Community Involvement

Orange Shirt Day 2016

Head Office and Flying Free celebrated Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2016. This day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


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Rotary Club of New Minas / Rotary Club of Albquerque

Axel Nafthal, currently serving as this year's president of the Rotary Club of New Minas, was presented with rotary banners from the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. The club members from New Mexico were visiting the New Minas district on a Rotary Friendship Exchange.


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Wild Mayehm - Charity Golf Tournament

Patrick McElderry was one of the sponsors at the Wild Mayhem Golf Tournament to benefit the Special Olympics and breast cancer research.


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Stratford ANAF Cubs U21 Fastball

Head Office’s Murray Patterson coaches the Stratford ANAF Cubs U21 Fastball team. He is shown here, kneeling at left, with his team spending some time with budding players at Camp Alliwanado during the recent Junior Men’s National Championship.


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Kern Innovation and Technology

Travis McElroy (5th from right) spent a weekend helping out with the KIT (Kern Innovation & Technology) Community at their Tech Fighting The Wildfires application development ("hackathon") weekend. Travis was very inspired by the five teams that formed to develop live applications to help with Disaster Relief and Wildfire Response Support.


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Rotary Club of Houston - Meals on Wheels

Jerry Pollio (left) and other members of the Rotary Club of Houston recently volunteered with Meals on Wheels, where they packed up dog and cat food to be delivered to seniors with pets.


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Rotary Club of Houston

Jerry Pollio was recently recognized for his contribution as a member of the Rotary Club of Houston's board of directors. Jerry is looking forward to his new role as co-chair of the membership committee.


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20th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament

Axel Nafthal recently participated in the 20th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters/Rotary Club Golf Tournament. Schooley Mitchell was a proud hole sponsor! It was a great day of golfing for a good cause.


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Pay It Forward Festival

Rebecca Farrell and Robin Tucker recently volunteered at the Springhill Pay It Forward Festival. The annual event is sponsored by local businesses and executed by volunteers. All proceeds from the 2016 event were donated to the Tennessee Children's Home and the Well Outreach Food Pantry.


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Pups Yups & Food Trucks

Trey Whitley recently participated in the Pups Yups and Food Trucks event hosted by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. He's pictured here cuddling a nine-week-old puppy up for adoption through Heartland Lab Rescue.


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Hair Donation

Gracelynn Dubblestyne, daughter of Schooley Mitchell Head Office's Julia Allum, recently cut 10 inches of her hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This is the second time the 7 year old has donated her hair to make wigs for women fighting cancer.


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Cheetah Print Day

Head Office staff got together to celebrate the memory of Ava Stam on what would have been her ninth birthday. June 2nd has been unofficially dubbed Cheetah Print Day by her mother Kristin in support of all children affected by childhood cancers.


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Entrepreneurial Arts and Community Project

Dave Tankersley recently volunteered to be a judge at his local high school’s inaugural entrepreneurial arts and community projects competition. Dave enlisted the help of four fellow BNI members to assist with judging, and the students did a great job creating and presenting their impressive projects.


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Playground at Malone Park

Gregg Robers and his wife Gretchen recently donated their time along with hundreds of skilled and unskilled volunteers to help build the new Playground at Malone Park.  This project will bring a fully accessible playground to the community of New Berlin.


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New Berlin Soccer Club

Gregg Robers is the coach of The Sounders for the New Berlin Soccer Club. Gregg is celebrating his third year as coach of the team, which is a fall and spring league.


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Fire Chiefs’ Vendor Night

David Laiewski recently attended the 26th Annual Vendor Night put on by the Greenville County and Spartanburg Fire Chiefs’ Associations. David contributed a Chromecast as a door prize for the event, and all proceeds from vendor registration were donated to the Greenville County Fire Chiefs’ Association Scholarship.


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Chairman's Club Golf Tournament

Rich Bartolotta recently participated in the 9th Annual Swing into Spring Chairman’s Club Golf Tournament. The tournament was organized by the Gwinnett County Chairman’s Club, of which Rich is a proud member.


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Spring Hill Wine Festival

Rebecca Farrell and Robin Tucker recently participated in the Inaugural Spring Hill Wine Festival. The pair volunteered their time at this community event benefiting the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce by serving up samples of wine from around the globe.


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Michiana Shop & Greet - Pitch to the Sharks

Jerry Sarno recently participated in the annual Michiana Shop & Greet for the third year. He was the Lead Shark in the “Pitch to the Sharks” competition, where 24 entrepreneurs vied for $250 in grand prize money by giving their best elevator pitch to panel of 5 prominent business people.


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Georgia Truck Driving Championships

Rich Bartolotta volunteered at the Truck Driving Championships put on by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. Rich followed competitor’s trucks around the course to keep track of their times and record the scores delivered by inspectors at each obstacle.


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Animal Friends

Marc Schwalb and his wife Amy recently represented Animal Friends by volunteering at the Healthy Pet Day fair in Wexford, Pennsylvania. The pair operated the information booth, and helped raised funds for Animal Friends by playing games like Plinko and raffling off baskets full of goodies.


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Mathstars 2016

Tarek Hassan recently sponsored the Mathstars 2016 Competition in Houston. The event was organized by Star Learning, and Tarek had a wonderful time meeting all of the amazingly smart kids that took part.


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Heart & Stroke Big Bike

Schooley Mitchell Head Office staff recently rode on the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike. The team dressed up in their best 50s inspired duds and rode around downtown Stratford. In total, the Schooley Cooleys raised $1,630 for lifesaving heart disease and stroke research.


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The Turning Point of South Carolina

David and Susan Laiewski recently participated in a community yard sale, where they collected hundreds of clothing items to be donated to The Turning Point of South Carolina. Turning Point provides transitional housing, employment assistance, and job training to those recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions.


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Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina is building a new sanctuary. David and Susan Laiewski are volunteering their time to help plan their client’s communications in the new facility.


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March for Babies

Rich Bartolotta and his wife Peggy recently participated in the March of Dimes’ "March for Babies". The pair walked 5K to raise funds and awareness to help fight premature birth and other life threatening challenges newborns face.


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Azalea Festival Golf Tournament

Rich Bartolotta recently sponsored a hole at the Azalea Festival Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit The Cottage School Endowment Fund. The Cottage School was founded 31 years ago to support kids with learning disabilities and provide them with a solid education.


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Rotary Club of Gwinnett County

Rich Bartolotta was recently inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett County Chapter was formed in 1973 and currently has over 100 members.


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JDRF - Day of Giving

Brandon Cook recently volunteered his time in support of JDRF. He helped out with the “Day of Giving” campaign put on by Jersey Mike’s Subs. On March 30, all receipts from Triad locations of the restaurant went to JDRF. Over $40,000 was raised to fund type 1 diabetes research.


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Rotary Club - New Member

Paul Nelson recently became a member of his local Rotary Club. He proudly displays his Certificate of Membership in the above picture, while posing with fellow members of the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton.


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STEM Fair

Jerry Pollio recently attended the Harmony Public Schools STEM Fair. Jerry showed his support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and even tried out some of the student projects. He is pictured with the Director of Outreach for Gifted Children as well as the School’s Principal.


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Stratford Rotary Hockey

Head office's Murray Patterson has devoted thousands of hours volunteering with minor sports organizations in the community, including serving as the current president of the Stratford Rotary Hockey League. Murray is shown here, at far right, during a recent presentation to a retiring volunteer.


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DIPG Fundraiser

Head Office’s Julia Allum recently dressed up as Snow White at an event raising money and awareness for DIPG, a rare childhood cancer affecting the brainstem. The gathering was held in memory of a sweet girl named Ava on the first anniversary of her death. The event featuring Disney princesses and action heroes raised $5000.


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Tigard Young Professionals

Lonell Golden (pictured far left) proudly sponsors the Chamber group Tigard Young Professionals. Their most recent event was TYP Wine Tasting and Evening Networking.


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Canadian Cancer Society - Service Award

Neil Hostein was recently recognized for ten years of service with the Canadian Cancer Society. During Daffodil Month in April, Neil canvases door to door and sells daffodils outside of his local bank or supermarket to help raise funds for this important cause.


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Heart and Stroke Foundation

Head Office's Shelby Boyd recently took part in a volleyball tournament to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Shelby's team won the tournament and had a wonderful time raising funds for the cause!


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Movember

Dennis Schooley made a great attempt to grow a moustache (again) in 2015 and we supported his efforts! Head office’s Jessica Fritzley and Julia Allum proudly delivered a check for $1,500 to the Canadian Cancer Society, which will go to prostate cancer and men’s health issues. Thanks to all SM Consultants who donated!


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Operation Good Cheer

Don Coburn (left) recently gave his time to help Operation Good Cheer, distributing Christmas presents to foster and special needs children throughout the State of Michigan. In total, 16,000 gifts were distributed to 5,400 kids in the area. Don helped out by flying presents to some of the less accessible areas of the state.


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Charity Golf Tournament

Brandon Cook (pictured in orange pullover) recently took part in the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Pennybyrn at Maryfield retirement community. The event is part of their Annual Campaign for Resident Care. In total, $21,000 was raised for the cause.


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Attawapiskat First Nation

As its annual holiday effort, Schooley Mitchell head office put together stockings for every student in the Grade 1 class at Kattawapiskak Elementary School. Gifts included books, toys, gloves, hats, socks, stickers and Christmas ornaments. We hope it makes Christmas a bit brighter for all the children!


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Local Volleyball Team

Head Office’s Shelby Boyd is a proud part of her local women’s volleyball team, which is also sponsored by Schooley Mitchell. She is pictured above with her teammates (back row, far right) all sporting their logo t-shirts.


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Stratford Basketeers

Head Office’s Tori Sutton is a volunteer with the Stratford Basketeers program, which collects laundry baskets filled with items that women need to start a new life after leaving their abusive situation. Over 100 baskets were collected during the 2015 drive.


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Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio

Jim Bush recently got involved with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio and volunteered his time to help build a home for a family in need.


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Mental Health America - Charity Golf Tournament

David and Susan Laiewski are proud to support Mental Health America of Greenville County. David recently joined 67 other participants for the 2nd annual Charity Golf Tournament to raise money for the cause.

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Death of a Salesman

Chip Galusha directed the 2015 Farmville Community Art Council’s production of Death of a Salesman. The show was put on at the Paramount Theater in Farmville, NC. He is pictured above with the entire cast and crew.

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Feed My Starving Children

Bill (pictured back row far left) recently volunteered along with his local BNI members to help the Feed My Starving Children organization. The team pitched in to help FMSC achieve its largest undertaking to date – packing 4,000,000 in 4 days!


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Amigos for Christ - Golf Classic

Rich was recently a sponsor at the Tenth Annual Amigos for Christ Golf Classic held in Burford, Georgia. The event was an enormous success!


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Lambert Jr. Lonhorns 5th Grade Football

Dan (back row, second from left) coaches the Lambert Jr. Longhorns 5th Grade football team. The team is located in Cumming, GA and is the feeder team for Lambert High School.


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Care For Cops Charity Golf Classic

Rich Bartolotta recently participated in the Tenth Annual Care for Cops Charity Golf Classic held in Duluth, Georgia. Rich also helped to acquire items for the silent auction held after the day of golfing. In total, the event hosted over 180 golfers and was a big success!


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The Rotary Club of Houston - International Committee

Jerry Pollio is a member of The Rotary Club of Houston and serves on their International Services Committee. Jerry (right) poses with the Humanitarian Service Award alongside Director Angie Jimenez and a fellow Rotary member.


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Rotary House International

The Rotary Club of Houston hosts events on the first Wednesday of every month for patients staying at the Rotary House while being treated for cancer. Rotary President Elect Tom Vann (center) and Jerry Pollio (second from right) pose with MD Anderson Cancer Center patients.


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Giving Back Program - Supporting Hope’s Garden

Lorna Fratschko is happy to be supporting Hope’s Garden through her “Giving Back” program.  Schooley Mitchell thanks Linda Hunter and the London Knights for directing their residual funds to Hope’s Garden for a period of 3 years.


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Blue Nails Campaign

On World Down Syndrome Day, Schooley Mitchell staff painted their nails blue to spread awareness for Down syndrome. Head Office proudly supports the Blue Nails Campaign, which got its start in Ontario four years ago by mothers advocating on behalf of their children. #BlueNailCrew #seetheability


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World Autism Awareness Day

Schooley Mitchell Head Office recently participated in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign to help raise awareness for autism. The entire staff dressed in blue to show their support for World Autism Awareness Day.


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March of Dimes - March of Babies

Rich recently participated in the March for Babies in Suwanee, Georgia to help raise funds to research and prevent the health problems threatening babies. It was a cloudy day, but lots of people took part to support this worthy cause!


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Hemophilia of South Carolina - Par for the Clot

David Laiewski (pictured second from the right) recenetly participated in the inaugural Charity Golf Tournament “Par for the Clot” that raised $20,000 in support of the ongoing research of the National Hemophilia Foundation.


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San Antonio Food Bank

Jim Bush and his children volunteered at their local Food Bank prior to Christmas this past year. The Bush family helped assemble and pack boxes with food, doing their part to help ensure those less fortunate were able to enjoy Christmas dinner. In total, 2900 boxed meals were put together that day!


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Stratford-Perth Humane Society

This holiday season, Schooley Mitchell Head Office collected food, toys and other supplies for our local Humane Society. Cash donations were also gathered to help fund the construction of a new facility. Donations were matched by Beth McMillan and Dennis Schooley.
(pictured from left to right: Pam Duskocy and Julia Allum)


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Giving Tree

Schooley Mitchell recently collected toys for the Giving Tree at St. Joseph's Church to help brighten Christmas for children in need. Donations were matched by Beth McMillan and Dennis Schooley. Thanks to everyone from Head Office who contributed!
(pictured from left to right: Julia Allum and Tamara Bridge)


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Light Up Rotary - Annual Conference

Dave Huggins is the president of his local Rotary chapter, and was given the opportunity to plan and chair their annual conference this past fall. Many attendees said it was the best conference they had attended, and the weekend event raised nearly $5,000 to help fight polio.


