DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – With Christmas just around the corner, the City of Dawson Creek is spreading the message of kindness year round.
The City installed “Kindness Meters” at 4 locations across the City with proceeds being donated to not for profits.
Lindsey Borek with the City of Dawson Creek says it all started around 7 months ago.
“It was brought to the Mayor through our MP Bob Zimmer, who received the idea through a local girl and she had seen it back in her hometown in Nova Scotia and she thought it was a good idea if we could do something like that.”
The City uses old parking meters that are refurbished. They are put up in 4 locations: The Pool, The Arena, Centre for the Arts, and at the Mile Zero Post. Parking Meters were abolished in Dawson Creek years ago.
“They take all types of change. What we did, we implemented a “Kindness Meter” policy and so every 6 months anyone can apply that is a non profit or a charity and we put the names all in a hat and every 6 months we draw 2 names.”
TransCanada partnered with Dawson Creek to help bring the initiative to life. For every dollar that someone puts in a meter, they will match.
Recently, the 2 recipients were the South Peace Community Resources Society and the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation. They each received $587.20.
They also have visited schools to spread the message of kindness.
Borek says they have received great feedback from the public and they will see how the program goes. TransCanada has agreed to partner with them for 2 years and they will revisit how the project went at the end of those 2 years.