2016 Empower Award


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Bayview Credit Union is very proud to announce that we are the recipient of a 2017 “Empowering Your Communities” $25,000 award from Concentra to Bayview’s “Play Fore Wishes” Children’s Wish Golf Tournament.

A cheque presentation and reception will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 9:30am at Bayview’s St. George Branch, 4B Wallace Street, St. George, E5C 3P1.

$25,000 Recipient- Bayview Credit Union’s Children’s Wish Golf Tournament (St. George, New Brunswick) ENTRY

“The Children’s Wish Golf Tournament” is a yearly fundraiser that was started by our (St. George Branch) Manager, Wanda McLean, who is also a “wish” mom. Her son Jesse was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive cancer when he was 11 years old. Before Jesse’s passing, he was granted a wish by the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Wanda, along with her husband, Doug, understood the importance of the wish for Jesse. They wanted to raise awareness of the Children’s Wish Foundation and to support the children in their community with a life threatening illness.   It is a much needed break for the child and their entire family from the battery of tests, treatments and hospital stays.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Saint John Chapter is presently working on 54 wishes here in NB.  The Golf Tournament has been very successful over the past 10 years and we have been able to fund many of the local wishes.

With this $25,000 award and our upcoming golf tournament we hope to be able to fully fund the 4 active wishes for our children in Charlotte County. Joining forces with our community to bring this dream to fruition strengthens our ties as we work together for a common goal.

Bayview CEO Lisa Loughery is “Very proud to accept this honour on behalf of the credit union and the Children’s Wish Foundation.  Bayview has always been dedicated to our community and such wonderful recognition is so overwhelming.  Both Concentra and Bayview follow co-operative principles that lead us to do more for our communities. The Children’s Wish Foundation is a charitable organization that is very dear to our hearts.  Receiving this generous award from Concentra and the Empowering Your Community campaign will bring smiles to more children.  We are so very proud and thankful.”

You can read about all the winners and their projects here.

You can watch Concentra Staff congratulate the winners here. (Bayview is at 4:11)

Concentra 2017 Empowering Your Community Campaign

This is Concentra’s seventh year of celebrating co-operative values and community initiatives across Canada through their Empowering Your Community campaign. Their 2017 campaign has maintained the momentum they have gathered since 2011, building healthy communities in partnership with Credit Unions across the country.

They maintained their increased support from 2016 by granting two awards of $25,000 each and 15 awards of $10,000 each – a total of $200,000 in contributions to Canadian communities!

This is a milestone year for Concentra: through Empowering they have infused 65+ communities across Canada with well over $1 million since 2011 to support community projects across a spectrum of categories, including arts & culture; financial literacy; health & wellness; housing & emergency shelter; and community centers.