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Giving Back

October 1st, 2014 by laurie

The Nanaimo Airport Commission (NAC) is a community-based not-for profit organization that recognizes its unique place in this community and the region.   Each year the team works very hard to partner with community organizations.

Annually the NAC focuses on several charities to support with a limited budget.   This year we are proud to work with ALS Foundation. “We were nominated by WestJet Encore and the Victoria Airport to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge,” shares Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport. “Not only did we get the opportunity to donate to a worthwhile cause, it was also a great team building exercise for all the different players on site.”

JDRF has been another of NAC’s charities of choice for many years.   In 2014 NAC once again partnered with JDRF to host a fundraising golf tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course.  Thanks to the amazing support of many sponsors, nearly $7,000 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 and Air Canada Jazz both donated two tickets which were raffled off”, explains Hooper. “Many other partners, including Kenmore Air were very generous which allowed us to host such a successful event.”

NAC contributions don’t stop at just making donations of dollars, the team also gets their hands dirty. Every fall since 2012, the NAC team has participated in the Great Shoreline Cleanup and directed their attention to the Haslam Creek area. “Aquatic debris is one of the biggest threats currently facing our oceans and waterways,” says Hooper. “Fortunately, this is a problem that we can tackle hands-on. By participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, our team can actually see the impact they’ve had over the course of a single afternoon.”

“I can’t thank the partners we work with enough for their vision to create lasting results and strengthen our community for years to come,” expresses Hooper.


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