DAWSON CREEK – Spare Change? Why not plunk it in an old refurbished parking meter!
In April of 2016 the City of Dawson Creek, in partnership with TransCanada, launched the Kindness Meter Initiative. The Kindness Meters, which were created from refurbished parking meters, are placed in four strategic locations around the community. Every six months two new local community groups are selected from a list of applicants to receive the funds collected over the time period, and then TransCanada matches the funds collected to donate to each group.
City staff successfully applied for a grant from TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which will carry gas from the South Peace to the proposed LNG Canada plant in Kitimat. This grant will provide $10,000 to match donations collected from the meters, thus creating an amazing partnership and opportunity for non-profit groups within our community.
The two groups currently receiving the donations are South Peace Community Resource Society (SPCRS) and the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation, and the City will have a new draw from the applications submitted in December of 2016. When asked about the initiative this is what the two groups had to say.