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BDO Red Deer and Edmonton crews the best in Canada at “Driving Away Hunger”

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BDO surpasses 1 million meals for Drive Away Hunger campaign

BDO Canada exceeded 1 million meals to fight hunger, supporting Farm Credit Canada’s annual Drive Away Hunger campaign. The meals go directly to food banks and school feeding programs in Canada.

For the 12th year, BDO offices from across the country hosted events in their communities to help bring meals to the less fortunate. The firm raised a total of 1,011,000 meals this year alone.

Furthermore, the top five performing offices were:  

  • Alexandria, Ontario
  • Pembina Valley, Manitoba
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

“Drive Away Hunger is an important initiative we have been proud to be a part of for the past decade,” said Pat Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, BDO Canada. “This year, I am particularly proud of how the BDO team came together to raise over one million meals for local communities across the country. This is our BDO culture in action and it’s remarkable what we can achieve working together.”

To date, BDO has collected over 5,900,000 meals to help reduce hunger in communities across Canada.

“With 1.1 million visits to food banks in Canada every month, we know that hunger is an ongoing issue in our country,” said Christopher Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada. “We are so thankful for companies like BDO Canada who participate in Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger Program and help make it a success.”

Established in 2004, Drive Away Hunger came to be when a Farm Credit Canada employee drove an open-cab tractor trailer around Ontario for eight days to collect almost 60,000 pounds of food. The campaign has grown to become the largest employee-led food drive in Canada, with 100 per cent of donations directly benefiting local charities.

To learn more about the 2019 FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

About BDO

BDO Canada LLP is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years of working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we’re able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs. Over 73,000 people working out of more than 1,500 offices in over 160 countries, the network generates worldwide revenue of $8.1 billion.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO member Firms.

About Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

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Community raising funds for family of highly rated doctor killed by his patient

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From gofundme

Dr. Walter Reynolds Memorial Fund

On a normal Monday morning, August 10th, life changed forever for the Reynolds family.

Walter tragically lost his life serving his community as a family doctor.

An unimaginable, horrific act of violence took him away from his loving family.

He was attacked in his office by a patient.

His friends, colleagues and community mourns an exceptional human being lost too soon.  We all are devastated and heartbroken.

He was a devout father to two amazing young daughters and a loving husband.  He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all spend time with his family.

Funds raised with this campaign will be used towards his daughters’ education.

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Downtown Business Spotlight: City Center Vacuum

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This week’s Business Spotlight is with City Center Vacuum Sales & Service. This business has been in operation for the past 27 years, in the same location at 5311 – 50th Avenue. They are known for carrying high-quality products, fair pricing, and excellent customer service.  Its no wonder they have people that travel from out of town just to shop with them! We sat down with James and Rose-Marie Sherman to learn more!

What is your business?

We are vacuum sales and service with janitorial products as well. Our products include portable vacs, built-in vacs, carpet shampoo, vacuum bags, belts, and service repairs.

When did your business open?

We opened in May of 1993 and have been in the same location ever since.

What makes your business unique?

It’s a go-to business, it’s a destination. We supply what people can’t find elsewhere and our products are of high quality, people come to us when they are tired of buying disposable products. Customers like our 1 on 1 service. They like the honesty and sincerity we offer when they come to us for repairs. James is awesome with customers over the phone as well, he can assess what’s going on by asking the customer to perform different tests they can do at home, and then go from there. A lot of times the customer ends up being able to fix it at home and we can help them through it. It saves them from having to make a trip down here or us having to go to them.

What are some products/services that you offer?

As mentioned, we do repairs on most models of vacuums, we carry items that are hard to find elsewhere, Canadian Tire or Walmart won’t carry all the accessories for vacuums that we carry. We have a whole wall in the store dedicated to bags, filters, belts, and shampooing parts. We also carry janitorial supplies for commercial use. Some of these products are also for household use too. If you need something to clean toilets or hard water stain removal, then we have that available.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I ran another vacuum store downtown for several years before we opened this one. It was a partnership but when that ended, we moved to this location. This was a built-in vacuum store called Air Stream, so we just absorbed it and went from there.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think it’s about retailers and family business owners that believe in building and supporting downtown. We’ve had a lot of bad representation and even gossip that’s not always true. What is happening in downtown is happening everywhere in Red Deer. We want to stay in downtown and help to support the other businesses in the area.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… The sense of community, family, local businesses, and its always in motion. It has taken care of me and my family for the past 27 years, it helped me raise 5 kids by providing me with a good location for a business. I find most of the downtown people support each other.

City Center Vacuum Sales & Service are truly experts in their field. Their highly knowledgeable team will make your shopping experience a pleasure and you will know you are getting exactly what you need for a great price.

 

Make sure to check out their website for everything in the store!

http://citycentervacuum.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citycentervacuum

 

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