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March 2017

March was also a great month. Cooper led kindergarten and grade one fieldtrips through our Food Centre, we recognized our 2016 volunteers at a bowling and pizza evening, attended the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Tradeshow and also supported a number of community organizations through our Community Support Program.

We look forward to the rest of this spring and summer in our community!


February 2017

Spring took a while to arrive this year, but so far it has been a very busy season for us! 

In February our volunteers were out and about at a number of events. A couple of the highlights were the Sidney Family Day Lego Brick Building Festival, the Peninsula Panthers Fan Appreciation Night, the Comox Valley Chamber Tradeshow and the Wounded Warriors Run BC. At the Lego Brick Building Festival, members of the community worked together to build a large mosaic out of tiny Lego pieces! Check out the photo!


2016 update

In 2016, over 1/3 of Peninsula Co-op’s staff (114 different people out of 320 staff)) volunteered at local events, fundraisers and community projects. Together, they donated 432 hours of volunteered time in the communities where we do business.

We also donated over $370,000 to different programs, scholarships and projects through our Community Support Program.


December 2016

December was another fantastic month for Peninsula Co-op staff, families, friends and customers. A number of our staff spent time volunteering at the Christmas Giving Network on evenings and weekends, Santa Clause visited our Food Centre and Cooper enjoyed a kids skate at Westshore Parks and Recreation.

In partnership with the Zone at 91.3, we collected over $8,800 in cash and gift cards and more toys than ever before in the annual toy drive benefiting the Christmas Giving Network. Here is a link to the video from the event: http://www.thezone.fm/2016/12/16/toy-drive-2016.


October 2016

For the 19th year in a row, we presented the Tour de Rock - Cops for Cancer with a donation. This year’s cheque was a whopping $36,000 and counting!

Between our annual ‘Free Gas for a Year” raffle, our Cupcake Day & Bake Sale, a hot dog BBQ and donation bin collections, our staff raised this money as a team!

Maureen McCann was the winner of our “Free Gas for a Year” raffle. Maureen entered at our Mill Bay location.

Inspired by her 3-year-old cousin who is undergoing cancer treatment, staff member Alyssa proudly shaved her head for the cause and donated her 15” of hair to make a wig.

This year’s Vancouver Island Tour de Rock fundraising total was $1,278,065!


September 2016

September saw the long awaited grand opening of the Keating Elementary School playground. Just over a year ago we donated $30,000 to the school’s PAC after money allocated for the new playground was stolen. The new playground looks fantastic and it’s great to see kids enjoying it again.

The Victoria HarbourCats were ‘moving ahead,’ throughout their 2016 season, and we ‘gave back’ to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society with a cheque for $585. For every HarbourCats home game stolen base throughout their season, we donated $15 to this wonderful organization. Well done HarbourCats.

HeroWork completed the Rainbow Kitchen Project in Esquimalt. It took hundreds of volunteers a mere three weeks to make this radical renovation happen. We proudly donated $7,500 towards this project.


August 2016

Our volunteers were at a number of different community events such as Play in the Park with Panorama Recreation, Neighbourhood Nights with Juan de Fuca Recreation and the 107th Cobble Hill Fair.

We also donated to a number of wonderful community programs; a couple of which included the Rock Solid WITS Program with $1,500 and the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre, HeadWay, with $15,000 for the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We have been a part of this tournament since 2006.


July 2016

July was a great month for Peninsula Co-op in our community!

Our volunteers were at a number of community events such as Play in the Park with Panorama Recreation, Neighborhood Nights with Juan de Fuca Recreation and the 39 Days of July in the Cowichan Valley!

For the fourth year in a row, we were also the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Heart Tournament at Uplands. Throughout the last 39 years, this tournament has raised over $2.5 million for cardiac care in our community. We proudly contributed $15,000 again this year alone.

We also presented HeroWork with a cheque for $7,500 towards their Rainbow Kitchen project which will start in September.


June 2016

The parade, pancakes, music and games were all fantastic at this year’s Brentwood Bay Day at the start of the month. Our volunteers had a great time handing out prizes and giving away free gas cards! It was great to see so many members there too!

The 75th Anniversary of Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital raised over $50,000 in support of renovations and facility repairs. The potato sack, 3-legged and egg races were popular among the kids 9and some adults too).

We are proud to have also supported the 30t Anniversary of the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association with a $1,500 donation. This organization does amazing things in our community!

Cooper was also out and about at a number of different events and is looking forward to many more in July!


May 2016

May was a great month for Peninsula Co-op in our community!

Cooper was out practicing his baseball skills with the kids at Central Saanich Little League and had a great time at the Children and Apple Pie Family Fun Fair in Cobble Hill. He also attended the Touch-a-Truck event on the Saanich Peninsula which was a great fundraiser for Neuroblastoma Research and local kids.

