Supporting Local – Donating to the Food Bank

Supporting Local – Donating to the Food Bank

At a time like this, there are a lot of people who are in vulnerable positions of not being able to feed their family. Lots of communities have been suffering and there are a number of places to support and consider when looking for ways to donate or make contributions to.

One of the biggest areas of need are our local food banks. Whether donating funds or food, there are many ways you can support them in your local community.

Donating to your local food bank is an easy way to support those most in need. If possible, monetary donations make the largest impact. Food banks can often buy food at cost which allows them to make their donations go further and they can select the food that is most in need. 

Photo by Scott Warman

Here is a list of food banks across the province to donate to:

Greater Vancouver
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1983, and now strives towards a model grounded in empowerment, education and food quality. They support over 70 Community Partner Agencies and 8000 + clients with access to quality food every week.

Donate online:

The Surrey Food Bank provides food to families living in Surrey and North Delta. They pride themselves in supplying nutritious food in a respectful and dignified environment.

Donate online:

The Mustard Seed is a non-profit fighting hunger in Greater Victoria.

Please call 250-953-1575 ext. 116 for more information or access:

The Food Bank provides supplemental groceries to about 500 families a month, and is the intake site for clients that need to access other crisis supplies.

Call 250-248-8793 for more information or find a way to donate online:

Sidney – Saanich Peninsula
The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank “Helps those in need through those who care.” They have been operating since 1984 to help those hurt by a downturn in the economy.

Donate online:

Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast Food Bank is supported solely through generous financial and food donations from the community, efforts of many supporters who organize food drives and a variety of fund-raising events.

Contact do find out ways to donate: 604-885-5881 ext. 240

The Central Okanagan Food Bank is one of the largest Food Banks in the Interior of BC. They rely on donations from community fundraisers, monthly, corporate and one-time contributions.

Donate online:

Want to donate to Food Banks BC?

The Food Banks BC represent 100 food banks all across the province.  To find a member food bank in your community click on the map for the locations or check by city.

No food bank in your community?  You can check with the nearest location to you – sometimes their rural members have additional depots in nearby communities too.
Especially now, food banks need continued financial support.

Donate online to the Food Bank BC or call at 604.498.1798.

Find a food bank closer to you in British Columbia by visiting:


Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with a polar bear swim at their holiday party

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (December 30, 2019) – Realtors and staff from Macdonald Realty took the plunge for a good cause with a polar bear swim during their annual holiday party.  They set out with a $10,000 fundraising goal but surpassed all expectations by raising $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“Macdonald Realty embraced the idea of raising funds for Canuck Place Children Hospice. In the process of fundraising we more than doubled our original goal, with remarkable support by Realtors and staff.” says Simon Clayton, of Macdonald Realty.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is BC’s pediatric palliative care provider for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Their team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, therapists, staff, and volunteers provide medical respite care, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care, and counselling at no cost for the families who need their assistance.

The volunteer swimmers included Macdonald Realty’s Managing Broker Bill Dick and Realtors TJ Almodovar, Simon Clayton, Jason Feinstadt, Danny Nikas, Karley Rice, Jesse Shen, Jennifer West, as well as staff member Aayushi Goyal, Cathy Read and Kylie Waters. Debbie Butt, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s Director of Communications, Marketing and Events, also joined the swimmers into the winter water off Kits Beach.  Macdonald’s Director of Agent Development, Mark Winter, and Eric Poon of Macdonald Commercial rounded out the group.


Realtors launch annual blanket drive to provide warm clothes for those in need

Realtors launch annual blanket drive to provide warm clothes for those in need

Real Estate Agents from Macdonald Realty

Posted by Vancouver Sun on November 15, 2019

With colder weather creeping in, people are starting to pull out their sweaters, winter coats, slippers, and comforters. Not everyone has access to such everyday luxuries, however. That’s why the annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive is so vital.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the REALTORS Care Blanket Drive collects an enormous amount of warm winter items that supports dozens of local charities, helping about 35,000 people around the Lower Mainland each year.

“The need is real,” says Realtor Ashley Smith, REBGV president. “I’ve lived in Gastown and Chinatown and have seen first-hand some of the impacts of cold weather. It makes you realize how quickly a season can change and how vulnerable some members of our communities are.

“A warm blanket is often the first line of defence, especially for the more than 3,500 homeless people in our region,” she says. “For 25 years now, thousands of Realtors have volunteered to gather and distribute blankets and warm clothing to more than 385,000 people in need, including women and children facing domestic violence and those in supportive housing.”

The annual drive began in 1994 when a group of Realtors observed the homeless situation in Vancouver’s core and simply thought, “We’ve got to do something to help.” They put out a call to colleagues, and the response was enormous and swift: they collected enough blankets and coats to help 3,000 people that year alone.


