Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Courtenay

 With 25 Days Of Giving 

October 23, 2017 – Courtenay, BC – On October 19th, the Comox Valley Transition Society received a cheque for $5,000 from Chances Courtenay as part of GatewayGIVES’ 25 Days of Giving in celebration of Gateway’s 25th anniversary in the business of entertainment.

GatewayGIVES is the corporate giving and community engagement program of Gateway Casinos. The 25 Days of Giving campaign will contribute $5,000 to a worthy local charity selected by employees, in each of the communities where Gateway operates. At the end of the October campaign, GatewayGIVES will have donated a total of $125,000 to the deserving, employee-selected, charities across Canada.

Gateway has dedicated the month of October to celebrate its silver anniversary with customers, communities and employees. As part of the festivities they launched the 25 Days of Giving campaign through GatewayGIVES and are letting their employees select the charity of their choice in the communities where they live and work. The Comox Valley Transition Society was selected in recognition of its ongoing work in supporting women and children who have experienced violence, are in need of a shelter, in need of counseling, and/or required detox services.

Heather Ney, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Transition Society said, “We are thrilled to receive this donation from Chances Courtenay!  A donation of this size makes a big difference in our ability to provide services for some of the most vulnerable women, children and families in the Comox Valley.  We will be able to provide more practical help and support services because of the generosity of everyone at Chances.”

“Gateway Gives is a program that I feel very privileged and honored to be a part of, as its core beliefs and values strike close to my heart.  We believe it is our responsibility to contribute and give back to the communities we live or operate in, and I truly respect that.  There are many things I love about my job, however, this program is at the top of the list!  With so many great organizations within our amazing community, it made for a hard selection process, but in the end, the Comox Valley Transition Society was the organization that was selected from our front line employee group and I couldn`t agree more with their decision.” said Kent Hockley, Regional Manager of Gateway Casinos.

Tammy McClarty, Security Officer at Chances Courtenay, nominated the Comox Valley Transition Society and said “When given the opportunity to choose a non-profit organization that could benefit from Gateway Gives, I did not hesitate on who I would nominate.  The Transition Society is amazing and helps so many people in so many ways, including myself many years ago.  I am beyond happy that I am a part of giving to this Charity“.

Other Chances Courtenay Employee Quotes

Jenn Mile, Cage Supervisor said, “Gateway Gives couldn`t have chosen a better charity to donate to.  The Transition Society helps so many families to get out of abusive relationships and get them back on their feet again.  I am so proud to be a part of such a caring community and a great company.”

“When I heard that Gateway Casinos and Entertainment was canvassing their employees at all locations to nominate a benefactor that could receive a special donation in commemoration with their 25 year anniversary, needless to say, I was impressed to work at a location that supports its immediate community”. “With so many great causes in the community, it’s always hard to pick one that stands out, however, when given the opportunity to help out the Comox Valley Transition Society it was a really easy decision given they have helped so many including one of our very own here at Playtime Gaming Courtenay,” said Justin Lafortune, Shift Manager at Chances Courtenay.