We are committed to giving back to the communities where we operate through charitable donations, scholarships and investment in research. KCB and its employees have a long-term affiliation with several charitable groups including the United Way, BC Children’s Hospital, Adopt-A-Family programs, Australia’s Morning Tea and the Calgary Corporate Challenge.
River and Pathway Clean Ups
Teams from Edmonton and Calgary participate in pathway and river clean ups every year. These annual events help clean up the city’s pathways and river banks, while promoting environmental stewardship among its citizens.
Stewardship of an Urban Creek
In Vancouver, staff have volunteered as stewards of Still Creek for the last three years. Still Creek is an urban creek running through Vancouver and Burnaby’s industrialized areas, just a few blocks from KCB’s head office. The work of volunteers resulted in the return of chum salmon to Still Creek in 2011, after an 80 year absence.
Brisbane Staff Shows Support for Men’s Health Issues
In 2015, KCB sponsored the Beyond Blue initiative – Australia’s national depression awareness campaign and the Men’s Health -Queensland sports competition. Sponsoring these events was a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental and physical health issues, and highlighting men’s health issues that go undiagnosed or are ignored.
Support for the Mustard Seed Community Support Centre
The Mustard Seed Community Support Centre provides support to adults experiencing poverty and homelessness by helping them with their basic needs and steering them towards a sustainable life change. In February 2015, a kindhearted group from the Edmonton office spent the evening making and serving dinner for over 200 cold and hungry people. The team enjoyed the experience so much they volunteered at the Mustard Seed later in the year.
Childcare Centre in Huachipa-Nievería, Lima
Several employees of our office in Lima, Peru supported a local childcare centre in a Lima suburb known for its extreme poverty. The childcare centre was established to care for local children aged four and five, who had been joining their parents to work on farms and at brick factories. Initially our staff provided toys for the neediest children, but they wanted to do more. KCB donated funds to help build a new classroom and open up the childcare centre to three year olds. The funds are also being used to purchase a playground for the garden, so the children have a safe place to play.