The YES Fund for Snuneymuxw First Nation

The Yellow Point Ecological Society (Y.E.S.) has set a goal to raise $2,500 to assist young people from the Snuneymuxw First Nation to engage in sports and athletic activities including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, paddling, workouts and strength training. The funds will be given to the Snuneymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre to help young men and women overcome financial barriers to participation in sports.

Suicide rates among First Nations are six to eleven times the Canadian average, but the Snuneymuxw have been suicide-free for six years. Bill Yoachim, a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and executive director of Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services, credits the change to their determination to include youth in reviving traditional Snuneymuxw culture and to youth engagement in athletic programs, which make people feel alive.

It is for this reason that we want to contribute, to encourage continued engagement and success.

Help us raise funds to assist young people of the Snuneymuxw First Nation to engage in sports and athletic activities. Click here to make a donation.

Tax Planning and Insured Donation Strategies

with Brenda McEachern, Wealth and Tax Planning Consultant, Canada Life

This session has something for everyone – financial advisors, lawyers, accountants. Brenda is an estate lawyer and tax planning consultant who helps advisors develop advanced estate plans for clients in the business and affluent markets. In consultation with allied professionals, she develops proposals focusing on generational wealth transfer, tax-efficient investment and insurance strategies, asset protection and philanthropy.

Continuing Education credits available*



November 21, 2017

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Cocktail reception to follow


Nanaimo Golf Club

2800 Highland Blvd, Nanaimo, BC


Registration fee $30




Brenda McEachern

As an estate and tax planning consultant with Canada Life’s national estate and tax (NEAT) planning team, Brenda develops and implements advanced estate and tax planning strategies, and helps advisors deliver value-added services to a select group of clients in the business and affluent markets.

Prior to joining the NEAT team in 2001, Brenda managed her own law firm for nine years before merging her practice with a larger firm in Vancouver. She worked closely with small-business owners and professionals, developing expertise in corporate reorganizations, estate freezes, family trusts and succession planning for both entrepreneurs and families.


* 1.50 CE Credits – Institute Accredited CE (Advocis), 2 hours of CPD credits approved by the Law Society of BC, May qualify for continuing professional development (CPD) – Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia


Random Act of Kindness Day 2017

RAK Card - Template re-design

On November 3rd, 2017, the Nanaimo Foundation will be once again participating in Random Act of Kindness Day®, recognizing simple acts of kindness and humanity throughout our community!

Last year, 260 communities across Canada championed this event. We invite you to help celebrate this special day this year!

Want to participate? Our Random Act of Kindness Day® cards are circulating around our community. These cards encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone – a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and then hand the card over to that person – inspiring them to do the same for someone else.

Some great examples of how to use the Random Act of Kindness Cards are:

Pay it forward to your employees…

  • Treat everyone to coffee and donuts in the morning.
  • Allow your staff to leave a half hour early on November 3rd.
  • Send an e-card to your employees letting them know how much you appreciate them.

Pay it forward to your co-workers…

  • Share your “to die for” chocolate chip cookies with your cubicle mates.
  • Offer to make the morning coffee run for everyone.
  • Make a point of thanking a co-worker for their help on a recent project.

Pay it forward to someone you don’t even know…

  • Purchase a coffee for someone at your local coffee shop
  • Open and hold a door for someone.
  • Pay the parking meter for someone if you see it’s getting low.

Need more ideas? Check out 101 Random Acts of Kindness via The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, which initiated Random Act of Kindness Day in 2008.

Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to touch the lives of others, making our world a better place to live. Help spread the word and share your Random Acts of Kindness online through social media using the #rakday hashtag on both Twitter and Facebook!

Posters and cards are available at no charge. For more info or to get involved, phone us at 250.667.4292 or email


Download the 2017 RAK Poster and RAK Card


Mid Island Gives

Mid Island Gives is a GivingTuesday movement in Central Vancouver Island–founded by a team of local charitable organizations.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 is GivingTuesday.




We have many exciting events planned in Nanaimo this year.

Planned Giving Lunch and Learn – November 1st

Mid Island Gives Charity Expo – November 1st

The Mid Island Gives Un-Event – November 28th

Visit for all the exciting details!

GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back around the world, across Canada and in our own community. It is an opportunity for charities, companies and individuals to join together and promote support for favourite causes. It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Join Mid Island Gives as a partner nonprofit organization to highlight your important work in our community.

Join Mid Island Gives as a supporter and pledge how you will make a difference.


Help us show Islanders Give More!

Join our movement to inspire giving.

Volunteer. Donate. Share.


