The latest from Raven


Main content

Raven Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Room to Read

Girl reading work book in classroomAs we approach the end of the year, we are happy to announce that we have surpassed our 2020 fundraising goal to provide 50 scholarships to girls in Vietnam through global education non-profit Room to Read. We had set a goal of $20,000, and with your support, we exceeded this target and have fundraised and donated a total of $30,077.

We were also able to take advantage of a matching campaign during this month’s Giving Tuesday. Through Room to Read’s generous match partners, our contribution was tripled to $90,231, enabling us to provide even more girls with life-changing education.

Girls walking outside classroomSince 2013, we have partnered with Room to Read’s Vancouver Chapter to donate a portion of our profits to benefit childhood literacy and education. For every discount that we receive from a vendor or customer, we match this with an equal donation. Including this year’s funds, we have now contributed over $210,000. This is before any donation matching, which we make sure to take advantage of every year.

Girl holding book in libraryRoom to Read is changing the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Despite the pandemic closing schools in many areas this year, they continued reaching children in their programs by adopting new ways of delivering education. This included launching a digital library, broadcasting through radio and TV, distributing print materials, expanding their book supply chains and providing phone mentorship to girls.

Thank you to all our vendors, customers and supporters who helped us to achieve this result—we couldn’t have done it without you. This contribution is helping girls to stay in school and bridge the gender gap in education. Please keep your eyes out for news on how we will be supporting Room to Read in the new year. We hope that you will join us.

Room to Read During COVID-19

Room to Read India - boy reading bookRaven Supply works with a number of local and international organizations to support the wellbeing of our communities and raise awareness of initiatives that are important to us. This includes our work with the global education non-profit Room to Read, whom we donate a portion of our profits to each year.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, we were saddened to learn that over 1.5 billion children and youth are out of school, including vulnerable children in the 16 countries in which Room to Read operates. Girls are especially at risk; with local and nationwide school closures, many girls have dropped out of school and gotten married.

Room to Read Cambodia - girl holding school booksRoom to Read is supporting children in continuing their studies, by adopting new ways of delivering education. Classes and life skills workshops are being broadcasted through radio and TV in areas without internet, print materials and worksheets are being distributed to local communities, and book supply chains have been expanded to reach children who cannot visit libraries.

For those with access to the internet, Room to Read has launched a free online learning platform, digitizing 900 book titles and read-aloud videos for all levels and in up to 12 languages. It also houses a plethora of resources for teachers, book creators, publishers and governments.

Room to Read Nepal - girl reading by treeWithin the Girls’ Education Program, girls are now receiving phone support and mentoring. An early warning system has also been revised, which helps local staff to identify girls whom are at risk of dropping out of school early.

Lastly, through remote training and workshops, Room to Read is continuing to provide professional development to local teachers and authors and illustrators.

Many of these new paths to learning have been fast tracked but will continue to benefit childhood literacy and education for years to come. They are enabling us to reach even more children, including those whose access to education is restricted by weather or location.

Room to Read Vietnam - teacher writing on chalk boardRaven Supply is committed to our goal of raising $20,000 for Room to Read this year, to provide 50 scholarships to girls in Vietnam. For every discount that we receive from a vendor, and every contribution made by a customer, we are matching it with an equal donation. Thus far, we have raised over $13,574 and no doubt together, we can reach our goal by end of year.

You can learn more about our work with Room to Read here.

FortisBC offers BIGGER rebates!

Did you know FortisBC is offering bigger rebates until December 31st 2021? Doing their part to help businesses recover from COVID-19, FortisBC is offering $12 per, up from $9 per MBH, for 90% high-efficiency natural gas boilers.

Patterson-Kelley’s SONIC boiler

Raven is here to help with your next project, as a member of the FortisBC Trade Ally Network and a Point of Sale Partner, we can deduct the rebate amount for Steam Boiler Upgrades off your invoice. Taking the work off your hands so your clients will see upfront savings on the total boiler price! Point of Sale rebates are not available for commercial boiler or water heater programs.




Raven Supplies New Boilers to the Tong Louie Family YMCA

Raven has supplied two new boilers to the Tong Louie Family YMCA in Surrey. The YMCA had received $250,000 in community gaming grants, which were used to upgrade its aquatic centre including an investment in two new boilers.

Raven Supply and Fulton Endura+ boilers at the Tong Louie Family YMCA
Bennett Lee, VP of Sales proudly supporting Fulton

Working with the contractor Alpha Mechanical, we installed two Fulton Endura+ 3000 ultra high efficiency firetube condensing boilers, alongside Grunfos Magna3 pumps with BACnet communication. These boilers offer great performance and are highly reliable and durable. They also come with a touchscreen control panel, allowing the aquatic centre to quickly configure settings for both boilers at once.

