Jim Swanson

The Victoria HarbourCats Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.

The maturation of the HarbourCats over the first six seasons has seen them develop into a leader on and off the field in the West Coast League, while also making Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park a gathering place for the community, and a can’t miss summer tradition in Victoria. As such, the owners of the club feel that the HarbourCats can be, and should be, a leader in our community. That is where the vision for the HarbourCats Foundation was born.

“It is our pleasure, on behalf of the Victoria HarbourCats baseball club, to partner with Island Savings to launch the HarbourCats Foundation,” says Founding President Richard Michaels.  “The Foundation will support baseball and softball efforts across the Greater Victoria area by helping make these two sports affordable for all children.”

Island Savings stepped forward with a $3,000 seed donation in support of the Victoria HarbourCats Foundation. The partnership will be formally announced during the opening announcements of the HarbourCats home game on Monday, August 6th.

“We are thrilled to partner with a like-minded organization who shares our passion for helping build strong and vibrant communities,” says Colin Nicol, VP of Advisory Services at Island Savings. “Sport can be an incredibly powerful tool in the development of our youth, and we’re excited that this partnership provides those in need with greater access to baseball and softball through the foundation.”

Whether it be assisting in the purchase of much-needed equipment, education or fee support, the HarbourCats Foundation will strive to foster the growth and sustainability of baseball and softball so that all youth enjoy the opportunity to play these wonderful past times.

Donations to the HarbourCats Foundation can be made online or at any Island Savings branch.

About Island Savings
Island Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative, providing banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with $10 billion in assets, 250,000 members, 53 branches and 38 insurance offices throughout the province, Island Savings brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. Island Savings has a strong commitment to seeing local economies grow and thrive and in 2017, they invested $250,000 and 4,000 volunteer hours into more than 250 organizations. For more information, visit www.islandsavings.ca.

About Victoria HarbourCats
The Victoria HarbourCats are located in Victoria and play in the West Coast League (WCL), a summer collegiate baseball league. The team’s home games are played at Victoria’s Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. The HarbourCats strive to bring joy and do their part to contribute to the Victoria and South Island communities through the platform of baseball.