Port Alberni SPCA Wins Trees of Hope Challenge – Port Alberni Valley News
The Alberni-Clayoquot branch of the BC SPCA received a $500 award for its decorated window in downtown Port Alberni.
The SPCA was announced as the winner of the “Trees of Hope” competition organized by the Coulson Group and RBC during the month of December, receiving the most votes from the community for their Christmas-themed window display at the former Zeller building on Third Avenue. .
Deb Thierstein of the SPCA worked with another volunteer, Sharon, to decorate the window.
“We had to compete with nice windows,” Thierstein said. “We tried to do it with an animal theme. We hung cat toys and dog biscuits from the tree.
The window also featured an inflatable Snoopy on his doghouse and stuffed animals wearing Santa hats. It took four hours in total to decorate and only half an hour to take down, Thierstein said.
Alberni-Clayoquot branch manager Sam Sattar says the SPCA hasn’t budgeted the $500 yet, but the Port Alberni kennel suffered damage during the snowstorm and freezing temperatures this winter, with cracked cement and frozen pipes.
“We’re focusing a lot of energy on it right now,” Sattar said. “And, of course, we focus on animals.”
The Trees of Hope competition was the second competition organized by Coulson and RBC in 2021, with the combined goal of bringing attention to local nonprofits and drawing people to the city’s downtown core.
The windows are nostalgic for many people, said Nicole Sendey of the Coulson Group.
“That’s what they were originally intended for,” she said. “To show the best of what our community has to offer.”
The windows are now in a “transition phase”, with organizations removing their Christmas trees and installing Valentine’s Day-themed decorations instead. Another Windows of Hope competition is not currently planned, but Sendey says she and RBC director Leona Horvath are “looking for future opportunities” for another competition.