[UPDATE] Movers & Shakers: G&F supports Justice Institute of B.C.

Paramedic students at the Justice Institute of B.C. will be better prepared to handle calls involving babies and kids thanks to a donation from Burnaby-based G&F Financial.

The financial group donated $6,000 to the Justice Institute to buy specialized pediatric and neo-natal training equipment. The equipment will simulate pediatric emergencies to help train students for child-related calls, which are rare, “reiterating the importance of regularly refreshing knowledge of anatomy, professional competence and life-saving treatment,” read a press release from the Justice Institute.

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Prank inspires donations

If you see a bright pink Honda Ridgeline driving around Burnaby, you have the folks at Traction on Demand to thank for that.

While Chris Peacock, vice-president of marketing and alliances, was away on vacation, employees at the software sales company decided it would be fun to paint his black truck a bright shade of bubble-gum pink. Upon his return, he was shocked, of course, but decided to turn the prank into a challenge for his team. For every $50 donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Peacock will drive his pink truck for another day, read an email from Karen Glanzberg at Traction on Demand.

So far, Peacock has received $14,000 in donations and will spend about 280 days in his pink truck.

To donate, go to www.breastprankever.com.


Women’s network wins

Members of the board of trade’s women’s business success network brought their A game to last week’s Christmas luncheon and it sure paid off.

The group managed to unseat Simon Fraser University in the sixth annual gingerbread house contest held during the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Christmas luncheon at the SFU Diamond Alumni Centre.

Canine care company collecting donations

Burnaby-based doggy daycare FairyTails is collecting pet supplies for pooches in need at the Dhana Metta Rescue Society in Surrey.

The rescue society provides care for senior dogs, dogs with special needs or unadoptable dogs.

“Because Dhana Metta tends to take on difficult cases like the abused and neglected dogs, they incur extremely high vet bills trying to undo the damage that may have been inflicted by their previous lives,” FairyTails co-owner Anna Wexler said in a press release. “The cost of blankets, beds, toys and pee pads can add up when they’re trying to improve the health of furry friends who are counting on them.”

Folks can drop off donations of treats, towels and blankets at 5610 Goring St., Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. FairyTails asks that any donations are placed in a waterproof bag or container. For any large donations, call them at 604-291-1891 before you go.

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