Every year, AIA members from across the country give generously of their time and money to a variety of worthy causes and charities. With that spirit in mind, AIA Canada has now formalized that involvement through the establishment of the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation – a bold, new charitable cause for Canada’s automotive aftermarket industry, which became operational in January 2005.
The High Fives for Kids Foundation provides both grants and scholarships. The grants support local or national registered charities that have programs for the benefit of children and youth.
The broad focus of the foundation will allow AIA to support a variety of community groups in many activities such as buying a wheelchair, sending kids with diabetes or a disability to a summer camp, rebuilding a community center, or helping a local hospital for children. The issues that affect the ability of a child to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment are vast and often overwhelming. The experience of our members as they work on a local level clearly shows that even a small gesture can have a great impact.
The High Fives for Kids program was born through the generosity of well-known Past AIA Chair Ken Coulter (Specialty Sales & Marketing).
“Ken conceived the idea, brought together industry support, and finally put his money where his mouth is with a significant start-up contribution to the ‘High Fives for Kids’ Trust Fund,” said AIA President Jean-François Champagne.
The Division Chairs Council voted unanimously to appoint Ken Coulter as Honorary Chairman.
“With a national network of members and volunteers from all levels of the automotive aftermarket parts and service sector, we are well positioned to help kids in communities everywhere in Canada,” said Honorary Chairman Ken Coulter.
A number of fundraising initiatives, through AIA’s Divisions, have already raised more than $25,000 for the program.
You can support this exciting new initiative by pledging your support to your local AIA Division at future fundraising events, or by making a personal contribution.
For more information about the High Fives for Kids program, criteria for support or to make a donation to the Trust Fund, contact Luciana Nechita, Director of Public Affairs at 1-800-808-2920 ext 260.
The High Fives for Kids Foundation Board of Directors
Chair: Ken Coulter, Specialty Sales & Marketing
Vice Chair: Ray Osika, Gates Canada
Treasurer: Doug Reevey, Autotec Inc.
Secretary: Luciana Nechita, AIA Canada
Director at Large: Jean-François Champagne, AIA Canada
Director at Large: Zara Wishloff, Automotive Parts Distributors
Director at Large: Raymond Proulx, KYB America
Director at Large: Dave Fifield, Wakefield Canada
To be eligible for funding under this policy the application must at a minimum meet the following requirements:
- Donation request needs to be championed by an AIA member/division
- Funds needed to be donated to a registered charity in Canada
- Funds will only be donated if there is a specific focus on children
- Priority will be given to smaller local community registered charities
For updates from the Foundation, please check our latest blog postings under the ‘H5s4Ks’ category.