Jeans Day is about more than just wearing a wardrobe staple for a good cause. It’s a chance to give back to a hospital that provides vital services to so many children and families in communities across the province. This year’s volunteers made personal connections and one lucky BC Hydro employee took home a prize.
Once again, this year’s Jeans Day 2018 was a great success! Thank you to all BC Hydro employees and Power Pioneer volunteers who sold buttons and pins across the province: in offices, at meetings, in office lobbies, and anywhere else they could.
A banner year raises more funds for much needed equipment
Through your efforts, we raised an impressive $25,429—our highest total in recent years. Jeans Day funds, along with year- long fundraising efforts totaled $50,739! This goes toward funding innovative research, state-of-the-art equipment and education for families and caregivers. The Power Pioneers presented their giant cheque during BC Children’s Hospital Miracle Weekend on June 3. Jeans Day raised $1,038,780 across B.C. with a grand total of $21,005,078 raised for Miracle Weekend.
Connecting with the team and the cause
This project is a great team effort, with volunteer employees and retirees from across B.C. working together. For the Dawson Creek Hydro office, it was a personal connection that drove an impressive fundraising run this year. “We’re a small office, but it was amazing to see everyone exchanging stories of how BC Children’s Hospital has positively impacted someone they know—everyone had a story to tell!” says Thomas Bosma, Power Line Technician and Jeans Day volunteer.
The office exceeded their fundraising goal of over $1,000 and got together to celebrate a successful Jeans Day with a BBQ. All the departments gathered to share food and conversation. “Children’s Hospital has been there for my family, and having the opportunity to volunteer is a way to help ensure they’ll continue to be able to help more families from British Columbia in the future,” says Thomas.
Above: Dawson Creek employees showing their support for Jeans Day on May 3, 2018.
A surprise for one lucky BC Hydro volunteer
We’re also excited to announce the winner of the province-wide BC Children’s Hospital Jeans Day volunteer draw for two Air Canada tickets was one of our own employee volunteers, Paulina Lis. Paulina is a Client Relationship Manager in Workspace Planning, based out of Dunsmuir. If you’re counting, that’s two winners from BC Hydro in the last three years. Next year’s winner could be you if you volunteer to be a campaign champion!
If you’re interested in joining the Provincial Power Pioneers Jeans Day planning committee, please contact Ros LeBlanc at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to add a few new members to this team for the 2019 campaign. We’re also looking to expand the Power Pioneers Miracle Maker Team which gives you the opportunity to set up your own online fundraising page and raise funds throughout the year. Get in touch to find out how you can join us.
The Power Pioneers began their involvement with the Jeans Day campaign in 1990 and have been working ever since to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital.
Jeans Day starts April of each year and end the first Thursday in May. The Power Pioneers and BC Hydro employee volunteers sell buttons and pins in BC Hydro locations throughout the province and for everyone that buys a button or pin they are encouraged to wear their jeans every Thursday to work and to show their support for the kids. Power Pioneer also sell buttons and pins and collect donations at their Branch meetings and in their communities.
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