Nestlé Waters Canada donates $40,000 to Hope’s Coquihalla River Community Park project

To Press Releases listMay 26, 2015

Monies used to construct EPIC mountain bike skills park

HOPE, British Columbia -- Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s market share-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage products, today announced that it has donated $40,000 to the District of Hope for the purposes of renovating Coquihalla River Community Park.

The monies donated by Nestlé Waters were targeted towards the construction of the EPIC mountain bike skills park, which will be operational shortly. The bike park is one of the largest in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and features the longest log ride in southern B.C. The bike park was consciously constructed in a forest setting to help get those local children who use it better acquainted with nature.

“The stakeholder group and the District of Hope are extremely grateful for the support demonstrated by Nestlé Waters Canada,” said Wilfried Vicktor, Mayor, District of Hope. “Over the years, Nestlé Waters has been an excellent corporate citizen and this is just one more example of the company’s outstanding track record of giving back to the community where it operates its business.”

“This project will leave a legacy in our community that will continue for years to come,” explained John Fortoloczky, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Hope. “According to early development indicators, our young people are more than twice as vulnerable as other children across the province in areas of social and physical health. Early recreational experiences like what is being provided at this park will help them to develop skills in emotional control, relationship building, self-esteem and health practices that will last throughout their lives.”

“Nestlé Waters Canada is very proud to be associated with this project,” said Debbie Moore, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Children who participate in sports, such as skateboarding and mountain-biking, are less likely to become as obese as their inactive counterparts. It is critical that all young people in Hope have access to a community park that affords them daily physical exercise. That, combined with proper hydration and good nutrition, will create the right environment for healthy living.”

“We are a very proud member of the Hope business community,” said Kevin Thorburn, Plant Manager -- Hope, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Coquihalla River Community Park is a significant local recreational feature that offers a range of recreational activities for all ages. The addition of the new bike park is a great enhancement to this important recreational space.”

About the District of Hope

Established in 1929, the District of Hope is a community of 6,100 residents situated in a majestic mountain setting at the east end of the Fraser Valley, along the banks of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers. Hope offers the amenities of a large centre while preserving the lifestyle of a small community. The District of Hope municipal offices are located at 325 Wallace Street, Hope, British Columbia V0X 1L0.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.hope.ca or contact:

John Fortoloczky
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Hope
Telephone: (604) 869-5671
Email: jfortoloczky@hope.ca

About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is associated with Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:

John B. Challinor II   APR

Director, Corporate Affairs

Nestlé Waters Canada

Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441

Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com

Jamie Jo Alton

National Public Relations

Telephone: (416) 848-1370

Email: jalton@national.ca