City receives Partnership Award from non-profit society

The City of Penticton has been honoured with a “Partnership Award” from the Penticton and District Community Resources Society (PDCRS), for its long-standing support of the society’s programs and initiatives that help the community.

“Partnerships are a key strategy this Council has focused on, and we are honoured to receive the Penticton and District Community Resources Society Partnership Award for 2015,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “So many great things can happen when organizations work together, and this is an excellent example of how to leverage partnership and make a big difference in the lives of Penticton residents. We’re proud of the work by staff and how the two organizations have grown and shared the same vision of service for decades.”

Celebrating 50 years in the community in 2016, PDCRS is a multi-service, non-profit organization that provides a range of community social services and resources to children, youth, adults and families throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Each year, the PDCRS Board of Directors recognizes community partners with the Partnership Award. The Partnership Award honours, recognizes and acknowledges one of the unique partnerships that enables PDCRS to provide vital community social services to the citizens of the South Okanagan Similkameen. Past recipients include other community non-profit agencies, provincial funders and businesses that have provided support in a variety of ways.

The City of Penticton was selected for the 2015 Partnership Award for the City’s ongoing commitment to helping PDCRS succeed. The Edmonton Avenue After-School Program, the Society’s longest-running program, has operated out of a City facility for 40 years – and provides a safe, stimulating environment with enriched learning opportunities that allows children to develop and enhance a unique and positive self-concept. The award recognizes the contributions of the Facilities Department in supporting PDCRS in the leased space.

PDCRS also works closely with the City of Penticton’s Operations Division in relation to the handyDART service, providing transport service for people with disabilities who are unable to use conventional transit service without assistance.

“Thanks to the City of Penticton, we have been able to provide quality childcare to thousands of Penticton children over the last four decades in our community,” remarked Paul Makosz, President of PDCRS. “The City’s support of PDCRS also enables hundreds of community members to get around by bus through our handyDART service. We are grateful to the City and want to acknowledge their outstanding commitment and support through this Partnership Award.”