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Williams Lake Pride

FBB is proud to support the upcoming installation of a rainbow crosswalk in Williams Lake in support of the local LGBT community.

See the original story here. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/for-solidarity-williams-lake-joins-b-c-communities-showing-pride-with-rainbow-crosswalk-1.4707125

 

Exemplary Partnership

Kane was recently asked if he could find some time to write down a few comments as to why he supported Performances in the Park in 2014.   This will give them the chance to win an additional bonus of $5000 toward sponsorship for 2015.  Kane took a few moments out of his very busy day and this is what he had to say:

   Hi Leah, first of all I would really like to thank you and Angela for this honour, it humbles me.  When I go back to that night I was offered the opportunity to speak, I recall what I said, because it came from my heart, it is who I am and how I feel about community and music.

 When I think of music I hear the stories artists tell, I feel their emotion, I am taken to a special place in my mind, in my heart, songs remind me of my feelings, good things, great things and sad things.   Music is a huge part of my life, and I hope that all of us can get that enjoyment out of it. 

 That night at the Performances in the Park, the band played a cover of Semi-sonic the song was Closing Time.  That took me back to a special time in my life, I got that Semi-sonic cd when it came out and could not stop listening to it, the line “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” really resonated with me, you see shortly after that I had my accident and was paralyzed.   It was a time in my life when I had a lot of uncertainty, lots of confusion, and then acceptance at my new opportunities life had to offer me.  So when I hear that song it takes me back to the last trip I took as an able body person, delivering a horse to Grand Forks, BC and right through to my first time in a wheelchair and then off to university.  I just listened to the song now, it is still awesome and brings back all of those feelings.

 Some songs we listen to resonate to our experiences in life, Sara Evans, A little bit stronger makes you think of the break ups you have in life, the loss of love.   Dire Straits Walk of Life reminds me of my Uncle Stephen Day who passed away in a car accident when I was 15, he was my hero, listening to the song brings tears to my eyes sometimes because I still miss him a lot, it also makes me happy because we listened to it together in his Ford truck when I was teenager.  Isn’t it ironic that the song that reminds me of him is called the “Walk of Life” when he has been gone for 25 years, I think of him every day and we have a board room named the Stephen Day Room.  It brings tears to my eyes thinking of this, but that is good, because I feel.  Music has done this for me.

 My favourite song though is the love song, a couples favourite song, maybe one they were listening to when they met, maybe the song that was playing when they had their first kiss, their first dance, or at their wedding.  For me, my favourite song is Lonestar, Amazed.  It is our song, my wife Cara’s and mine.  And I share with you what I said to her and everyone at the crowd in Performances in the Park that warm, magical summer night – “Baby, I’m still AMAZED by you.”

 Thank you Leah, I really appreciate this and the opportunity to assist in this very worthy effort in our community of bringing great music to my fellow citizens at no cost, so they too can enjoy music, and just maybe, just maybe they too will recall some of the special moments in their lives when they listen to the Artists or maybe even have some special moments, like falling in love at one of the Performances in the Park.  These are the gifts of music.

 Live the Dream

 D. Kane Fraser CPA, CA

 

Williams Lake Winter Carnival

The annual Williams Lake Winter Carnival will be held the weekend of January 31-February 1st this year and FBB is pleased to be sponsoring a free skate from 1:2-30pm Sunday February 1st.  Our staff will be attending this event to show support for our community.  Please come and join us and have some family fun.  Don't forget to bring  your skates.

RCMP Regimental Ball   

This year we donated a $1000.00 gift certificate for Always Travel to the RCMP Regimental Ball silent auction. Kane, Cara, Heather and Will attended the event, dressed to the nines, and had a wonderful time! We are pleased to announce that the winning bid for the gift certificate was Robert Tarcon!! Congratulations Robert!!

Williams Lake Harvest Fair and Rodeo

We are very excited to be a sponsor of the Williams Lake Harvest Fair and Rodeo! The event is taking place September 6 & 7 at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds and Curling Rink, and is jammed packed with awesome things to do and see. For more information check out their website at Harvest Fair.

Performances in the Park

We are very excited to be the Gold Sponsor for the Williams Lake Performances in the Park series.

Every Thursday evening in Boitanio Park, the community gathers to support artists from all around that come to perform their original music. The set list includes all genres of music and offers something for everyone of every age. Come out with your lawn chairs or blankets and support this wonderful community event!

For more information on Performances in the Park, please visit centralcaribooarts.com/events/performancespark

Salvation Army Food Bank

This year we held a Chill and Grill at the Salvation Army for the local food bank. The food and drinks were free to everyone, however those that were able donated either cash or in kind to the local food bank. The event was a total success as the weather was perfect, the sun was out and the company was great! The folks who normally run the soup kitchen came over and lent a hand and together we were able to raise over $350.00 plus food donations!

The 88th Annual Williams Lake Stampede! 

We are proud sponsors of one of the largest and longest running events in the Cariboo, The 88th Williams Lake Stampede.

Every year people come from far and wide to take part in the multi-day event that includes the famous professional rodeo, the beloved Stampede Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Street Party and many more family friendly community events. Check out their website for more information on how you enjoy the World Famous Williams Lake Stampede! www.williamslakestampede.com

Williams Lake Boys and Girls Club

The Williams Lake Boys and Girls Club is  a vital part of our community through their support of our local youth by developing programs that challenge their minds, develop their skills and foster self-esteem and confidence to help create a better future for all. We are extremely proud to support them by donating 50% of the proceeds from our Boardroom rentals directly to the organization. To find out more about the W.L and District Boys and Girls Club go to their website at www.bgcwilliamslake.com

Shuswap Language and Culture Course:

Recently the staff from our office took part in the Shuswap Language and Culture Course and was awarded certificates November 26, 2014.  This was a great learning experience for everyone who participated.  Not only did we get to hear from amazing speakers such as author Bev Sellars, Victorine Alphonse, Willie Alphonse and Yvonne Smith, but we got to learn some of the language and history of our native culture. A huge thank you to everyone who participated.

Save the Discovery Coast Ferry 

We at FBB are proud to support the Save the Discovery Coast Ferry Campaign. As active community members we believe that the BC Ferry sailing route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola is a vital component of our regional tourism industry and an integral part of the Bella Coola Valley’s local economic livelihood. The elimination of this ferry route would have a significant socio-economic impact on many communities from North Vancouver Island to Williams Lake, resulting in lost tourism and retail revenues as well as job loss.  To learn more about how you can help Save the Discovery Coast Ferry go to their website at  www.savethediscoverycoastferry.ca.

The 2014 Williams Lake Art Walk

We are proud to sponsor the annual Williams Lake Art Walk by featuring local artist Joan Bingham's amazing work in our Williams Lake office. Joan is a watercolour painter and has many pieces that will be featured throughout our location in August of this year. Come and down and check them out!

The Williams Lake Sportsmen's Association

The WLSA is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of our community's hunting and fishing heritage. The group has been a part of the Williams Lake community for several years and hosts many events that revolve around shooting sports such as archery, and trap shooting. We are proud to support the WLSA and encourage you to check out their website at www.wlsa.ca.

Diamond Dinner:

   This year FBB was pleased to attend the Diamond Dinner and Auction to donate $1000 to the Women's Contact Society and the Child Development Centre.  The annual event was held on October 31, 2014. With generous donations from our community, this event raised over $23,000!

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign;

Cara and the kids headed out to Walmart last night in support of The salvation Army's Christmas Kettle  Campaign.  They had a great time signing Christmas carols and showing their support for those in need.