IODE Kelowna Chapter
There are many outlets to which Jani-King franchisees dedicate their extra time, skills, and expertise throughout Canada. A very unique one is an organization in which Francine Collette of Jani-King Southern BC is involved- the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire [IODE].
The IODE is a charitable association that began in Montreal in 1900. Members dedicate charitable donations, time and efforts to the communities in which they reside. These programs include services to schools: winter clothing, mitts, hats, scarves, boots; education programs; special needs programs; hospitals and clinics; citizenship programs.
Francine joined the Dr. W.J. Knox Chapter in 2004, and received her 10-year pin this March. Francine’s efforts include but are certainly not limited to:
- Education Officer in 2005;
- Education Council to the Provincial Executive Committee in 2007;
- Supplies janitorial services to the local thrift store;
- Screens with one or two other members applicants for bursaries, scholarships, and awards;
- Distributes bursaries, scholarships, and awards; including:
- Mary J. Kerr Memorial Bursary – $500.00;
- W.J. Knox Bursary – $1000.00;
- Jack McMillan Scholarship – $500.00;
- Lee Taylor Memorial Bursary – $1000.00;
- Joan Chamberlain Memorial Bursary – $500.00.
The Dr. W.J. Knox Chapter also contributes financially to the Provincial Junior and Senior Arts Awards in the amounts of $500 and $800. To the Okanagan Zone Visual and Performing Arts Bursary, the IODE gives $1000.
When working with Jani-King you are not only getting the dedication of a proud business entrepreneur; but a local community member.