assisting offenders to readjust to life back in society. Gabrielle has helped people to redeem, restore and reconcile their lives. She collects items such as calendars, blank greeting cards and rosaries for the inmates and their families. The cards are very important as they help inmates keep in touch with their families on special occasions. The support that Gabrielle and other volunteers in the program provide, also help the released offenders to step back into society and help create safer communities by significantly reducing the re-offence rates.

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Cloverdale resident, Darlene Sinkovits is donating $1,500 to Surrey Orcas Water Polo Club. Darlene has been volunteering with the club for 5 years and currently serves as the Registrar and President. She works day and night touching the lives of young athletes by coordinating registration to the Club, organizing games every Sunday night with other Clubs, social events, fundraising, school programs, guest speakers, as well as coaching, training and scheduling. Darlene is always there with a smile and a gentle voice solving every issue facing our athletes, families or the Club itself.

 

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Delta resident, Eliza Olson is donating $1,500 to Burns Bog Conservation Society. Eliza has been an avid volunteer with the conservation society for over 30 years. She was a founding member and has served as President and volunteer Executive Director ever since. She has worked tirelessly to save the bog from development, creating public awareness programs as well as educational programs for children and youth. She does fundraising, grant writing, public relations, event planning and management, and manages the society.

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Coquitlam resident, Sandra Niven is donating $1,500 to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Sandra has volunteered with the Port Moody Ecological Society for over 9 years at the hatchery, in the water quality testing laboratory and at community outreach activities. Her commitment to the environment, strengthening the community through volunteering and sharing experiences is amazing. Sandra works to encourage family volunteerism and awareness of the opportunities that are available to families. She believes in being inclusive and working with new volunteers (students, newcomers, retirees, etc.) to ensure they feel welcomed and valued when they volunteer with us.

 

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The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society are the recipients of a #SimpleGenerosity award in memory of John MacInnes. It was such an honour to have John’s family and the team from VCD accept this award. John was instrumental in forming the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society in 2016 - providing patients free transportation to and from cancer related medical appointments throughout the Lower Mainland. John was a long-time volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and had amazing compassion and deep concern for cancer patients. Thanks to John’s passion, Volunteer Cancer Drivers continue to provide this essential service. In 2017, they provided 6,281 return trips for patients in our communities.

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Chilliwack resident, Jacqui Nelmesis donating $500 each to Ruth & Naomi’s Mission, Chilliwack Salvation Army Care and Share Centre and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Jacqui has spent over 55 years volunteering in the Chilliwack community. She was the convenor for the Meals on Wheels program, hospice fundraising walk co-ordinator, helps with Canadian Blood Services Clinics and was even nominated for Woman of the Year in Chilliwack for 2017! Jacqui is a friend that everyone would love to have. She is always finding new ways to get involved in her community and give back to those around her.

 

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Delta residents, Marilyn Carter, Dawn Ens, Avril Gauthier, Jan Geddes, Deanna Lobsinger are donating their $1,500 award to Delta Hospice Society. All five of these volunteers have contributed their services and support towards Delta residents through the Delta Hospice Society for over 25 years. They have participated in every service the hospice has offered and have done so with the greatest compassion, care and commitment, touching the hearts of people going through difficult and painful times. They have all embraced the philosophy of hospice care and live it daily, sharing their skills and vast experience with clients, peers, friends – and strangers at the grocery store or on the bus. Every one of these women has “the heart for hospice” and continues to offer profound support to the community.

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Delta resident, Karel Ley is donating her $1,500 award to Delta Stroke Recovery Society. Karel founded Delta Stroke Recovery Society in 1996 in memory of her husband who passed away due to a stroke. Karel is the longest serving volunteer for the organization and her personal drive to create a support system for stroke survivors and their families in the community of Delta is truly remarkable. Each program, class, event, and meeting involves countless hours of organizing and none of them would happen without the tremendous dedication of volunteers like Karel. DSRS supports 40 Delta stroke survivors and their families, has 18 volunteers, 2 paid speech and fitness therapists – all without government funding. The Delta community is very lucky to have a person with as much passion and commitment as Karel.

 

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Members of Hope Lions Club are donating their $1,500 award to Diabetes Canada – Hope Branch to support the fight against diabetes and have health professionals come to Hope to speak to those directly impacted by diabetes. Hope Lions Club is one of the oldest service clubs in the area and have been supporting the community of Hope since 1943. Hope Lions Club donates time and money to a number of community projects and people in the community - their motto is “Where there is a need, there is a lion”. They sponsor the Silver Creek Breakfast program, Hope Secondary Lunch program and graduate bursaries, Camp Skylark, Camp Horizon, and numerous free community events every year.

