Recent Articles in ‘Partners’


Adopt-A-School: For many kids, spring break is lonely, hungry time

By Daphne Bramham Spring break for many kids means a trip to Disneyland or Whistler or going to one of the many kid-friendly attractions around the city, whether it’s bowling or Science World. But for others, it’s a lonely, scary and often hungry time. “School is the centre of the universe for many children and […]

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Telus continues drive to finance Adopt-A-School, now through YouTube video

Tune in to Telus’s annual fire log video spoofand your view will send $4 to kids in need in British Columbia. It stems from an age-old tradition. Every year around this time, there are people who pour an eggnog, put on some holiday music and settle down to gaze into a roaring fire. On their […]

Jill Schnarr, vice-president of community affairs for Telus, shops with her sons Andrew (left) and Dylan and husband David Beck to fill up Christmas stockings that could end up going to children in schools identified in The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund Adopt-a-School program. Sun readers have surpassed the target of 5,000 'likes' on Facebook. More than $20,000 has been raised to date. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun

Facebook ‘likes’ target reached – let’s keep it going!

Our Facebook campaign has reached its initial goal of 5,000 ‘likes’ and it just keeps growing. And now Telus, the original sponsor that donated $1 for every ‘like’ on our VanSunKidsFund page up to $5,000 is calling on us to go for 10,000. And Telus will continue donating $1 per like for our Facebook page, […]

'Mompreneurs' (from left) Maria Livingstone, Emilie Sarkissian, Lisa Pozin, Annette Yang and Suzane Bertani are among a dozen donating a portion of their sales to The Sun's Adopt-a-School program. Photograph by: ', PNG

‘Mompreneurs’ step up to help inner city students

It might have been the very specific request from a teacher for a boy’s winter coat, in size 8, that tipped the scales for Suzanne Bertani, a Port Moody mom and business owner. Bertani was already familiar with a letter written by Vancouver school teacher Carrie Gelson in which she eloquently advocated for the children at her […]

VANCOUVER, B.C.: NOVEMBER 22, 2011 -- Cafeteria teacher Ignazia Nancy Boucher prepares breakfast, November 22nd, for the students at Vancouver's Grandview Elementary school. The school is part of the Breakfast for Learning program and feeds children every morning before class.  (Ward Perrin / PNG)

Corporate commitment to charities helps students eat healthy breakfast

The lineup of children at Grandview elementary school began early Tuesday morning, as the first whiff of grilled cheese drifted through the gymnasium. It was a day like any other, with several dozen students from kindergarten to Grade 7 watching hungrily as cafeteria worker Ignazia (Nancy) Boucher flipped sandwiches on the grill and set out […]

Elliott Chun and Andrea Farnell of Future Shop surprise Brittania Secondary School teacher with new computers for the Homework Club that they run at the school on Thursday, 24, 2011. (photo by Jenelle Schneider/PNG)

Problem solved: Homework Club lands local benefactor and new computers

On Thursday morning, The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School appeal described the sad plight of Britannia secondary school’s Homework Club. The club, which encourages students from the poorest areas of Vancouver to carry on to college or university, was limping along with worn-out, ancient computers and facing a financial shortfall since the death of a donor who […]

Some of the staff of Galloway Botteselle & Company, who are supporting the Adopt a School program by matching donations dollar for dollar.

Local accounting company is adding its support to Adopt-a-School program

Two years ago, the Vancouver accounting firm of Galloway Botteselle & Company decided that instead of sending Christmas cards to its clients, it would instead donate the money it was spending on that annual holiday ritual, along with other employee contributions, to a local charity. The staff embraced the notion, especially when the bosses vowed […]

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The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund would like to thank Vancouver-based domain registrar, which is hosting the website as we launch our Adopt-a-School project to raise money for inner-city schoolchildren. “This is an amazing initiative,” said Cybele Negris, co-founder and president of “I really feel it’s the responsibility of individual citizens and businesses to […]

To thousands of individuals and charitable organizations that have been helped by Telus, the news that the company was named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation worldwide likely highlighted for them a defining characteristic of the telecommunications giant.

Telus offers $1 for every Facebook ‘like’ on new Adopt-a-School project

As a footnote to Telus’s recent financial statements, it was a line that was dwarfed by news of growing revenues and expanding markets. But to thousands of individuals and charitable organizations that have been helped by Telus, the news that the company was named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation worldwide likely highlighted for them a […]