New Westminster Chamber of Commerce develops fire relief fund

New Westminster,BC, October 16, 2013 - The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been working to develop a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that have been affected by the fire last week. In partnership with Westminster Savings, an account has been opened into which any funds raised or donated can be deposited.

Led by Bart Slotman, Director, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, a committee of community members will be set up with a Terms of Reference and Criteria for the purposes of deciding how money raised for victims of the fire should be disbursed. Additional representatives from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement Association and the New Westminster Media will be invited to participate in the committee.

“The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been doing a fantastic job in coordinating relief efforts in the wake of last Thursday’s fire” says Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings. “New Westminster is a close knit community and Westminster Savings is pleased to help coordinate an account into which donations can be made to support those who have been affected.”

The Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee will be tasked with determining the distribution of aid to the business owners and employees directly impacted by the Columbia Street Fire.

“The business community has responded with generosity. It has been very encouraging to see businesses across New West support other businesses for the greater good of the downtown area”, says Christine Conway, New Westminster Chamber President. “The community can get involved both by making donations to support the affected businesses and also by continuing to frequent their favourite downtown shops.”

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account #452538201)


The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber reduces barriers to business, opens new markets for business, provides a cohesive business network and provides programs and services which have a positive impact on your bottom line.

Media Contacts:

Mrs. Christine Conway
President
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
604-521-3778

Ms. Cori Lynn Germiquet
Executive Director
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
604-521-7781

 

 

 

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