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Long-term SOURCES sponsorship creates lasting friendships

As one of SOURCES’ longest-serving gala sponsors, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club has become more like a family than a supporter over the past 20 years.

“It’s always a great experience to be with our friends at SOURCES and the gala is an annual event that the whole team looks forward to,” explains Frank Fourchalk, general manager for the West Coast Golf Group which owns the Hazelmere venue.  “We have a lot of long-term employees here and it’s nice when we have these events, year in and year out, because we can all look forward to working with everyone again.”

As the all-important gala venue sponsor, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club plays a key role in the annual SOURCES gala – with Hazelmere staff getting involved in a new gala theme each year.  “It’s our time to shine and it makes us feel good in hosting the event,” says Fourchalk.  “It allows us to commit our support even more and it lets staff get really involved due to executing the event.”

Working side by side with SOURCES staff and contractors, Hazelmere staff function both behind the scenes and in front, helping to ensure that the gala is a success.  “We have so much familiarity and short-hand between the two teams which really helps us to adapt to what happened with COVID-19 – we had to do what we never thought we would have to do and it seemed like every two minutes we were pivoting and making adjustments,” notes Fourchalk.

This year, due to the pandemic, the SOURCES gala was first postponed from spring until fall and then, eventually, hosted virtually with SOURCES volunteers delivering the dinner meal, prepared by Hazelmere’s chef, directly to gala attendees.

The year 2022 will be Hazelmere’s 60th anniversary and, having been part of the community for so long, Fourchalk says he has seen the benefits of helping others first hand.  “The scope of services that SOURCES offers is incredible and why it’s important to support an agency that is local and doing great things for the community.”

Prospera honoured to partner with SOURCES

Prospera is a proud sponsor of the Sources Foundation. Since 2009, Prospera has contributed more than $42,000 towards the Sources Food Bank, annual galas and other programs.

At Prospera, we take pride in being a part of the communities we operate in by supporting local initiatives. Through our community investment program, we remain dedicated to creating a healthy, more inclusive place to live that enriches the lives of families, children, and individuals. Our partnership with Sources Foundation is a testament to that commitment.

During the pandemic and beyond, Sources Foundation has continuously shown an incredible commitment to supporting our communities. Prospera was delighted to support the “Run for the Roses” online event benefitting homeless-prevention programs, mental health services and more. For many years, Prospera has also supported the Food Bank program to ensure that people in need have access to food resources; which is in more demand now during the pandemic.

With their year-long support services that range from health care to poverty relief and food programs, Prospera is honoured to have the opportunity to partner with Sources.

Helping others is what it means to be part of the community

Part of crafting sustainable local communities that offer ecologically-friendly solutions also means giving back to local community organizations says David Chan, senior owner and branch manager for Aplin and Martin, a company known for its world-class team of civil engineers, architects, land surveyors and urban planners.

“Supporting a great cause like SOURCES allows us to give back some of the benefits we’ve gained through our own growth,” Chan explains.

Established 52 years ago, Aplin and Martin has experienced tremendous growth in the past 10-15 years, expanding from 65 employees to nearly 200.  With offices in B.C., Alberta and Ontario as well as a headquarters in Surrey, B.C., the company decided five years ago to become a gold level SOURCES gala sponsor.

“We noticed some of our industry partners were also sponsors so we knew this would be a good community organization to support,” says Chan.

The SOURCES gala is an annual fundraising event that, typically, raises more than $200,000 to support various programs that help the homeless, hurt and hungry.  This year, the funds will be used to support SOURCES COVID-19 “Comfort and Care” response fund during a time of unprecedented demand for services that include mental health counselling, food banks and the SOURCES rent bank.

“I’ve been to the SOURCES gala a few times…it’s always a great event,” Chan says.  “I love trying my luck on the silent auction, although I don’t always win, and I love the Hazelmere golf course.”

“But, the most important part is knowing that we have helped others who are struggling or facing adversity in their lives because that is truly what it means to be part of the community.”

Golf tournament fundraising goes virtual

For the past 31 years, the Semiahmoo Rotary Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $1.4 million to fund many community projects. Normally held in June, this year’s golf tournament has been postponed until Tuesday, September 08 and modified for Covid-19 safety.

“Although this event was at risk of being cancelled earlier this year, the incredible news is that it’s now sold out with 144 golfers attending and, for the first time ever, there are two ways in which members of the public can participate and support their community at the same time,” explains David Young, CEO of SOURCES.

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