KSNS has been operating on the North Shore since 2001, helping thousands of kids facing financial barriers that prevent them from playing sport, to create healthier and happier individuals while fostering togetherness in local communities.

KSNS has been operating on the North Shore since 2001, helping thousands of kids facing financial barriers that prevent them from playing sport, to create healthier and happier individuals while fostering togetherness in local communities.

To continue to make this happen, four new Board Members joined the North Shore Chapter in May.  Patricio Gonzalez, Scott Macfarlane, Vafa Kashani and Nazeer Mitha, joined long-standing members Karen Lidster, Karl Woll, Tony King and Tom Walker.  Alice Benson, who served on the Board for several years, decided to take a step back from the Board due to other commitments but Alice continues to lend a hand where needed. 

The new Board members immediately set out to make additional connections within the North Shore business community, with the intention of laying the ground work for identifying corporate sponsors, making KSNS their charity of choice.  Fundraising has been the priority this year, and we’re very excited to report that new relationships and opportunities for fundraising have been initiated, along with maintaining our ongoing connections, including the following:    

  • Neptune Terminals has demonstrated their support for North Shore families and kids by providing a grant.  We’re looking forward to continuing to build this relationship, and hoping to work with Neptune to bring a Dodgeball Challenge for Kids event to the North Shore in 2019.
  • KSNS is the charity of choice for an annual community softball tournament, and again this year we received a donation from this very community-minded group of ball players.
  • Chris Wilson of the Tri Cities KS Chapter, was instrumental in coordinating an athletics challenge through his friends at Innovative Fitness.  With two training facilities on the North Shore we benefited greatly from donations these athletes collected from their supporters.  We look forward to continuing our work closely with Innovative Fitness, as we plan two fundraisers for 2019 - Dodgeball Challenge for Kids and a Gift of Sport Gala.
  • Quebecore Sports and Rehab is new to the North Shore, and they have selected KSNS to be their charity of choice.  This year we’ve received two donations, and we’re looking forward to building on this relationship
  • Soprema, an international manufacturer specializing in the production of innovative products for waterproofing, insulation, soundproofing and vegetated solutions for the roofing, building envelope and civil engineering sectors, has become a supporter of KSNS.
  • A big thank you to the Gown on the Grind September event which provided some needed funds for KSNS.
  • Through business connections with KSNS Board members, donations were received through outside fundraisers, and KSNS is very grateful to have been the recipient of these.

The key focus for 2019 will continue building relationships for the purpose of fundraising and event sponsorships. At KSNS, our goal is to be able to support 250 kids annually up to $400 per approved grant – an aggressive goal that we’re confident we can accomplish through the dedication and commitment of our Board Members, and the connections, sponsorships and partnerships that will be made within the North Shore business community. We will also be seeking out volunteers to assist us with this ambitious goal! 

In closing, the KSNS Shore chapter wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, and here’s hoping that 2019 will be the best year yet for achieving our mission, #SoALLKidsCanPlay!