Denman Island Chocolate has long made a point of supporting B.C. conservation groups, but this year the company has decided to double its contributions to non-profit groups opposing oil pipeline and tanker proposals due to the pressing risks to B.C.’s coast. “This is a watershed moment in B.C.’s history,” said Daniel Terry, founder and president of Denman Island Chocolate. “As a small business owner, I’m very concerned that proposals to bring more oil tankers to our coast put at risk an entire existing economy and way of life. I love this coast and I want to protect it.” Since 1998, Denman Island Chocolate has annually given one per cent of its gross sales to B.C.-based conservation groups. But this year, the company has decided to up the ante by giving two per cent, which translates to more than $15,000. “At this pressing moment, one per cent is not enough,” Terry said. “Just as citizens are encouraged to contribute to causes that are meaningful to them, I believe corporate citizens should also make every effort to make the world a better place.” The main recipient is Dogwood Initiative, a Victoria-based public interest advocacy group and leading opponent to oil tanker expansion on B.C.’s coast.
“We’re extremely grateful to see small business owners stepping up to protect the B.C. coast,” said Emma Gilchrist, communications director for Dogwood Initiative. “More than 400 businesses have signed our No Tankers business petition.
“With Denman Island Chocolate’s generous support, we will be able to continue empowering citizens to make their voices heard by politicians, a vital part of a healthy democracy.” — Denman Island Chocolate