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Banff Dental Care Demonstrate “Next Gen” Philanthropy – Launch of New Scholarship Fund

Date: 15th November 2016

Christie and ChrisWhen Christie Foreman and Christopher Wong bought Banff Dental Care in 2012 they made a decision to approach their business with sound entrepreneurial skills. Not willing to do things ‘because that’s the way it has always been done,’ the husband and wife team decided to view all decisions through a lens of ‘how might we do things better?’

In addition to setting up a new business and starting their family, Christie and Chris have committed their time and energy to community in a variety of ways. They, along with their office, have volunteered at the Banff and Lake Louise daycares, at Alberta Health Services events, and have provided education and free screenings in the After School Program at Banff Elementary School. Their office has also supported the Banff-Canmore Soroptimist International, BanffLIFE, and donated to Santa’s Anonymous.

With their intelligent combination of entrepreneurial insight and community involvement, Banff Dental Care has been able to grow and meet their business projections, even though they have cut their advertising expenses by 95 per cent. How? With a lot of hard work, goodwill and word -of-mouth referrals. Now, in a leadership move that really distinguishes Chris and Christie’s business strategy, Banff Dental Care is reinvesting these savings towards creating the Christie Foreman & Christopher Wong Scholarship Endowment Fund to be administered by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation.

During Kindness Day festivities at the community foundation office, Chair Bill Fisher announced the foundation’s newest fund and the donors stepped forward.

“We are so happy to give back to the very same community that has welcomed us and supported our business,” office manager Chris says. “Christie and I are also excited to leave behind a legacy that will continue to give back to the community in perpetuity, long after we’re gone (even though we’re still pretty young!). And finally, we hope that our actions speak louder than words ever could, and we want to lead by example and act as role models for other businesses in the Bow Valley.”

The new scholarship is for residents with a connection to Banff National Park, between the ages of 21 and 35, who are actively pursuing their educational goals with a view of giving back to the community. Applications will be made available in February 2017.

“We are thrilled that Chris and Christie have made this decision and are delighted by their commitment to philanthropy,” executive director Lorraine-Widmer Carson says. “Banff Dental Care is stepping up in a new way – as business people, as philanthropists, entrepreneurs and as role models. It is so wonderful when young professionals move into town, grab hold of community ideals and make such a strategic and philanthropic statement by establishing an educational scholarship endowment fund. Hats off to Banff Dental Care on behalf of all of the young people who will benefit from this decision for years and years to come!”

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