The power of charity is what drives a group of former BC Hydro workers. The Quesnel chapter of the BC Hydro Power Pioneers just scored a hat trick of donations to local causes the group feels affinity for. A total of $1,500 was divided equally among the Quesnel Community Foundation, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Society (QDSS).
The Quesnel Community Foundation is one of the city’s main philanthropic drivers, as the facilitator of many grants, bursaries, scholarships, with an endowment fund of more than $4-million and growing. By expanding this fund they can expand their efforts to stimulate key areas of the community.
The Auxiliary to G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital runs programs that bring interaction and supplies to patients at Quesnel’s hospital, as well as raise money for things like medical equipment and a scholarship. It is staffed by volunteers and their flagship revenue generator is the hospital gift shop.
The QDSS operates the prominent downtown Quesnel Seniors’ Centre facility, with its many amenities and programs. The next scheduled event there is a pancake breakfast on Dec. 18, another on Jan. 15 and their annual general meeting on Jan. 26.
The BC Hydro Power Pioneers are retirees from the province’s Crown hydroelectric corporation. Their philanthropic work has transformed the province, giving more than $1-million to the BC Children’s Hospital alone.
“We are quite active in Quesnel, we see so much important community work going on that we want to help with, so this is some of what we can do to direct some much needed funding to worthy causes,” said Power Pioneer Rae Daggitt.
The group also bestows an annual scholarship and a community achievement award.