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Westminster Savings sending inner city school groups to Vancouver International Children’s Festival

New Westminster, BC, April 30, 2015 – Is there one field trip from your youth that you will never forget? A day that was just so fun that you still remember every moment? Westminster Savings is hoping to offer "the best field trip ever" to hundreds of inner city elementary school children this summer as well as spark a new generation of arts enthusiasts.

The Westminster Savings Foundation has provided the Vancouver International Children's Festival with a $14,000 grant for the Adopt a Class program in 2015. The program ensures that children in inner city elementary schools throughout Metro Vancouver have equal access to the valuable educational opportunities offered at the Festival.

"The Adopt a Class program brings children who would otherwise be unable to attend the Festival to the event providing them with an opportunity to engage in the arts watching shows from around the world and by creating their own art through the onsite activities," says Katharine Carol, Artistic Director, Vancouver International Children's Festival.

Through the grant, Westminster Savings is sending 14 groups (more than 900 children in total) from schools across Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Ridge Meadows, Surrey and Langley to spend the day at the Festival, including transportation, admission and tickets to feature performances.

"We recognize the impact that access to arts performances and activities can have on a child, particularly for those in schools with limited resources," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "Access to the arts can increase confidence, creativity, personal expression and critical thinking, characteristics that we believe help create better balance in our children and our communities. That's why we're proud to support the Adopt a Class program at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival."

To celebrate its support for the Adopt a Class program, Westminster Savings and the VICF are helping to kick-off the Port Coquitlam May Day festival on May 1 with a free performance by past festival performers, Circus West.

May Day Opening Ceremony
PoCo Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Ave.
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Opening Ceremony 7:30 pm

Westminster Savings is supporting the Vancouver International Children's Festival 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 the Vancouver International Children's Festival

A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the VICF has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences for more than 38 years. Presenting acclaimed Canadian and international professional performances, numerous hands-on arts activities, roving performers and more, the Festival will welcome 25,000 or more children, parents and educators for the 38th annual Festival running May 25-31, 2015. For more information, visit

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings