Donation a part of paradise

Nanaimo Haven Society’s Campaign for Courage has a friend in Paradise Island Foods.

Len Thomson

Len Thomson

Nanaimo Haven Society’s Campaign for Courage has a friend in Paradise Island Foods.

Paradise donated another $10,000 to Haven, bringing it’s five-year contribution to $50,000.

In addition to company support, every year during the festive season the staff at Paradise Island Foods  donates multiple boxes of new toys and gifts for the women and children who access Haven’s services.

Len Thomson, President and co-owner of Paradise Island Foods, said the company continues its support to the Campaign for Courage is because  it values the work Haven Society does in the community.

“We are encouraging other local businesses to get involved and support the campaign in order to raise the final $250,000,” he said.

Sarah Dymock, resource development coordinator for Haven, said such long-term community pledges are invaluable to the work the society does.

“It takes us a step closer to raising the last two hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the one million dollar Campaign for Courage goal, for the community services building,” she said.

Haven Society provides services to women and children, youth, and families who have experienced violence.

Every year more than 3,500 women and children in the mid Vancouver Island area seek support to deal with issues of physical abuse, sexual abuse and violence.

Haven’s programs provide everything from shelter, emotional support, counselling, advocacy, court accompaniment, and most importantly a safe place to begin healing from the abuse.

For more information on Haven Society, please go to www.havensociety.com