Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WELLNESSFITS EXTRA MILE AWARDS

We are honoured to receive accolades from the Canadian Cancer Society and Healthy Family BC for our efforts in building a healthy workplace culture based on leveraging community partnerships and a strong commitment to employee health.

Since April 2012 businesses across BC have used the WellnessFits program- a joint initiative of the Cancer Society and the BC Government - to support the health and wellness of their employees.  The first ever WellnessFits Extra Mile Awards showcased the workplace champions and wellness committees whose hard work and dedication help employees across the province live healthier and happier lives.


The awards ceremony, held March 24 in Vancouver, saw Bronze, Silver and Gold Extra Mile Awards presented to businesses across the province that showed creativity, ingenuity and dedication through the development of workplace wellness programs.

Kootenay Savings’ nomination highlighted the specific Educate, Act, and Support strategies provided for all our employees in 2014-15, including Early Detection, Healthy Eating, Healthy Minds, and Physical Activity.  Judging criteria was based on efficacy, creativity, employee feedback, and contribution to overall workplace culture.

WellnessFits reports that there were 35 submissions for the Extra Mile Awards, and the caliber of the nominees in the Gold category was so high that the judges decided to give away two gold awards – to Kootenay Savings and the City of Vancouver!

Congratulations to all the other honourees and thank you to all our Kootenay Savings’ wellness champions who helped make this honour possible.

To learn more about WellnessFits, and how the program is helping create healthier workplaces, visit www.wellnessfits.ca.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#JEANUP FOR KIDS: Jeans Day 2016

For 25 years now the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has held an annual Jeans Day to help raise money towards providing the essential services, research and advanced technology necessary to make leading pediatric care accessible to our province’s one million children.


Tomorrow, our employees will be showing showing their support for BC Children's Hospital by purchasing a $5 button or $20 lapel pin and wearing jeans to work in celebration of Jeans Day 2016.

This year alone for Jeans Day we've collected $800 to help out the kids at the Hospital, carrying on our proud tradition of supporting quality healthcare both locally and provincially!

Friday, April 15, 2016

MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON EARTH DAY

THINK GREEN!  Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day is a worldwide event held to increase awareness and inspire appreciation of Earth and its natural environment, as well as provide the opportunity for positive actions and results.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and saw more than 20 million people participate across the globe.  Today, more 500 million people in over 175 countries observe the day!

What can you do to think green and celebrate Earth Day?  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s just a few…
  • Plant or pledge a tree. 
  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • Try not to print documents unless you have to.  Print double-sided whenever you do print.
  • Carpool, bike or take public transportation to work.
  • Drop off old electronics for recycling.  Many elementary schools collect old electronics as a fundraiser, or you can take them to your local recycling depot.
  • Talk to your local Kootenay Savings branch about the benefits of eStatementsonline and mobile banking... then sign up!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

YES CAMP: The Adventure of a Lifetime!

Looking for an adventure you’ll never forget? Look no further!  YES Camp at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island is an amazing life-changing experience for teens age 14 to 18, and once again Kootenay Savings wants to sponsor FOUR Kootenay teens to attend the YES Camp for an action-packed week of fun, learning and leadership.


Focusing on co-operation, communication, leadership, and self-esteem, participants come home with a new perspective, new skills and the confidence to be a leader in their communities.  With tons of fun games, events and activities - including canoeing, hiking, swimming, talent shows, ultimate frisbee, and arts and crafts - campers are sure to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t delay! Deadline to apply for sponsorship is May 31, 2016. Click on the links below for more information:  
Questions?  Please email community.foundation@kscu.com or call 250.368.2683. 

* Please note: Previously Kootenay Savings-sponsored campers are eligible to receive 50% sponsorship.