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. “


Centra Windows’ generous gift to NOW Canada Society

When NOW Canada Society asked Centra Windows to come and provide a quote for replacing the windows in one of their safe homes, they were not prepared for what came next!

Based in Kelowna since 1998, NOW is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of housing and programs for women, youth and children who are vulnerable and at-risk.

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“This safe house was built in the 1960’s and its windows were well past their sell-by date” says Liz Talbott, Executive Director.  “We knew we needed new windows so wanted to get a quote to know how much money we had to go about raising”.

Chad Guidi, Kelowna Sales Estimator from Centra Windows met with NOW Canada staff and after seeing the society’s need, took the issue back to the Centra team.  Guidi says “I was happy to help NOW Canada as I am involved with the youth metal health programs in Kelowna, so this particular job held a special spot close to my heart.”  This resulted in Centra donating all the windows, screens and the front door to the society, and the installers generously donated their time to install the windows.

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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”.

That’s where organizations like Centra can make a difference, whether it’s communities in need with a donation of sorts or a charitable organization in need of new windows or restoration work.

“At Centra we’re very proud of our people and culture, because giving is at the heart of who we are. Giving at Centra’s isn’t about writing cheques, it’s about the giving of time and resources of Centra employee owners to be able to contribute something more than just money, it’s important for us to ensure our communities understand that Centra does care, and so the name of our recently launched foundation in 2015, Centra Cares. We couldn’t be more proud to support the Now Canada Society and the good work they do.”

“Such kindness should not go unrecognized” say Liz Talbott, “NOW Canada is truly grateful to the wonderful folk at Centra Windows.   NOW wishes to thank the generosity of Garett Wall, Ed Vandermeer, Anton Van Dyk and the fabulous installers Darren, Jamie, Peter, Kyle, Sam, Rick, Bryan.  A special ‘thank you’ to Chad – for recognizing the need and for making this happen.”

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Liz Talbott, Executive Director

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Nicaragua: Final Good-bye’s

A job well done by the Centra group in Nicaragua! Everyone of the locals had dispersed as we cleaned up on the final day.We say goodbye to the one boy  hanging around waiting to play a final game of soccer…Only to  realize there were many more boys waiting around the corner for the same thing!

We had enjoyed soccer games and mixing with the kids throughout the week so it was  an odd, bittersweet feeling leaving them.

We can only hope and pray  that they too will have an opportunity to get an education and to have continued health care from our new clinic we built for their future.

Adios, for  now to our Nicaraguan friends.

Corinne Tilstra

 

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Nicaragua Day 1-Off we go!

At the Airport:

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Our day started bright andd early Saturday morning. Most of us met at Centra head office at 3:40 am.

Once we arrived at the airport we made the long journey through many check points.

Our flight was quicker than we expected into Houston but when we arrived at 1:15 pm we were told we would have to wait on the Tarmac for 45 minutes for a gate to open. Once we arrive we realized we just missed a tornado just south of the Houston airport.

Which led to a very long delay…. And many silly antics from our team. The airport had thousands of displaced passengers, cancelled flights, and a 3 hour customer service line up.

We were one of the fortunate groups and managed to all get on a flight to Managua at 10:30 pm Houston time….

Needless to say when our pilot arrived to take us on the rest of our journey the large crowd erupted in applause.

We were a little worried on boarding when myself and Anton were left behind because of the over booked flight. It was a nail biter… But we managed to just squeak on.

Our team is really looking forward to arriving at La Semilla to get a good night sleep. Our expected arrival is 1:15 am mountain time. Then the drive to the ministry.

Can’t wait to settle in and create some wonderful memories.

 

Tammy Cleven