Thank You Tom Harris

Thank you Tom Harris for your enduring dedication to our community. Your generosity, volunteerism, and community spirit has forever enriched Nanaimo.

Thank you, as well, for serving more than 16 years on the Nanaimo Foundation Board of Directors. It has been an honour and a privilege to know you, work alongside you, and benefit from your guidance.

We feel a deep sense of loss for our community, and personal sadness in the passing of a dear friend.

You have left an indelible impact on us.  We’ll do you proud, Tom.


Information on making a gift to The Tom Harris Community Endowment Fund can be found here.

Thank you Doug Johnston

On November 3rd, Doug announced the establishment of the Johnston Family Fund at the Nanaimo Foundation.

Doug has become one of the Foundation’s strongest advocates, in addition to joining the Nanaimo Foundation Community Engagement Committee.

How I Got Involved

My involvement with the Nanaimo Foundation began last spring when I was invited to a presentation by my long time friend and Nanaimo Foundation Board of Director, Tom Harris.

Although I was somewhat aware of the activities of the Nanaimo Foundation, I honestly did not fully appreciate how efficient this organization was. They operate out of donated office space and their administrative costs are extremely low.

I was also very impressed with their flexibility for the donors where they are provided many different alternatives on how their donations are spent.

There are numerous different endowment funds for a diverse number of purposes including the Nanaimo Museum, The Port Theatre and Legacy Funds from the BC Summer Games.

I noticed that all of these various groups are Nanaimo-based and the funds stay in the community.

What I really found exciting was the possibility of establishing my own personal family endowment with a donation of $10,000.

After listening to a presentation by Development Officer, Laurie Bienert, I was convinced and I am pleased to donate $10,000 to the Nanaimo Foundation to establish the Johnston Family Fund.

Laurie requested that I prepare a memo that hopefully, will help explain the tax benefits of donating stocks held outside of your RRSP’s and RRIF’s directly to a registered charity:

Tax Benefits of Donating Stocks


Giving the Nanaimo Foundation a Home

Thank you Jonathan Lampman and Bob Moss.

The Nanaimo Foundation prides itself on keeping expenses to a minimum. We could not do this without the support of two generous longtime Nanaimo residents. Thanks to Jonathan Lampman and Bob Moss the Nanaimo Foundation office space is fully donated.

Since the spring of 2013, Jonathan Lampman and Bob Moss have donated office space on Front Street to the Nanaimo Foundation. This generous contribution means that more donor dollars are going directly to needs in our community.

“Every time a visitor walks into our office, we are very proud to mention that our space is fully donated by Bob and Jonathan cost-free to the Nanaimo Foundation,” says Daniel Martinez, Nanaimo Foundation Development Director. “This has been a huge draw for many of our donors and supporters.”

Jonathan Lampman is a Partner of Ramsay Lampman Rhodes. Jonathan has been involved in numerous public causes and charitable organizations throughout Central Vancouver Island, including the Founding Chair of the Malaspina University-College Foundation.

Bob Moss is the Founder and Managing Broker of NAI Commercial Central Vancouver Island. Bob has volunteered his time and expertise to many local organizations, including helping other charities secure office space, and is a longtime Rotarian.

The Nanaimo Foundation is very grateful for this donated space in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Thank you Jonathan Lampman and Bob Moss!

Lee Odgers

Lee is a certified financial planner with Freedom 55 Financial. He’s a born and bred Nanaimoite, raising two children in our beautiful city.

Lee has a strong understanding of the value of charitable giving.

Thank you, Lee for sharing the benefits of Donor Advised Funds with your clients and creating valuable support for arts and culture in our community.

We are grateful for your support of the Nanaimo Foundation!

A Significant Donation for Dementia Care

A long-time supporter of the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society, the Nanaimo Foundation presented NTL with a donation of $150K for its new dementia care home on Northfield Road.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Nanaimo Foundation is delighted to deliver a $150,000 gift to Eden Gardens,” said Ted Carson, Chair of the Nanaimo Foundation Board of Directors. “It is excellent to see this state-of-the-art dementia care complex constructed for Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Foundation is honoured to support this vital need in our community.”

With this latest contribution, the Nanaimo Foundation’s support to NTL totals more than $500,000.

“As our largest donor to date, the Nanaimo Foundation truly embodies the kindness and generosity of our community,” says NTL’s Past Chair Mike Herold. “This donation will support our new facility and will allow us to continue to offer the essential compassionate care programs we offer our Elders.”

Along with several Nanaimo Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Carson presented the donation to Mr. Herold and NTL Board of Directors, as construction continues on the new facility and surrounding gardens. NTL and the Nanaimo Foundation share a successful history of working together to support vital services in the community.