The Fulton Endura+ boilers will not only provide the YMCA with lower operational costs such as fuel savings and decreased maintenance, but they were also eligible for the FortisBC Condensing Boiler Rebate Program. FortisBC provided the owner with a rebate of $27,000 per boiler.

Grundfos Magna 3 Boiler pump
Grundfos Magna 3 Boiler pump

The Community Gaming Grants were created to provide not-for-profits with the necessary funds to purchase equipment and carry out renovations essential to their operations. With the new upgrades including our Fulton boilers, the Tong Louie Family YMCA will be able operate its aquatic centre efficiently and reliably for years to come.

Inside the Fulton Endura+ boiler
Inside the Fulton Endura+ boiler

People of all ages and backgrounds visit the YMCA to lead healthy and active lives and learn to swim, gaining entry into recreational swimming and aquatic sports. Raven Supply is proud to have been a supplier for this project; we look forward to seeing families in Surrey continue to access the aquatic centre and all its programs and services.

Raven Prepares to Launch New Technical Training Facility

Our site superintendent Bailey carefully reviewing the “ruff-in” progress.

While the Raven office may seem a bit quieter than usual with most of the team now working remotely, there is plenty of excitement brewing in the warehouse where preparations are being made for the unveiling of our new technical training facility!

With support from our vendors, we will be installing a 30 HP Powermaster firetube boiler fitted with a Weishaupt WM-G10 burner and the W-FM50 (LMV3) linkage-less digital combustion management system. The system will be installed by T’N’T Energy Systems along with Grundfos MAGNA3 and UPS pumps, and SecureSeal flue venting. In addition, we will have portable classroom trainer kits available for the Siemens LMV3 linkage-less control systems and RWF55 process controllers.


30 HP boiler tube sheets by Powermaster.

This new technical training facility will allow us to provide hands-on technical training and live product demonstrations right here in the Lower Mainland. Over the past few years, we have received consistent feedback from service technicians, plant operators, and engineers indicating that technical training for Siemens/Weishaupt linkage-less (parallel positioning) burner controls within BC is in high demand.

Boiler shell being fabricated at Powermaster

The LMV platform is also found on most current Fulton boilers. As these types of controls are becoming increasingly common throughout industry, Raven is committed to providing the resources needed to ensure that personnel fully understand the extent of their capabilities and can work on them independently with confidence. Our local training facility will greatly improve accessibility to technical education for technicians across BC, and it will allow us to demonstrate our products to prospective clients and consultants in a convenient setting.

Construction will begin during the summer, and we expect the first training sessions to become available in September 2020. Please contact us at [email protected] to get on the wait-list for upcoming training sessions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tony Pregal Races for Raven Supply and Room to Read

Since 2017, Raven Supply has been sponsoring race car driver Tony Pregal, who races car #99 in the Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC). In 2019, Tony ranked first in his class in the Grand Touring Modified Under 4.0, and third in the overall SCCBC Club Championship standings.

Tony races at the Mission Raceway Park road course, which the SCCBC calls home, in a very special car. A Hurricane Katrina rescue, his BMW300i traveled all the way to British Columbia, where it was stripped and transformed into a race car.

Today, this rescued car proudly sports the logos of both Raven Supply and Room to Read, the literacy non-profit we support with the generous help of our vendors. For every discount we receive from a vendor, we match the amount with a donation to Room to Read. Our fundraising goal this year is $30,000 to send 50 girls in Vietnam to school for a year. Tony also supports Raven’s Room to Read projects.

Tony Pregal's BMW300i sponsorship decals

Room to Read creates world change by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Over 18 million children and counting have benefited from Room to Read’s achievements, which include establishing libraries, publishing local language children’s books and running a Girls’ Education Program.

In addition to race car driver and literacy advocate, Tony is talented in more ways than one. Did you know he is also a certified technician for Fulton Boilers? Off the track, he is our go to person when we need technical support for our Fulton products.

Racer or technician, we are proud to be sponsoring Tony. Join us in cheering him on from the stands as he races to win and to support literacy!

Raven Supply Supports Frank Hurt Secondary through Adopt-a-School Program

Raven Supply donation to Frank Hurt Secondary School
Our 2020 donation to Frank Hurt Secondary School

Since 2015, Raven Supply has supported the Frank Hurt Secondary School through the Adopt-a-School program, an initiative of The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund. One of Surrey’s inner city schools, Frank Hurt Secondary has a large population of students with need for financial assistance.

We provide $5,500 in funding per year for the school to spend wherever they see a need. Whether it’s buying prescription eyeglasses, lunch for hungry students or paying sports fees, this critical funding is encouraging youth-at-risk to keep going to class and stay in school.

We are always glad to learn of students whom have benefited from the program, such as one Grade 10 student whose confidence was visibly higher after just one afternoon. This student wanted to find a job to help his single mother but didn’t have the proper interview attire. With the emergency funds, he was able to purchase some new clothes, and with a few tips on interviewing well, he has proudly landed a job at a fast food restaurant.

