Simple Definition of kindness
: the quality or state of being kind
: a kind act
In April of 2016 the City of Dawson Creek, in partnership with TC Energy (formally known as TransCanada), launched the Kindness Meter Initiative. The Kindness Meters are made out of refurbished parking meters and are located in four different locations around Dawson Creek: the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, the Calvin Kruk Centre, the Memorial Arena, and outside of the Chamber of Commerce. Every year two local community groups who applied to the program (application below) are picked to receive the funds collected over the time period and in turn, TransCanada matches the funds for those groups.
The two groups receiving the funds for 2021 are the Kiwanis Child Care Centre and the South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society.
“The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre and the Kiwanis Child Care Centre, which comprise the Kiwanis Arts Centre Society, are very thankful to be apart of the Kindness Meter program. The Kiwanis Arts Centre Society is a registered charity dedicated to serving the artistic and cultural needs of children and their families living in the South Peace Region of British Columbia. The Society operates a performing arts centre in Dawson Creek and oversees the centre’s programs and services. The Society also operates the only year-round group daycare centre in Dawson Creek, the Kiwanis Child Care Centre.”
~Kiwanis Child Care Centre
“The South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society is very thankful for the Kindness Meter Initiative. We are a community based, non-profit society dedicated to providing comfort, support services and resources to clients, families and friends dealing with end of life, experiencing loss or bereavement. We offer access to hospital beds with our Bed Program. Referral’s may be made by patients, families, friends, physicians, social workers, or home nurses. We provide educational workshops, community awareness of issues about end-of-life care, self-care, and palliative care. We support the School District #59 Grief and Loss Resource library. Our volunteers are compassionate men and women from our community with the desire to help others, are good listeners, comfortable with silence, empathetic, and non-judgmental. We believe every person has the right to be informed and to participate in decisions affecting their care. Our society is very grateful for the generosity of all the people in our community!”
~South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society
To view past recipients of the Kindness Meter Funds, click here.
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