Berry & Smith Trucking has donated $30,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide medical equipment for the upcoming expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital.
Berry & Smith was formed in the midâ€1950s, when coâ€founders Stu Berry and Ted Smith decided to merge their two small trucking operations in Naramata which hauled fruit and other goods such as coal, firewood and peat moss.
Now, some 60 years later, it is among the biggest trucking firms in the B.C. Interior.
In addition to Penticton, it has offices in Vancouver and Calgary with 180 employees and 110 trucks including lease operators, driving across North America.
It also operates the transit service for the city of Penticton and the RDOS (for going on 39 years) and has provided school bus service for the Okanagan Skaha School District for more than 50 years.
Family still runs deep at Berry & Smith.
President Matt Berry and viceâ€president Mark Berry head the company started by their father. Their sister Deb works in the front office and sister Julie is a former driver.
Ted Smith sold his interest in the company to Stu Berry in 1970 when he joined the Penticton Fire Department, and remains a good family friend to this day.
Being able to contribute to the SOS Medical Foundation’s $20â€million PRH campaign is the right thing to do and it received full support from the Berry family and its management team, said Mark.
“It’s a great cause, we’ve got an aging population here in Penticton and the need is there,” he said. “It’s giving back to the community as well. The community has supported our company over the years and we feel strongly about that too. We congratulate those who have stepped forward to contribute and we encourage others to do what they can to help make this project work.”
Construction of the new patient care tower will get underway this spring.
On Tuesday, February 16, the Grades 4-9 classes at Big White Community School are hosting a Young Entrepreneurs Show. A Young Entrepreneurs Show is an event that allows students to create, market and sell products. Most Young Entrepreneur Shows are held within the school and use the student body as the customers. However, because of the small size of our school, we will be hosting our show off-site in the Big White Village and opening sales to the public. The show will be held in the White Crystal Conference Room between 9 and 12 on February 16.
Penticton RCMP officers and firefighters are the latest to donate to the Penticton Regional Hospital patient care tower.
On Thursday, the RCMP and fire department gave a cheque in the amount of $954 to John Moorhouse, development and communications officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
"Fire and police are both in the business where we have a lot of dealings with the hospital, we see the suffering people go through with accidents, and see the great care, that they (the hospital) give," said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. "And on a personal level many of us had children born in the hospital and feel it's a great opportunity to invest back in our hometown."
The funds raised were from The Battle of the Badges, (Hogs vs Hosers) hockey game, Sunday, at Memorial Arena.
The hockey game featured a team of RCMP members playing against the firefighters, with the RCMP winning 12-3.
Wrigglesworth served as the referee.
Moorhouse said this is a great example of community support through fundraisers such as this.
"Our thanks to the RCMP and fire department for all they've done," he said.
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