The event began in the Energetic City in 2009, inspired by the global “Pay It Forward” movement. Residents and businesses are encouraged to do random acts of kindness towards others throughout the day, which could be anything from opening a door for someone, paying for someone’s coffee, or putting money in a parking meter.
Special Projects Coordinator for the Fort St. John Association for Community for Living Cory Goodwin says her organization is the beneficiary of year-round support from the community. She says it’s been rewarding to see them open their hearts and minds to people with developmental disabilities.
“When people go out of their way to smile, say hello or take the time to get to know those who are a bit different or give the opportunity of employment to someone with a disability, we realize how fortunate we are to be part of this community,” she says. “Our hope is that we encourage many people to participate, share stories and inspire others to not only extend kindness on the Annual Pay it Forward Day, but to extend kindness to others everyday.”
Those taking part are asked to share their stories of kindness by calling Moose FM at 250-787-2222.