With over 30 years of experience, we have learned the significant value of our community. As a way of giving back, FMI supports local businesses, charities, youth groups and educational initiatives in the Aboriginal and greater community. FMI is proud of the relationships that we have developed through our Legacy Program and we continue to build meaningful relationships with Aboriginal partners.
The company has made a significant effort to provide as much as possible to lend a hand to those in need. With so many of the employees and management growing up and living on Vancouver Island, the community truly has a special significance to the company. Shown primarily by Ladysmith natives and owners, Frank and Mike Crucil, recently donated $3,000 to the Ladysmith Food Bank, a community that they themselves grew up in and where their parents continue to live.
Each Christmas season, FMI participates in a “Fill the Foyer” mission, a fundraiser and food drive organized by FMI employees. Over a few weeks, employees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and other donations in an effort to provide for those less fortunate. In 2016, this also included $3,500 raised for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Nanaimo.
FMI has also participated in the Ladysmith Festival of Lights Parade, SPCA – Paws for a Cause, the #Fillabag project – involving filling purses with feminine hygiene products, and rode in the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Ride. FMI also conducts a bi-weekly donation (totaling $5,335 last year alone) via 50/50 payroll draws to support charities such as Canadian Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish, Ronald McDonald House and Kidsport BC.
Aboriginal Community Engagement
FMI has a longstanding history of partnering with Aboriginal Communities and we are proud of the relationships that we have developed over the years. We believe that collaborating with Aboriginal communities provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and expertise. Through Joint Venture Partnerships and our Legacy program, we aim to foster long-term economic and career development by providing meaningful employment and capacity building through hiring and training opportunities. We work hard to ensure that our Joint Venture partners are positively impacted by our involvement because we believe that together we can create a legacy.
With our over 30 years of experience, we have learned the significant value of our community. As a means of giving back, FMI supports local businesses, charities, youth groups and educational initiatives in the Aboriginal and greater community.
Within the last year, in addition to providing scholarships and bursaries to various First Nation’s communities, FMI supported community events and educational initiatives including:
- The Ktunaxa Nation Council's 2014 Columbia Salmon Festival;
- The Saulteau First Nation’s Pemmican Days;
- The K’ómoks Nation’s Job Fair;
- The Saulteau First Nation’s Christmas celebration;
- National Aboriginal Day celebrations in various locations;
- The Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s 2015 Pemmican Days;
- The K’ómoks Aboriginal Journeys Society;
- Seyem' Qwantlen Bright New Day Reconciliation Circle.
FMI is committed to building and maintaining long lasting relationships within the Aboriginal community. Through collaboration and partnerships we feel that we can achieve great success.