Our ASHTON CARING TEAM has set a goal of donating 500 hours of our time to the community. Check out the thermometer below to see our progress! CURRENT HOUR COUNT: 500+ hours.

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14.0 hours Ashton staff painted windows as Richmond Mazda in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund on November 25th.

2.0 hours helping out with phone calls for ALS BC on October 28th.

3.5 hours Ashton staff help prep and serve lunch at the UGM in Vancouver on September 12th 2014

5.0 hours Ashton staff helped out at Ironwood McDonald’s for McHappy Day on May 7th 2014.

7.5 hours Ashton staff volunteered at the UGM in Vancouver putting together hampers for families on December 3rd 2013.

20.0 hours volunteering at the Richmond Christmas Fund Drive Thru event on November 28th, 2013.

30.0 hours painting windows at the Volkswagon dealership at the Richmond Auto Mall’s Windows of Hope event on November 27th, 2013.

20.0 hours helping install plumbing fixtures at Project Emily on November 25th, 2013.

12.0 hours Ashton staff volunteered at Project Emily on Nov, 21st 2013.

3.0 hours Lorraine and Daisy helped out at Gilmore United Church, October 4th, 2013.

22.5 hours Our staff volunteered at the Emily Project house, September 10th, 2013

4.5 hours Jeff and Lorraine helped out at Gilmore United Church, September 5th, 2013

2.0 hours Our managers did work for the Emily Project, August 21, 2013

10.0 hours Our technicians volunteered at the Emily Project, August 7th, 2013 to wire in some thermostats

2.5 hours Volunteered at Gilmore Church, July 4th, 2013

40.0 hours For helping out at the Emily Project June 26, 2013

71.0 hours Canadian Cancer Society Relay for life June 15 and 16, 2013

4.5 hours Gilmore United Church June 6, 2013

18.0 hours Richmond Sharing Day June 8, 2013

4.5 hours the Emily Project June 6, 2013

50.0 hours for the Emily Project June 5, 2013

1.0 hour Richmond Annual Shred Day May 30, 2013

26.0 hours for the Emily Project May 11, 2013

6.0 hours for the Gilmore Untied Church May 2, 2013

8.0 hours for Union Gospel Mission February 17, 2013

4.0 hours Union Gospel Mission Kitchen with BA Robinson on November 28, 2012

75.0 hours Windows of Hope November 27, 2012 and Richmond Christmas Fund Drive Thru November 29, 2012

24.0 hours Making and delivering Sandwiches October 21, 2012

Ashton and the Community

 

Furnace Install for Charity March 2017

 

We were fortunate enough to be able to help install a new furnace for a transitioning/recovery house in Surrey that has been helping people in the community since 1992.

 

Canuck Place Children’s Supporter Jan 2017


We were happy to be a supporter of Canuck Place alongside FirstService Residential and our fellow contractors and suppliers. All together $76,500 was raised for the kids and their families.

Richmond Christmas Fund Challenge Dec 2016

Ashton Service Group along with New Coast Lifestyles spearheaded the Home Builders and Contractors Challenge to raise money for the Richmond Christmas Fund. We were blown away by everyone’s generosity and raised $7,100! Thank you! A lot of families and children had a brighter holiday season this year.

Windows of Hope Nov 2016

The Ashton Service Group team was at it again helping paint windows at the Richmond Auto Mall. This year raised $33,495 for the Richmond Christmas Fund. We are always amazed of the hidden artistic talents of our staff. This is always a fun team building outing.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Jan 2016 Tour

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Ashton Service Group was one of several suppliers who joined with FirstService Residential BC in raising funds to donate to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. There was a cheque presentation and we had the opportunity to tour the facility. Over $65,000 was raised.

Great Sandwich Make March 2016

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Ashton was happy to donate over 300 pairs of socks to The Great Sandwich Make that took place on March 5th and 6th.
955 kits and sandwiches were made and given out at the downtown eastside in Vancouver. In awe of what was accomplished through word of mouth and by the volunteers.

Windows of Hope Nov 2015 Edition

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On Tuesday November 24th, Ashton staff were there donned with Santa hats and paintbrushes in hand to decorate the windows of a Richmond Auto mall dealership.

