Helping Kids Hit a Home Run, Together
NorLand acquired some new property in Port Kells in February 2020 and we are already using it to give back to our community. This property will be used mostly for Traxxon Rock Drills (TRD) and Traxxon Foundation Equipment (TFE), but also for Apex & Pro-Tech.. NorLand will be fully utilizing it next year (Spring 2021) as it will take time to upgrade it for our needs. NorLand may not be able to fully use the entire property for business at this particular time, but we have still put it to good use. NorLand is excited to announce that we’re helping out West Coast Kids (WCK) Cancer Foundation as well as Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association!
West Coast Kids (WCK) Cancer Foundation, founded in 2017, creates much needed and family-focused programs to support kids, siblings, parents and caregivers at every stage of their experience with childhood cancer and blood disorders in BC. Jordan Hiebert (Corporate Development Associate, NorLand) sits on their Property Evaluation Committee, to assist them in finding a down-the-road place for programming for the kids.
They were in need of storage space for various kids games, costumes, event bins, and other supplies, so Jordan offered 100 feet of storage space in one of the buildings at our Port Kells property, which they have been using since early October 2020 (at no cost to them). When we spoke to Leslie Grover (Board Member of WCK), she emphasized how much they appreciate companies like NorLand – if not for our help in cost savings when it comes to things like storage, they would have to take those funds out of their budget, which takes away from the families and children who need support. This is a great example of how a small gesture can mean a lot!
We are also lending some of the Port Kells property space to a girls fastpitch team, who are a part of Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association. They are a nonprofit community softball association serving the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, for kids who want to develop their softball skills within the Minor Softball League. Lewis Clarke (General Manager, Pacific Blasting) knew his daughter Vivianne and her 10 teammates on Team Pride 2011 (Rep Fastpitch, U11), needed a large indoor space to practice in for the winter months. Due to COVID-19, other indoor facilities (gyms, schools, etc.) have closed, making available practice space limited, especially space that can accommodate social distancing regulations.
Lewis, who knew our property in Port Kells was partially unoccupied, brought the team’s practice needs to Michael Radcliffe (Senior Vice President – Industrial, NorLand) and was quickly approved to let them use the space. Unfortunately, indoor practices have been delayed until the new year because of the recent BC COVID-19 restrictions, but then they will use the space until the weather improves or regular season starts again. There are no expenses to the association or the team; a NorLand banner will be up at games as a sponsor instead.
This is another great example of how we can give back to our communities in a way that seems small to us but is giant to them. Thank you, Lewis, for having the idea of lending our space and best of luck to your daughter and her team. We will be rooting for them!
It feels great to give back to the community, especially when those who we are helping are kids who have been affected by things outside of their control. Teammates Get Treated Like Family – in this case, it is our own NorLand member whose family we are supporting. It is so important to create a sense of normalcy for kids during this time, and games and sports are one of those ways we can create some consistency – whether it is storing supplies so kids have access to them, or actually supplying the space for them to be active in.