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Northern Vision Development fortifies food bank society

The Northern Vision Development Limited Partnership (NVD) is donating $10,000 to the Food Bank Society of Whitehorse.

By Whitehorse Star on May 21, 2020

The Northern Vision Development Limited Partnership (NVD) is donating $10,000 to the Food Bank Society of Whitehorse.

The company said Thursday it was inspired by the community-minded efforts of Victoria Gold. That company announced last week it has given $100,000 to the food bank society.

“Victoria Gold has been a community leader throughout its time in the Yukon,” said Rich Thompson, NVD’s CEO.

“And it is great to see, at a time when corporate contributions are needed the most and hard to come by, Victoria Gold is extending such community commitment.

“We are lucky to have a company with this attitude operating here in the Yukon and we acknowledge the private sector leadership they have demonstrated throughout the COVID crisis.

“NVD is delighted to add some additional contribution to this very generous gift,” Thompson said.

The society was created to provide emergency food to the hungry, while supporting a greater effort to help alleviate poverty.

Since opening in May 2009, the Whitehorse Food Bank has helped over 7,000 Yukoners, 30 per cent of whom are children.

“We are so incredibly thankful for this donation,” Dave Blottner, the bank’s executive director, said of NVD’s outreach.

“Acts like this showcase how lucky we are to live in the North where community stewardship and compassion are still at the forefront of our community.”

NVD is a Yukon real estate developer and hotel operator based in Whitehorse, with additional properties in Mayo and Dawson City.

The company is over 34-per-cent First Nations owned and more than 60-per-cent Yukon owned.

“At NVD, we have seen first-hand how hard this pandemic has hit our community, our company and our staff, and we are grateful that there are organizations like the Whitehorse Food Bank who are able to step up and help those most at risk,” said Michael Hale, the company’s COO.

“We were also inspired by the incredible generosity of Victoria Gold. It is gratifying to be a part of a business community with so much compassion for the people that live in our territory.”

Comments (12)

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Itookalook on May 27, 2020 at 9:53 am

What a bunch of you know what, I have never seen so many baseless statements for why this company is doing well. They were doing well long before the Liberal government and actually did very well even during the con governments. Funny how these statements are made on the WS website authored by anonymous names.

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The original jack on May 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Man, lots of misinformation. If you are going to complain, I guess you aren't going to let the facts get in the way. A group Yukon First Nation owns more than one-third of the company; many other local residents are unit holders. Look at the staff: they are Yukoners. NVD has enhanced the standards of the hotel industry in the Yukon over the past few years and had significant impact in the tourism industry - look at the Edgewater, Gold Rush, High Country, Dawson Downtown Hotel, Mayo Bedrock, etc. I could go on - but we have a bunch of know-it alls here!

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Josey Wales on May 26, 2020 at 10:23 am

Hey Bud...I get your point. Accurate participation Bud, thank you.
However Timmigration...or Timmys is not owned by Americans.
A corporation outta Brazil owns the brand.

Land grabs and human trafficking never stopped throughout our history.
The "actors" involved just get waaaaaaaay sneakier about their tactics.
EXACTLY why I bleat on about paying attention to civic matters, special interest groups and our ever popular NGO's.

Self proclaimed nobility has been using those deemed beneath them as pawns, I speculate before fire was "discovered".
Not a direct comparison, but the ideologies of scumbags of Stalin, Mao and yes the far lesser successful that "crazy Austrian" started from just such a seed.
Fools watered them, fools "believed", fools were so very, very wrong.
Many millions of those fools and those that tried to warn them are now dead!

Kinda heavy but, blind faith in anything will get you killed...others will profit from your loss.
That too has been that way before fire...I speculate of course.

On many matters, we have been fools too damn long. (mere opinion)
The warnings are completely ignored, and with many many blind fools stepping up for a sheer...you get what we have here today.

Me? Mama didn't raise no fool!
You and others? Please do not stop asking questions, participating even if just here.

relevant ramble...OJW

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Bud McGee on May 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm

@ Wes ... Pillai used to work for NVD that's why he's cozy with them. He'll probably go back to them after his Government gets tossed.

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The More You Know on May 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

@Jack - you like to talk about jobs but how many Yukoners does NVD actually employ vs Foreign Trade Workers? I would guess it’s about 3 FTW for every 1 Yukoner.

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Wes on May 23, 2020 at 9:10 am

All I know is that NVD has been doing really well with Premier Pillai in charge.
I’d love to know all the back room deals that have been going on.
I sure hope the Yukon Party has a good selection of candidates next election so we can boot the Nova Scotians out.

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jack on May 23, 2020 at 1:36 am

This company is run by former Yukon NDP hardliners and is stopping at nothing to corner/monopolize the Yukon hospitality market and print money for their shareholders. So much for spreading the wealth.....$10K....woweee!

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Bud McGee on May 22, 2020 at 8:42 pm

@ Jack ... NVD is about as Yukon as Tim Hortons (American owned) is Canadian. Rich Thompson pretty much lives most of the year in Calgary. There's a lot of Alberta money floating around in that heavily leveraged company. Not to mention the circumspect way in which Former Premier Pierce MacDonald was able to get NVD all that waterfront land.

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Unfeckingbelievable! on May 22, 2020 at 8:07 am

Dear McGee - Yes, it is truly a Liberal way of doing things... Give money that you have taken from others to give to others. Trudeau, Silver and NVD are like, maybe, uh... Robbing Hoods... Whereas the original Robin Hood took from the rich to give to the poor the modern day Robbing Hoods take from the poor to give to the rich!

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Jack on May 21, 2020 at 7:42 pm

@Bud McGee. A bit bitter are you. We are fortunate to some strong Yukon-based businesses that are committed to giving back to the community in tough times. Think about where we would be without NVD, Air North, Victoria Gold, etc: fewer jobs, fewer sponsored events, etc. Some people will find something to complain about - even if it is $10K donation to the food bank! LOL.

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Yukon Cornelius on May 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Richard Thompson has more than just good business sense and community spirit. He's an excellent leader and should run for Yukon Premier.

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Bud McGee on May 21, 2020 at 2:05 pm

It's really magnanimous that NVD is taking some of their Government bail-out money, and no-bid direct award contracts, and giving it back to the Food Bank.
It's a great PR move and qualifies for a tax deduction.
It's also great business sense to piggy-back off one of their key customers in Victoria Gold, which is an anchor tenant in NVD's Waterfront Station Building and a customer for their hotel rooms that have housed quarantined mine workers.

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