Windows of Hope 2014 Edition

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On November 25th 2014, Ashton staff were out in force to support the Richmond Christmas Fund, helping paint windows at Richmond Mazda during the Windows of Hope event.

Serving Lunch at Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver

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On September 12th 2014, Ashton staff were on hand to help prep and serve a late afternoon lunch to guests of the Union Gospel Mission. A number of tasks and duties were carried out including the chance to use an automatic knife sharpening machine, plating desserts working the service line and wiping down tables.

Big Bike Ride in Steveston

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3 employees representing Ashton Service Group participated alongside the Richmond Chamber Commerce on May 9th 2014 to ride a Big Bike through Steveston in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. $3,000 was raised for heart disease and stroke research. To find out more information or donate visit www.bigbike.ca.

McHappy Day 2014

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On May 7th 2014, Ashton helped out at the Ironwood McDonald’s serving and greeting customers in support of raising donations for Ronald McDonald House and the Richmond Society for Community Living. *Update* $7,444.00 was raised!

The 3rd Annual Christmas Fund Drive Thru

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Nov 28th, 2013 marked the 3rd Annual Richmond Christmas Fund Drive Thru where businesses and locals come together to gather gifts for less fortunate families in Richmond. Brian Williams along with volunteers Wendy, Tim and Patrick brave the morning cold to collect gifts.

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/m49p5kv for a full gallery.

The 10th Annual Windows of Hope at the Richmond Auto Mall

The 10th Annual Windows of Hope was a great success! Volunteers from Ashton Service Group with our friends from Piedmont Sheetmetal helped decorate windows at the Cowell Volkswagon in the Richmond Auto Mall to raise money for the Richmond Christmas Fund to help low-income families in Richmond. Volunteers painted festive scenes into the night and raised over $20,000!


 

Emily Project Pub Night Fundraiser

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This photo was taken from yesterday’s pub night fundraiser for project Emily which raised over $10,000.

Accomplish Your Goals…AND Make A Difference

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Ashton at the Ride to Conquer Cancer

This weekend at the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Our associates in the photo are Connor, Ashley, Brian Williams from Ashton and Ken and Davis Johnson from Carrera Projects.

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Ashton at the Relay for Life

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Employees dig volunteering at annual Day of Caring at the Sharing Farm

Around 100 volunteers had a blast while working hard and getting their hands dirty at Volunteer Richmond’s second annual Day of Caring, presented in partnership with Ashton Service Group and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at the Sharing Farm.

“We all want the community to flourish,” said Jocelyn Wong, Volunteer Richmond’s general manager.

The event served as a wrap up to Volunteer Richmond’s Richmond Caring Companies program.

All staff and family of the companies that participated this year or were previously involved in the program were invited to help out at the Sharing Farm for the day.

“Businesses want to give back to their community,” Wong said. “Often times they don’t know how to start.”

The Caring Companies program helps local businesses discover how best to give back to the community and support staff who want to give back.

The Day of Caring helps put everything the five-month program taught into practice.

“The goal moving forward is to have more of the business community engaged,” Wong said.

Companies involved in the Day of Caring this year included: Back in Motion, Scotiabank, Sandman Signature, Opacity Design Group, Sutton Group/Seafair Realty, Misty Mountain, Innovation Networks and Beavis Wong and Associates.

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See the original article here:
http://www.richmondreview.com/community/210841971.html

Best of Richmond People

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Gilmore Park Community Church

Our staff helped out on Thursday May 2nd at Gilmore Park Community Church

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Brian Williams wins Milan Ilich Award for Leadership

Read the full story here:
http://www.richmondreview.com/community/204512521.html

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ASHTON SERVICE GROUP DONATES 10% OF ALL RESIDENTIAL CALLS TO SOURCES WHITE ROCK-SOUTH SURREY FOOD BANK

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Brian Williams, President of Ashton Service Group presenting cheque to Denise Darrell, the Food Bank Director

Ashton Service Group tries to give back to the community it serves and during this holiday season, Ashton Service Group has partnered up with Sources White Rock- South Surrey Food Bank.
Brian Williams, the President of Ashton Service Group and his employees through the months of November and December had pledged to donate 10% of all proceeds from residential service calls in the White Rock and South Surrey area to the food bank. Ashton Service Group along with their customers was able to donate $1,680.42 to Jaye Murray, the Operations and Services Coordinator at Sources White Rock-South Surrey Food Bank. The donation will help the food bank purchase nutritious food and give support to its community members, as well as provide school-age children with at least two school lunches a week and diapers and formula for babies.

Volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission on February 17th, 2013

Doing Work with BA Robinson in November 2012

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Christmas Toy Drive 2012

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ASHTON SERVICE GROUP DONATES PORTION OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICE CALLS TO RICHMOND CHRISTMAS FUND

Ashton Service Group recognizes the importance of community and the spirit of giving all year round and especially around the holiday season. Financial strains are stretched more during the holidays and Ashton Service Group wanted to partner up with the Richmond Christmas Fund and involve their customers at the same time.

Brian Williams, the President of Ashton Service Group and his employees decided during the months of November and December, 10% of all proceeds from residential service calls in Richmond will be donated to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Thanks to all the customers who had service calls during the two months; Ashton Service Group was able to raise $4,509.12 to purchase grocery vouchers, toys, games and books for the residents of Richmond.

Ashton Service Group had the opportunity to present their cheque to the Richmond Christmas Fund during the Richmond Chamber’s Annual Christmas luncheon that was held on Thursday December 13th 2012 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

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Community gives Emily a new start

By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review

Published: December 28, 2012 5:00 AM

A New Start for Emily

It started small as most things do, but having lunch with the Man in Motion quickly changed that.

As Brian Williams sat across from Rick Hansen—the man who wheeled around the world raising money, awareness and hope for people with spinal cord injuries—he heard the story of Emily de Boer. Emily, a bright, athletic 12-year-old Steveston girl, had recently lost the use of her legs following a surgery that went wrong. On Feb. 14, 2011, an attempt to correct a spine curvature left her a paraplegic.

Emily needed a new bathroom—something right up the alley of Williams’ Richmond-based company, Ashton Service Group. But Williams and a growing army of volunteers decided to do one better: build the family an entirely new house.

‘We needed to start over’

During a visit home from the hospital last year, the de Boer family was hit with the understanding their newly-renovated Steveston house wouldn’t be their home for much longer. It wasn’t accessible, and alterations would be too costly.

Dad Grant carried Emily upstairs into the living room, where the family cat found a place to rest in a familiar lap. But when the cat darted down the hall the family fell silent.

“It was a very sad moment because she couldn’t run after the cat,” said mom Charmis. “That night she said to (us), ‘I don’t think I can live here.’ We needed to start over.”

They did, selling the home and buying a fixer-upper nearby. An architect drafted plans for another renovation.

Meanwhile, Williams and his wife Julie arranged to have dinner with Emily’s parents to hear the whole story. The next day, Williams knocked on the door of the de Boer family’s “new” house. What he saw was an old two-storey dwelling that needed a lot of work. It had a pool—Emily took up swimming again—but it wasn’t heated. And without an elevator, Emily was trapped downstairs.

A caring team

Williams, a father to 1 boy and 2 girls, was moved by Emily’s story, and shared it the next day over breakfast with a supplier, who immediately offered to donate bathroom fixtures. That had Williams thinking.

He approached his friend and contractor Ken Johnson. The pair had previously completed a similar renovation project for a Richmond firefighter paralyzed from a highway accident. Johnson didn’t hesitate to help again.

Renovation costs were tallied and the pair approached the de Boer family a few weeks later with more than just sketches for a bathroom.

“I think we should knock it over,” Williams told them. “Go find an apartment or house close-by and give us a year.”

Williams and his wife formed the Ashton Caring Team—focused on community involvement, volunteerism and corporate responsibility. The concepts weren’t new to Ashton, but the scale of the project led the company to organize its efforts under one umbrella.

Things started moving quickly. Williams started talking to friends and associates and offers to help began to pour in: lumber, plywood, roofing materials, windows, electrical supplies, kitchen cabinets, labour. So far 30 organizations or individuals are on board to help with what’s now being called “Project Emily.”

“The outpouring so far has been amazing,” said Williams. “Someone yesterday sent me a very large cheque. I couldn’t even phone him because I was so blown away by it… There’s a lot of compassion here.”

