Nanaimo Women’s Centre

Empowerment Project

Team Empower Rangers chose the Nanaimo Women’s Centre as their community partner with the goal to construct a wheelchair accessible washroom and a kitchen space. This need was identified by the Women’s Centre in a call out for support on their website. By constructing the wheelchair accessible washroom and kitchen space, the Nanaimo Women’s Centre would be able to apply for specific grants and again offer programs that required the kitchen space.


Team Empower Rangers Members

Doug Lum, Kristina Crowson, Sarah Bromley, Cory Ferris and Kamala Haughton

The Empowerment Project required cash and gift­-in­-kind donations to be successful. The team received a total of $4,500 in cash donations from RBC, Nanaimo Port Authority, Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd. and Mayco Mix, Rotary Club of Nanaimo North, Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary, Array Web Creative, and Vining Senini Lawyers. The gift-­in-­kind donors were from Slegg Lumber, ReStore, and Sherwin Williams. They also received in­-kind donations and services from Doug Rathy (Rathy Custom Homes), Matt Norman (Waywest Mechanical Ltd.), and Daryl Knievel (Structured Cable). The Empowerment Project fundraising started in January, with construction beginning in February and ending in mid­-June with the successful completion of the wheelchair accessible washroom and kitchen space.

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Team Empower Rangers had tremendous help from volunteers in the community, including Rotary members, VIU Carpentry students, and RBC employees. This project could not have happened without their support, commitment, expertise, and time. Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this project a reality!

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