Mission mayor tees up first golf tourney to help St. Joseph’s food bank

Funding needed for new $400,000 facility

Mission Mayor Ted Adlem is establishing a tradition this year with a mayor’s charity golf tournament on July 21, one that he intends to hold annually. The first recipient of this attention is an organization that has been operating under the public radar, until now – St. Joseph’s Parish church food bank on 7th Avenue. Continue reading

Welcomed Help

The construction community continues to help bring the St. Joseph’s Food Bank building closer to life with a series of donations. Here, Tim Higginson and Murray Giffen from LaFarge Aggregates and Concrete pose with Vantage Contracting’s Eric Jackman (far left) and Elm Construction’s Wentworth Bjarnason (far right) at the building site on Seventh Avenue. LaFarge has donated $15,000 in aggregate, while Vantage has put forward $12,000 in services, and Elm has provided $10,000 in services. According to accountant Ron Leger, one of the main fundraising organizers, work on the project will slow for a while as tax season approaches, and because the cash accrued so far has run out.

By Staff Writer, Mission City Record
Published: March 14, 2012 02:00 PM
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St. Joseph’s food bank building donations still coming

Fundraising for St. Joseph’s Food Bank’s new building is progressing well, and organizers expect to finish by year’s end. Donations have slowed due to the holiday season, said Ron Leger, one of the driving forces behind the construction, but an average of $20,000 per month in materials and cash is coming through the door.

“I was really encouraged by this much support,” he said, and noted the community, contractors, the parish and the municipality are all contributing to the project. Continue reading

Work progressing on St. Joseph’s food bank

Ground has broken, and work has been progressing on the new food bank building at St. Joseph’s Church. According to Mission accountant Ron Leger, one of the main project organizers, there is approximately $156,000 left to raise — already $436,000 has been received in cash and in-kind donations.

One of the biggest helps so far has been the efforts of contractor Wentworth Bjarnason. “He is the largest contributor besides the Catholic church,” said Leger. Bjarnason is an Agassiz resident, but St. Joseph’s was his grandmother’s church.

“After the phone call [from Leger], I jumped right in. It’s a good thing for the town. You never know when people are going to have a down time,” he explained. “[The food bank] provides an extra safety net.”

Bjarnason also put out a challenge to other local contractors to donate as much as they’re able to bring this project to fruition.

By Jason Roessle, Mission City Record
Published: December 14, 2011 1:00 PM
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Mission gives to St. Joseph’s food bank

District council has found a way to circumvent a tax law loophole that wouldn’t allow it to waive nearly $16,000 in development fees for a charitable food bank.

Under the Local Government Act and Community Charter, churches like St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Seventh Avenue are statutorily exempt from development cost charges (DCC) if council has granted a permissive tax exemption.

But because the food bank isn’t technically within the place of worship, it isn’t allowed to waive the $15,764.05.

By Adrian MacNair, Mission City Record
Published: July 08, 2011 1:00 PM
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