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Westminster Savings Funds Family Days Program at Evergreen Cultural Centre

New Westminster, BC, October 1, 2014 - The Evergreen Cultural Centre is pleased to announce it has received a $3,600 grant from Westminster Savings to support a new monthly Family Days program at its art gallery.

Westminster Savings Family Days aims to help build an appreciation of the arts by bringing families together with an informative and entertaining drop-in program of hand-on arts activities and free access to gallery exhibitions.

The first Westminster Savings Family Days will be held on Saturday, October 11. The drop-in event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is centred on the current exhibition Requiem for a Glacier. Children and families can take part in the Fantastical Instrument Workshop to create unique musical instruments and join the Ice and Snow Band. Musical ability is not required, but imagination and the ability to make noise will ensure a fun time.

"We are very excited to welcome Westminster Savings as a partner for our exciting, new Westminster Savings Family Days program of activities," says Gregory Elgstrand, Curator, Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE). "With this support, we are able to present families in the communities that we serve with the opportunity to share rewarding, engaging and, most of all, fun experiences of the exceptional exhibitions at the AGE."

"Westminster Savings is committed to helping families in our local communities achieve better balance by increasing access to the arts, so we are very pleased to be partnering with the Evergreen Cultural Centre on the Family Days program," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings. "This program will help bring the arts alive for families in an educational and fun way."

The program is part of Westminster Savings’ Project Better Balance initiative, which is intended to provide people with opportunities to get active and engage with the arts. More information about Project Better Balance, including an event calendar of free and low-cost activities, can be found at www.projectbetterbalance.com.

About Westminster Savings

Established almost 70 years ago, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, and wealth management solutions to its members across metropolitan Vancouver. Westminster Savings offers a wide range of online and mobile banking services, access to global ATM networks and extended banking service through its contact centre located in New Westminster. Through its wholly owned leasing subsidiaries, Westminster Savings also provides auto, equipment, and fleet leasing solutions to its customers across the country.

About Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Evergreen Cultural Centre provides exceptional experiences in the fine and performing arts for audiences in the Tri-Cities. The Art Gallery at Evergreen presents professional visual arts programs, while the Performing Arts at Evergreen presents professional performing arts activities in theatre, dance and music. In support of these programs and in support of the organization's commitment to public engagement in the arts, the Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a host of educational activities for young, mature and family audiences to help make art part of their everyday lives. For more information, visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings