A ‘Forest of Wishes’ at Fairview

Anthony Abbondanza
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Eight companies compete in tree-decorating contest to benefit West Island charity organization; winner to be announced Dec. 18

Forest of Wishes

Fairview Pointe Claire has undergone quite the Christmas makeover recently, courtesy of West Island Community Shares (WICS).

Eight local companies are competing to have their Christmas tree named ‘favourite holiday tree’ as part of WICS’s ‘Forest of Wishes’ contest, which was launched late November.

“The sponsor companies have the true holiday spirit,” said Linda Thompson, internal events and communications coordinator for WICS. “They’re giving back to help the most vulnerable members of our community during the holiday season and all-year round.”

To enter the contest, the companies –for which some had their tree decorated by representatives of the community groups WICS funds - committed to a $2,500 sponsorship fee. The money raised will benefit WICS’ 2013-14 fundraising campaign.

The WICS 2013-14 fundraising campaign is seeking $1.1 million to benefit approximately 36 West Island charities. Each year, these groups provide support to more than 40,000 residents dealing with problems of autism, cancer, anorexia, food safety, drug addiction, alcoholism and mental illness.

“Our goal remains to increase the funds available to the groups we support and to partner with one or two new groups each year. In doing so, we help more people in need,” said Caroline Tison of WICS told The Chronicle in September.

Local mall-goers can see the eight highly-decorated trees on the ground floor near the Sears store entrance, a space Fairview staff offered at no cost. 

If you haven’t already voted, volunteers will be at Fairview Pointe Claire this weekend (Dec. 14 and 15) from noon to 4 p.m. to take votes from shoppers in person or online at www.communityshares.ca

The winner will be announced on Dec. 18.

The eight companies in the ‘Forest of Wishes’ competition are Pfizer, Tenaquip, Desjardins Sainte-Geneviève de Pierrefonds, Merck, the Manoir Kirkland, Fairview Pointe Claire, Le Cambridge and TD Bank Group.

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Organizations: West Island charity organization, The Chronicle, Sears Pfizer TD Bank Group

Geographic location: West Island Community

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