Tom Harris Fund for Families

Tom Harris Fund for Families

A legacy fund created by Tom Harris Cellular

Giving families in need a chance to create a positive experience for their children that they will remember for a lifetime.

Tom Harris was a charismatic and loving father, husband, and successful businessman who built the Harris Auto Group on Vancouver Island and Tom Harris Cellular, Canada’s largest TELUS dealer. Tom always cared for the community, giving back through numerous leadership roles in Community organizations such as the Nanaimo United Way, Nanaimo Community Foundation, and Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation.

Sadly, Tom unexpectedly passed away at the age of sixty-seven in Roche Harbor, Washington on June 29, 2017.

To honour and continue Tom’s legacy as a family man and community leader in philanthropy, Tom Harris Cellular has created the Tom Harris Fund for Families. Every year, this Fund will give back to families in need in the local communities that Tom Harris Cellular serves.

Between March and June this year, the Fund aims to raise $25,000 through Tom Harris business partners, local community events, customer donations, and employee contributions. Large celebrations will be held at Tom Harris Cellular locations on June 29, 2018, where a portion of profits will be added to the donations raised.

The total donations will be given back to families facing financial hardship on Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, the BC Interior, and across Alberta.


To make a donation



Step 1: Click here to donate online via CanadaHelps.

Step 2: Scroll down, and select ‘Tom Harris Fund for Families’ in the drop-down menu under ‘Apply your Donation to a Specific Fund’.

Step 3: Make your donation.

A charitable tax receipt will be immediately emailed to you.


By Cheque

Step 1: Cheques must be payable to the Nanaimo Foundation.

Step 2: Note the ‘Tom Harris Fund for Families’ in the cheque memo line.

Step 3: Mail cheque to the Nanaimo Foundation at 205 – 75 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9.

A charitable tax receipt will be mailed to you.


With Publicly Listed Securities

Please contact or call 250-667-4292.

A charitable tax receipt will be mailed to you for the full value of your donation of securities.



For more information, please contact

Nanaimo Foundation

Laurie Bienert, Executive Director


Tom Harris Cellular