Dawson Creek mayor wants to bring Kindness Meters to D.C.

By on January 29, 2016
Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead. File photo

Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead. File photoUu

UPDATE: Kindness Meters were approved at the Feb. 1 Dawson Creek council meeting.

DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek will be getting it’s own “Kindness Meters” this year, if mayor Dale Bumstead’s suggestion is accepted by council on Monday.

Bumstead told Northeast News that the idea arose from Prince George—Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, who suggested the idea to Bumstead after seeing the concept in Truro, Nova Scotia, and the mayor has taken the idea and run with it.

The initiative will see disused parking meters placed around the city for people to donate change to, which will in turn be donated to an as-yet undecided charity.

“I touched it over to our administrator, and we went about seeing if we could locate some old meters, and so we’ve done that and we’re bringing it to council on Monday to get council’s endorsement to move forward with them,” Bumstead said.

“I’d like to put one downtown, at the Mile “0” post because we get a fair amount of tourist traffic down there in the summertime.”

Bumstead said that if the recommendation is accepted by council on Monday, a policy will be developed around where the money will be donated. His report states that donations would be distributed according to applications and criteria set by council, and money would be “shared around” by changing charities every few months.

The Mayor’s report also suggests that the meters be retrofitted and painted with the City’s logo and possibly that of a sponsor. Potential sponsorship would help pay for the installation, retrofitting, maintenance and collection from the meters.

“I think council are going to like the idea of it, I’ve touched base with them already in terms of the concept … everyone really was onside with it,” said Bumstead.

“It’s not like it’s going to cost us a bunch of money to do or implement, it’s got such a great message, to me and the community. You have some spare change and you put it in there and it just goes to a great cause in the community, it’s just a real nice message I think.”

There will be four Kindness Meters installed around Dawson Creek if the recommendation is passed, and Bumstead said he would consider putting them in Memorial Arena, Encana Events Centre, or Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre as well as downtown.

Stacy Thomas

news@northeastnews.ca

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