Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility is an essential building block for community and business sustainability. It proactively promotes the public interest by encouraging community growth and development. Socially responsible actions also reward us with a sense of satisfaction and pride as well as political and social credibility for the marina industry and our business.
As active partners in our natural and social community we will contribute our time, financial and material resources for the benefit of our community. The criteria listed below are guidelines for giving back to our community:
- Geographic areas of consideration listed in priority are: Sidney, Saanich Peninsula and Victoria
- We will show greater favor to capital initiatives that provide long-term benefit
- Significant contributions will go toward infrastructure
- Contributions will go toward sports, arts and cultural entities and activities
- Contributions will not necessarily be focused on marine-oriented interests but marine interests should be given priority
- We will donate personal time to community organizations
- All employees will be supported and encouraged to participate in community organizations
- We will support political causes through financial contributions or individual participation
- We will sponsor initiatives designed for youth
- We will help maintain, and contribute to, sustainable efforts focused on the marine environment
- We will contribute $25,000 to charity and non-profit organizations each fiscal year
Green Marina Program
Van Isle Marina has made a commitment to join the Clean Marine BC program. Clean Marine BC is a collaborative program that provides us with a range of environmentally sound best practices. These tools will help us reduce our environmental impact and improve ecosystem health. We look forward to achieving the best results possible through the program’s eco-rating audit process and flying the Clean Marine BC flag.
Van Isle Marina and its team members are all active partners in our local community. Below is a partial listing of Van Isle Marina and its team members’ community involvement:
Association of Marina Industries – Member.
Avatar Circus Project – Exclusive 2009 sponsor for Sidney performances.
BC Cancer Foundation – Financial Contributor to Victoria’s Research Clinic and Inspire the World Campaign.
BC Yacht Brokers Association – Member and Member of Board of Directors.
Boating BC – Member.
Boulders Climbing Gym, Stellys Crossroad (a new, world-class competitive wall-climbing facility) – Financial Contributor. Adviser to Board of Directors.
City of Victoria/HMCS Victoria (Submarine) – Liaison Committee member.
Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer – Financial Contributor to 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Family Enterprise XChange – Past President of the Vancouver Island Chapter.
Help Fill A Dream, Financial Contributor.
Maritime Museum – Corporate Membership
Mary Winspear Centre Foundation – Honorary Patron and major financial contributor.
Memorial Park Society – (Owns and Manages Mary Winspear Centre and Blue Heron Park) Past Member of the Board of Directors.
Panorama Recreation, Financial Contributor to Play in the Park.
Peninsula Santa’s Helpers and Sidney Lion’s Food Bank – Donor
Politics – Fundraiser and Organizer at local, Provincial and Federal levels of government.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans Association – Member.
Royal Canadian Search and Rescue – Advisor and financial contributor
Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – Member and past Vice-President and past Board Director. 2010 recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award.
S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society, Financial Contributor
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation – Financial Contributor.
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre – Member of the Capital Campaign Committee and major financial contributor.
Sidney Business Improvement Association – Member.
Sidney/North Saanich Industrial Group – Member
Sidney Anglers Association – Financial contributor to the annual fishing derby.
Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club – Financial contributor to Junior Sailing Program.
Sidney Volunteer Fire Department – Financial contributor.
Town of Sidney, Member Select Committee, to create an Economic Development entity for the Town of Sidney.
Town of Sidney, Mayor’s Downtown Revitalization Task Force – Chair, 2014.
Town of Sidney Advisory Planning Commission – Past Chair.
University of Victoria – Faculty of Science – Co-host of a discussion series that has included such topics as our ocean environment and climate. Past mentor to MBA students.
Victoria Executive Management Club – Member for past 30 years.
Victoria Hospitals Foundation – Financial Contributor and Member of Campaign Cabinet Building Care Together, $25 million fund-raising for health care equipment for the new Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Wounded Warriors Canada – Sponsored haul-out for Grady White used in fishing program for returning military personal, first responders and local law enforcement who are dealing with PTSD and or physical disabilities.