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Public voting for the Top 3 Finalists is open now from November 10th to
November 30th, 2015 and the winner will be announced during the week of
December 7th, 2015. Let us know who you think should win HERE!
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Posted by Katrina May on Monday, November 09, 2015
Monday, November 09, 2015
We've had a tough go. Narrowing down hundreds of amazing, awe-inspiring Hollyburn Free Rent Contest entries to 3 Top Finalists. Our team was overwhelmed reading about the community activism, volunteering and goodwill that takes place across Canada. Your stories reinforce that all positive community action makes a difference, no matter how big or small. This was a very difficult decision, but we hope you’ll agree that the following three community champions each deserve to win Hollyburn Free Rent for a Year!
“Over 3 years ago, Ariel Swan decided she wanted to do something different to celebrate her birthday. Instead of asking her friends to spend money on gifts for her and dinner and drinks for themselves, she invited 15 friends and family (myself included) to get together and make sandwiches for the people of Vancouver’s DTES.” And so, Feed The People was born. Read more here…
“Have you ever met someone who exudes benevolence and tolerance? Someone who literally loses sleep over the suffering of others? I am extremely fortunate to have one of these people in my life, and I am constantly awestruck by his generosity and selflessness.” Read more here…
“Jan’s life is devoted to serving those in need. Mostly women and youth who are street and prison involved, many struggling with addictions. People society would rather not think about. She works long, hard hours serving, helping and trying to save them from the degrading and humiliating situations in which life has them trapped.” Read more here…
Now it’s up to you to vote!
Read Ariel, Lucas and Jan’s stories and vote on your choice of recipient of Hollyburn Free Rent for a year. Trust us, it’s not going to be easy.
Posted by Katrina May on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Vancouver is indeed a spectacular city! It’s one of the most liveable cities in the world, in fact, and Hollyburn Properties would like to do our best to keep it that way.
Our team took to the streets last week as part of the City of Vancouver’s neighbourhood block clean up initiative. We worked in our own community removing litter from public spaces. Why? Because we have 54 rental communities in Vancouver, and 25 in the West End in particular. That translates to over 3000 residents that live and play directly in this vibrant and beautiful neighbourhood. Enhancing, animating, and keeping it spectacular for all to enjoy is our M.O.
17 Hollyburn Vancouver employees volunteered for the two hour clean-up. We started at Nicola Place, divided into three groups, and conquered a 77 block radius from Denman Street, to Harwood Street, to Thurlow Street, to Barclay Street. In total, we collected 17 bags of trash off of the streets. Our haul ranged from the peculiar, including a few lone shoes, ripped pants and a spare tire, to the mundane, including a myriad of cigarette butts and coffee cups.
When we finished and debriefed, it was determined that the most rewarding part of our collective experience was hearing neighbours and passersby encouraging our team. A simple “thank you!” and “great work!” for our efforts to keep the West End spectacular was enough motivation to keep ploughing on.
And then there was pizza. Glorious, glorious pizza.
Each year in October, the City of Vancouver joins communities and organizations throughout the region to mark Homelessness Action Week. In honour of this important event, we’d like to share one of Hollyburn’s longest-standing and proudest community initiatives.
Twelve years ago, Hollyburn Properties and Covenant House, a non-profit providing shelter, food and crisis care to homeless youth, began a partnership. What started with a monthly clothing drive, has since expanded into a unique transitional housing program for homeless youth. Hollyburn currently donates five fully furnished and fully subsidized apartments to Covenant House youth in Vancouver (3) and Toronto (2).
“Hollyburn was the pioneer in progressively supporting those who need housing most by giving them just that – actual housing!” – said Marty, CH Associate Manager.
We are extremely proud to set an example in the property management industry of a successful private-public housing partnership. Follow along on "a day in the life" in our Hollyburn Properties - Covenant House Youth Housing Program video:
This program is one of the ways we build our community. Do you give back in your own way? Tell us how and enter our contest to win FREE RENT FOR A YEAR until October 31st, 2015.
Check out other City of Vancouver events and initiatives committed to raising awareness and ending street homelessness, on until the end of the month.
From left to right: Mark Hannah, Director, LGH Foundation; Stephen Sander, Founder, Hollyburn Properties; Judy Savage, President, LGH Foundation; Kevin Rowan, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, LGH; Mayor Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver
This week, Hollyburn Properties presented the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation with a donation of $1 million for a state-of-the-art MRI machine.
Hollyburn Properties is a family company with deep roots on the North Shore. Founded in West Vancouver in 1975, Hollyburn has provided premier rental housing to thousands of individuals and families in the community, and is currently developing Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years.
“This is an extremely generous gift that will have a significant impact on patient care,” said Judy Savage, President, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. “It will allow considerable quality improvements and greater patient comfort, bringing first-class diagnostic imaging capability to the North Shore.”
Key highlights of the new GE Signa Explorer MRI machine:
Most advanced imager of its kind in B.C.
Highest level of image quality and resolution available today
98% quieter, from 108 decibels to 3 decibels
Much faster processing time, allowing more patient scans per day
We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to give back to the North Shore community that has supported us for the past 40 years. Read about Hollyburn’s long-standing commitment to community here.
Posted by Katrina May on Thursday, October 01, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Back to school and down to draw or colour? We’ve got the contest for you!
Since winter of last year, we have been sponsoring seasonal Community Art Contests held at the North Vancouver City Library as a fun and unique way for the community to engage with Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years.
Along with an amazing prize pack, contest winners will have their artwork publicly featured on Bridgewater signage during project development. The Bridgewater site, right next to City Hall on 14th and Chesterfield, receives a huge amount of foot traffic daily, and feedback from the community so far has been amazing!
Our theme this month is… you guessed it – Halloween! The contest runs from October 1st – October 31st, 2015.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the last Community Art Contest – Home Sweet Home. Check out the winning artwork!