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Scotiabank commits $75,000 to WASP

Financial support will allow adaptive sport program to expand offerings



The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) announced Tuesday that Scotiabank has made a $75,000 funding commitment.

The funding will provide operational support to deliver the Ski and Scotiabank Learn to Ride Programs, Nordic Skiing and the Adaptive Alpine Race Development Program in the winter months, as well as the summer offerings of Trail Rider (Hiking) Days, kayaking, canoeing and hand-cycling (biking).

“Scotiabank has demonstrated its commitment to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program through this renewed sponsorship,” said Sian Blyth, WASP President. “Scotiabank has been a phenomenal supporter of WASP, and through its support, we have experienced an exceptional period of growth.”

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and to support its valuable community programs,” said Rob Wilkins, Scotiabank’s District Vice-President, Downtown Vancouver and Northern B.C.

“We hope that our support will allow WASP to continue its excellent work in introducing individuals with disabilities to the Sea to Sky corridor’s countless recreational opportunities.”

WASP has doubled the number of individuals in its programs this year and the funding commitment ensures that WASP can continue to offer the greatest number of programs to the widest possible participant base.

The bank’s support will also allow WASP to expand the Scotiabank Learn to Ride Program (the popular snowboarding program component), to purchase equipment, to provide volunteer training, to provide program operational support and it will assist WASP in expanding its current facilities.

“Scotiabank believes in supporting the causes that have a direct impact at the local level,” said Scotiabank’s Pemberton Branch Manager and WASP board member Valerie Plourde. “Our Whistler and Pemberton employees are thrilled to support WASP because they can see the difference it makes in the communities where they live and work.”

“The support WASP receives from Scotiabank extends far beyond financial funding,” said Blyth. “Scotiabank employees are valuable WASP volunteers. They teach skiing, sell 50/50 fundraising tickets and they generously donate their time so that WASP can achieve all of its goals. Thanks to Scotiabank and its employees, WASP is building the most accessible, inclusive mountain community in the world.”

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is a not-for-profit society that provides year-around, recreational programs for people of all ages with disabilities. It is a centre for learning and sports excellence that has a local, regional, national and international clientele and it encourages independence, self-confidence and self-motivation for all of our athletes and participants through outdoor recreation.