While development in Kamloops continues to sizzle, it is worth making note of the altruism that runs through the companies that are, literally, changing the face of the Tournament Capital.
In recent weeks and in the past year, we have learned of projects being undertaken by companies that include significant donations to agencies and people in need.
Earlier this month, the Cooper Family Foundation announced plans to establish permanent headquarters for Kamloops Search and rescue and the B.C. Search Dog Association.
The foundation will create the space on property the Cooper Companies own in North Kamloops.
That will be done via the development and sale of 73 residential units in Brocklehurst, with $10,000 from each sale donated to the foundation to help create the home bases for the search and rescue and search dog organizations.
This project follows last year’s initiative, with saw the Cooper Family Foundation work to secure $1.4 million to complete a much-needed expansion at the Marjorie Willoughby Memorial Hospice Home.
Another well-known company with a philanthropic side is the Kelson Group, whose founder, Ron Fawcett, revealed in January that he had spent about $10 million on land downtown to help secure a performing-arts centre.
These are but two groups that have done wonders to make Kamloops a better place to live — and the charitable work is aided by many other companies, families and individuals who also continue to give back what they can, when they can.
If one were to take a bird’s-eye photo of Kamloops, there would be many empty spaces if not for the myriad developments that have risen from the benevolence of those who realize that giving is the engine on which this community operates.