In this episode of Business Matters, presented by Island Savings, a First Division of West Credit Union, host Rob Cupello welcomes guests Stephanie Munkley, president and founder of Baflour's Friends Foundation.
Balfour's Friends Foundation makes a significant impact by providing financial aid to low-income pet owners on Vancouver Island, ensuring their sick and injured pets receive essential veterinary care, and can stay with their families.
Munkley's journey with Balfour's Friends Foundation began from her deep passion for pets and the positive influence they have on families and individual well-being.
Recognizing a gap in the system to support low-income pet owners, Munkley embarked on a mission to make a difference.
Having experienced the joy of owning pets throughout her life, Munkley emphasizes the profound connection she shares with her dog.
She believes that pets contribute to people's mental and physical well-being, and her foundation aims to ensure that financial constraints don't deprive families of this valuable companionship.
Munkley's advice for anyone looking to make a difference is to "aim small and be thankful for what you can do and don't look too far in advance."
Within the foundation, Munkley has witnessed numerous success stories, recounting moments where Balfour's Friends Foundation played a crucial role in transforming the lives of pets and their owners.
She highlights the dedicated veterinarians who collaborate with the foundation, with some expressing that Balfour's Friends Foundation is "the difference between life and death for these animals."
Emphasizing a no-judgment approach, the foundation helps people all over Vancouver Island, providing aid for various types of pets.
The ultimate goal of Balfour's Friends Foundation is clear: to ensure no pet is left in distress due to financial constraints.
Munkley encourages people to support the foundation through various avenues, such as donating, volunteering, attending events, and purchasing items like the Officers on Pawtrol” and “Firefighters & Friends calendars, which serve as primary fundraisers for the organization.
Through the support of the community, whether through time, money, or calendar purchases, Balfour's Friends Foundation continues to make a meaningful impact, one small step at a time.