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Last year, Hollyburn Properties celebrated 40 years of business – owning,
operating and now building enduring rental communities in three provinces
across Canada. To recognize this milestone, our team launched a series of
celebratory campaigns,events and projects. Our single most rewarding
achievement, however, was withouta doubt – The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest.
We touched base with the winner, Jan recently and created this video to dive deeper into her life and share how this contest has impacted her. Read more
about Jan's storyHEREand watch the video above.
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Posted by Katrina May on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Last year, Hollyburn Properties celebrated 40 years of business – owning, operating and now building enduring rental communities in three provinces across Canada. To recognize this milestone, our team launched a series of celebratory campaigns, events and projects. Our single most rewarding achievement, however, was without a doubt – The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest.
The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest was launched to celebrate those individuals in Canada who are likewise dedicated to social impact through community involvement. Here’s what we put out there:
“Do you or someone you know contribute to building up your community? We want to reward one deserving person with FREE RENT for a whole year in a premier Hollyburn apartment. Imagine the positive impact you could make if you didn’t have to worry about paying rent for a year!
We want to know what you’ve done to make a difference in your neighbourhood and what you would do given this opportunity.”
With the prize of free housing for a year, a $17,000 value, we aimed to target someone who truly deserved it. Someone who was selfless in their day-to-day, committing their life to social causes. Someone who would likely pay it forward with their time and energy. Someone to whom this gift would make a significant impact.
To help spread the word, we created a unique website, sent out a national press release, and launched a multi-pronged advertising strategy that included bus wraps, bus stop ads, newspaper ads, direct e-mails, building posters, and blog and social media posts. We also created this Free Rent Contest video to help inform the public and explain how to enter:
Ultimately, three top finalists were put to a public vote. When the numbers were tallied, we could not have been more honoured to announce the grand prize winner – Reverend Jan Rothenburger of Toronto.
"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, trying to save them from the degrading and humiliating situations in which life has them trapped," says Agnes, Jan's neighbour that nominated her for the contest.
We touched base with Jan recently and created this video to dive deeper into her life and share how this contest has impacted her. Here is Jan’s story:
Posted by Katrina May on Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Another fall harvest season is upon us and with that, another successful West Van Pumpkin Fest! Hollyburn Properties has been a proud sponsor of the October community celebration since 2012, making this our 5th year participating in the popular event held at the West Vancouver Community Centre.
What is a harvest festival, you ask? There is a pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving contest, petting zoo, farm animal educational demonstrations, games, crafts, contests, and an epic dance – to name a few of the myriad activities!
Having operated rental housing on the North Shore for over 40 years, Hollyburn is deeply committed to the community, and we love activating at events such as Pumpkin Fest to meet our neighbours and interact with our fellow businesses. This year, we sponsored an arts and crafts tent, handed out swag bags, answered questions and provided information about our rental apartments and upcoming purpose-built rental projects in the area.
We can’t wait till next year! At least we have Halloween to look forward to... :)
Posted by Katrina May on Friday, September 16, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years, is now complete! Over the course of building development, we partnered with the North Vancouver City Library in sponsoring a series of art contests as a way to spark curiosity, encourage community building, and engage the local public in the new project.
In total, we ran five Community Art Contests over the course of a year and a half, each with three age categories (from age 3 – 18), and three chances to win! Prizes included gift certificates to a nearby book store, limited edition bookmarks created with the submissions, and the winning artwork was featured publicly on Bridgewater signage, on the website, and now – in the building. We are working on a creative art wall installation in the communal resident lounge, displaying an array of our favourite works, and sharing the community legacy that the contests established through the building common areas.
Let’s recap our contest themes and winners since the beginning:
Winter 2014 – Winter Colouring Contest
Spring 2015 – Home Sweet Home
Fall 2015 – Halloween
Spring 2016 – Valentine’s Day/Love
Summer 2016 – What do you love about the North Shore?
Thank you to everyone who participated along the way. The artwork inspired us, blew us away, and has motivated us continue building similar creative community partnerships. All contest submissions are now closed. Until next time!
Posted by Katrina May on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Moving is rather stressful no matter how you cut it. Sorting through your life’s belongings, packing everything and transporting it, only to unpack it all again in a matter of weeks makes the most organized out of us an exhausted, frustrated wreck. There are ways of easing the process, however, and even turning the experience into something enjoyable. Here is Hollyburn’s advice on how to master moving into a rental apartment like a pro.
1. Start early and have a plan
When anticipating a move in the future, start early and tackle items one step at a time. Make an inventory of each room and plan various tasks accordingly. For example, the bathroom can be broken down into toiletries and personal items, towels and mats and decorations. Each of these gets a box and a list. Get the entire family involved by assigning tasks to each person.
2. Relax, get comfortable and call a friend
Put your favourite tunes on, pour yourself a glass of wine and call up your best friend. Use moving as a positive opportunity to spend some quality time. Remind them you’ll return the favour when the time comes and follow through. Don’t overcomplicate things. Start with three boxes: Keep, Recycle and Donate. This is an excellent start.
3. Be ruthless
There’s a difference between keeping something that has sentimental value or out of a sense of obligation. Create a memory box for those items you can’t bear to part with to be kept in storage. Give yourself permission to get rid of things. If you haven’t worn it in a year then it needs to go.
4. See the light at the end of the tunnel
If you have a large project ahead of you don’t forget to set smaller, realistic goals with a reward at the end of each. This could be going for a massage or manicure or perhaps playing a round of golf. Turn moving into a positive experience. Think about it as an opportunity to clear out all of your unnecessary belongings and a move forward without the baggage.
5. Minimize costs, maximize efficiency:
Downsize: First off, unload! Sell unnecessary items on Craigslist or Kijiji.
Gently used clothing or household items to donate? Consider contributing to our long-standing community partners at Covenant House.
Boxes & packing materials: Try sourcing all items yourself, such as recycled boxes for free from your local grocery or liquor store.
If you prefer re-usable green boxes, go with our friends at Frogbox. Hollyburn’s value-added partnership with this eco-friendly company means great savings for you.
Storage: Downsizing can mean the need for additional storage. Hollyburn residents have access to our partnership with Maple Leaf Self Storage and receive their 2nd month of storage for free. The closest location is at Park Royal Mall.
Moving: Take advantage of our partnership with Jiffy Move for some of the best rates in town by a Hollyburn approved and BBB accredited professional moving company.
At the end of the day, remember to stay flexible. Moving always involves unforeseen events and expenses. Take a deep breath, stay calm, and stick to your plan. If the Hollyburn team can be of assistance, please be sure to reach out.