We had our own game night and Mascot Madness with the Victoria Shamrocks. Our team of volunteers handed out a lot of thunderstix and noise makers! Stay tuned for the 2016 Shamrocks Player Cards, they will be available soon!

We also supported Community Living Victoria with $5,000, The Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Association with $2,000, Operation Trackshoes with $4,500, the Peninsula Celebrations Society with $5,000, KidSport Greater Victoria with $15,000 and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation with $15,000.


March 2016

Peninsula Co-op was proud to support the 2016 World Cups Soccer Tournament at Lochside Park. Peninsula Co-op has a long standing history with this popular Easter weekend tournament.

Read more about it here.


January 2016

The New Year got off to a great start with some major donations and great events taking place in our community!

We were a proud supporter of the WestShore Learning Tour. Our Wale Road location was a stop on the tour, and many young learners took the opportunity to participate in a colouring contest for a backpack full of prizes. Check out some of their great work!

The kids at Gingerbread Preschool and Daycare also got to take a tour of our Food Centre departments - led by Cooper!

We also supported The Saanich Peninsula 4H Beef & Swine Club with $3,500, The Saanich Peninsula Auxiliary with $2,000, the Cancer Driveline with $2,100, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association with $1,500 and Big Brothers Big & Sisters Victoria with $10,000.


December 2015

December was a very busy month for Peninsula Co-op in our community. We helped raise $27,908 in toys, gift cards and cash donations at the 6th Annual Zone @ 91.3 Toy Drive. All donations were given to the Christmas Giving Network which supports local families around the holidays. We also sponsored an everyone welcome free skate at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. Cooper had a great time hanging out with the kids and handing out candy canes.

We also donated $2,000 to the Mustard Seed "Huron Carole" fundraiser, contributed $10,000 to the Westshore Recreation Child Minding Centre and donated $2,500 to Help Fill a Dream.

It was a very exciting end to 2015, and we look forward to another great year in our community in 2016.


October 2015

Peninsula Co-op is proud to have supported the Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer for a number of years. This year, we proudly donated $33,000 to this wonderful cause. Our staff teamed up to make this donation happen by selling “Free Gas for a Year” raffle tickets and baking cupcakes for our annual Cupcake Day in their own kitchens.

Dennis Schmidt was the lucky winner of our free gas raffle and our staff raised over $5,100 in the annual Co-op Cupcake Day!


September 2015

Recently, $40,000 went missing from an account belonging to Keating Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). They money was to be used for new playground equipment scheduled to be installed this fall. Upon hearing this story, we decided there must be something we can do. “Playgrounds provide years of enjoyment and help students gain all of those important skills that are learned through play – sharing, risk taking, creativity and developing solid friendships,” said Mary Lynn Heron, Principal of Keating Elementary.

With this in mind, we decided to donate $30,000 - the cost of the new playground - to the Keating Elementary PAC. We believe in a healthy, thriving community. The children of Keating Elementary deserve no less, and we were tremendously proud to turn this unfortunate nightmare into a wonderful dream come true for the children and families of Keating Elementary.


August 2015

At Peninsula Co-op, we are proud to support the communities where we do business. Our recent $10,000 donation to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Totem Poles are an example of how we really are ‘moving ahead, by giving back.’

Located just outside the hospital grounds, these four 15-foot totems connect culture and care for patients and guests. They provide a welcoming spirit which will help heal those in care.

The Peninsula Co-op Totem was carved by Charles Elliott of the Tsartlip First Nation located on the Saanich Peninsula. The four large cedars were donated by Western Forest Products.


July 2015

July was another very busy month for Peninsula Co-op in our community!

At the start of the month, our team of volunteers were at Play in the Park, a FREE event put on every weekday evening in a local park by Panorama Recreation.

We also had our own Shamrocks game night and Mascot Madness where we gave out the last of our Shamrocks player cards and TONS of noise makers!

As well, we were the presenting sponsor for the annual Tournament of Hearts at Uplands Golf Course.

Donations are still coming in, but the tournament should raise around $135,000 for the cardiac care unit at the Jubilee Hospital. The funds are going to purchase external pacemakers which will help improve quality of care, treatment and patient recovery.


June 2015

June was a very busy month for Peninsula Co-op in our community!

Our team of volunteers were at the Russ Hay’s Cycling Series, Brentwood Bay Day, the Sidney Market and the Cedar Hill Ladies Field Day for Victoria Hospice.

Our road hockey team also placed  5th in the Help Fill a Dream tournament in Sidney! 

Good news! The annual HeadWay Charity Golf Classic raised $30,000 for Epilepsy and Parkinson’s  programs in our community.  We are proud to have supported this event for 23 years!


May 2015

Peninsula Co-op is very proud to be the first corporate naming partner that donated to UVIC’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), the new 190,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

On May 1st the Peninsula Co-op 16-meter (55 foot) Climbing Wall was revealed at University of Victoria’s donor recognition event and open house weekend. We are thrilled that one of our employees, Tristen, was first up the wall.

