Nanaimo Helps Stock The Lockers for Students
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Foundation is once again partnering with local organizations to Stock the Lockers for local students. “While we’ve seen significant economic upheaval due to COVID-19, more children will be coming to school hungry, without supplies, shoes for PE or ill-fitting clothes” according to Foundation Executive Director Crystal Dennison. Community partners assisting with this vital effort include Staples, Country Grocers, Coastal Community Credit Union, The Wave-Wolf, Nanaimo News Bulletin and Woodgrove Centre.
Last year the annual campaign provided 1,200 K-12 students with school supplies, $9000 in athletic, student and grad fees and $7,400 in basic supplies like clothing and gym shoes.
The Foundation also supplied 10,000 food hampers for area families when the pandemic forced schools to close in the Spring.
Desjardins Group Assists in Quebec’s Recovery
The economic recovery is slowly taking hold in Quebec. To assist its individual and business clients, The Desjardins Group is launching a series of measures contained in a recent action plan including:
-extended relief measures to all clients still in a precarious position due to the economic fallout associated with the COVID-19 pandemic
-savings on virtual healthcare services
-$100,000 for solutions to social issues raised by organizations and businesses through the Cooperathon – which will now be online and ask the question “How can seniors and youth share knowledge and experience on an ongoing basis to mutually help each other?
-$1.8 million to for 1,110 scholarships to support students in trade, college or university programs