East Kootenay non-profits could win $10,000

BC Hydro’s Community Champions program supports groups that contribute to sustainability and energy conservation

BC Hydro is encouraging East Kootenay non-profits to take part in its Community Champions program to possibly win $10,000 for their cause.

Local non-profits that contribute to sustainability, energy efficiency and energy conservation, help the environment, benefit the community and engage with youth and schools can submit a YouTube video explaining their work to enter the program.

“The BC Hydro Community Champions program is for non-profit organizations around our province who are making a positive difference in their community and working to engage, educate, create awareness and action around conservation and sustainability,” said Sally Masters, the East Kootenay’s community relations for BC Hydro.

In 2012, Wildsight’s Lake Windermere Project won the $10,000 award for the East Kootenay.

“Last year’s submission from Wildsight was an excellent example of a non-profit organization doing terrific work in their local community,” said Masters. “Wildsight was one of many noteworthy finalists shortlisted by BC Hydro because of its sustainability-focused initiative that engaged youth and had significant contributions which benefited the community.”

Non-profits can submit a YouTube video application before September 30. Then, it’s up to school students and the public to help decide the winner.

Between October 15 and November 15, classrooms can tell BC Hydro which video inspires them to take action. By doing so, the school is in the running to win $1,000.

At the same time, the public can vote online for its favourite organization each day.

“The Community Champions program is an excellent opportunity for non-profits to platform and highlight their initiatives, as well as the potential to win a $10,000 award to help their good work grow. Videos selected as finalists will be seen province-wide by the public and classrooms,” said Masters. “The videos can serve to inspire public and youth around the non-profit’s projects and serve as templates for others to engage their own communities and initiatives. Up to 15 finalists will be selected and of those, five Community Champion winners will win a $10,000 award to support their project. Three Community Champions will be selected by Public and Classroom voting and two will be awarded by a BC Hydro Judges’ panel.”

For more information, visit www.bchydro.com/communitychampions.