Funding from Kia Canada to help projects thrive at two Penticton charities – Penticton News

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Two Penticton-based charities recognized as examples of driving movement and innovation in the community have been selected to receive funding from a new program with Kia Canada.

South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS) and Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprises (PACE) are among the recipients of Kia Communities in Motion, which is “a grassroots enterprise aiming to invest $1.4 million over four years to support local projects that build inclusive communities through innovative programming that encourages movement. »

Kia Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations Canada (CFC), has selected charities and nonprofits across Canada to fund for 2022-2023.

SOICS funds will go to the Moving Ahead project, which will work to improve access to transportation and settlement assistance for newcomers in rural and remote communities through driving lessons, bike transport and safety and intensive English courses.

“It can take approximately 15 years for newcomers to settle in Canada, and this initiative aims to ease the process and improve the well-being and sense of belonging for individuals and families,” the statement said. hurry.

PACE will use the donation for The Rusty Springs Business Manual, which aims to provide a blueprint on how to start and run a successful mattress recycling program for social purpose organizations.

“Not only will the program create and provide jobs for disenfranchised people across the province, it will save thousands of mattresses from being landfilled in British Columbia each year, contributing to the ultimate goal of the program. to have zero buried mattresses in British Columbia within five years.

Kia announced on Wednesday the nine charities receiving funds.

A complete list of organizations funded for 2002-23 can be found below:

  • Black Boys Code Society, Black Boys Code’s Windsor Advancement Project, Windsor, ON
  • Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., Young Women in Motion: Breaking Barriers with Biking, Windsor, ON
  • Sexual Health Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Transformation Project, Bridgewater, NS
  • Dalhousie University, A Black People’s History of Canada, Halifax, NS.
  • SaskAbilities, Bridging Service Collaborative, Yorkton, SK
  • Kici Anishinabek Kananakachiwewat Community Service Co-operative, Creation of a regional language and culture program Saulteaux, Kamsack, SK
  • South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, Moving Ahead, Penticton, BC
  • Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprises, Rusty Springs Business Manual, Penticton, BC.
  • Défi sportif AlterGo, “At my school”, Montreal, QC

“The first year of Kia Communities in Motion will see many incredible opportunities to drive local innovation, inspiration and movement, meeting the diverse needs of people across the country,” Elias El-Achhab, vice- president and chief operating officer of Kia Canada said in the press release.

“At Kia, we recognize the importance of the incredible work being done at the grassroots level. Communities know better than anyone what they need, and we are thrilled to support these important initiatives that are enabling the betterment of our world and the critical change that comes with it.

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