Monday, May 8, 2017

Bosley's Pet Foods Plus (Columbia Square) - 2017 AWIEB Retail Award Nominee

2017 NOMINEE (Western)

Bosley's Pet Food Plus (Columbia Square)
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New Westminster, BC
Karima Jivraj
Nominated by:  Lucid Distributors

Promoting responsible pet ownership in the store and community:
- Creates a culture of openness encouraging new pet parents to ask all the questions they want and encourages staff to spend time to educate new pet parents,
- Does pet care talks at local schools and encourages responsible pet ownership, has a dedicated trainer at the store for dog training,

- Provides referrals to pet care professionals in the area, encourages education

Supporting pets in the community:
- She supports these same shelters by helping them raise funds as well as providing them with free product (eg. litter for the cat shelter)

- She has animals from shelters up for adoption in her store all the time

- Works with local animal shelter and animal services officers to promote responsible pet ownership, 

- Has a pet food bank year round, works with 5 rescues/shelters to foster and adopt out dogs, cats, small animals and birds, participates in all community outreach for low income/homeless pet parents, 

- Works with local Mayor and council on pet related issues and by-laws, raises funds for the main local shelter in the area

Other general community support activities:
- Has numerous fundraisers throughout the year with the proceeds all going back to the rescues.

- Is the President/Executive Board Member of the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association, Board Member PIJAC Canada, Board Member New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  

- Has one staff member from Community Living Society Work Program who is learning challenged and autistic.  Have one student from New Westminster Secondary School who is learning challenged and autistic for work experience. 

- Mentor administration students from Sprott Shaw Community College by offering work experience at the store. 

- Supports the local homeless shelter residents who have pets through the New Westminster Animal Shelter.  

- Support local schools with any of their pet care needs (classroom pets)

Other observations about the nominee. 

The area where her store is located is a tougher neighbourhood (low income, crime, etc.) and she does an astounding job supporting the community!

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