Museum donates portion of calendar proceeds to Jasper Victim Services

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The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives donated a portion of the sales of their annually-produced calendars to Jasper Victim Services Unit (JVSU) on Feb. 12.

Sales of the calendars started in August. Museum manager Rob Hubick said 135 calendars have been sold and $5 from the sale of each calendar were donated to JVSU.

“This is the first time we’ve contributed funds to another organization,” Hubick said, noting the JVSU was chosen because, with this year’s calendar theme to help people keep safe, “it falls into that category.”

“They (provide) an important service in our community that no one else can do,” he said. “They need as much help as all of our non-profit organizations.”

Hubick said the museum was sharing funds because “last year funding was (cut back) by the town to many non-profit organizations and we felt it was important to partner with them.”

“It’s nice Rob did this for us,” said JVSU co-ordinator Paul Schmidt. “We appreciate all the support from the community, especially when our funding support has been cut by our main supporter.”

Schmidt said the $675 will “be used for training and support for victims of trauma”.

Because of the donation of a high end colour photocopier by Murray Ostrander with Alta Tech Environmental Services Inc., the calendars are produced on demand, in-house at the museum.

A portion of any further sales of this year’s calendar will go to the JVSU.

The JVSU provides services to victims of crime or trauma in Jasper National Park. JVSU Volunteer Advocates provide immediate support, practical information and needed referrals to victims of crime or trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Jasper Fitzhugh