Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 

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Warm Front

Community responds to winter clothing call

By Voice staff/file photo


Homeless people at Five Corners niche park in Chilliwack.


he results are in! This year’s Turn Down the Heat Week campaign resulted in more than 4000 businesses across the province turning down the thermostat to save energy, while collecting a mammoth 2200 items of warm clothing for local charities.


According to Cara Dedels, executive assistant Downtown Chilliwack BIA said the community responded in a huge way.


"We just completed Turn Down The Heat Week sponsored by Fortis BC and organized by BIABC. Energy savings tips where provided to the BIA membership and to customers on a post card at participating drop off locations, " said Dedels. "The Drop Off locations were TTF Education Centre, Dicken’s Sweets and Chilliwack Community Services."


Dredel went on to say that "Collectively the count was just shy of 100 sweaters and jackets donated to the Chilliwack Salvation Army. I didn’t get any photos this time around. We’ll be sure to capture some for next year."
The annual campaign ran from November 4 to 10 and was a joint initiative between Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) and FortisBC, which encouraged B.C. businesses and their customers to turn down the heat and donate warm clothing to those in need.


Nearly 20 B.C. business improvement areas (BIAs) took part this year, spanning the province including communities on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Thompson-Okanagan.


“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s campaign. Once again we see that Turn Down the Heat Week proved to be a great opportunity to rally the community together for a good cause. Local businesses were able to give back by collecting donations for charities across the province and share the important message of energy conservation,” said Kendra Johnson, president, BIABC. “We are truly grateful for FortisBC’s continued support through providing energy saving tips and rebates for businesses as well as resources for the campaign. t them, we wouldn’t be able to encourage businesses and consumers to get serious about saving energy in the same way.”
Participating BIAs and their member businesses encouraged their customers, fellow businesses and municipalities to turn down the thermostat. Many found creative ways to raise awareness of energy conservation. Some businesses held sales of winter apparel and hot drinks, and some even provided incentives of hot chocolate, coffee and gifts in exchange for sweater donations.


About Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia
BIABC champions strong, vibrant and successful downtowns, main streets and commercial districts throughout British Columbia. BIABC represents 60 BIAs and 60,000 businesses throughout B.C.





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