Community Update

North Shore Gala Online Auction


The North Shore Waterfront Gala will be virtual again this year. And the need in our community remains the same, if not greater. This year’s online auction is raising money to address two important issues: food insecurity and youth homelessness on the North Shore. This year the preliminary auction total is $110,000!

The first $100,000 raised will be shared equally between the beneficiaries, Hollyburn Family Services and Sharing Abundance, and the balance gets invested in the Waterfront Endowment Fund managed by the North Shore Community Foundation. Sharing Abundance has operated a community meal program on the North Shore for over a decade, serving more than 7,000 meals a year. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, they have adapted their service model to take-out meals and are currently offering a weekly dinner-to-go at North Lonsdale United Church and bag lunches at the Lonsdale Legion. Their popular twicemonthly Seniors Moment lunch program is running again, as well as provide meals for programs offered through North Shore Neighbourhood House.

Hollyburn Family Services Society’s Youth Safe House has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, ensuring at-risk youth can always get the support they need. The challenges facing marginalized individuals continues to be exacerbated by COVID-19, and the number of people affected economically creates growing demand for Hollyburn’s services. We are proud to be able to help fill the gaps. Neptune and the other founding partners Fibreco, Pembina, Seaspan and Western Stevedoring remain committed to supporting the North Shore community. Each founder has contributed $10,000 towards our fundraising goal.