Wall of Giving

The de Boer house on Springhill Crescent—the one the family had originally planned to renovate—was flatted Dec. 15. Planned is a new 3,400-square-foot home with wheelchair accessibility at the top of the architect’s list.

Williams said the house is scheduled to be finished by late 2013—and give Emily some of her life back. Light switches will be within reach for Emily, and she’ll be able to open the front door, go upstairs in an elevator, make her own meals, take showers and access a heated, barrier-free pool outside.

Williams said his goal is to build the $500,000 house with the least amount of money from the de Boer family. His hope is to have the entire cost covered to help the family cope with future expenses.

A four-by-eight-foot sign is scheduled to be installed this week at the construction site to recognize donors. It will be called “Emily’s Wall of Giving.” And as the site is prepared for a new foundation, Project Emily is still seeking help from the community. Cash donations are needed, as is volunteer labour. A fundraiser is planned for the new year and a website (ashtoncaringteam.org) has been set up to co-ordinate donations.

“If everybody just gives a little, we can really model ourselves off the Free the Children motto, ‘From me to we,’ really quick,” said Williams, still amazed at how the project has come together so quickly. “I don’t go to church on Sunday, but I do figure that I’ve been pretty blessed somehow. It’s amazing how fortunate we’ve been.”

The de Boer family is now temporarily living in an apartment. Mom Charmis admits to nervous moments, especially seeing the flattened landscape where their house once stood, but said it warms her heart thinking of the support her family has—even from strangers like Brian Williams.

“He’s an angel, he really has no reason to be doing this. He just is.”

Making an impact

Williams’ company Ashton Service Group is one of the founders of the Caring Companies Program, a joint community initiative with Volunteer Richmond Information Services and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

The program brings together like-minded businesses wanting to make an impact in the community, and provides the tools, resources and connections to make it happen.

Volunteer Richmond’s executive director Elizabeth Specht said Ashton’s commitment to the community—both the company and employees—is “awe-inspiring.”

“It’s just so obvious that Brian through his leadership, and now throughout his staff has created a culture of caring,” she said. “The de Boer project is the ultimate of culture of caring. It’s phenomenal what Brian and others are committed to and are bringing others along to do with them.”

How to help

•Visit ashtoncaringteam.org to learn more about Project Emily and how to help. Trades and skills are needed, along with financial donations and general volunteers.

•For more information about the Richmond Caring Companies Program (third series begins in January) call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@volunteerrichmond.ca.

Project Emily

Check out this heartwarming article about the Ashton Caring Team’s involvement in Project Emily:

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/paralyzed-girls-family-believes-in-angels-after-mans-help/article6620104/

Dropping the Puck for the Richmond Food Bank

They have collected 3000lbs of food for the Richmond Food Bank, over 100 gifts and almost $1000 for the Richmond Christmas Fund.

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Richmond Christmas Fund Drive Thru Event, November 29th, 2012 at the Lansdowne Mall

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Windows of Hope at the Richmond Auto Mall

Instead of the Richmond Auto Mall paying professionals to paint the windows at Christmas time, volunteers paint them and raise money for low-income Richmond residents. Last year they raised $20,000.00!!

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1st Meetup Sandwich Day Oct 21st 2012

On Sunday October 21st four of the Ashton Service Group staff aka A.C.T. (Ashton Caring Team) took it upon themselves to help the homeless of downtown Vancouver. They first started out buying food and supplies with their own money Sunday morning. They bought enough to make about 60 vegetarian sandwiches with carrot sticks and a juice box on the side.

They started with an assembly line to make and package everything in brown paper bags. A few hours later they were finished and on their way to downtown Vancouver.

Suited up in Ashton gear and Ashton Trucks the four found a place to park on Main Street and West Pender, handed out about half of the sandwiches in a matter of less than 10 minutes. Then they moved and parked on the corner of Main and West Hastings and people were running towards them for the sandwiches. They were gone in about 5 minutes!

Even though they fed only about 60 of the hundreds of homeless, they will keep going with their work and spreading the good deed all around the community. Keep an eye out for the Ashton Caring Team at a neighbourhood near you.

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Check out the E-Connections September 2012 Electric Bulletin of Volunteer
Richmond Information Services!

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Click below to download the PDF:

E-Connections, September 2012

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Roundtable Meeting with Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance

Thursday, August 2, 2012 Richmond BC. The Richmond Chamber of Commerce (RCC) hosted a Roundtable Meeting this morning with the Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance. The Hon. Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, MP Richmond and Kerry-Lynne Findlay MP for Delta Richmond East were also in attendance.
Thirty leaders of the business community from all facets industry attended and had the opportunity to speak to the Minister of Finance about some of the significant issues we face, and ideas that can help business flourish in our region and in Canada as a whole.

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The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a broad-based non-profit membership association, celebrating over 87 years of commitment to make Richmond the most prosperous and favorable place to do business.

http://www.richmondchamber.ca/

For more information contact: Craig Jones Executive Director Richmond Chamber of Commerce D 604-278-2822 ext. 108 E craigj@richmondchamber.ca

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In Support of The Rick Hansen Foundation

May 8, 2012
Brian,

I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your support of the 25th Anniversary Relay. Thank you for joining the team and making our world healthier and more inclusive. To show my gratitude, I have enclosed a special medal – a small token of my appreciation for the impact you make.

I’ve met so many amazing individuals who are energizing the 25th Anniversary Relay in their own way. In communities all across Canada, determined and motivated difference makers like you who are taking positive action every day, and are helping to shape a vision for the future that we all share. What an honour to be connected to the personal journeys of difference makers. I am truly humbled by the stories as they demonstrate the limitless power of many in motion.

In the spirit of sharing gratitude, I’d like you to consider the many people in your life who have made a positive difference. I encourage you pass on the medal included in this email to your own personal difference makers, and let the people you care about know how much they have impacted your life. A symbol of gratitude, this medal serves as a reminder that we all have the power to be difference makers in our own unique way.

Thank you again for joining me on my journey. Together, anything is possible.

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To send your Rick Hansen Medal to your own difference maker, please click the link below. For more information on how to send additional medals, please visit rickhansen.com/medal

The Rick Hansen Foundation addresses urgent needs within the spinal cord injury and disability communities by helping to fund research that has provided better care and outcomes for those who sustain an injury, and contributing to accessibility initiatives that foster inclusivity for people with disabilities. A culmination of Rick’s dream for collaboration in the SCI community, the Rick Hansen Institute is a not-for-profit organization made up of 200 academic, health, service and policy-making groups that focus on addressing the priority needs of people who live with SCI and other disabilities.

A “Thank You” from Kids Up Front Foundation

Dear Brian,

Thank you on behalf of Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver) for your generous donation of tickets to a Vancouver Giants hockey game. The recipients were thrilled to have the opportunity to cheer on the home team live at the arena, an experience otherwise inaccessible without your support.

Kids Up Front currently partners with 108 child-serving agencies across Greater Vancouver. Our partner agencies provide the basic essentials of life, typically identified as minimum levels of food, clothing and shelter, while Kids Up Front provides the often neglected nourishment of spirit, another crucial element for healthy development.

Kids Up Front continues to make a powerful, positive impact on thousands of local kids and families. Since we opened our doors in Vancouver in June 2004, Kids Up Front has provided more than 221,000 quality experiences to kids and families in need at a total value that surpasses $6.2 million dollars.

Please find enclosed a thank you card from the grateful beneficiaries of your gift, as well as our brochure and a current list of our partner agencies, so you an see the types of organizations that are assisted by your generosity.

Brian, many thanks for your support. We look forward to working with you again in the future. Together we can help boost a child’s spirit and make a measurable difference in their world.

Warmest Regards,

Cindy Graves
Executive Director

View the special thank you cards below:

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Program Gives Business Tools to Volunteer

Richmond Caring Companies Program benefits business, their employees and volunteer groups.

A program connecting business and non-profit organizations is quietly changing the community for the better.

The Richmond Caring Companies Program is a joint initiative of Volunteer Richmond Information services, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Ashton service Group.

Through a series of workshops and consultations, business that take part in the program receive the resources and guidance they need to start – or grow- an employer-supported volunteer program.

“Richmond is full of community-minded business,” said Elizabeth Specht, Volunteer Richmond executive director, at the program’s launch last fall. “Through this program, they’ll receive the tools and resources they need to take their community involvement to the next level.”

The program benefits many. Non-profit groups get access to a diverse group of skilled volunteers. Businesses get recognition and benefit from increased employee morale, productivity and loyalty.

Employees learn new skills through volunteering – and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment.

“Everyone involved – businesses, their employees, and non-profit organizations – comes out ahead. Most importantly, so does the community,” said Specht.

“Businesses that are currently participating in the program include Beavis Wong and Associates, Misty Mountain Specialties, Richmond Funeral Home, Back in Motion, Scotiabank and Ashton Service Group.

As well, the following non-profit organizations are taking part: Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Family Place, Touchstone Family Association and MOSAIC

This year marks an annual event when Richmond Caring Companies come together for the Richmond Day of Caring. Scheduled for July, the event is a day of volunteering in which employees will work with local non-profit organizations on community projects.

To learn more about the program, call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@volunteerrichmond.ca.

By Don Fennell – Richmond Review
Published: January 26, 2012 1:00 AM
Updated: January 26, 2012 1:30 PM
The top team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League will lock horns with several members of its predecessors Saturday at Minoru Arenas.

The Richmond Sockeyes (30-6-0-0 in the PIJHL) will face off against former Sockeyes in the 10th annual Sockeyes Alumni Game at 5:30 p.m. The game is being presented by the Ashton Service Group and the Richmond Firefighters Association.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door, and there will be a beer garden and silent auction. Proceeds go to the Sockeye Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

This year’s Sockeyes includes Kootenay Alder ((sporting a PIJHL best 1.81 goals-against average), Jeremy Hamaguchi (whose 56 points are second-best in the PIJHL) and Carter Popoff (fourth in PIJHL scoring with 49 points). The Alumni roster features the likes of Judd Lambert, head coach of the current PIJHL leaders in net, Ron Popoff, (Carter.s dad) on defence, and Sean Thorsteinson (whose brother Rudi plays for the current PIJHL team).

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Many of my friends and colleagues have been touched in some way by cancer. Twenty years ago I joined the ranks of those who fought and survived. We are all either survivors; we are fighting our way through the disease; we have lost loved ones, or we are caring for loved ones with cancer. No matter where we are in this picture we know a cure has to be found.

I am participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 260 kilometer cycling adventure through the Pacific Northwest to raise money for cancer research. I am writing you because I believe that you would agree with me that even modest headways in research give us hope for the future.

I would like to share with you my thoughts and invite you to check out my webpage at http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/BrianWilliams. You will see a description of The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. I want you to know that I so appreciate those who join with me in this small effort to help. We all do our part when we can and when we.re able, therefore even good wishes are appreciated. For the next few weeks I will be riding my bike to get into shape and hopefully raise the money promised as a participant. My thanks for anything you can contribute.

-Brian Williams

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KUDOWS!

Vancouver Sun – Published: Monday, April 07, 2008

Ashton Service Group and several associates have supplied and installed an air conditioner and heating unit for Union Gospel Mission’s New Westminster Drop-in Centre. The centre is an “oasis” for the men, women and youth in the area who are in need of a helping hand.

Fire Prevention Week

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Click here to view Press Release [Word Doc]

Cancer Detection

We support early signs of cancer research and detection. We encourage our viewers to check out this site for information on detection and treatment http://www.cancer.ca

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community_group_picAshton Service Group have actively supported UGM and we are thankful that we are able to do so. Our business friends and associates have so willingly joined in our effort to provide Christmas hampers, toys and meals for the homeless.

Way to go Union Gospel Mission!

Click here to view Press Release [Word Doc]

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community_comm3Having grown up in the community, and played sports my entire life, I know how important it is to keep recreational and competitive leagues running for our children. I also know how difficult and expensive it can be. In an attempt to give back to the community that supported me growing up, we sponsor a number of sports teams, including: the Semiahmoo Predators, Semiahmoo Ravens, Flying Blue Camels (all of which I also help coach), the Vipers, and the Richmond Sockeyes hockey teams, as well as the Ashton Mechanical Men’s soccer team.

The time and energy that my wife and I put into these teams has paid back ten-fold every time we see the smiles on the players’ faces as they are given their new jerseys, or when they score the last second goal to win the game. With sports playing such a strong role in my life growing up, and my children’s lives now, it seems like the least we can do.

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