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Selling bread raises funds for BC Youth Parliament kids camp

By Contributor
February 9th, 2022

A Kelowna teen has launched a sourdough fundraiser to support sending kids to summer camp.

After attending the virtual 93rd Session of the British Columbia Youth Parliament in December, Isabella Harmel decided to run a unique fundraiser, selling artisan bread in support of the organization’s signature project, Camp Phoenix.

Camp Phoenix is a sleep-away camp run by the British Columbia Youth Parliament that provides children who would not otherwise be able, the chance to attend a week long summer camp.

Camp Phoenix is run by volunteers who are members of the British Columbia Youth Parliament.

“Every child deserves a fun, educational camping experience in a supportive environment,” said Abby Head, Camp Phoenix Administrator.

“We believe BCYP’s camp project is of great benefit to communities, but this work also needs critical fundraising support.”

After announcing this fundraiser on social media, there was an outpouring of support from Isabella’s neighbors, friends and other community members, including an offer from Dan Bronswyk, owner of the Downtown Location of Bread Co, to donate all the bread required for the fundraiser.

“I’m always inspired by young people trying to make a difference in the world,” says Bronswyk.

“I thought the cause was great and that it was something we would be proud to support.”

To help support campers by ordering a loaf of bread, email with name, contact information and quantity of loaves.

About BCYP:

The British Columbia Youth Parliament is a non-profit, non-partisan youth service organisation run by youth between the ages of 16 and 21. In addition to Camp Phoenix, they run other projects designed to meet their objectives of teaching parliamentary education (Regional Youth Parliaments) and getting youth involved in serving their communities (Youth Service Councils). To learn more about BCYP, please visit .

About Camp Phoenix:

Camp Phoenix is a week long sleep away summer camp for children aged 8-12 who would not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. It is staffed and organized by volunteers from the British Columbia Youth Parliament. This year Cam Phoenix will be held in Sooke, BC at the end of August. Registration information will be available on BCYP’s website in the late spring of 2022.

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