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The Squamish giving kind: Locals snap smiles and shoot the puck to support food bank

Local businesses join forces to organize successful community events.

Many locals chipped in with events over the holidays to help those in need in our community this season. 

Evelyn Schellenberg was at the centre of a few of these events. 

The Holly Jolly photos with Santa event on Dec. 2 raised $1,000 for The Market [Squamish Food Bank] and over $400 worth of food, according to Schellenberg.

At the event, photographer Corrie Lindroos took photos with Santa for donations. 

The free event was organized by Evelyn Schellenberg Real Estate, Em Smith Real Estate, Mortgages with Tara and Whistler Fireplace.

Also, the Squamish Women's Hockey Academy Holiday Cup Food drive gathered so much food that two vehicles were needed in order to drop all of it off at the food bank, said Schellenberg, who founded the academy.  

This fundraiser was part of the first women's academy hockey tournament, held Dec. 6, 13, and 20th.

"It was a very close race, but the green team slightly edged out the red team and filled their net, so they got the goal to start the final game, where they ended up winning the cup," Schellenberg added. 

The academy's new programs begin Jan. 3 and sign-up is happening right now at

The spring cup tourney will be coming up and will also be a food bank fundraiser, Schellenberg said. 

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