Nearly 70 percent completed, the new Eden Gardens facility will provide much larger rooms for its Elders in a village-like atmosphere. The two-story wood framed building will feature communities with neighborhoods, outdoor gardens, a solarium and areas for activities and family visits. It will also serve as a training center for other nursing care facilities in Canada on its Eden Alternative concept. When completed, Eden Gardens promises to be one of the top dementia care facilities in the country.

Nanaimo non-profit organizations receive $70,000

On August 16th in Diana Krall Plaza, the Nanaimo Foundation, in partnership with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and Island Savings, delivered $70,000 in grants to 11 local non-profit organizations.

Each year the Nanaimo Foundation provides grants from its Vital Nanaimo Fund to local charitable organizations to help build vibrancy, health, and resiliency in our community. This year, thanks to the generous support from the Community Foundations of Canada, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and the Island Savings division of First West Credit Union, the Nanaimo Foundation’s annual granting capacity has more than doubled, creating a historical moment for the Nanaimo Foundation.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, led by the Community Foundations of Canada, was established to provide funding to charitable organizations from coast to coast to coast in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from across our country, this fund aims to activate a groundswell of local initiatives and engage Canadians in a wide range of projects that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Since 2014 Island Savings has been a corporate partner of the Nanaimo Foundation and the presenting sponsor of the Nanaimo Foundation’s Vital Signs® report. Island Savings is the first corporate partner in the Nanaimo Foundation’s 34 year history to support the Foundation’s annual Vital Nanaimo Fund grants, making possible three of the 2016 Nanaimo Foundation grants.

“Community vitality is the Nanaimo Foundation’s purpose, promise and passion,” said Ted Carson, Board of Directors Chair of the Nanaimo Foundation. “We are grateful and honoured to receive support from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and Island Savings as they join us in proudly funding local organizations that are making a big difference in our community.”

“Canada’s 150th is a historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to one another,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “The collaborative Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will spark thousands of initiatives and activities that bring out the best that Canada has to offer. The Fund will encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that fosters a greater sense of belonging, inclusion, and reconciliation, leaving a lasting legacy for our communities and our country.”

“As a business committed to improving the lives of Island families, we took the findings from the latest Vital Signs report to heart and I’m very proud that we’ve found an impactful way to partner with the Nanaimo Foundation on these new grants,” says Randy Bertsch, president of Island Savings. “We focus on the socio-economic health of each neighbourhood we serve and, as a result, will continue to align our services, employment opportunities and community investment program to support the long-term wellbeing of Nanaimo families and children.”


Grants delivered to the 11 local non-profit organizations aim help build community and respond to local priorities:




Gyro Club of Nanaimo – contributing to the construction of Beban Community Bike Park—a bike skills park and youth-oriented physical activity centre.






Literacy Central Vancouver Island – assist with improvements to the exterior of their heritage building, showcase and create awareness of Canadiana books and local authors, and build awareness of their literacy programs.





Nanaimo Art Gallery – contributing to the commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and Nanaimo Art Gallery’s 40 years of service to the community, in commissioning Marianne Nicolson, an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent to create a dynamic new public artwork.






Nanaimo Brain Injury Society – assisting in the development of an online community resources and engagement program to enhance health outcomes for individuals with acquired brain injuries and their caregivers.




Nanaimo Foodshare Society – aiding in the construction of an urban five acre farm project that will bring individuals and groups together to learn agriculture skills and restore one of the region’s original five acre parcels to a working and learning community farm space, while addressing local food insecurity by providing long-term solutions.




Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association – assisting in the production of a jazz festival in downtown Nanaimo in celebration of the first Canadian jazz recordings 100 years ago, in recognition of the jazz educational programs and professional performers of Nanaimo.





Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society – helping in the development of the Spirit of Place project.  A project inviting community members to participate in artistic expression celebrating belonging, tolerance, diversity and understanding.





Vancouver Island University Foundation – assisting with VIU’s Indigenous Speaker Series and the associated conference.  This speaker series is focused on issues of national importance relating to the struggles, triumphs and lived experience of Indigenous peoples, and their impact within a diverse Canadian society.




Write to Read project – helping in the construction of a library on Snuneymuxw’s First Nation reserve land; a project aimed at reconciliation, community, understanding and literacy.







Gabriola Community Hall Association – support for the commissioning of a local artist to paint a large mural depicting Gabriolan history.






Gabriola Island Lions Club – assisting with construction of a new playground in Huxley Park on Gabriola Island to create an inclusive, multi-generational community park that encourages active living and community engagement.