Gaming, dining, promotions, meetings—Edgewater Casino is Vancouver’s destination for all things entertainment. But did you know that Edgewater is also a major contributor to improving the health and well-being of our community? We learned this recently from Jennifer Fields-Bell, the Casino’s General Manager. In the interview below, Ms. Field-Bell describes the wonderful work they do to assist moms, families, and at-risk youth, and the unique employment opportunities they provide for those in need.
We’re thrilled to welcome Edgewater Casino as one of our Festival sponsors this year. The work they do to recognize and encourage acceptance, inclusion, and diversity is right in line with VIBC’s own goals to enhance our city by creating opportunities for enjoyment, education, and inspiration for everyone.
Thanks again to Edgewater for their support, and to Jennifer Fields-Bell for so generously sharing her thoughts on our partnership. #BhangraLove!
Q & A: VIBC and Jennifer Fields-Bell
What do you love about City of Bhangra Festival that inspired you to become a sponsor this year?
We have a very diverse and inclusive team and guests at Edgewater, so we wanted to take this opportunity to join a celebratory event that is equally diverse, unique, and integrates so many aspects of our local arts and cultural community.
What are some examples of other local initiatives you support, and how does your support reflect Edgewater Casino’s values?
We are delighted to work with a number of non-profit organizations in our community, including YWCA’s Crabtree Corner, which provides programming for moms and families in the Downtown Eastside; and the Kettle Friendship Society, which supports people with mental health concerns. We also worked with our neighbors in supporting the Vancouver Dragon Boat Society when their dock and boat storage sheds burned a couple of years ago.
Even closer to our hearts and home, we have an inclusive employment commitment, providing opportunities for people from the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and others who might otherwise struggle to find and keep meaningful jobs. Our goal is to exceed our targets by working closely with our partners in the DTES, including the Open Door Society and Dress for Success. Our employment program extends throughout Edgewater Casino and will be transferred to our new world-class resort, parq Vancouver, which is currently under construction. Furthermore, we are working closely with Blade Runners, and others, whose mission and vision is to provide training and mentorship for at-risk young adults in construction trades.
If you’ve attended the Festival in past years, do you have a favorite memory of one of our events?
We think it’s amazing that North America’s largest bhangra Festival was founded here in 2004 in Greater Vancouver and is now in its 12th year. We, too, love the sense of discovery, community, and cross-cultural celebration that is so prevalent here. We’re looking forward to participating in this spectacular festival of arts and culture. As part of our corporate culture, we are committed to supporting and promoting local art and artists to our guests. To this end, our new development, parq Vancouver, will feature a number of local artists for our local and international guests.
What would you tell someone about the Festival who hasn’t attended before?
Vancouver and Surrey both have an incredible array of people and places to celebrate inclusivity and diversity. As 2016 City of Bhangra Festival sponsors, we hope that everyone who has previously taken part and enjoyed the festival will come back, and that anyone who loves great music, art, community, and international culture will come out to discover the magic of bhangra. We look forward to seeing you there!
Anything else you’d like to add? Love to hear it!
We just want to wish everyone involved—from the organizers to the guests—a fun and fabulous festival. The event and talent line-up is truly amazing, and we are big believers in getting out, trying new things, and having fun right here in our own cities. While you are out and about, enjoying the event, we also invite you to join us for entertain