Thousands of Realtors from Whistler to Hope have participated since, with more than 100 real estate offices that act as collection depots in the Lower Mainland each year.

Anyone can make a donation. The greatest needs are gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags; hats, gloves and scarves; new socks and underwear; and other warm clothes.

“Vancouver is an incredible city to live in, but it comes with its challenges, and one of those challenges is the expensive cost of living,” says Realtor Colette Gerber, REGBV president-elect. “The Blanket Drive is a way of helping those who need it the most. As Realtors, it’s incumbent upon us to look after those who are less fortunate. It’s a way of giving hope.”

Donations are kept in the community from which they’re collected and distributed by local charities.

The 25th annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive runs from Nov. 18 to 25. To find a drop-off location near you and learn more, visit or contact your local Realtor.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

ARThritis Soirée returns to The Roof on May 21, 2020!

ARThritis Soirée returns to The Roof on May 21, 2020!


Arthritis Research Canada 

Oct 30, 2019, 16:26 ET

Bill Henderson of Chilliwack set to perform in support of arthritis research

VANCOUVEROct. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Arthritis Research Canada’s signature event, the ARThritis Soirée, will celebrate its eighth year of raising awareness and funds for arthritis research on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at The Roof, Hotel Vancouver.

The ARThritis Soirée each year highlights different forms of art as a way to emphasize the therapeutic role that art plays in helping people cope with chronic disease. Arthritis Research Canada is thrilled to announce that Juno award winner, Bill Hendersonlead singer and guitarist of the legendary Vancouver rock band, Chilliwack – along with an all-star band will take the stage for this year’s music performance.

The Soirée brings together business and community leaders, philanthropists, healthcare professionals, donors, and more. The elegant cocktail reception boasts something for everyone—mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, champagne and popular BC wines, as well as an amazing raffle, live and silent auctions, and of course an up close and personal show by Bill Henderson, that is sure to include some of Chilliwack’s greatest hits.

Arthritis Research Canada is excited to welcome back Macdonald Realty as the 2020 ARThritis Soirée, Presenting Sponsor. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the ARThritis Soiree for the second consecutive year, and to continue to highlight the importance of arthritis research for the millions of Canadians who struggle with this disease,” said Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Real Estate Group’s president. “Arthritis affects 1 in 6 Canadians and is the most prevalent chronic disease, yet few people understand the impact it can have on day-to-day activities.”

Macdonald Realty is a British Columbia owned and operated brokerage and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. More than 1,000 real estate professionals and staff work out of the company’s 20 offices across the province. “Simple activities that people take for granted in their home, workplace, and daily life can become a challenge. In our business, we understand the importance of home and the comfort it provides,” Scarrow said. “We are proud to support Arthritis Research Canada in their continued research to improve the lives of those who suffer with the disease.”

Arthritis now affects 6 million Canadians of ALL ages and 350 million people worldwide. The need to support arthritis research has never been greater!

“Arthritis is more serious than most people think. Arthritis causes much more than aches and pains,” said Dr. John Esdaile, Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific director. “An arthritis diagnosis changes a person’s life. It is the number one cause of work disability, daily tasks may become difficult or impossible, and the disease can have life-threatening complications. Over the past 20 years, Arthritis Research Canada has made huge advances through research. Only through arthritis research can we find answers and save lives.”

For more information about the ARThritis Soirée and to learn how you can become a sponsor, please visit Please join us in supporting arthritis research.


Arthritis Research Canada is the largest clinical arthritis research centre in North America. Our mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research and engagement. Led by world-renowned rheumatologist, Dr. John Esdaile, Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific team of over 100 are creating a future where people living with arthritis are empowered to triumph over pain and disability. Within British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, Arthritis Research Canada is leading research aimed at arthritis prevention, early diagnosis, better treatment, and improved quality of life.

SOURCE Arthritis Research Canada

For further information: Susan Le, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada, 604-207-4010 or,

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7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

The long weekend is right around the corner and we are all ready to relax a bit. What do you have planned to celebrate Canada Day?

Canada Day Fireworks at Canada PlaceFireworks at Canada Place.

Wherever you’re celebrating Canada Day, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, fireworks and parties. BC has tons of activities to toast this important holiday and, we at Macdonald Realty, prepared this list of free family friendly things to do to enjoy the 32nd annual Canada Day!

Vancouver – Canada Place Celebrations

We can’t wait to see the fireworks during the 32nd annual Canada Day at Canada Place on July 1, 2019.  As the largest Canada Day celebration in western Canada, this important event offers amazing family activities, food, live entertainment, and much more.

Vancouver 2019 event highlights:

  • Incredible performances all day long, including Blonde Diamond, Bitterly Divine and, Delhi 2 Dublin as the last attraction
  • Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians
  • Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone will feature talented artists, including DiRTY RADiO
  • Canadian Forces Zone (Hall B) will offer interactive displays exhibits to honor Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • Kids’ Zone (Hall A) will have lots of activities, music and a funny mascot
  • Picnic Plaza with picnic tables and family-friendly activities
  • Food trucks, yay!
  • Fireworks show at 10:30 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Canada Place

Admission: FREE!



Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will host the Surrey’s annual free Canada Day celebration on Monday, July 1st.

The city will offer an amazing family-friendly event and, they’re planning to welcome over 100,000 visitors.

According to the event organizes, the event features three stages of programming, Strawberry Tea for seniors, the Indigenous Zone, amusement rides, food trucks, interactive activities, and more.

Canada Day in SurreyPicture: Surrey

Surrey 2019 event highlights:

  • Live concerts with amazing artists including Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace
  • Kids’ Zone
  • Food Truck vendors
  • Fireworks at 10:30pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC Canada
176 Street & 64th Avenue

Admission: FREE! Check the website the see the amusement rides fees.



The party starts at 10:00 am on Monday, July 1st in downtown Squamish. The festivities have the parade down Cleveland Avenue – right in front of Macdonald Realty’s office – followed by the flag raising tradition, First Nations welcome, the singing of O Canada and C-A-K-E!

Squamish 2019 event highlights:

  • At the O’Siyam Pavilion and Junction Park from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM enjoy a jam-packed day of activities including live music, dance performances, kids’ zone, lots of food trucks and more. And of course, come and see the amazing free outdoor concerts that make Squamish the place to be!
  • From 7:00 to 10:30 PM, Brennan Park will be the place to be to listen to live music and view the Canada Day fireworks.

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: The parade will take place in downtown Squamish on Cleveland Avenue / Live music will be featured at O’Siyam Pavilion and Brennan Park

Admission: FREE!



Wherever you are in Canada, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, music festivals…We think we already mentioned this before, but yes…Whistler is not an exception. Whether you want music, adventure, or just spend a beautiful day in the lake with your family, Whistler is the place to be.

Picture: Whistler

Whistler 2019 Event highlights:

  • Free Transit All Day Long on July 1, 2019
  • Canada Day Parade along the Village Stroll at noon
  • Musical Trio the Tenors at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza / Village Stroll

Admission: FREE!


Sunshine Coast

If you’re planning to explore the Sunshine Coast this year during Canada Day long weekend, we have good news: “This year’s Canada Day is sure to be a big one!”; that’s what the Sunshine Coast Guide says and, we’re so happy to share.

Sunshine Coast 2019 event highlights:

  • Sechelt will be hosting lot of events. The parade starts at 10:30 am on Cowrie St. with a flyover by the Royal Canadian Airforce
  • At Pender Harbour you’ll find lots of activities throughout all the day long, including live music, International Infusion Dinner at Mad Park Bistro
  • At Powell River/Lund the Canada Day festivities will be held this year at Willingdon Beach. Attendees can look forward to live entertainment, food & craft vendor, Fun Run and, Second Annual Canada Day Fishing Derby.

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on their website.

Admission: FREE!


Fort Langley

Pancakes, cakes and more are waiting for you in Langley to celebrate the 32nd annual Canada Day! Here is what the town is preparing for you and your family:

Langley 2019 Event highlights:

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Flag Raising
  • Official Welcoming Ceremonies and Singing of O Canada
  • Birthday Cake
  • Edward the Magician in the Kids’ Zone
  • Live performances all day long
  • And more!

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on the website.

Admission: FREE!



Let’s celebrate with family and friends! Victoria has prepared such an amazing event for your Canada Day – it is sure to be unforgettable. On Monday, July 1, 2019, the town will have live music and lots of fun activities.

victoria parliament buildingVictoria Parliament Building

From 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM enjoy the expanded Family Zone. Find your favorite spot (or go to all of them) by visiting the face-painting, a bouncy castle and activations by The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature and The Victoria Bug Zoo.

The Coast Capital Living Flag at Legislature Lawns will give away 2,300 free red and white T-shirts.

Victoria 2019 Event highlights:

  • Family Zone all day long
  • Food village
  • Live concerts
  • Fireworks at 10:20 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit:

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Inner Harbour and Legislature Lawns 

Admission: FREE!


Happy Birthday Canada!

Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you on July 02nd.


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Macdonald Realty participates in REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

Macdonald Realty participates in REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

Macdonald Realty is excited to participate in the 22nd REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive campaign. Agents and staffs from our North Vancouver and West Vancouver offices collected new and used coats, blankets and warm clothing at Capilano Mall and Park Royal Mall. The offices then sorted and delivered the donations to charities and organizations in the area.


Since 1995, REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped more than 290,000 people keeping warm and dry. The campaign for this year is over, but you can still donate the following items to the recipient charities:

  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear

Click here for a list of suggested charities.

Click here for more information about REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.