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Westminster Savings Foundation donates $10,000 to Special Olympics British Columbia

Funding will support registered athletes in Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, TriCities, New Westminster and Ridge Meadows.

New Westminster, B.C., February 18, 2015 - More than 900 Special Olympics athletes in BC will enjoy the benefits of high-quality sports training programs thanks to a $10,000 grant from Westminster Savings' charitable foundation.

The funding will help support Special Olympics BC programs in Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, TriCities, New Westminster and Ridge Meadows throughout 2015. The grant is part of Westminster Savings’ community investment program, Project Better Balance, which provides access to arts and active living opportunities in the communities the credit union serves.

"At Westminster Savings, we believe that active living provides numerous mental and physical health benefits that enrich the lives and wellbeing of individuals and our communities," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "That's why we are honoured to support Special Olympics BC as they help local athletes gain confidence, skills and friendships through sport."

Special Olympics provides opportunities for athletes to train year round, with programs that focus on fitness, nutrition and the development of superior sport and motor skills.

"We are delighted to receive this donation from the Westminster Savings Foundation," says Rachel Borer, Manager Community Development, Special Olympics BC. "The funds will provide critical support to help local programs invest in new equipment, uniforms, coach training, access to competition, and increase overall participation numbers."

In addition to sport training, Special Olympics BC also offers coach certification programs, as well as leadership training that provides athletes with the skills needed to be confident, inspirational leaders both in their Special Olympics BC programs and in the community at large.

About the Westminster Savings Foundation

With $8.7 million in assets, Westminster Savings Foundation is one of the largest credit union foundations in Canada. It has contributed to more than $2.6 million in financial support to local organizations since its incorporation in 1993. The foundation receives all of its capital from Westminster Savings Credit Union and income earned on this capital helps fund donations to a variety of charitable organizations in our communities each year. For more information about Westminster Savings Foundation, visit

About Westminster Savings Credit Union

Established 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 Special Olympics BC

Special Olympics BC is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. In 57 communities around the province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports and youth programs to more than 4,300 athletes of all ages, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,300 volunteers. For more information, please visit

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Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings