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 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.
Our two groups receiving the funds for 2019 are the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living and Literacy Now.
To view past recipients of the Kindness Meter Funds, click here.
2020 Kindness Meter Recipients
“The Dawson Creek Society for Community Living just celebrated its 61st year of operation; supporting adults with Developmental Disabilities to live independent and dignified lives in Dawson Creek and surrounding areas. In addition to a one-of-a-kind home for aging adults with developmental disabilities, various residences, and Self Help Skills and Home Support Programs, DCSCL also offers the Opportunity Centre; a place where peers can meet up, learn new skills and make new friends! DCSCL has a large and expanding Employment Program including Confidential Shredding, and is proud to help individuals gain valuable skills and meaningful employment. DCSCL also provides numerous units of subsidized housing in Dawson Creek, and runs the senior’s complexes, Rotary Village and Southview, as well as Northview, a Seniors Assisted Living Facility. The funds received from the Kindness Meter will be used to create new and exciting opportunities, both skill-based and social-based, aimed at enhancing the lives of the individuals supported. Thank you from everyone at DCSCL for this kind gesture.”
~Dawson Creek Society for Community Living
“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.” (UNESCO) Literacy is embedded in our everyday lives, so Dawson Creek Literacy Now aims to provide and support a wide range of community literacy programs. We also partner with service providers to enhance literacy programs and events, and promote community engagement and lifelong learning. These funds will help to further support literacy in our community by providing opportunities, resources, and materials to people of all ages and abilities through our workshops, programs and events. Thank you to the City of Dawson Creek for selecting Dawson Creek Literacy Now as a recipient of The Kindness Meters, and thank you to the generosity of the individual donors and TransCanada.”
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