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JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

David and Susan are proud supporters of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and team "Cameron Can!". They recently volunteered at the event held at the BMW Performance Center, where they registered over 150 attendees for a "Hot Lap" on the test track. Each registrant qualified by contributing at least $350.


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Alliston Minor Softball Association

Adam is the volunteer head coach of the Ripleys Auto Service T-Ball team, which is part of the Alliston Minor Softball Association.


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Golden Hawks Baseball

Dennis has been involved high-level baseball for most his life as a player and coach, including time spent coaching the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Men’s Baseball team.


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BNI Chapter Serves the Homeless

Scott recently joined members of his BNI chapter to feed those in need at the local homeless shelter. He served up hot dogs, potato salad, cookies & watermelon to about 300 people. He says it felt great to aid his community.


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Civil Air Patrol

Andrew has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for over 10 years. He serves as a mentor and instructor for the Cadet programs, focusing on leadership and management. He has logged over 2,000 flying hours searching for downed aircraft and teaching cadets how to fly.


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Youth Sailors of North Texas

Andrew coaches and mentors members of the Youth Sailors of North Texas, and loves working with the kids to help them to become world-class sailors. He has been involved with the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club and Youth Sailing Program since his youth.


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Competitive Sailing

Andrew has been coaching and sailing competitively for a number of years. Recently his crew, Team Bad Moon, won the Southwest Championships for J/24 Sailboats and qualified for the 2015 World Championship in Germany. Congratulations Andrew!


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Peterborough Minor Hockey

Neil served as team manager for his son’s team the Peterborough AAA Petes. During the 2013-14 season, the Petes competed at the OMHA Championships & the OHL Cup. Neil has officially retired from his duties now that his son has been drafted by the OHL Barrie Colts.


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The Childhood League Center

Bill and Sam have established a special fund with the Childhood League Center in Columbus to help families in need. Here they are shown visiting with some of the children at the center, which offers educational programs and therapeutic services.


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Lawrence County Humane Society

Marla doesn’t have a dog ... or does she? Marla supports the local Humane Society and volunteered during its recent fundraising dog walk, serving up hot dogs to hungry participants.


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Elementary School Book Fair

Marla enjoys helping out in her community and recently volunteered at the local elementary school’s book fair.


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Bedford School Electives Day

Pam recently volunteered at her son’s school as part of Electives Day, which offers students unique activities and a chance to learn new skills. She spent her afternoon teaching several groups the basics of sewing with a sewing machine. She is shown here with some of her students and their finished projects.


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AAA Hockey

Kyle puts his skills and experience to good use as the assistant coach of the Huron-Perth Lakers Minor Bantam AAA team, which recently clinched the Alliance Playoff Championship in a series sweep, defeating the Lambton Jr. Sting 2-1 in Game 3.


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Morning Rotary Club of Chillicothe - Street Team

Dave participated in a Spruce Up for Summer project that saw the Second Street Clean-Up Team do some outdoor clean-up to preserve the beautiful downtown core of Chillicothe


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Young Eagles Program

Don volunteers with the Young Eagles, a program that promotes aviation to the younger generations. He was one in a team of pilots who gave rides to 120 kids last year. He is shown here with some of his passengers.


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Lockview Dragons Hockey

John has been heavily involved in minor sports for many decades, as a coach, official and volunteer. Most recently, he’s served as team manager for the Lockview Dragons, which plays in the competitive Metro High School Hockey League.


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Southwest Shakespeare Company

Jim & Liz Good have played an active role in developing the Southwest Shakespeare Company over the last 20 years, serving in many executive roles. Since retiring from the board they continue to volunteer at special fundraising events.


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Bedford School Parent Council

As a Parent Council member, one of the volunteer activities Pam participates in is the Annual Family Fun Night. Along with acting as volunteer coordinator for the event, Pam collects, assembles and auctions off baskets to raise money for school-related needs.


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Baton Twirling

Tori is the club director and head coach of the Festival City Twirlers. Her girls have won numerous Provincial and Canadian Championships and have represented Canada at the last 3 World Championships, bringing home a bronze medal from Switzerland in 2012.


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Pop Warner Football

Ken is a volunteer coach of the Southwest Gulford Jets, a youth football team in the Northwest Midget Pop Warner Football League.


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Paramount Elite Gymnastics

Head Office is proud to support Paramount Elite Gymnastics - Van Nuys, California


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Honor Flight Network

Greg Lowry proudly supports The Honor Flight Network, which flies vets to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials.


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United Way - Retail Division Business Blitz

Congrats to all that participated in our retail division
business blitz put on by the United Way.
It was a great success!


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