I have been blessed to have many great mentors in my life… professionally, artistically and personally. Thus there has alway been a desire to give back to the community.
My brand design agency, ISI_Branding, has hosted countless student practicums and interns for over 15 years and have moulded numerous young designers, marketeers and programmers. I have always enjoyed watching my students’ successes – through my time in classrooms and seminars, through mentorships and life-coaching – as they continuously improve and become important members in the community.
Another critical part giving back is offering creative knowledge and services to fundraising for charitable causes – Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC), local schools and NPOs (Vancouver Opera, BC Special Olympics, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Coastal Jazz and Blues Society).
One of my most rewarding moments was running the inaugural “Scotiabank Eastside 10km” in 44:24 min. and becoming the top fundraiser for Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre – raising $1,400.00 for their cause See Newsletter… Click Here.
With the recent donation success of $320.00 to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre during the Eastside Cultural Crawl 2018 we will be continuing our “Art of Donation” program with proceeds from FirstSaturdays.ca open artist studio tours for 2019.
Garrett Andrew Chong