Scotiabank customers divvy up for 

$500 raised to stock kitchens

Families staying at Easter Seal House in Vancouver have some new kitchen accessories thanks to the Sea to Sky Scotiabank branches and the Squamish Kitchen Corner .

Scotiabank branches in the Sea to Sky corridor joined other Lower Mainland Scotiabank locations this summer in selling paper sailboats to raise money for Easter Seal House Vancouver, an affordable home-away-from-home for children receiving medical treatment in Vancouver and their families. Funds were used to purchase much-needed kitchen supplies for use with two new stoves that were bought with some of the other money raised in the Lower Mainland.

Sea to Sky branches in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton raised $500 from the sailboat sale. When Squamish bank manager Rob Kirkham went to purchase the kitchen items from Squamish retailer Karin’s Kitchen Corner, owners George and Karin Chang boosted the purchase by another $126. Several boxes with everything from a spatula to a new blender were gathered for the two communal kitchens used by families staying at Easter Seal House.

Over the past year 345 bed nights at Easter Seal House Vancouver were filled by families from Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. The house provides affordable accommodation for families that need to travel to Vancouver for medical treatment for their children. Cost for a parent is $18 per night. Located on Oak Street, the house is three blocks north of Children’s Hospital. Forty-nine guest rooms are outfitted with kitchenettes. In addition there are two lounges, two communal kitchens, a laundry room, a children’s playroom, and outdoor garden. Owned and operated by the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, Easter Seal House runs near capacity 365 days per year with approximately 32,000 bed nights filled annually.

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