This past winter, 15 food hampers including all the fixings for a holiday meal were purchased for the most vulnerable families. This was a relief to one Grade 9 student, whose mother’s long-term illness and a recent surgery has prevented her from gaining employment. This student works to get herself and her brother to school each day while keeping up with her studies. The hamper ensured there was food on the table for this family to enjoy the winter break.

Recently, we were asked if some of the funds could be spent on common items used by many students daily, such as new microwaves and a kettle for the cafeteria. We were, of course, happy to say yes.

These are only some examples of students benefiting from Raven Supply’s participation in the Adopt-a-School program, which is decreasing barriers to education in our local community and setting students on the path to success. To learn more about the Adopt-a-School initiative, visit

Patterson-Kelley Boilers and Direct-Fired Water Heaters are Now Available

We are happy to announce that Raven Supply is now the exclusive local distributor of Patterson-Kelley boilers and direct-fired water heaters within British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

The Patterson-Kelley STORM boiler
Open cabinet view of the Patterson-Kelley STORM boiler.

With over 135 years of experience and supplying a wide range of industries ranging from healthcare to education and sports venues, Patterson-Kelley is a trusted manufacturer of reliable and high-efficiency commercial boilers and domestic water heaters.

You can now order P-K boilers and water heaters in sizes from 300,000 to 4,000,000 BTU/h, in both condensing and non-condensing designs. All models come with the P-K NURO® Touch-Screen Control, a user-friendly interface allowing for easy setting changes. Parts and annual preventative maintenance kits are in stock at our Surrey location.

Easy to install and designed to fit through the door, P-K commercial boilers are ideal for both new projects and retrofits. They’re highly efficient, low on greenhouse emissions and produce an excellent output, offering a great value for your investment.

Patterson-Kelley MACH boiler
Cast aluminum heat exchanger inside the Patterson-Kelley MACH boiler.

We have four models of P-K boilers available. The latest innovation is the P-K STORMTM, AHRI Certified at 97.1% thermal efficiency with 10:1 mechanical turndown capabilities. The most compact is the P-K MACH®, featuring a heat exchanger of cast aluminum, which is 7-13 times more thermally conductive and three times lighter than stainless steel alloys.

Also designed with space in mind, P-K water heaters can fit any building while operating at the same level as larger heaters. They can be serviced right where they stand, minimizing downtime. Lastly, the high efficiencies translate to lower fuel bills.

Patterson-Kelley HiDRA water heater
The Patterson-Kelley HiDRA water heater.

You can choose between three models of direct water heaters including the new P-K HiDRATM, the manufacturer’s first instantaneous fire tube water heater. It delivers hot water instantly and is equipped with a circulating pump for consistent heat output. As a testament to its durability, the P-K HiDRA is backed with a 15-year warranty.

Learn more on our website or, and contact Raven Supply to order your new Patterson-Kelley commercial boiler or domestic water heater today. We’re pleased to share that all current models are eligible for FortisBC efficiency rebates. Orders are ready to ship within 10 working days.

A New Year and A New Opportunity for Global Literacy

Schoolgirls at a Room to Read project in Vietnam. Photo credit: Room to Read

The New Year is always a time for reflection and setting new goals. This year, for 2020, we are setting our sights on building on the momentum of years’ past and do even more to support Room to Read.

Room to Read is an international NGO that promotes literacy in the developing world. The organization’s multi-pronged approach includes opening up school libraries, providing teacher training, publishing in language children’s books, and running community-lead interventions designed to keep young women in school and out of child marriage.

Every year, we pick one Room to Read project country to support. We make it easy for our community of vendors and customers to join in these efforts through matching donation drives and other initiatives. Last year, we hit a major fundraising milestone, with a grand total of $200,000 being raised since 2013 for Room to Read’s projects in 16 countries around the world.

This year, we’ve decided to centre our efforts on raising enough to send 50 girls to school in Vietnam. At one time, Vietnam was considered one of the poorest countries in the world. Today, this country in South East Asia is in a period of growth and development, but with this growth comes a widening gap between children who can afford to attend school and children who can’t.

Photo Credit: Room to Read Vietnam

In 2020, we’re aiming to raise $20,000 towards school scholarships to allow 50 young Vietnamese women to make the most of their changing economy.

Our Inside Sales Engineer Merinda Widmer lead us in the decision to support Room to Read Vietnam because of the organization’s excellent track record in the country. In 2015, Room to Read successfully influenced advances in the country’s national education policy. Last year, Room to Read partnered with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education to launch a targeted program to build and stock school libraries in the country. Room to Read also continues to train local social mobilizers that support girls and young women in low-income areas through life skills training and other programs designed to keep them in school.

Merinda will go to Vietnam in 2021 to see our fundraising efforts in action. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on how you can join us in making sure that children around the world have the reading skills they need to succeed!