New video illustrates how giving to the community gives back

TMTVNEWS.COM VANCOUVER BC, – Research shows that healthy starts in the early years lead to bright futures. This is something that credit unions in BC recognize and actively support.


Every year BC credit unions contribute 25 cents per member to the Success By 6 initiative, a unique partnership between United Ways of BC, Credit Unions of BC and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This early childhood initiative is dedicated to providing all children in BC with a good start in life. In our region 56,353 Credit Union members have contributed $98,300 to date to the Success By 6 initiative.

To thank and recognize credit unions for their support, a video has been created. This informative and creative video will be officially launched on December 1, Canada’s Giving Tuesday.

The video provides an overview of the unique Success By 6 Provincial Partnership in British Columbia, highlights the co-operative work being accomplished in communities across the province, and recognizes credit unions and their members for their continued support of the initiative over the past 12 years.
Highlights from the video include:
 Research shows that healthy starts in the early years lead to bright futures
 Success By 6 supports families and young children by:
o Providing support and resources
o Strengthening the connection between children and their caregivers
o Building supportive communities
o Emphasizing the importance of individual culture and heritage in a child’s life
 Each year Success By 6 funds over 350 programs and services impacting close to 30,000 children across BC
 Every year BC credit unions contribute 25 cents per member, totaling $450,000 annually (which combines with funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and from local United Ways across the province)
 BC credit unions have contributed more than $3 million to Success By 6 so far. Credit unions also give time, resources and business expertise by supporting local community Early Years planning
“Credit unions across BC are happy to support this important initiative every year as one of the many ways they help their communities become strong and healthy,” said Kam Raman, Vice President, Member Relations and Trade Services, Central 1 Credit Union. “There are more than 1.9 million BC residents – one in three – who support this program as credit union members and help young children thrive.”

Success By 6 BC
Success By 6 in BC is a unique, joint initiative of United Ways, Credit Unions of BC, the BC Government through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and Aboriginal and community leaders. The initiative is dedicated to ensuring that children ages 0 to 6 have access to resources and programs that support their healthy growth and development.

Success By 6 builds child- and family-friendly communities through engaging citizens and funding programs that focus on literacy, nutrition, children’s play, parenting, family skills development and more.

The Goals of Success By 6 in British Columbia are to:
 Build community capacity that will support an accessible, comprehensive range of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services for children (0-6 years) and their families.
 Mobilize and leverage resources towards an accessible, comprehensive range of ECD services for children (0-6 years) and their families.
 Raise awareness of the importance of the early years and increase public support for ECD as a community priority.


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Winter counterattack road checks begin across B.C.

Drunk drivers beware.

Counter Attack road checks began today, and will continue throughout the holiday season.

Despite the yearly warnings and the tough laws on the books in B.C., drunk drivers still kill more than 80 people every year.

A quarter of all car crash fatalities are directly related to impaired drivers. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the road checks first launched in 1977 have been effective reducing those numbers, but the they are still too high.


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Scottish climber recovering after grizzly bear attack in Rocky Mountains

GLOBAL BC, TORONTO — A Scottish man says he’s recovering after being attacked by a grizzly bear while climbing in the Rocky Mountains.


On his Facebook page, Greg Boswell says he’s “OK, just a little shook up and sore.”

Boswell, 24, says that after the attack, which left him with gashes in his lower leg, there was a three-hour descent from their camp, followed by a two-hour drive to hospital.

Boswell posted after being treated in hospital that he’s “all stitched up now and on the mend” following Monday night’s encounter with the bear.


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Special education enrolment penalty cuts $229K from Kootenay school district budget

CBC.CA – A B.C. school district is calling the provincial government’s rule on funding for special education enrolment too strict and harmful for students who need the extra support.

In the spring of 2015, the B.C. government slapped a $229,000 penalty on the Kootenay-Columbia school district after an external audit found the district enrolled children in special education classes who did not qualify.

This penalty is contributing to the $1.3 million the Kootenay-Columbia school district has had to cut from its $42 million budget. But the school district says the rules on who qualifies for special education are too “strict” and effectively freeze out children who need the extra support.