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Giving Story: Ames Family Foundation

The Ames Family Foundation generously donated $5,000 in support of our Financial Aid Fund to support student bursaries at IPS.

John Olson

John Olson

Our connection with the Ames Family is through John Olson, IPS parent and board member, and past president of Ames Tile & Stone Ltd. When John took over as President of the company in 2010, he was only the second non-family member to hold this position. Ames Tile & Stone Ltd. has won several business awards including Canada’s Best Managed Companies (for the ninth year in a row) and Canada’s Great Places to Work award.  IPS is very fortunate to have John’s skills as he starts his first year serving on our Board of Directors.

Before recently stepping down from that position, John worked with the Ames Family to secure this generous donation, available to us in perpetuity. Thanks also to Carol Harrison, Administrator for the Ames Foundation, for facilitating this generous gift.

John Ames

John Ames

As a non-profit, independent school, we are committed to a strong Financial Aid Program to ensure that no child is denied entrance to IPS based solely on financial limits. The Ames Family Foundation has helped a student attend IPS and we extend our heartfelt thanks to them!

IPS is a registered non-profit organization and can provide tax receipts for donations.

ames tile & stone logoFor more information about the Ames family’s business, Ames Tile & Stone, see this article in Canadian Business Executive magazine and BC Business August 5, 2013 article about team building.


With heartfelt thanks,


Julia McCaig

Director of Community Engagement