PacificSport Vancouver Island selected as Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant Recipient

(JUNE 7, 2018, Nanaimo):  PacificSport Vancouver Island (VI) is proud to have been selected for a Canadian Tire Jumpstart (Jumpstart) Community Development Grant, receiving $15,000 to support our After School Sport & Art Initiative. 

The After School Sport & Art Initiative (ASSAI) is an after school program for kids from Kindergarten through Grade 7 that face barriers to sport participation. The ASSAI Sport program focuses on the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills at an age appropriate level. Cooperative games and the introduction of a variety of sport activities are delivered.

Drew Cooper (PacificSport VI) Quote:

“We are grateful to receive funding from Jumpstart to deliver physical literacy programs and access to camps in our community” says Drew Cooper, PacificSport VI Executive Director.  “This level of support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart enables our team to consistently deliver programs in Nanaimo, making physical activity accessible.”

Marc Telosky:

“Since 2005, Jumpstart has been committed to removing financial barriers to sport and recreation, helping more than 1.6 million kids across Canada— including 7,900 kids in the Nanaimo chapter -- who otherwise couldn’t afford to play, get in the game,” said Marc Telosky, Store Manager, Canadian Tire Associate Store #362.

About PacificSport

Established in 1995, PacificSport Vancouver Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sport participation for all ages and abilities through the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) program.  From grassroots, community sport day camps to high performance athlete development, PacificSport Vancouver Island inspires and engages our community to excel and be active for life.

About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 2,100 Community Partners and nearly 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, National Sports, Sports Experts, Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled 1.6 million Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit

Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.

Media Contacts:

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson                                        Julia Wilkinson

Marketing & Communications, PacificSport    Communications Advisor, Canadian Tire Corporation                     

Cell:        250-713-9849                                      Phone:   416-464-2794

Email:                 Email:


Store Contact

Tamara Misanchuk

Jumpstart Store Coordinator – Canadian Tire Associate Store 362

Phone: 250-585-8045 ex. 3001




PacificSport Vancouver Island selected as Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant Recipient