What makes a good corporate citizen? One definition is a company that first views the importance of being a good community citizen as an integral part of its core business. They understand that helping to improve the quality of life for others makes a company socially responsible and connected to its community. The Nanaimo Airport Commission (NAC) continues to strive to meet that definition.
NAC is a community-based not-for profit organization that recognizes its unique place in the community and region and has been working tirelessly to partner with other good corporate citizens to help strengthen the communities.
Two highlight examples of this work that impacts the residents of the area are projects with North Oyster and Area Historical Society (NOAH) and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Through a joint partnership the Yellow Point Lodge and the Nanaimo Airport designed and built a grill wagon that was donated to NOAH back in 2012. The grill wagon has allowed NOAH to have an ongoing revenue source to operate and maintain the Community Center.
Although JDRF has been one of NAC’s charities of choice for many years, in 2013 NAC partnered with JDRF to convert their annual golf tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course to a fundraiser. Thanks to the amazing support of many sponsors, more than $3,800 was raised at the September tournament.
“RBC sponsored a closest to the hole contest for the participants and made a $1,000 donation. WestJet Encore donated two tickets which were raffled off, raising more than $1,900,”says Nanaimo Airport President & CEO, Mike Hooper. “Many other partners, including Air Canada were very generous which allowed us to host such a successful event.”
“I can’t thank our partners enough for their vision to create lasting results and strengthen our community for years to come,” shares Hooper.