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Raven Continues Supporting Local Schools During COVID-19

Since 2015, Raven Supply has been supporting two local schools in Surrey, helping vulnerable elementary and secondary school students in need to succeed in their academic and personal lives.

At the Bridgeview Elementary School, Raven’s contribution to the after-school BLAST program is allowing more students to explore art, science and sport-related activities in a safe space. The program is reaching students who normally cannot access extracurricular activities, alongside students in need of academic support and those who need encouragement in building positive relationships. Throughout the year, the engaging program, which also provides snacks and invites community partners in to teach on various topics, has been boosting the self-esteem and school engagement of participating students.

Raven’s contribution to the Emergency Fund at Frank Hurt Secondary School has continued throughout the pandemic, ensuring that all students have the support that they need to succeed in school and move towards graduation. The funds are being used to buy textbooks and school supplies, provide skills and career training and pay for graduation commencement fees. Gift cards and transit passes are also purchased for students and families in need.

In addition to the regular support that Raven provides to both schools, we also contributed an additional $5000 during COVID-19 school closures to ensure that lunch programs continued for students who relied on them.

Raven is committed to giving back to the community, including donating a portion of our profits to enhance the school experience of students at these two schools. We are pleased to learn that through these school programs, children and youth in need are receiving the tools required to excel academically and continue onto paths of success.

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!

Adopt a School and Give Back

Frank Hurt Students, Teachers and the Raven Team.
Raven Supply has been a part of the Vancouver Sun “Adopt a School” program since 2014. Supporting Frank hurt, an inner city school where many of the students benefit from the program. We saw a need in our community and decided we needed to give back.

Whether it’s a bus pass, covering fee’s for sports teams or purchasing steel toed boots for carpentry class, or covering graduation fee’s the Raven Funds are there to help. The staff at Frank Hurt decide where the funds go throughout the year. As the years go on, students are becoming more familiar with the program and are starting to ask for help when they need it.

Raven Supply actively hires estimators from the UBC Engineering Co-op program. This year Alex Lim joined the team. Before UBC he was a student at Frank Hurt. He excelled even in the inner city environment, and was proud to know that Raven supports the school where his sister still attends. Rebecca, Alex’s sister helps run the Frank Hurt STEM Club. The STEM club is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math club.

Raven Supply hopes these funds given to Frank Hurt on an Annual Basis will provide opportunities for many more students to excel, to give them confidence and see them move on to University.

The Vancouver Sun published an article right in time for Giving Tuesday, featuring the Adopt a School Program. Read the article here. 

The Raven Team encourages more companies to give back to their local communities. We have had the pleasure of receiving annual reports from Frank Hurt, and personal letters from students who have benefited from the program. It is always amazing to see how far the funds can go. Sometimes a little help is all that is keeping youth from succeeding.

See a full list of organizations Raven Supply supports.