We believe in giving back to the communities where we do business and CARSA is a perfect fit.


March 2015

March was a terrific month for Peninsula Co-op in your community! We held our annual Volunteer Recognition event, which celebrated our more than 80 volunteers from 2014. We also sponsored an everyone welcome FREE swim at Panorama Recreation during spring break.

We also donated $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria to support their mentoring program and saw the opening of ORCCA in Sidney. ORCCA is a non-profit organization that is now providing dental care for children from low-income families.


January 2015

The Boys and Girls Club in Brentwood Bay opened its new location in January. We are proud to have donated $50,000 to make this community project possible. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria do a great job of providing after school care, tutoring, support for parents and providing programs for at risk youth. Supporting them as they support our community is truly ‘moving ahead, by giving back.’


November 2014

From Peninsula Panthers game nights to Marty’s Birthday with the Royals, the National Rowing Championships, being ‘Frozen’ at the Festival of Trees and Bear Wear, Peninsula Co-op was all over your community this November. We are also proud to have made significant donations to Help Fill a Dream, The BC Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island as well as many other  wonderful community groups and projects.


September 2014

We were a huge part of Tour de Rock again this year, donating $33,000 to the cause! Thank you to everyone who helped in our fundraising. Bernard, who entered at Gorge Road, was the winner of our Free Gas for a Year raffle. Our staff also baked over 2,600 cupcakes in their own kitchens for our annual Cupcake Day, which raised over $4,700! This year’s Tour de Rock grand total was $1,154,776, Vancouver Island should be very proud!


August 2014

From HarbourCats baseball games to the Kool Days of Summer with Kool FM, the 105th Cobble Hill Fair and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation NICU Reunion, we were busy in the Community this August! We also had a number of staff participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donate their own money to the cause! You can view their videos on our Facebook page.


July 2014

In July we broke a World Record for most ceremonial first pitches before a baseball game, 5,253, with the Victoria HarbourCats! Cooper threw out one of the last pitches— it was almost a strike! We were also the title sponsor of the 37th Annual Tournament of Hearts at Uplands. This year $140,000 was raised for cardiac care at the Royal Jubilee Hospital!

Our volunteers were at many events throughout the month and we supported even more! For example, we donated $2,500 to the YMCA Victoria Stronger Kids Program!


June 2014

In June, we were at Shamrocks lacrosse games, Highlanders soccer games, HarbourCats baseball games, mascot madness events, children's festivals and more! Our road hockey team placed first at the Help Fill a Dream tournament! We also supported the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Neonatal Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood Education!


April 2014

April was a very busy month for Peninsula Co-op in your community! Cooper attended the Early Childhood Education Fair at Brentwood Elementary and threw out the first pitch (a strike) at the opening ceremonies for Central Saanich Little League. We were also the title sponsor of Victoria Rowing Club’s Dueling Over a Grand Regatta and attended the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Marketplace Mixer.

We donated $5,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and $2,500 to the Easter Seals. Six of our staff members ran in the Splash of Color Run, and 13 in the TC 10K. For many of them, it was their first 10K ever!

April 2014
February 2014

February 2014

February was an exciting month for Peninsula Co-op in our community!

Cooper got to take part in the Family Day festivities at the Sidney Fire Hall, we had a booth at the Island Agricultural Fair in Duncan, we became a sponsor of Leadership Victoria Society’s 10th Anniversary Awards and we also, again, purchased a steer and hog from the Saanich Peninsula 4-H Club! We also gave away the Jeep for Keeps to Donna Vickery!


January 2014

January was a great month for Peninsula Co-op in our Community. Gingerbread Preschool took a fieldtrip with Cooper through our grocery store, the Westshore Learning Tour stopped at our Wale Road location, we held a recognition dinner for our 2013 volunteers and we helped celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Jeneece’s Place.

Peninsula Co-op also contributed $10,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters Victoria, $3,000 to the Shawnagin Lake Adventure Camp, $2,500 to the BC Lions Society, and committed to $50,000 over 5 years to the Central Saanich Boys and Girls Club.

January 2014
December 2013

December 2013

In December our staff teamed up and donated over 1,000 pounds of food to local food banks! We also placed 3rd at the Festival of Trees for the BC Children’s Hospital and were represented at Bear Wear for the Children’s Health Foundation.


October 2013

We had 14 employees participate in the GoodLife Fitness Marathon races, running in the 8k, 1/2 and full marathons - 253 km run! Peninsula Co-op’s $15,000 donation in combination with the money raised by our runners totaled $21,000 to KidSport Victoria! (photo 0006).

We also had our own hockey night with the Peninsula Panthers and had Cooper out at events such as the Victoria Grizzlies Hockey game and mascot madness at Panorama Recreation. (photos 0014 and 0087).

Peninsula Co-op also made significant donations to Help Fill a Dream, Claremont Dry Grad and the Stelly’s Breakfast Program!

October 2013

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