CoMMUNITY MATTERS

At Radius Security we invest in matters of the community because Community Matters.  We invest in programs that support vulnerable youth across BC to create positive, lasting relationships, and become leaders in their communities. We are proud to support our communities through the following initiatives:

Vulnerable Youth Grant

The 2017 Vulnerable Youth Grant of $6500 has been awarded to the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (the Fed). The committee responsible for this grant has generously given their time to carefully selecting the organizations to interview, attending the groups' presentations, and conducting site visits before reaching a decision. While Plea and the John Howard Society presented very strong cases for their youth programs, the group could not help but feel that the Fed's program was most in line with our grant's mission. In appreciation of the amazing work they do for youth in our communities, both Plea and John Howard will receive a small grant this year.

The Fed is a youth-driven program that provides advocacy, empowerment, and connection to BC youth aged 14-24 in the foster care system. The organization is also run by a board of "alumni" from the program. Through our donation Vancouver Fire and Radius Security will be providing the funds for one of their bi-annual youth retreats, at which youth come together with their peers where leadership and connection are nurtured, and strong family-like bonds are created where they are sorely missing for many of these youth. Beyond our donation, we look forward to finding further ways of supporting this important organization and the programs they provide.

For more information on the Fed, or to donate, please visit their website:

http://fbcyicn.ca/

John Howard Society

Thanks to Radius Security’s effective remote guarding and video surveillance systems, our clients see many criminals tried and convicted.

Radius Security is also committed to stopping crime before it starts and minimizing its impact on the communities we serve. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the John Howard Society--a non-profit organization that promotes crime reduction, prison reform, and effective societal re-entry for offenders.

Radius is a proud sponsor of the Society’s Lower Mainland Choices and Consequences program, which arranges for former prisoners to speak at schools and youth groups about the long-term consequences of their choices and the realities of the criminal justice system.

Over the 2017 Holiday Season, our employees donated their time to help the JHS with the assembly and distribution of care packages to the downtown east side. Below is a testimony from one of our generous volunteers:

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve at the John Howard Society over the holiday season. My children and I gained a valuable life experience by becoming aware of needs of the people of the downtown eastside. Our eyes were opened to this great need in our own backyard. We were humbled by the expression of gratitude from those less fortunate."

Surrey Food Bank

Vancouver Fire and Radius Security has long supported local food banks. In 2016, the company took on its first fundraising initiative for the Surrey Food Bank. Generosity and friendly competition abounded. With a corporate matching offer of $1,500, the company raised $5,883 and donated almost 1,150 pounds of food to the Surrey Food Bank. An enthusiastic crew also put in 35 volunteer hours at the distribution centre. These results put Vancouver Fire and Radius Security in the top 10 of the 246 companies that held Holiday Food and Fund Drives for the Surrey Food Bank in 2016. Not bad for a first try.

This 2017 holiday season, we are yet again supporting the Surrey Food Bank, and are well on our way to meeting our goal! One again, a group of 15 employees volunteered their time to help with food distribution at the food bank. Below are employee testimonies of the experience:

"For me it was an eye opener, all walks of life, people you wouldn’t expect that were in need of the basic necessities.  Some were so happy to see you, some were obviously regulars and others were visibly humbled to be needing food bank support.  I left there feeling inspired that there is a non-government, local, community funded organization that is there to help people with the basic necessities every day."

"Spent the day volunteering at the surrey food bank today and I feel pretty grateful.  I never realized how many people use the food bank every day approximately 220 families.  If you have a chance to donate please do there are so many families in need.  People think of families as just people but in reality they are meaning pets too.  They even give pet food to feed their pets.  Many people including myself think of the homeless or people on disability/social services only using the food bank but many of the people are people just not making as much as they need to survive.  I highly recommend volunteering at your local food bank if you have a chance."

Ariel Paguia Scholarship

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2017 Scholarship Recipient Daniel Nottingham.

Ariel Paguia, a well-loved employee and member of the Radius Security family, lost his battle with cancer on September 22, 2008. He joined Radius Security in 2005, serving with distinction in our service department, and was greatly respected by his colleagues for his kind spirit, dedication to his work, and devotion to his family.

The Ariel Paguia Scholarship works to recognize similar qualities in the family members of company employees, and assist them in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient, Daniel Nottingham who is 2 years into his degree in Journalism at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with a 3.67 GPA. Congratulations are also due to our runner up, Benjamin Carris, who is pursuing a degree at McGill University in Chemical Engineering. We are so proud to be supporting these two young students in their academic endeavours.

Download the application for the Ariel Paguia Scholarship.

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