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Hollyburn

Community

At Hollyburn we believe strong community and family values are essential to creating vibrant, fulfilling lives. Through a series of outreach programs, partnerships and sponsorships, we follow our mandate of becoming an active, contributing partner in every neighbourhood we are privileged to be part of. In 2013, Hollyburn was recognized by receiving the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Community Excellence. In 2015, Hollyburn was recognized by the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) with the M.A.C. Award for Advertising Excellence - Single Campaign, for a resident appreciation "Dream Vacation Contest." Watch why our residents love being a part of the Hollyburn community here:



        



                          

Covenant House:
We recognize it’s tough for street youth to get a foothold in today’s challenging and competitive world and sometimes they need a helping hand. For the past 13 years Hollyburn has grown a lasting partnership with Vancouver’s Covenant House non-profit organization. What began as a monthly clothing and donations drive, has evolved into a unique initiative to help local youth gain a sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and dignity as they transition to indepent living.  Hollyburn currently provides Covenant House youth with 5 completely furnished rental apartments (3 in Vancouver and more recently, 2 in Toronto) at a substantially reduced cost, allowing them to focus on finding gainful employment and improving their education. Once the program is complete, the youth are able to keep the furniture we provided while also being reimbursed the full amount they paid in rent during their stay. Read more about the Covenant House Youth Housing Program here.




King George Secondary School:

The students who come to City School at King George Secondary have at least one thing in common – they have all chosen to leave their traditional high schools because they longed for a different kind of school environment.  For some, it’s their last chance at getting a high school diploma.  For others, they simply don’t fit in at conventional schools or prefer a more intimate learning experience.ing George Secondary's City School in Vancouver's West End offers a unique mini-school program that attracts students from around the city. The Hollyburn Helps Fund enables all City School students to participate in the extensive out of classroom experiences, as well as purchase transit passes, school supplies, tickets and sponsor field trips.  As one City School student explained, it is "Because of [Hollyburn] that I could afford to go to Bamfield
 camp and make it to school every day. Thank you!"

The Next Big Thing:
What is The Next Big Thing? A non-profit organization founded by several successful Vancouver business-people with a mission to identify and empower young entrepreneurs, and teach them the tech skills necessary to launch their own business start-ups.  Specifically, the Young Entrepreneurs in Residence program is providing 10 lucky entrepreneurs from across Canada with $100,000 in no strings attached grant funding, experiential learning at Hootsuite Headquarters, and a network of powerful mentors. Hollyburn Properties provided fully furnished housing in the heart of downtown Vancouver to 6 entrepreneurs in 2014. Take a peek inside here.

Gordon Neighbourhood House:
Gordon Neighbourhood House has served as a community hub in Vancouver's West End since 1942. Hollyburn is proud to provide community gardening facilities at our Crystal Court building in downtown Vancouver, as well as parking stalls for GNH staff and guests. Since 2014, Hollyburn has sponsored a Holiday Senior's Lunch for 150 people. Our head office team look forward year-round to volunteering on that day.

RainCity Housing:
RainCity Housing and Support Society is a not-for-profit grassroots organization that delivers housing and support solutions to men and women coping with homelessness, substance abuse and complex physical and mental health concerns. Hollyburn Properties proudly sponsored RainCity's Healthy Living Program, that included community gardens, cooking lessons and activities programs to help people get back on their feet. In 2012, the RainCity Hollyburn Garden Project was created, where funding from Hollyburn Properties was used to plant a living wall and train RainCity clients to grow produce, learn new work skills for future employment and help fellow Vancouverites by donating fresh produce to those in need.

North Vancouver Public Library:
Hollyburn has a longstanding tradition of working with residents and our communities. In North Vancouver, we donated land for a state-of-the-art, 35,000 square foot library and contributed $50,000 towards new books for the library's collection. 

Lions Gate Hospital:
In 2015, Hollyburn Properties donated $1 million to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation to bring a state-of-the-art MRI machine to the Radiology Department. Hollyburn's contribution will make Lions Gate the first hospital in British Columbia to offer the GE Signa Explorer - the very latest generation in MRI technology.

Boy Scouts of Canada:
We provide storage space at no cost in Hollyburn Plaza so that local Boy Scout troops can store equipment and since 2013, have supported the Scouts in a tree chip up by hosting the event at Hollyburn's Commercial Plaza in West Vancouver. All proceeds in support of the Scouts.


Community Participation:
A Hollyburn property is much more than a building structure - it is a community. Throughout the year, we host a variety of special initiatives for our residents including emergency preparation education, summer resident appreciation BBQ's, Christmas parties, seasonal lobby decoration, and value-added partner events.  Our community gardens are popular among tenants, with all vegetables donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

We're also enthusiastic supporters of community events such as Vancouver Pride, West Vancouver Pumpkin Fest, West End Car Free Day - a family tradition in Downtown Vancouver, and the Festival of Lights, an annual celebration of Christmas filled with warmth and the spirit of the season.

If you are interested in learning more about our community involvement please download our Events & Sponsorships Poster below:

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