With the passing of Barbara Poole, the staff and community members at Bissell Centre would like to thank one of Edmonton’s most inspiring philanthropists. Barbara was instrumental in making Edmonton a better community – whether through supporting the arts, educational institutions or human services agencies such as Bissell Centre.
Along with her late husband John, the Pooles have contributed millions of dollars, often anonymously, to countess causes in our area. Their legacy is testament to the value of social responsibility, supporting communities where wealth is earned.
Thank you Barbara for setting such a high example and improving the lives of so many.
Severe flooding has damaged much of our basement facilities and the stockpiles of food and clothing on which our community depends. PTI – one of Bissell Centre’s trusted and valued donors – stepped forward today with a huge grocery delivery brimming with much needed emergency supplies!
Extreme rainfall has negatively affected many homes and businesses in the Edmonton area, including those of PTI. Thankfully, our generous partners recognize that poverty is a hardship on all 365 days of the year. Without this outpouring of aid, we would be unable to ensure that children, families and individuals have access to the core services that Bissell Centre provides including daily nutrition, quality childcare and access to clean clothing.
PTI’s commendable donation of fruit, sandwiches, milk, socks and soap – among a great many other goods – will go a long way to ensure that Bissell Cente can continue to serve the community as we cope with the aftermath of sewage flooding.
As we continue to receive donations, we would like to thank partners like PTI for helping make our community a better place for everyone.
Due to the severe thunderstorm we experienced on Monday, July 23, parts of downtown experienced a sewage surge/backup, including our Bissell Centre East building. The contamination and fumes are so severe that we had to close our building, including our Food Room, Kitchen, Child Care and Community Closet.
The extent of the damage is still being assessed however we are currently estimating repair, clean up and replacement costs and damages are severe.
As our storage areas for food are compromised, we are asking you for support the best way you can – helping us via monetary donations. Donations can be made:
You can also help by:
- Donating clothing, household goods, and children’s toys to the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe at 8818 – 118 Avenue.
- Contributing gift cards for Safeway and Wal-Mart.
- Providing gifts of disposable plates and cutlery for our meals.
All aid is valuable. Thank you for your generous support.
*If you feel that your corporation has the potential to make a significant contribution to our facilities or financially, please contact Joshua Marshall at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 780.940.7770.
Every year, we gather to celebrate another year of service, to share our success, and thank our generous supporters in the community. We call this event, “Bissellebration”, our annual Gala and Auction.
260 of Bissell Centre’s closest supporters, sponsors, staff and volunteers shared this experience on May 5 at Sutton Place Hotel. In addition to media and special guests in attendance, we were honoured by the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) The Honourable Donald S. Ethell. We would also like to thank Eileen Bell of 630 CHED for emceeing the event, as well as Mark Scholz for acting as our auctioneer.
Bissellebration is not just about celebrating. It is also about ensuring that we have the funding and assistance to continue and expand the services that we provide to people in need.
I am pleased to share that funds raised through the event totaled over $80,000, including $20,000 for children.
Bissell Centre would like to thank this year’s sponsors:
- Servus Credit Union
- PCL Construction
- Boardwalk Rental Communities
- Capital Power
Thank you to everyone who attended and made Bissellebration 2012 such a successful endeavour. We invite you to join us next year for Bissellebration 2013!
The students and teachers at Riverbend Junior High have stepped up yet again in their ongoing support of Bissell Centre – this time with A Taste of Riverbend.
This annual food and culture fair is the brainchild of Wes Wintonyk and his Grade 9 Leadership Class. Designed to celebrate the diversity of the local community, each student is responsible for two food stations representing nations spanning the entire globe – from India to Germany, Korea, and even the North Pole! This is yet to speak of live entertainment including Scottish bagpipes and Caribbean steel drums.
As part of Riverbend Junior High’s multi-year commitment to Bissell, all funds raised through the event on April 20 go to support our work in the community. Brisk ticket sales and generous food donations from local businesses mean that this vibrant, creative event will also provide us with financial resources that are always needed. The students make a genuine difference in the community.
On behalf of everyone at Bissell Centre, I would like to thank all of the parents, volunteers, business owners, teachers and students who made A Taste of Riverbend so successful.