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Oct 17: North Shore Industrial Waste Clean Up...

The North Shore Industrial Waste Clean Up Project Receives Award

Indian Arm, October 17, 2001 - Ecotrust Canada has received a $20,000 Vancity EnviroFund award to support the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in a collaborative project to clean up industrial waste in the Indian River Valley.

Ecotrust Canada will use the grant to provide training and technical support to Tsleil-Waututh community members involved in restoration, forestry and tourism activities. The goal is to restore Indian River watershed and salmon-bearing streams degraded from heavy industrial use. Participants will gain valuable employment skills, and be eligible for provincial certification.

Ecotrust Canada is one of five organizations to receive a total of $80,000 in EnviroFund grants this year in the communities Vancity serves.

Vancity's EnviroFund was established in 1990 to support local community initiatives which address specific environmental concerns and has awarded more than $802,000 since then. All three of Vancity's VISA cards (the Vancity EnviroFund VISA, Vancity Travel VISA and the Vancity Gold VISA) support the EnviroFund, with a minimum of five per cent of VISA card profits donated to the fund each year.

Vancity is Canada's largest credit union with $7.3 billion in assets, 271,000 members, and 39 branches throughout Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Victoria. Vancity owns Citizens Bank of Canada, serving members across the country by telephone, ATM, and the Internet. Both Vancity and Citizens Bank are guided by a commitment to corporate social responsibility, and to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.