Credit Union performs a financial miracle for local groups

The Revelstoke Credit Union capped its very successful Annual General Meeting on Tuesday by handing out $52,190 in grants to local community groups. As you can imagine, the credit union’s Annual Giving Awards ceremony put a lot of smiles on people’s faces. Here, in no particular order) are the recipients of this year’s awards and the people who accepted them: Ian Tomm, Canadian Avalanche Association, $2,000 for its Avalanche Safety Program; BR Whalen, Multicultural Society, $2,000 to sustain its speaker and film series; Ruth Boettger, the Seniors’ Association, $1,500 to maintain its volunteer coordinator position; Taryn Walker, RSS, $1,200 for the school’s Screen Smart program; Kristal Bradshaw, Community Connections, $2,500 for the summer day camp program; Patti Larson, the Community Connections Food Bank, $5,000 for the Food Bank; Capt. Kelly Rienks, the Rocky Mountain Rangers Cadets, $3,000 for the purchase of climbing equipment; Jennifer Dunkerson, executive director of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society, $1,000 for website development; Malene Behncke, Revelstoke Ski Club, $3,000 towards the purchase of a new van; Debra Wozniak, Revelstoke Community Foundation, $1,500; Neills Kristensen, Revelstoke Arts Council, $1,500 towards the creation of a regularly scheduled Youth Cocoa House program; Mary Kline, Skating Club, $1,500 towards its Winter and Spring C arnivals; Brian Sumner, BC Interior Forestry Museum, $1,000 for website and network upgrades; Ed Jaateenmaki, Model Railroad Club, $1,000; Linda Chell, Childcare Society, $3,000 for childcare capital projects; Tracy Spannier, Early Childhood Development Committee, two $3,500 cheques Williamsons lake playground equipment and a number of new initiatives; Janette Vickers, Bear Aware Society, $3,000; Andre Bascu, Nordic Ski Club, $1,790 for race timing equipment; Josie McCulloch, Family Literacy, $3,000; Suzanne Grieve, the annual Bike to Work Week program, $700; Cathy English, Revelstoke Museum & Archives, $1,500 for its ski history project; Lisette Valdmanis, Revelstoke and District Humane Society, $2,000 for its spay-neuter program. Alan Chell, Malcolm Bott and Pat McKee of the Credit Union's Community Giving Committee are posed in front of the grant recipients. David F. Rooney photo