Centra Cares Home Renovation 2019

Presenting our winners for the 2019 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest! For a third consecutive year, we will be awarding a deserving a family a house full of windows.

The past 8 weeks have been an emotional ride and we are so grateful to have stepped foot into many homes and learn about the struggles and triumphs of our local families. We are happy to announce that this year’s Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest is the most successful to date, with 500 nominations throughout British Columbia.

The stories illustrated moments of laughter, sadness, triumph, dedication, and resiliency. From loved ones and neighbours to family members and spouses, each nomination was written with the utmost love and care. Thank you to the Wadley & Harder family for sharing their stories.

Congratulations to the Dunsmore family!

Centra Cares 24th Annual Golf Tournament

The 24th annual Centra Cares Golf Classic at The Redwoods Golf Course was one for the record books. The tournament raised $235,000 and donated the funds to Wagner Hills Farm Society and the Langley Memorial Hospital foundation. ❤️ Each charity took it a step further and raised their own match of $100,000. This amazing gesture lifts the grand total to $435,000 raised at the Golf Classic!

The remaining funds will be distributed to several amazing local charities throughout the year. We are so grateful for the fact that this year’s tournament raised more money than any tournament in the past. Thank you to our title sponsors Country Lumber, PHL Capital Corp. Caliber Projects, and Cardinal Glass. The tournament would not be possible without their support. ⛳

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to all of our donors and sponsors! From activities and a delicious dinner to plenty of prizes and an entertaining gala, the 2019 classic was one for the history books.

Centra Cares 23rd Annual Golf Classic

Well another year of our Annual Golf Classic has come and gone!

This year the Centra Cares Foundation chose to support Canuck Place, Dave Lede House. We are excited to announce we will be presenting Lede House with a donation of …. $81, 812

So “Thank You” to YOU, our generous sponsors, our wonderful golfers and our volunteers. We had a wonderful day, gave away some great prizes and best of all; made an impact in the future of local families who use the services and facilities that are so essential to them during care for their children who face life-altering medical diagnosis.

Catch our highlight video reel here, do you make an appearance? Stay tuned for an update on how the donation is used right here.. and our social platforms in the next few days.

Save the date for next year: June 20th 2019, See You There!

Like Father Like Son

“To be able to have my son out here, you have a feeling of acceptance through a company. You have a real family orientated feel, you feel like you belong to something with Centra,” says Centra Installer Tim Sjoquist.

Tim and his son Noah volunteered their time to help install windows for the winners of our 2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest. The duo spoke about their experience and the importance of family within a company. While on site, Noah learned a few tips and tricks from his father and displayed flashes of potential.

2018 Recap

The Centra Cares Foundation has raised $250,880 in 2018 and donated $158,254 to 20 charities throughout the year. We would like to thank all those that have donated to the Centra Cares Foundation and we are excited to continue to support communities across B.C. Take a look at a few highlights from earlier this year! Stay tuned for more!

Centra Cares Home Renovation Celebration

The Centra team celebrated in Victoria with the winners of our 2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest. Families, neighbours and many members of the Centra family were in attendance, enjoying the day and transforming the look and feel of the Rankin & Nelson residence.

We are so grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to support and change the lives of a deserving family. We were overwhelmed with the strength of the local community and couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. Congratulations to Melissa Rankin & Josh Nelson!

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

A few members of the Centra Cares committee had the honour to visit Canuck Place Children’s Hospice David Lede House in Abbotsford. The warmth, love and passion throughout the facility speaks volumes about the importance of Canuck Place in our community. Centra Cares presented a cheque to members of Canuck Place for $81,804.

The funds will go towards supporting the long term version of providing counselling and nursing services to many families. It was gratifying to listen to many stories and experiences about families throughout B.C. and we are so happy that this type of donation will support various services provided by Canuck Place. Take a look at our latest video where members of Canuck Place illustrate the importance of their partnership with Centra Cares.

2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation

We have our winners for the 2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest! Centra would first like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate a family that they felt was deserving of new windows. We had over 300 nominations submitted, which made the decision process extremely difficult. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Cardinal IG Glass Industries for donating the glass for these windows. Congratulations to Josh and Melissa and the entire family. Thank you for sharing your story.

Back from Haiti

Lana hanging out with the kids!

How can I accurately summarize travelling to Haiti and back again over 11 days, with 14 people by caravan, plane and hiking long trails without combing through each moment of every day?

It seems impossible, so I’ll highlight a few thoughts that seem top of mind;

  • Just go with it! ‘IT’ being new food, new places, new people and the unfamiliar.
  • Rain on a tin roof sounds romantic in novels but not when you know you’ll be sliding down a hillside the following morning on your way to breakfast or slipping and sliding when climbing to and from work etc. (mud, mud and more mud meant we had a few wipeouts!)
  • Kids are kids wherever you go & a smile needs no translation!
  • Let people surprise you, you’ll learn things about yourself and others you could never have imagined.
  • Our perception of “need” is incredibly skewed by circumstance. The short and simple truth is this: we have too much stuff and are not any happier for it all.

Group photo of our Centra Cares team in Haiti.

For the record, while I could have done without the tarantulas – I enjoyed every incline hike, muddy slide down a hillside and sounds of animals late and night and early in the morning. I slept better at our nights in the mountains then I ever do at home, even with all of our crew who competed for the title of ‘most unique snoring’.

The excitement that the children in the surrounding area of Marbial have for learning is beautiful and inspiring. The reality is that students walk upwards of 3 hours for the opportunity to get an education and it seems unreal in contrast to how school can feel like an obligation for many here at home. Fun fact: Since the students have to cross over the river several times on the way to school, they have ‘rain days’ similar to our snow days here at home. When there is heavy rainfall, the river runs too rapidly and becomes too high to cross and get to school.

If I haven’t lost you yet on my Haiti recap, I’d be happy to ramble for hours on anything you care to ask and tell you all about the most refreshing week of my life and how it happened while I was in Haiti with our new Haitian friends and the amazing people at Centra I get to work with everyday.

While we may have helped build two schoolrooms and a few other things, what we really built was a stronger team and new friendships. In some ways, for me personally at least, it seems I gained more than I gave back.

I’m incredibly grateful for the hardworking and compassionate people I travelled with and sincerely want to say “Thank You” to our hosts at FLCM for a memorable experience.

View in Haiti.

This update by Lana Gordin.