NEW WESTMINSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DEVELOPS FIRE RELIEF FUND
New Westminster, BC – The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been working to develop a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that have been affected by the fire last week. In partnership with Westminster Savings, an account has been be opened into which any funds raised or donated can be deposited.
Led by Bart Slotman, Director, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, a committee of community members will be set up with a Terms of Reference and Criteria for the purposes of deciding how money raised for victims of the fire should be disbursed. Additional representatives from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement Association and the New Westminster Media will be invited to participate in the committee.
“The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been doing a fantastic job in coordinating relief efforts in the wake of last Thursday’s fire” says Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings. “New Westminster is a close knit community and Westminster Savings is pleased to help coordinate an account into which donations can be made to support those who have been affected.”
The Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee will be tasked with determining the distribution of aid to the business owners and employees directly impacted by the Columbia Street Fire.
“The business community has responded with generosity. It has been very encouraging to see businesses across New West support other businesses for the greater good of the downtown area”, says Christine Conway, New Westminster Chamber President. “The community can get involved both by making donations to support the affected businesses and also by continuing to frequent their favourite downtown shops.”
Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account #452538201)
Thank you Cassady and Company for your generous donation of $2500 for the Fire Relief Fund!
On Saturday October 19, Leona and her Greens and Beans team held a fundraiser for the Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund. One Source Productions donated all of the signs and Key West Ford purchased $200 worth of soup. The total amount raised was $1120.00. Greens and Beans will be keeping a jar on the counter until the end of the month.
The New Westminster branches of Vancity are organizing a change drive to collect donations for the relief fund. They will be kicking it off with a $1000 donation.!
Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account # 452538201). Cheques are to be made payable to the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.
Janet Lucarino is offering the Paddlewheeler Pub as a venue for a fundraiser. 604-524-1894.
Roe Gabriel of St. John Ambulance has large commercial space available. 604-521-1606.
Garry from The Pantry is offering his restaurant, all the food and the services to anyone looking to host a benefit for up to 100 people. 604-549-9010
Marie and Tandrea from De Dutch Restaurant are offering a buffet dinner for 90-100 people with all proceeds going to benefit the businesses affected. 604-786-1328
Dolores Kirkwood from Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts is offering her “Parade ” routine recently performed @ Disneyworld –Also a “Ragtime routine (from the era of old New Westminster! ) 604-521-3255
Dublin Castle could provide some food and beverage for the benefit concert being organized or they would like to offer our restaurant as a space to hold a fundraiser and provide complimentary food and beverage.604-544-5020
Sheila Comer from Pink Ribbon Bakery would love to donate cupcakes to be served at the benefit concert! 604-837-4025
Jenny from Mid Century Modern Home, has arranged for free ads in the Georgia Straight when event planners are ready to advertise the benefit events. 604-515-1865
Fire Chief Tim Armstrong has offered his firefighters and his fire trucks for use in any of the benefit events! 604-519-1006
Giuseppe Ganci from Last Door Recovery Society and his team are will to assist in any volunteer capacity. 604-525-9771
Dave Brown and team from the Lookout Society is available to help in any way they can. 778-288-8887
Thank you to the New Westminster NewsLeader for their donation of a full page being featured next Wednesday that will assist us in matching the needs of the affected businesses
Many businesses are stepping forward with offers of support such as:
Adam Isfeld from Key West Ford is offering any of the affected businesses the temporary use of a vehicle and also he and all of his staff have offered to volunteer in any way necessary. 604-834-9771
Harm Woldring from The Wine Factory will be contributing $5 for every wine ordered till the end of October to the disaster relief effort in support of our neighbours and community.
Gary Steele from The Pantry has offered lunch vouchers for those business owners affected by the fire. 604-549-9010
Justice Institute of BC is donating 100 x $10.00 Cafeteria Certificates for all of the affected businesses, first responders and others who are helping to make a difference. Certificates can be picked up at the Chamber.
Mike Noel from C2K Solutions is offering computer set up and support plus he is willing to help businesses in any way. 604-944-0165
Carolyn Egan, Shops at New West, is offering Commercial space to all of the businesses affected. 604-242-9045
Evan Thomas from Blue Sky Properties is also offering Commercial space at the 625 Fifth Ave Location. 604-376-3662
Rose Tiernes from Cadeaux Gifts is offering businesses to use her unoccupied space in Sapperton 604-521-5269
Katie from Medical Esthetics is offering free facials and de-stressing services to all business owners affected 604-764-1274
Gill Perron is offering stackable chairs, desk & other office items. 604-521-5990
Karima from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus of offering to help pets from pet friendly businesses who have been affected and is willing to help the businesses in any way. 604-522-5280
Jay Catalan from Network Hub is offering free space to all of the businesses affected and use of the large board room. They have high speed internet and a printer scanner available as well. As well if any of the displaced businesses need a place to receive their mail, Jay can offer them up to 6 months free subscription to their Mailing Services. He will receive their mail, and send them an email whenever he receives any piece of mail or package for them. 604-544-5045
The River Market is offering affected businesses and organizations use of Market’s kiosks, Community Square, Food Hall, etc. free of charge for up to 6 months firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica from A Win Insurance is offering a boardroom and complimentary office space to the affected businesses. 604-590-1251
It’s Your Time will be providing their services (such as bookkeeping, social media, phone & email, document preparation) for free indefinitely to any businesses currently affected by the fire. 604-648-8799
Bart Slotman from the Uptown Property Group offering their only vacant space to one of the businesses affected by the fire and is willing to help in any other way. 604-525-8866
Cherylann Colby would like to gift a 1 month personal/family membership to LegalShield, for unlimited access to legal advice/assistance, to the Business Owners and their employees affected by the fire. This offer is available until the end of 2013. 778-668-8714
Landmark Cinemas is offering movie passes for those affected by the fire.
They will be available for pick up at the Chamber office.
Vivian Chan of Service Canada is offering a group session for businesses and their employees on how to access EI Benefits at this time. Also, please find here some useful phone numbers: EI enquiries for workers: 1-800-206-7218; Employer’s Contact Centre: 1-800-367-5693 (including Records of Employment enquiries)
United Steel Workers Union 2009 has office space available. Christopher Ross 604-818-9700
The Chamber is offering its assistance as well in terms of office space, use of office equipment, telephones, or any other services these affected businesses may need. Our door is always open!
If you would like to offer assistance as well, let us know and we will send your offers and contributions to our downtown business colleagues!
If you are a business that has been affected, call us today and let us know what you need and how we can help! 604-521-7781; After Hours 604-363-6973 (Cori Lynn).
Sincerely, Your New Westminster Chamber Board and Staff