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 on the southwest corner of the Mile 0 Intersection downtown. 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, TC Energy matches the funds for those groups.
The two groups receiving the funds for 2022 are the South Peace Child Development Centre and The Ark.
“The South Peace Child Development Centre (SPCDC) is thankful for the Kindness Meter Initiative and the community spirit it represents. We are a non-profit society, established in 1982, that provides family centered services to the South Peace area.
The SPCDC provides early intervention therapy services (including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology) for children 0 – 5 years of age, with a compliment of wrap around foundational parenting support programs. We offer programming to children and youth with diverse needs through our Lifeskills and Respite Program. The majority of the 330+ referrals we received last year came from parents, followed closely by Public Health. Our model of family centred practice places the family unit at the foremost and utilizes parent partnerships to enrich the lives of children and youth. Our community programs include two licensed preschools, a daycare, and workshops that provide parents with education and strategies for raising healthy children.
We are grateful to be selected and for the generosity of our community.”
~South Peace Child Development Centre
“The Ark Board and volunteers are very thankful for the Kindness Meters program donations.
The Ark began in 1989 and has been in operation for 30 years. It operates under The Dawson Creek Youth Center Society and is a non-profit organization. We are a recreation facility that has proven to be a place that not only provides activities for youth, but also one that partners with parents and the community to develop a caring environment for youth. Our desire is to aid in developing youth with a sense of community, responsibility, and availability.
The Ark’s programs provide an atmosphere that promotes active living. We are committed to fair play and the development of each individual to meet their full potential. Our mandate is to create an exciting environment and to provide a positive, affordable alternative where all kids are given the opportunity to participate. All youth are encouraged to come and are valued as individuals.”
~The Ark (The Dawson Creek Youth Center Society)
To view past recipients of the Kindness Meter Funds, click here.
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