Wesbild takes our responsibilities as a corporate citizen very seriously and we have since we began in 1981. That’s why Wesbild is known for building authentic, sustainable communities. Neighbourhoods we would want to live in, shopping centres we would want to spend time in. We believe being a good corporate citizen means giving back, which is why Wesbild continues to give back to the wider community.
We are proud to support local non-profits like the Canadian Cancer Society, Coquitlam Search & Rescue, United Way, PALS Autism School, Vancouver Police Foundation, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and BC Children's Hospital, among others. They do important work, and through our contributions and volunteer activities, we support it wholeheartedly.
Wesbild’s commitment to the community doesn’t stop simply with cash or prize donations. Our goal is to truly find a way to help individuals have better lives.
In 2004, Wesbild purchased a 12,000 square foot building in Port Moody and extensively renovated it for SHARE Family & Community Services Society. SHARE is a non-profit, independent, community based agency that provides leadership and programs in response to the social needs of the residents of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore & Belcarra). Opened in Spring, 2005, this building is now home to the SHARE Food Bank, Family Resource Centre, Counselling and Community Development Services. The building, provided to SHARE at no cost by Wesbild for the last 12 years, serves over 17,200 people annually.
In 2012 Wesbild announced the Wesbild Learning Initiative For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship Program at CABE Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. The CABE program is a district program that offers an alternative educational delivery model for students looking for a different educational experience. The school uses individualized, self paced instructional programs to help students pursue graduation. Through this program Wesbild has committed significant funds to support CABE graduates get post secondary training and education.
In 2013 Wesbild was introduced to Champlain Heights Elementary School in Vancouver via the Vancouver Sun Adopt-a-School Program. This introduced resulted in a five year commitment to pay for the Breakfast Program at the school. Research confirms that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children’s health, academic achievement, cognitive development and mental health. Eighty children are now eating a nutritiously breakfast at Champlain Heights on every school day and starting their day right.
Naturally, we’re also committed to the environment. Wherever possible, trees are preserved, streams are protected, and natural habitats are safeguarded. We believe a vibrant natural world is key to thriving communities. Wesbild’s commitment to the environment can demonstrated by our efforts at Westwood Plateau, where we planted over 10,000 trees and created almost 700 acres of green parks and community forests. To prevent damage to the fish-bearing creeks at Westwood Plateau, Wesbild developed a set of procedures that minimized environmental impacts both during and after construction. These innovative techniques have been recognized with several awards from groups such as the Audubon Society and the Urban Development Institute, and have since been adopted as the standard for responsible development in sensitive environments. We are now taking our environmental learning from Westwood Plateau and working closely with the municipalities, environmental stakeholders and industry leading consultants to apply low impact development techniques to each of our communities.