Community matters

At VanFire we help strengthen communities by mitigating the impact for families whose homes are devastated by fire. 

Here are the ways we’re investing in our community:

 

Sources

When an apartment building in Langley caught fire in December 2016, many families were left without shelter or resources to get them through the holiday season.

Sources Community Resource Centres put together a support system for the victims of this fire. They offered these families special food bank distributions, as well as trauma counselling sessions, and advocacy programs.

Vancouver Fire and Radius Security works every day to provide our community with fire safety equipment, services, and education. Taking our mission one step further, we purchased $2500 in gift cards from Real Canadian Superstore to help some of these families get back on their feet. As a bonus, Superstore was moved by our efforts and generously donated an extra $200 in gift cards.

To find out how you can help, check out Sources and its many community outreach programs at:

http://www.sourcesbc.ca

Listen to Kash Heed of 107.7 FM talk about the Langley fire and interview Sources BC CEO, David Young, who mentions Vancouver Fire's contribution at the 4:32 mark.

Surrey Food Bank

Vancouver Fire understands that victims of fire can often be left with very few resources to turn to, and therefore strongly believes in supporting the work of local food banks. In 2016, the company took on its first fundraising initiative for the Surrey Food Bank. Generosity and friendly competition abounded. With a corporate matching offer of $1,500, the company raised $5,883 and donated almost 1,150 pounds of food to the Surrey Food Bank. An enthusiastic crew also put in 35 volunteer hours at the distribution centre. These results put Vancouver Fire and Radius Security in the top 10 of the 246 companies that held Holiday Food and Fund Drives for the Surrey Food Bank in 2016. Not bad for a first try.

Ariel Paguia Scholarship

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2017 scholarship recipient Daniel Nottingham. 

Ariel Paguia, a well-loved employee and member of the Radius Security family, lost his battle with cancer on September 22, 2008. He joined Vancouver Fire and Radius Security in 2005, serving with distinction in our service department, and was greatly respected by his colleagues for his kind spirit, dedication to his work, and devotion to his family.

The Ariel Paguia Scholarship works to recognize similar qualities in the family members of company employees, and assist them in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient, Daniel Nottingham who 2 years into his degree in Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with a 3.67 GPA. Congratulations are also due to our runner up, Benjamin Carris, who is pursuing a degree at McGill University in Chemical Engineering. We are so proud to be supporting these two young students in their academic endeavours.

Download the application for the Ariel Paguia Scholarship.

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