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Westminster Savings making summer camp possible for Burnaby families

New Westminster, B.C., May 25, 2015 – Up to 40 Burnaby children from economically disadvantaged homes will be going to the arts or active living summer camp of their choice, thanks to a $6,900 grant from Westminster Savings. The funding is part of the 2015 Camping Bureau from the Burnaby Community Services Society, which hopes to send a total of 350 kids to camp in 2015.

According to the Burnaby Community Services Society, almost 20% of Burnaby households have incomes below $20,000, primarily due to factors such as unemployment, lack of high school graduation, single-parenthood, recent immigration, and a high percentage of income spent on housing. Children subsidized for camp include troubled youth, newcomers, children from single parent families and those with physical or developmental disabilities or teen mothers.

"Summer camp allows a child to explore a world beyond their own neighbourhood, make new friends, develop new skills, and build self-esteem," says Stephen D'Souza, Executive Director of Burnaby Community Services. "For children from low-income families, camp is a chance to see beyond their immediate circumstances and to experience new opportunities. They can dream of a future which may have seemed unrealistic, and develop skills to help them reach that dream."

"Participating in the arts and active living plays an important role in the development of our children and our community as a whole," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "We're proud to fund the Burnaby Camping Bureau so that local children, regardless of any financial barriers they face, have the opportunity to get active, express their creativity and experience all of the other joys that summer camp brings."

Westminster Savings is supporting the Burnaby Camping Bureau as part of Project Better Balance, a community investment program to help individuals and families achieve better balance in their lives by providing greater access for participation in the arts and active living. Information about Westminster Savings' Project Better Balance program is available at

About Westminster Savings

At $3.2 billion in assets under management, more than 55,000 members and 393 employees, Westminster Savings is amongst the largest credit unions in Canada. Known for its customer and community focus, people oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers' evolving needs. In 2014, Westminster Savings was named as one of the Best 50 Employers in Canada for the third consecutive year in a study by a global human resources consulting firm, Aon Hewitt.

About Burnaby Community Services

Founded in 1971, Burnaby Community Services is a charitable society providing a voice, resources and opportunities to people who need support. We believe change can only happened when people are empowered to improve their lives and their community. Currently, we offer a range of programs and publications to support families with low income and isolated seniors.

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings