What does it take to be on the Board of Centra Cares?

Our Centra Cares BOD is comprised of volunteers who have a passion for giving back. Their time is donated and many hours go into organizing our fundraising efforts and events. We want to take this moment to thank two important outgoing Board members; Emily Parson and Jeff Foster whose contributions have been many during their term with Centra Cares.

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Jeff Foster

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Dear Emily and Jeff, Thank you for your commitment of spirit and time!

Emily and Jeff’s impact on our local and global community through Centra Cares cannot be accurately measured or adequately thanked since the work they do is so far-reaching, their time is given freely and they ask nothing in recognition of what they do. Along with the other members of the Board, their time and dedication have allowed Centra Cares to support many local organizations, held successful fundraising efforts such as our Annual Charity Golf Tournament and made two mission trips to Nicaragua.

In 2013 Emily traveled to Nicaragua and in 2015 Jeff made a similar journey in hopes of helping those less fortunate.

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In 2013 Emily was part of a dedicated team of Centra Cares Volunteers who traveled to Diriamba, Nicaragua to help less-fortunate families in need. This team volunteered in the small community of Mojica to help repair their local school, donated playground equipment and built a rancho community center.

Jeff Foster Reviewing Plans

Jeff Foster Reviewing Plans

In 2015 Jeff traveled with a new group of dedicated volunteers to Diriamba, Nicaragua where they donated their time to help build a health clinic in the small community of La Chona.

These charitable missions are an opportunity to make connections, form friendships and gain a new perspective on life. These trips take a commitment of time, money and a mindset of dedication and resiliency in the lives of those that sign on. And while it may seem that we give a lot to these communities, it is our Centra Cares volunteers who take away so much more than they could ever give in these experiences. In order to make a difference, it takes extraordinary team members like Emily and Jeff behind the scenes and on the ground willing to do the work.

Outgoing Board Members Emily and Jeff with re-established 2017 BOD

Outgoing Board Members Emily and Jeff with re-established 2017 Board of Directors. left to right; Rick Heinen, Bonnie Ahara, Emily Parson, Jeff Foster, John Tilstra, Nathan Veenstra, Carey Day (not pictured: Steve Ponte)

Sincerely,  your Centra Cares team.


La Semilla Nicaragua Trip Update

It has been a little while since our Centra Cares trip down to Nicaragua to help build a medical clinic. Luckily, the amazing folks at La Semilla Ministries have provided us with an update to let us know the progress that has been made since our trip!

To find out more about the Centra Cares Nicaragua Trip, click here.

Its been awhile it seems since all you nice people were visiting us in Nicaragua,

I finally have wonderful news to report on the hard work you all put into the clinic project. The road to this point was frustrating at times but the community and local government finally came to an agreement and its officially open!!!

They will be staffing it with a nurse 5 days of the week; a doctor & one more nurse at least 2 days per week.

This is what the community leader sent to me as a message:

Nuestro agradecimiento a usted a la Iglesia Evangélica Libre de Canadá, por so valiosa aporte ala salud de las familias de la Comunidad, también quiero transmitir mi agradecimiento alas dos brigadas que arduamente trabajaron,para convertir en realidad este sueño…Dios me los colme de bendiciones..Muchas Gracias..un fuerte abrazo.

Our gratitude to you and the Free Evangelical Church of Canada, for your valuable contribution to the health of the families of the Community, I also want to convey my gratitude to the two teams that worked hard to make this dream come true … may God bless you richly … Thank you … a big hug.

Thanks again for your donations and dedication towards this project and La Semilla Ministries.

Today I received a few pictures of the first day they are attending to patients, you will find them at the bottom.

 

Thank you for the update La Semilla Ministries! We are overjoyed to hear that the clinic is fully open and operational!

 

 

 


Highlights from our 22nd Annual Centra Cares Golf Tournament

Our 22nd Annual Centra Cares Golf Classic 2017 was a great success! The donations raised at this year’s tournament will be donated to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, Faith and Love Children’s Ministries and a variety of other charities that Centra Cares Foundation supports.

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to all of our donors and sponsors! Here are some of the highlight from the tournament.

 



Centra Cares 2016 Holiday Raffle

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Centra Cares Foundation in partnership with Centra Construction Group and it’s employees sold raffle tickets in order to raise $20,000 for local Food Banks in need of financial support in each community we work in. This community initiative would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

The $20,000 raised will be distributed in the following communities:
– Lower Mainland, Cloverdale/Surrey
– Victoria, Mustard Seed
– Nanaimo, Loaves and Fishes
– Kelowna
– Kamloops Food Bank

We gave away prizes donated by our sponsors each day from December 1-25th on Centra Windows’ Facebook page by releasing a video each day with a holiday themed skit. To view those videos please head over to our Facebook page (Centra Windows).

For photos of the Centra Cares Holiday raffle, view our gallery.

Centra Cares Holiday Raffle Cheque Donations

Kamloops Food Bank

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Langley Food Bank

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Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank

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Centra Cares Has Been Busy This Year!

Centra Cares has been BUSY this year! We have worked hard  to help as many charities as possible and we feel that the results are nothing short of AMAZING! Check out this month’s update on what we have been working on over the past few months:

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When images of fire burning through Fort McMurray filled our television sets we knew that we needed to help. Centra Cares immediately went to work raising funds to put towards the Red Cross relief efforts.

Centra’s manufacturing team raised a grand total of $376.25 all on their own. In addition, Centra Cares foundation donated an additional $10,000 to aid the Red Cross in managing the disaster relief efforts and fund in conjunction with the Federal & Provincial Governments.

With the commitment of the Federal Government to match donations, our total donation came to: $20,752.50!

Blind Beginnings

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Blind Beginnings is a BC based organization that aids in helping youth and parents who are blind or partially sighted to participate in unique opportunities to develop skills, challenge limits and achieve their full potential! Centra Cares couldn’t think of a better organization to contribute to, and as such this past June we donated $1000!

La Semila Ministries

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La Semila Ministries is an organization based in Nicaragua working to reach numerous families within the local community by teaching them sustainable living and developing viable agricultural and business plans. They also work to mentor individuals and to introduce them to the Gospel. La Semila and Centra partners together once a year for an annual trip to Nicaragua to aid in their mission – but we also wanted to help them through additional funding. This year we donated $5,000 to aid in the continuing of their ministry!

Hope Haven Guatemala

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Hope Haven Guatemala’s mission is to aid those in international countries, to assist them in overcoming their disabilities, and providing them with sustainable means of housing, independent living and social welfare. Centra’s $5,000 donation will assist in continuing their mission of distributing wheelchairs, installing solar lighting systems and building homes.

 

 


The Best Moments from our 2016 Centra Cares Golf Tournament!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support our 21st annual Centra Cares Golf Tournament last week! We had a fantastic time with each and every one of you! We would like to thank you for your continued support, and thank you for helping us support the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada organization, and the BC Special Olympics this year!

We captured some fantastic photos, and wanted to give you all a chance to view them! Click below to see our google photo gallery featuring all of the photos we took this year!

Centra Cares 2016 Golf Tournament

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New Member of the Centra Cares Board of Directors

Centra Cares is pleased to announce our newest addition to our Board of Directors, Steve Ponte!

stevecolorMr. Ponte is a Director of PHL Capital Corp., which manages a private equity fund established in 2006.   Prior to joining PHL Capital Corp. he progressed through various senior roles with TD Commercial Bank, focusing on their large commercial business segment. Mr. Ponte holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Simon Fraser University with a focus on Finance and Marketing.  Steve has always had a community approach in both business and his personal life; giving back to the communities that provided the foundation for him from earlier in his life/career and up to this day.

We warmly welcome Steve and his wealth of knowledge and experience that he brings to the Board.


Centra Cares 21st Annual Golf Tournament is Proud to Support….

Our Centra Cares 21st Annual Golf Tournament is proud to announce that this years fundraising efforts will go towards to wonderful charities! This year we are pleased to support:

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  • Special Olympics: Special Olympics is committed to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, the lives of their family members, friends and everyone they touch. Special Olympics gives athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national, and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Athlete’s Oath:Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

To learn more about the Special Olympics, you can click on visit them at their website or through their two Facebook pages Here or Here

 

bbbs-logoBig Brothers Big Sisters: Big Brother Big Sisters is working to ensure every child who needs a Mentor, has a Mentor. Their mission is to enrich the lives of young people by delivering and advocating for the highest-quality volunteer-based mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. One-to-one and group programs, for both in school and outside of school. They believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn change the course of a community’s future. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can visit their website or their Facebook page!

Centra Cares is proud to support each of these organizations and their initiatives, and looks forward to sponsoring them in our up coming Golf Tournament.


Centra Gives New Life to Wagner Hills Centre

When Wagner Hills Ministry contacted Centra’s founder, John Tilstra to assist in the renovation of Wagner Hills “New Life Centre”, the response by Centra was overwhelming!

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Wagner Hills Ministry is a faith based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that has been operating since 1981. They have both a men and women’s facility, located in the Township of Langley’s Glenn Valley (Men’s Centre) and Campbell Valley (Women’s Centre). Since opening it’s doors in 1981, Wagner Hills has helped close to 5,000 men and women who are trapped in destructive lifestyles. Their programs work to heal men and women in both body, mind and soul, and incorporate counselling, worship, group sharing, bible studies, peer evaluation, education, and much more.

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“The New Life Centre is the building which houses the kitchen and dining area, as well as the classrooms, offices, and counselling. It’s the hub where everything happens. The building is approximately 25 years old, and was in desperate need of a renovation “ says Justin Froelich, Fundraising & Special Events Manager. “When we first reached out to Jeramy, our initial goal was to see if Centra Windows would be able to help us with this specific project.”

Jeramy Smith, Langley Project Manager from Centra Windows, contacted Justin immediately, and after seeing what was needed, set to work helping Wagner Hills in any way possible. Smith says “I have worked with Wagner Hills in the past on three different occasions. They are a great group who do a lot of great things for our community. Businesses strive for profit, but sometimes profits is but aside to reach out and help those in the community. It is a small way we can give back and I was very willing and proud to be able to help out.”

Centra saw a way they could help Wagner Hills, and the result was the providing of all new windows and exterior doors at drastically reduced prices, as well as a $5,000 donation to the organization.

Garett Wall, President & CEO says: “We’ve been in business for over 30 years in BC. One of the things we learned early on is that success in business means you can’t take without giving back. Being a good corporate citizen is more than just creating jobs, it’s about supporting the communities in which we operate. You have to connect with community and find ways to align and support it. There are many individuals and groups who rely on donations and support from business to fill in the gaps for government funding or to support increasing competition from charitable organizations”.

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“The response in donation of material, funds, and volunteer work that we received from Centra Windows was overwhelming to say the least. Many of our residents were clapping and giving each other high fives when we announced to them Centra’s involvement” says Froelich “ I want to personally thank you all on behalf of everyone at Wagner Hills Farm Society. To have companies and supporters like Centra Windows allow us to continue to help those who are stuck in addiction. Many of our residents go on to completely change their lives and give back to the community. None of this is possible without companies like Centra. “