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June 11 Shred Day to help Sophie’s Place purchase a PADS dog

Just in time for Spring Cleaning!

June 11 is Shred Day for Sophie’s Place

Pads dogUrban Impact is very excited to help the Rotary Club of South Surrey with their Shred Day on June 11th. Our driver will be onsite at Ocean Park Safeway from 10 am to 2-pm to provide secure shredding by donation. All donations will support Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and the Rotary Club’s sponsorship of a Canine Assisted
Intervention team.

The Rotary Club is aiming to raise $15,000.00 for a PADS dog. PADS breeds, raises, trains and supports certified assistance dogs, partnering them with people living with disabilities and with community care professionals.
Intervention dogs are meant to assist community care professionals where there would be be physical, social or emotional improvement with the addition of a dog and its specially trained dog handler.

Shred for Sophie’s Place

Sophie’s Place is a child advocacy centre focused on providing specialized services to physically, mentally and sexually abused children. The PADS dog would be used to sooth children and if and when they had to go
to court. The PADS dog would be allowed in Court with the child.

“It’s really important that kids can have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment.”

-Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Sophie’s Place patron and namesake

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society:

“Our dogs change lives. They are more than beautiful, healthy companions, they are specially trained to aid people.”  See more at:


Vancity gives thanks to Urban Impact’s Shred Days

shreddays1Last Saturday’s Vancity Shred Day raised funds for the Chinese Community Policing Centre, a non-profit organization that serves the Chinese community in police-related matters.

Here is the nice thank you that we received from the Chinese Community Policing Centre’s on Urban Impact’s Facebook page:

“Our first shredding event this past Saturday! Many thanks to Vancity and Urban Impact Recycling for sponsoring this fundraising event. And we can’t forget all those in the community that came out to support us!”

Thanks Leif for helping out- we see you are rocking our new UI vest!

For more information about upcoming Shred Days:

YVR’s Waste Wars Program wins big at ACI-NA Awards

waste warsKudos to Vancouver International Airport Authority’s (“YVR”) Environmental Team!  The team took home top prize in the Outreach, Education and Community Involvement Category for YVR’s Waste Wars program.

YVR’s Waste Wars project was launched on July 13, 2015 and ran until August 13, 2015.  

Due to the huge efforts of the YVR Environmental Team and strong participation from YVR’s partners in the programs such as Waste Wars, during the month of September 2015, YVR achieved a 53% diversion rate- the best for 2015!  Additionally, during the four busiest months of 2015, YVR diverted more than 50% of waste from landfill, which is in line with their 2015 Environmental Management Plan target.

According to ACI-NA, YVR was awarded the Outreach Award for its Waste Wars project, which was designed to increase composting from airport food and beverage tenants, while reducing overall solid waste.  YVR’s robust airport training and engagement program is truly first rate.

“YVR won an ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award and took home the top prize for our Waste War engagement program. Thank you for supporting YVR in our submission and Urban Impact’s continued support in our diversion efforts.  We truly appreciate it!”

Shaye Folk-Blagbrough, M. E.Des.

Environmental Specialist


Happy International Womens Day

Happy #InternationalWomensDay
Today is International Women’s Day, celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements worldwide.
Hat’s off to all the incredibly talented female Canadian entrepreneurs!
At Urban Impact, we salute these inspiring women! We also encourage girls to pursue their business dreams. Enjoy the journey!

Pink Shirt Day at Urban Impact!

We had a blast supporting Pink Shirt Day at Urban Impact. Say no to bullying!

The CKNW Orphan’s Fund encouraged all British Columbians to celebrate kindness and wear pink in support of anti-bullying programs across the province. We were thrilled to participate!

Did you know that 100% of net proceeds raised from Pink Shirt Day go to an anti-bullying program?

The program supports children’s healthy self-esteem, empathy, compassion and kindness.

Here’s some of Urban Impact’s Pink Shirt Day activities:

  • Our Drivers and office staff proudly sported pink t- shirts!
  • We placed pink bows on the truck grills!
  • We posted fun photos about #PinkShirtDay on Facebook.
  • We enjoyed delicious Pink T-shirt cookies!

About Pink Shirt Day

It all started in 2007, when two Nova Scotia students decided to take action after witnessing a younger student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The students bought 50 pink t-shirts and encouraged schoolmates to wear them to send a powerful message of solidarity to the bully
The CKNW Orphans’ Fund was inspired by the story and to date have raised more than $1.2 million for anti-bullying days in British Columbia with the sales of Pink Shirt Day T-Shirt Day.
On February 24, We were thrilled to send a message that kindness matters. Thanks for your support!