February 27, 2013

Burnaby Board of Trade Supports Victims of Apartment Fire

I am taking the liberty of re-posting a letter here from Burnaby Board of Trade President & CEO Paul Holden because it epitomizes why I think the BBOT is one of the most progressive chambers or boards of trade in Canada, and why I volunteer time on a board committee. Way to step up!

Dear Burnaby Board of Trade Members,

A devastating fire destroyed a 35 unit apartment building on Smith Avenue in the early hours of February 17, 2013. Over 100 people were left homeless, most have low or moderate incomes and all are faced with the very expense task of rebuilding their lives.

The Burnaby Board of Trade is working to assist a number of organizations in helping these individuals get through this tough time.

Their biggest immediate need is to replace their identification which is very expensive. Without identification the fire victims cannot access their bank accounts or rent new accommodation.

Birth certificates are the first piece of identification needed to get every other piece of ID. Manitoba birth certificates take six to eight weeks unless you pay an extra $80.00 and there are several Smith Ave residents from Manitoba. Another fire victim was born in Alberta and Alberta requires their birth certificate applications to be notarized, which represents an additional expense. Every province charges a fee for replacements.

The Salvation Army at 6125 Nelson St, V5H 3J1 (604-437-1521) is accepting cash donations, clothing and household goods. Please consider donating whatever you can to assist the Smith Ave fire victims. Anyone willing to provide free notary services for those needing them to acquire their birth certificate should contact Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA Kathy Corrigan's office at 604-775-2414.

In addition, the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness is assisting in helping find affordable housing as a crucial next step for these Burnaby residents. If anyone has an affordable place to rent in Burnaby please contact the Task Force Community Development Coordinator, Wanda Mulholland, directly at 604-317-8114.

Thank you to anyone who can provide some support in this matter, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.


Paul Holden
President & CEO
Burnaby Board of Trade

Posted by Paul at February 27, 2013 04:41 PM