Photo contributed Our Place facilities manager Bob Frank

Photo contributed Our Place facilities manager Bob Frank

PEOPLE ‘N PLACES: Donor comes clean with Our Place

Al Kemp is a true believer in Leadership Victoria – he's opening up his wallet to prove it

HELPING HAND … Like most charities, Our Place has a “wish list” of items that would make serving the poor of Greater Victoria a little bit easier.

And one of those wishes was a need for a new washer and dryer.

Frank Neate heard the call and promptly wrote a cheque.

Frank isn’t one to crave the spotlight, and seemed rather embarrassed by the gushing of staff when he visited to see the machines at work. “You’re the ones who should be thanked,” he says.

“I wrote a cheque, but it’s Our Place that makes the difference in people’s lives.”

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE … Al Kemp is a true believer in Leadership Victoria, so much so he’s opening up his wallet to prove it.

He’s willing to match all donations up to $3,000 for Leadership Victoria’s core program.

Friends and colleagues tell us Al is a committed to community leadership.

To help with the challenge, please contact Layla Cochrane by calling 250-386-2269 or email layla@leadershipvictoria.ca.

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GOOD MEDICINE … The B.C. Naturopathic Association will donate $1,500 to the Victoria Naturopathic Clinic, the teaching clinic that serves young low income families in the region.

Headed up by Dr. Penny Seth-Smith, the money was the proceeds of a the film screening of GMO OMG during Naturopathic Medicine Week in Victoria, Kelowna and Richmond.

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TECH AMBITIONS … David Sparanese will represent Victoria on the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. board.

He holds a diploma in civil engineering technology from Camosun College supplemented with several leadership and management courses.

David is the District of Saanich’s manager of street operations.

ASTTBC is a self-governing professional association of over 10,000 engineering and applied science technologists, technicians and technical specialists.

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