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Bryant Dealer Honors Women’s Shelter as True Heroes, Donates Heating and Cooling System

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 13, 2016 — Continuing a proud tradition of giving back to the communities where it operates, Bryant Heating & Cooling and Rapid Cool, a Bryant factory authorized dealer, donated two heating and cooling systems along with installation to the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Women’s Shelter. Bryant is honored to work alongside one of its finest dealers to ensure patrons of the Y Women’s Shelter, who are victims of domestic violence, have a comfortable place to stay during their visit to the emergency shelter. Bryant is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX).

Rapid Cool nominated Michele Walker, general manager, Violence Against Women Intervention and Support Services, and the team at the Kamloops Y Women’s Shelter as True Heroes for their tireless work and support they provide to the region’s endangered women and children. The Bryant True Heroes program allows Bryant dealers to give back to their communities by honoring local heroes who work to create stronger communities and too often go unrecognized for their service.

"We are passionate about our work at the YWCA and it is an honour to have that recognized by organizations like Bryant and Rapid Cool. Support from our community is what allows us to continue this important work,” said Walker. “This donation sends the message to those we serve that the community supports them and believes they need a safe and comfortable place to escape to."

Steve Warner, owner of Rapid Cool, expressed his enthusiasm for taking the extra step in looking out for his longtime customer. "Michele and her team represent the very best values of our community and the entire Rapid Cool team is honored to share their story of caring and compassion with this True Heroes award,” said Warner. “We have been servicing the equipment at the YWCA for a number of years and when we realized the equipment was nearing the end of its life, we saw this as a great opportunity to help out."

For Bryant, this project represents yet another opportunity to demonstrate its enduring commitment to the communities where our dealers live and work. "For more than a century, Bryant has been synonymous with keeping families comfortable in their homes, and part of this proud tradition has been to work with our dealers to give back in a way that strengthens the communities in which we serve,” said Matthew Pine, vice president, marketing, Bryant. “Rapid Cool is the latest Bryant dealer to honor a True Hero in their community and donate their time to those in need. We are thrilled to be able to donate heating and cooling systems to the Kamloops YMCA - YWCA and salute the tremendous work they do each day caring for vulnerable women and children."

Paul Davignon, president, Carrier Enterprise Canada, also expressed his enthusiasm for the project and profound appreciation for the work conducted by Michele Walker and her staff. "It comes with great pride to recognize one of Canada’s longest serving Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers, RapidCool, for endeavoring to improve the sustainability of a pillar in their community. This project will aid the upstanding, True Hero professionals at YWCA to continue providing first-class emergency relief services to those in dire need within a comfortable environment. The Bryant family is delighted to support one of its own in making this worthwhile, philanthropic aspiration a reality."

The Kamloops Y Women’s Shelter provides safe refuge and support to women and children fleeing domestic violence. In 2015 the Women’s Shelter provided more than 4,960 safe night’s sleep to more than 230 women and children.

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About Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems
Bryant has been dedicated to delivering the highest quality in customer comfort and satisfaction since 1904. In addition to its best-in-class network of distributors and dealers, Bryant offers exceptional reliability and energy efficiency through an extensive line of durable heating and cooling products. Bryant is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Bryant Home Comfort on Facebook.

About Rapid Cool Mechanical
Rapid Cool has been serving the Kamloops and area community since 1991. Originally started as a refrigeration provider for the transport industry it has grown and evolved over the years. Today they have over 25 employees and offer outstanding service to their customers with fully qualified, factory trained technicians. They are a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer and proudly echo the Bryant motto of “doing whatever it takes” for their customers. Their services are for both the residential and commercial customer. Plumbing, heating and air conditioning, refrigeration and home automation are all provided as well as they are still servicing the transport refrigeration industry. For more information, visit or follow Rapid Cool on Facebook.