Fraser Valley Community Spirit Awards celebrate the power of local love

Fraser Valley Spirit Awards

This year’s Fraser Valley Community Spirit Awards celebrated all the amazing individuals, companies and unions who bring Local Love to life in the Fraser Valley.

Over 100 caring and dedicated workplaces supported the United Way campaign in the Fraser Valley in 2018. They ran campaigns, raised dollars and awareness, and made a real difference for the local community. The remarkable volunteers who run these campaigns are the backbone of the community and their compassion and pride in the place we call home is powerful.

“When the passion and actions of local citizens are paired with programs and services, we can create truly community-wide solutions to local issues,” said Heather Johnson, United Way Board Member.

 And the Fraser Valley’s love for its community is epic!

Thanks to local efforts, over $1.4 million was reinvested into communities throughout the Fraser Valley to support kids, seniors, and families.

This includes Fraser Valley Community Partner Grants, Fraser Valley Priority Grants, supporting young children and families, and BC211 – a toll-free, mobile and online service that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.

The Fraser Valley mobilized behind initiatives like Period Promise to help make sure vulnerable kids, teens, and adults don’t suffer from embarrassment or have to make difficult choices when they are menstruating. Through these efforts, over 26,000 products were distributed to 12 different Fraser Valley community organizations.

Through collaboration with partners, organizations, and government agencies throughout BC, the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) helps former youth in care cover their basic living expenses while they obtain post-secondary education. This means that students can focus on succeeding in school instead of worrying about where their next meal will come from. Currently, there are 68 students in the Fraser Valley being supported by tuition waiver, and 24 of them have additional support through the Youth Futures Education Fund.

United Way helps communities address local needs. At the Spirit Awards, it was announced that United Way is providing another $70,000 to gang-prevention program In It Together, operated by Abbotsford Community Services. This past October, $100,000 was granted towards the program that has supported 427 youth since 2014.

We couldn’t do any of this without your generous support!

So, thank you to our Campaign Cabinet, our Fraser Valley Spirit Awards winners and the many volunteers and donors who help make our work possible.

We’d also like to thank our award sponsors – Baker Newby LLP, United Steelworkers, University of the Fraser Valley, and Wiebe Properties – for having made this fun night of celebration a resounding success.

Thank you Fraser Valley! Click here to view the winners!

For photos of the event, click here.

Fraser Valley Spirit Awards May 7, 2019