Turn down the heat and donate a sweater next week

This coming week lakecity residents and businesses are being asked to bundle up, turn down the heat and donate a sweater or jacket.

This coming week lakecity residents and businesses are being asked to bundle up, turn down the heat and donate a sweater or jacket to someone in need.

It’s all part of the inaugural Turn Down the Heat Campaign Feb. 2 to 9 initiated by FortisBC and Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia.

The one-week challenge to turn down the heat at work and at home could play a big part in energy conversation and if you keep it up – just watch the energy bills go down, say organizers.

The project has the enthusiastic support of 19 business improvement associations from Vancouver Island to the Mainland, including the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association.

The Turn Down the Heat campaign is all about encouraging  people to turn down the heat and layer up.

Put on a sweater, add a hoodie, double up your t-shirts – layering is the new cool, organizers say.

In addition to creating more awareness about energy consumption and what can be done to reduce it, the additional goal is to collect 2,500 sweaters for those less fortunate, say organizers.

The Williams Lake DBIA has 14 businesses that will be accepting donations of sweaters and jackets for children to be distributed by the Child Development Centre  and for adults to be distributed to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“Our goal is to collect a minimum of 225 sweaters,” says WLCBIA president Sheila Mortensen. She says gently used sweaters and jackets and even hats, scarves and mitts will be accepted to help families in the community that are struggling financially.

She encourages all businesses and homeowners in Williams Lake join the downtown businesses in the campaign.

“We will all be wearing sweaters to promote energy efficiency,” Mortensen says.

In Williams Lake sweaters and jackets for children and adults can be dropped off at Save On Foods, Lake City Glass, Suzanne’s and Jenny’s, M&M Meats, Lush Beauty Boutique, Elaine’s Natural Foods, J&E Gifts and Treasures, Zone 4 Hairstyling & Tanning, WLCBIA Office, Smashin’ Smoothies, CRD Library, Movies On The Go, Walk Rite Shoe Store, TD Canada Trust.

This is the first time business improvement associations have come together collaboratively to work on a project province wide at the same time.

It is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and promote such an important message of energy conservation, say organizers.


Just Posted

Bella Coola Valley. (Scott Carrier photo)
Nuxalk Nation closes recreation, sports fisheries at Bella Coola due to COVID-19 concerns

Nobody is supposed to be travelling, said marine use manager Peter Siwallace

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

A Cariboo Regional District director and School District 27 trustee, Angie Delainey is also a fourth generation business owner in downtown Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Angie Delainey appointed Cariboo Regional District representative on regional board

Delainey and Steve Forseth represent the CRD at the North Central Local Government Association

Pauline Schmutz, 75, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from public health nurse Donna McKenzie on Tuesday, April 13 at the community clinic at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for Horsefly, Big Lake

Anyone 18 and over who has not received a vaccine yet is encouraged to register

A prowling coyote proved no match for a stray black cat who chased it out of a Port Moody parking lot Friday, May 14. (Twitter/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Little but fierce: Cat spotted chasing off coyote by Port Moody police

The black cat is seen jumping out from under a parked car and running the wild animal out of a vacant lot

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A thunderstorm, with lightning, pictured in Fraser Valley in 2021. (Black Press Media/Jaimie Grafstrom)
Wildfire concerns sparked after 320+ lightning strikes blasted B.C. yesterday

Approximately one-quarter of the province is currently listed as being at moderate risk of fires

A restaurant server on White Rock’s Marine Drive serves customers on a roadside patio. Indoor dining and recreational travel bans have been in effect since late March in B.C. (Peace Arch News)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate falls to 411 cases Tuesday

360 people in hospital, up slightly, two more deaths

The Banff National Park entrance is shown in Banff, Alta., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Minister asks Canadians to camp carefully in national parks as season starts

Kitchen shelters in Banff National Park closed, trails on Vancouver Island will only be one-way

Names of those aboard the ship are seen at Komagata Maru monument in downtown Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The City of Vancouver has issued an apology for its racist role in denying entry to 376 passengers aboard a ship that was forced to return to India over a century ago. Mayor Kennedy Stewart says discrimination by the city had “cruel effects” on the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims aboard the Komagata Maru, which arrived in Burrard Inlet on May 23, 1914. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says sorry for city’s role in turning away South Asians in 1914

Kennedy Stewart has declared May 23 as the annual Komagata Maru Day of Remembrance

A crew of WestCoast WILD Adventures employees tackled an onslaught of litter left at the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek on May 2. (Anne-Marie Gosselin photo)
Litter woes consume popular ‘Locks of Love’ fence on B.C.’s Pacific Rim

Popular view spot near Tofino plagued by people hanging masks and other unwanted garbage

Vincent Doumeizel, senior advisor at the United Nations Global Compact on Oceans, as well as director for the Food Programme for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, pulls up some sugar kelp seaweed off the French coast in April 2020. He was the keynote speaker during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Seaweed Days Festival. (Vincent Doumeizel/Submitted)
Let’s hear it for seaweed: slimy, unsexy and the world’s greatest untapped food source

Experts talks emerging industry’s challenges and potential at Sidney inaugural Seawood Days Festival

Troy Patterson, a Cadboro Bay 15-year-old, got a virtual meeting with B.C.’s environment minister months after he started an online petition calling for construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to stop. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
B.C. teen’s 23,000-name Coastal GasLink petition gets him an audience with the minister

15-year-old Saanich high school student and George Heyman discussed project for about 30 minutes

Most Read