DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2014) - Sometimes wishes really do come true.
That's what one Island family learned earlier this month when, after receiving a wish from big brother Bryce, Island Savings surprised little brother Carson and Bryce's entire hockey team with new sticks from Eddy's Hockey Shop at a Saturday morning practice in Duncan's Island Savings Centre. This one wish then became bigger than the family expected and Island Savings caught the whole thing on film at Facebook.com/IslandSavings.
"Creating remarkable experiences both big and small has long been a part of our values," says Rod Dewar, President and CEO of Island Savings. "That we were able to turn a wish for a hockey stick into a gift that benefitted the whole team and Carson's family is just one example of Island Savings' commitment to make a real difference in the financial lives of our members and communities every day."
Islanders have been dropping their greatest wish for somebody else into Island Savings' pop-up Wishing Wells and branch-based ballot boxes for the past month. Every wish made counts as a ballot into a draw for one of six $500 term deposits that will be awarded in late December.
"The draw itself is meant to raise awareness about the importance of saving today for a wish tomorrow," adds Dewar. "And, in the spirit of making sure this ripple starts a wave, Island Savings will be donating a dollar to Vancouver Island's Help Fill a Dream foundation every time the Wishing Well video is shared from our Facebook page, with a goal of 10,000 shares."
"Fulfilling the dreams of Island children is a value and mandate we share with Island Savings," says Craig Smith, Executive Director with Help Fill a Dream. "This donation will ensure that even more Island children with life-threatening illnesses will have their dreams come true and their hope inspired."
To learn more about the important work of this charitable foundation, visit www.helpfilladream.com. Wishes will be accepted into the term deposit draw at any Island Savings branch until December 15.
Island Savings is the Islands' most recommended banking experience. As a Top 50 Best Employer and Top 30 Greenest Companies in Canada, its neighbourhood experts offer financial, insurance and investment advice and products to over 70,000 Islanders. Managing a total portfolio of $2.8B under administration, Island Savings is investing $15 million from 2012 to 2015 to expand their branch network and all service delivery platforms. Since 2010, their successful Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program has proudly given over $7.0M back to the community.