Foundry receives $7,500 donation from real estate firm Avison Young

Jan 11, 2018 | News

Foundry executive director Dr. Steve Mathias; Avison Young’s Kevin Kassautzki, Cally Zering and Russ Bougie; and St. Paul’s Foundation’s manager of corporate sponsorship Grace Chiu.Foundry executive director Dr. Steve Mathias; Avison Young’s Kevin Kassautzki, Cally Zering and Russ Bougie; and St. Paul’s Foundation’s manager of corporate sponsorship Grace Chiu.

A generous financial gift from a local real estate firm will support Foundry’s network of integrated health and social service centres for young people.

A team from the Avison Young Vancouver office, including Kevin Kassautzki, Cally Zering and Russ Bougie, recently donated $7,500 to St. Paul’s Foundation to be designated to Foundry.

Foundry executive director Dr. Steve Mathias and St. Paul’s Foundation’s manager of corporate sponsorship Grace Chiu were on site at the Granville Youth Health Centre January 11 to personally accept the cheque from Avison Young.

“This is an example of funding that can be used to support innovative initiatives like peer support, training for staff, and other innovative interventions that really improve engagement of young people and families in their care,” said Dr. Mathias.

He said donations like this one ensure Foundry has as big an impact as it can.

“It’s not only about the money, it’s also about Avison Young letting people know about our new initiatives and making sure that anyone who is working with them is aware that Foundry is out there,” he added.

Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for people ages 12-24 to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.

Russ Bougie, a principal at Avison Young, plays hockey with Dr. Mathias and was inspired by his passion for Foundry. After learning more and touring the facilities, Bougie decided to launch a cause-related marketing campaign in support of Foundry.

The $7,500 donation represents a percentage of the commissions his team earned in 2017. They are continuing their campaign in 2018 and hope their initiative inspires others.

“We’re trying to encourage other companies in our business to do the same thing,” Bougie said.

 

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