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Hope resident, Pat Besse is donating her $1,500 award to the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society. For close to 20 years, Pat has been volunteering with the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society. Pat has been a resident of Hope for 41 years and has contributed to many events as an avid volunteer, including; dances and ball tournaments supporting Royal Canadian Legion, Director for Fraser Canyon Hospice, planning committee for the Palliative Wing, Camp Skylark Bereavement Camp for Children, Hospice Rest Area, Court Yard project, and fundraising dances for the Cancer Society. Her compassion and dedication to supporting the community by raising funds and awareness for local causes is remarkable. Pat leads by example and is passionate about the programs provided by the hospice society for residents in Hope.

 

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Tsawwassen resident, Leslie Abramson is donating her $1,500 award to the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. Leslie has been a volunteer with the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen since it was chartered in 1992. The Rotary Club hosts numerous free community events each year and Leslie is the key organizer and facilitator for many of them. Her creativity, organizational skills, energy and enthusiasm combined with her can do attitude motivates not only members of the club but community volunteers as well. Leslie’s passion and commitment is apparent and she always has a smile on her face and love in her heart for her community. Leslie’s volunteer efforts surpass Rotary and extend to The Delta Police Foundation, Harbor Commission and Harry Jerome Track Meet.

 

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Mission resident, Dan Williams is donating his $1,500 award to KidSport Mission. Dan has been volunteering with the Mission Minor Baseball Association for over 20 years and held the position of president for the organization for over 16 years. He has dedicated countless hours towards the association and ensuring that children aged 4-18 are able to play for the love of the game. Dan was instrumental in creating a Challenger League in Mission – a league for children with learning disabilities to allow them to feel included and part of a team like their peers. Dan eats, sleeps and breathes baseball and fun for all kids in the community.

 

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Congratulation to Just Breathe - winner of our $50,000 SimpleGenerosity community grant! Just Breathe is a fund created by youth actress Kaitlyn Bernard, which supports Camp Goodtimes from the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. & Yukon Division. We’ve been SO inspired by Kaitlyn’s story—a Grade 11 student, she was inspired to create Just Breathe after starting as a child with terminal cancer in the film ‘The Healer’ and donated almost all her earnings from the film to the cause. The $50,000 will support the expansion of the Youth Council which facilitates positive peer-to-peer connections, enable the Year-Round Family Support Program to organize and fund additional events, and fund additional summer camp spots and travel assistance for kids and families.

 

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Langley resident, Rob Ross is donating his $1,500 award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley. With over 40 years of volunteering, Rob is the longest standing volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley. He has been matched as a Big Brother for 12 children over the years and has always made sure his Little Brothers and their families felt supported. Through Rob’s consistent individual attention, many Little Brothers were deterred from pursuing at-risk behaviours that may have lead to committing crime later in life. Rob has served as a member of the board as well President and his commitment to the organization and helping youth is inspiring.

 

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The volunteers at Sardis Doorway for Mother & Children are donating their $1,500 award towards their society to support the much needed services they provide. There are over 60 dedicated volunteers that serve every week at Sardis Doorway in Chilliwack – a support program for single mothers with young children who live in very stressful situations and under the effects of abuse, addictions, mental or physical illness, or lack of education and opportunity. Many of the volunteers have been volunteering at the Doorway for over 20 years! Their pride and commitment to the program is incredible and they truly make sure everyone feels cared for.

 

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Victor Smith is donating his $1,500 award to Hope Communities in Bloom. For the past 11 years, Victor’s gone above and beyond for Hope Communities in Bloom – picking up garbage, removing graffiti, and a doing a number of other activities to beautify the Hope community. Victor also takes a lead in organizing the Canada Day Classic Car Show and Chainsaw Carving competition in Hope—both events attract thousands of visitors. Through his volunteer efforts, Victor has helped to instill a great sense of community pride for local residents.

 

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Paul Belhumeur and his colleagues with Re/Max 2000 Realty are donating their $1,500 award to the Surrey Food Bank. Every second month, Paul and his team take a full day out of their busy lives, roll up their sleeves and get to work at the Surrey Food Bank sorting food and serving on the front line. Always enthusiastic when interacting with clients, their positive energy is infectious! This rock star team started volunteering in 2013, and donates about 240 hours every year—they know it’s important to do what they can to help those less fortunate in our community.

 

 

Thank you for inspiring us!

 

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