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    BC Gummy Manufacturer Giving Back

    Herbaland, one of Canada’s largest gummy manufacturers, has pledged cash and percentage of sales to Easter Seals BC/Yukon


    February 16, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Canada’s largest manufacturers of nutritional gummies and a global leader in the development and production of natural health products has partnered with a BC based charity to offer financial support of programs and services for children with disabilities.  Offering both cash and cause marketing support, Herbaland will support the work of Easter Seals BCY as an official corporate sponsor and pledged 1% of sales of their gummy products.

    “To support programs, facilities, and services for families and children with disabilities, we are thrilled that Herbaland has selected Easter Seals BCY as their charity of choice. Herbaland recognizes the growing need for support of children with disabilities and is eager to make a difference in our local communities,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, President & CEO of Easter Seals BCY.

    Easter Seals BCY is an organization that connects with communities from across the province by providing services and programs through Easter Seals House in Vancouver, and Easter Seals Camps in Squamish, outside of Victoria (Shawnigan Lake), and near Vernon. In 2016, over 30,000 bednights and camper days were offered to families with children with disabilities. These services are life changing and turn disabilities into “abilities”.

    As a community-minded company, Herbaland was eager to support a local charity and to share the proceeds of their new products .  “We are excited to partner with Easter Seals BCY and make a difference in our communitiies across the province.  Our newly launched line of adult gummy supplements, best in class Pure Kids Gummy multi, and protein gummy snack pouches are superb products that will support this charity.  We can claim all our new products are sugar-free, vegan and non-GMO.” says John Bentley, Sales Manager for North America at Herbaland.  Herbaland has also just completed their organic certification and multiple products will begin to begin to display the organic seal.

    Look for Herbaland products online and in stores, and for the Herbaland team giving out lots of free samples at local Easter Seal events! 

    You can learn more about Easter Seals BCY and Herbaland by visiting and


    About Easter Seals BC/Yukon

    Easter Seals BCY provides programs and services for children and young adults with disabilities.  Since 1955, it has operated the Easter Seals House in Vancouver, which provides safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodation for families with children requiring specialized medical care at BC Children’s Hospital. In 1968, they started their fully accessible overnight summer camping program. Today, BC Easter Seals Camps operate in Winfield, Squamish, and Shawnigan Lake and host 800 campers each summer.  To learn more about Easter Seals BC/Yukon, visit


    About Herbaland

    Established in 2009, Herbaland Naturals Inc. began with gummy vitamin products for both children and adults and we have grown to be sold in more than 25 countries. Capsules and tablets have been the traditional supplement delivery form, however, consumers are increasingly seeking nutritious health products that are also delicious and convenient. Herbaland develops and manufactures innovative gummy vitamin and supplement formulations for all ages.  To learn more about Herbaland, visit


    Media Contacts


    Easter Seals BCY

    Nirm Blatchford · Vice President, Philanthropy

    604-813-4797 ·



    John Bentley · Sales Manager, North America

    604-284-5050 ·








    Easter Seals renews commitment to children and families
    with new President and CEO



    September 22, 2016, (Vancouver, B.C.): With the growing needs of families and children with disabilities in B.C. and Yukon, Easter Seals is poised to build on their foundation of delivering programs and services. Renewing their commitment to children and families, Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon have appointed Charlene Krepiakevich as their new President and CEO.


    “We are delighted to welcome Charlene to Easter Seals in this pivotal role,” says Craig Munro, Chair, Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon Board of Directors. “Charlene brings extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector and will provide key leadership in shaping our vision to help those living with disabilities in B.C. and Yukon.”


    With a proven history in the non-profit sector, Krepiakevich was most recently the Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society which included the Run4Hope program that involved more than 40 charities and raised more than $14.6 million for charity over many years. Previous to her time with the Vancouver International Marathon team, she was the Vice President of marketing and communications for the Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon division.


    “Easter Seals across Canada have lead the way in providing resources and support for children living with disabilities,” says Krepiakevich. “I look forward to building on the history and success of this great organization as we look to meet the expanding needs of the children and families we support.”


    This September, Krepiakevich will take over from Stephen Miller, who has served Easter Seals B.C. and Yukon as President and CEO for more than 15 years.  


    Wasting no time getting involved, Krepiakevich rappelled down a 20 storey building on September 13 in support of the organization’s 11th annual DropZone fundraising event.


    About Easter Seals DropZone

    The Easter Seals Drop Zone is a knee-shaking, heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping fundraising adventure that encourages participants to get out of your comfort zone by rappelling from the top of a towering high-rise building. This year’s event raised more than $160,000 in support of children in B.C. and Yukon who are living with disabilities.


    About Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon

    Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon* is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of people living with disabilities. As part of a national program to provide programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community, Easter Seals is supporting young hearts and minds through transformative programs and services delivered by the community to the community. With support of the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, along with other donors and sponsors, Easter Seals works to ensure those living with a disability have access to equipment and services needed to make the most of their abilities. For more information visit



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