2012 Corporate Community Award Recipients
Loyal Hair Therapy
Loyal Wooldridge and his staff work in an industry all about bringing out the best in people but they like to take that one step further, setting them a ‘cut’ above the rest. As a small business unable to make large financial donations, they instead donate enough time and hair products to make your hair curl!
Between the hours spent providing free cuts at the Style-a-thon, to styling all the models at various fundraising fashion shows throughout the year, donating pink hair extensions to raise money for the Run for the Cure and being the most popular “talking book” in the Human Library project, they donated 400 hours and almost $4500 in products to help the community, as well as another $3000 out of their pockets. From silent auctions and raffles to give-aways and gift certificates, they go above and beyond in the call of beauty.
Among their biggest causes are the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and the “I AM ME” Anti-Bullying campaign. Their participation in these events were paramount to their success.
They also understand the importance of giving someone a chance. Loyal and his team donate uncounted hours at Marvel College as guest speakers as well as offering mentorship to their graduates by giving them work placements.
Interior Savings Credit Union
For many in Kelowna, Interior Saving has become synonymous with the Fat Cat Festival, for which they’ve been title sponsor of for the past 23 years. But the locally based credit union does so much more.
Committed to contributing more than three percent of operating income annually back to their communities, they focus on three areas: youth, health and economic development. Last year’s almost $270,000 was invested into the Kelowna community including $23,500 raised from in branch fundraising as well as collecting $2400 worth of in kind items and 700 hours of time spent volunteering.
In Kelowna, more than 30 individual donations totaling over $15,000 went to support local events, youth sports teams and projects. As well, 18 different community events were supported with more than $80,000 in sponsorship. In addition, the Interior Savings’ Community Investment Fund provided six projects based out of Kelowna with over $130,000 in funding while supplying more than $17,000 in bursaries for Kelowna high school and post secondary students.
The Connecting Seniors in Acute Isolation Project, Okanagan Car Share Co-op as well as building a challenge course at Silver Lake Camp are just some of their other projects they’ve been involved in, helping to keep Kelowna active and connected.