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  Weekly Feature (May 28, 2006)

Spirit BearSpirit Bears Make a Difference



“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss

 Just a few months ago, B.C.’s rare white Kermode bear became our official Provincial Animal Symbol along with the Dogwood, Stellar’s Jay, Western Red Cedar and Jade gem stone. By the end of October, this beautiful bear and its many sponsors will have raised funds for the work of the BC Lions Society Easter Seal Operations and Canuck Place. The painted Spirit Bears will help make a big difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families.

Naturally elusive, these beauties will remain in their peaceful B.C. Rainforest, but in May, their painted counterparts will stand and greet the public in cities throughout the province. Students as well as renowned local artists have dedicated their time and talents to create intriguing designs on these seven-foot, fiberglass, white bears.

Hunt for these bears in Vancouver, Surrey/White Rock, Vancouver Island, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace/Kitimat and Whistler where sightings are promised from the end of May until October.

Some of the locations where you’ll find Spirit Bears:

Vancouver: Canada Place; Pacific Centre Atrium; GM Place- Main Gate level 100.

Surrey and White Rock – : Guildford Town Centre; Surrey City Hall; Central City Shopping Centre; Central City office tower; Semiahmoo Shopping Centre; Five Corners, Johnston Road

In November, there will be a silent auction and the money raised from the sale of the painted Spirit Bears will go to the Lions Easter Seal Operations and the Canucks for Kids Fund.

More information on British Columbia’s special bear.

Tracking the painted bears and their locations
Click on the bear’s footprint to download a free Spirit Bear trail map

Check out where the money goes, how it is used, and how you could be part of making a difference in these lives. BC Lions Society for Children; Canuck Place (includes video)

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, “I am with you kid. Let’s go.” - Maya Angelou


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