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Donor Profiles

We are thankful for the generosity of local service clubs, organizations and individuals who support Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation. Below is a sampling of our donors.

Altrusa Club - legacy of supporting students

Altrusa Club has been supporting the Foundation for 39 years, originally through the scholarships, bursaries and awards program. In 2012 they began supporting vulnerable students through the Foundation's Student Support Fund. In the past two years they have donated $7,000 for students in need of extra support to help them succeed in school. 

Coastal Community Credit Union - leader in supporting youths
CCCU StockTheLockers donation

Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) has supported the Foundation since 1972, when they first started to sponsor an award for graduating students. Since then their involvement has grown. 
In 2006, CCCU donated $5,000 from their Spirit Fund and, in 2011, they jumped on board with the Stock the Lockers campaign to help purchase school supplies for students in need. In 2012 CCCU donated $5,000 to purchase two portable salad bars for two elementary schools. Coastal Community Credit Union Insurance has also donated $2,500 to support the Mini-O track and field meet in the spring. The Foundation is fortunate to have a local, community-minded employer supporting our programs.

Gyro Club - supporting local youths

Gyro Club

Gyro Club of Nanaimo, established in 1922 as a local branch of the International Association of Gyro Clubs, is a men's social club committed to FUN!. They aim to assist groups and projects which help bring fun to the community, specifically through parks and youths. In 1986 Club members established a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Elmer Bradshaw and Jack Ryan, who presided over the Club in 1934 and 1935, respectively. This initial award has grown into two, and sometimes three, scholarships of $2,000 each.

Lions Club - motto of serving


Nanaimo Lions Club has supported local students for more than 45 years. Their first donation - $200 for clothing - dates back to 1967, and they have been regular contributors ever since. That initial gift has grown into financial support for NLSF initiatives, such as the breakfast program, Stock the Lockers, and bursaries. In 2014, Nanaimo Lions Club provided five $1,000 bursaries for deserving local students. We are grateful for the Lions' continued support!

Kinette Club of Nanaimo - helping students excel

kinette club

For more than 20 years the Kinettes have sponsored a $1,500 scholarship and donated funds to other Foundation programs to help students. The Kinette Club is one of the oldest service clubs in Nanaimo, celebrating their 60th anniversary a few years ago. When asked why the Kinettes support the Schools Foundation, they said, "We like the Foundation because the funds and the help goes right to the kids. It's hands-on and the results have an immediate positive impact on their lives. The families know that they're not alone in their struggles."

Order of the Royal Purple - dedicated to children

Order of the Royal Purple has faithfully volunteered their time and energy to raise funds for students at School District 68. Their first donation, in 1974, was a $200 bursary;  in June 2014 two Grade 12 graduates received scholarships of $1,000 each to help with the high cost of post-secondary education. Over the years, the Order of the Royal Purple has donated thousands of dollars to the Foundation to help bring comfort and hope to students touched by poverty. We were sad to hear about the Order's recent dissolving due to dwindling members at the end of 2014. We offer our sincere gratitude to all the women of the Order of the Royal Purple who volunteered so diligently and selflessly to better our community.

We work with: Cash donations, Memorial gifts, Endowment/Wills, Life Insurance policies, Securities
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