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Win free rent for a year with Hollyburn Properties

What would you do with free rent for a year? Hollyburn Properties, a national property management and development company, is seeking to reward one lucky person with free rent for a whole year in a premier one-bedroom Hollyburn apartment in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Ottawa. Celebrating 40 years of building rental communities across Canada, the family-run company actively supports a mission of community service and outreach. The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest is being launched to celebrate those individuals in Canada who are likewise dedicated to social impact through community involvement.  

 “The objective of the Free Rent Contest is to reward an individual who participates above and beyond in community service,” says Allan Wasel, Hollyburn General Manager. “We feel strongly that community values help foster healthy and sustainable living environments. Hollyburn supports a number of charity partnerships and sponsorship programs, and in doing so, seeks to positively impact every neighbourhood we are privileged to be a part of.”

The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest launches on September 15th, with submissions open until October 31st, 2015. Participants must describe how they, or someone they know, contribute to building their community.

Examples of community-building include volunteering, involvement in non-profit organizations, or participation in projects with positive social impacts. Entrants are encouraged to supplement their submission with pictures, videos, letters of reference or any additional documents that support their nomination. A judging panel will carefully select three top finalists, whose profiles will be publicly voted upon the week of November 9th until November 30th to determine the recipient of free rent for a year. The prize-winner will be announced early December, 2015. For details and guidelines, watch the YouTube contest video, and visit the Hollyburn Free Rent Contest website:

The nTrust crew visits Covenant House Vancouver

nTrust recently stopped by for a tour and to donate 20 bags of clothing collected through their office clothing drive. nTrust shared their experience at Covenant House Vancouver on their blog.

On November 19, 2015, nTrust’s President Rod Hsu will be participating in our Sleep Out: Executive Edition, an annual fundraising event that supports the homeless youth in the Crisis Program.

Big thanks to nTrust for all their amazing support and to their president Rod Hsu for joining us for Sleep Out: Executive Edition   on  November  19th.

nTrust at Covenant House Vancouver 

Beatrice the Truck from nTrust 

Hal shines when he is given the chance he deserves

“Hal” grew up on Vancouver Island where he was raised by his great aunt and uncle. Before coming to us he was living with his grandmother who he has a great relationship with. The issue was that she lives in supportive housing and they only allow one resident to live there. When Hal came to Covenant House, we were told that he was very low functioning and possibly had FASD. He came to the Crisis Program on probation and his probation officer reiterated these concerns. The probation officer stated that his functioning is so low that it would be impossible for him to keep a job. She recommended cooking group and making sure he attends probation appointments.

When I first got acquainted with “Hal” he seemed somewhat low functioning. However, he quickly accomplished all the tasks set out for him including getting his birth certificate, connecting with a Career Zone case manager, and following his plan as well as any other resident does, if not better. Through my interactions with “Hal” I began to doubt other people’s suspicions of his abilities and decided that I would continue to treat him like any other youth and not doubt his ability to handle having a job.

 It was with this attitude that I pushed him to follow-up with employers he was interested in until he finally landed an interview for a dishwashing job at a well-known East Vancouver restaurant. After a successful interview he was given some training shifts which he did well at and eventually landed the job. “Hal” has now been working at this job for a few weeks with no sign of quitting. He enjoys the job and it does not seem like it is beyond his physical and mental abilities. While a dishwashing job may seem like no great feat for most people, in this case it represents how encouragement and support can help to overcome doubts held by individuals and those around them.

Through this experience “Hal” has taught me that to judge someone based on other people’s expectations is to not give them the benefit of the doubt. One must truly push an individual to do all they can do before setting a bar for them. As “Hal” continues to reach higher, my goals for other youth become less dictated by potential barriers.

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