The 6th annual Torch Awards, hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC at the Four Seasons Vancouver last week, is its most celebrated event of the year. It is fair to say the competition, for the Green, Community and Marketplace awards, was fierce. Among a banquet room full of deserving businesses, Hollyburn Properties was honoured in the category of Community Excellence.
The Torch Awards are a business recognition awards program created to acknowledge and promote ethics in the marketplace, the theme this year being: “Better Business, Better Community.” The keynote speaker Brian Postlewait, Executive Director of Mission Possible and one of Business in Vancouver’s “top 40 CEO’s under 40,” said it best when he emphasized the concept of creating a social profit.
Hollyburn has social profit in mind and almost 40 years of community involvement to show for it. As the largest owner-operator of rental properties in BC, Hollyburn likewise improves rental housing communities by renovating older buildings, optimizing environmental efficiency, contributing condo quality finishes and providing exceptional service, adding life and longevity to the province’s rental stock.
Hollyburn’s long-standing community initiatives include sponsoring gardens and the Healthy Living Program at local non-profit RainCity Housing, subsidizing City School, an inner-city alternative program at King George Secondary and collaborating with Covenant House International for the past 11 years. One of its proudest and most unique community achievements, the partnership with Covenant Housenow dedicates four fully-furnished apartments to house street-involved youth, who would otherwise be homeless or at-risk. The innovative program allows the youth to focus on furthering their education and finding gainful employment while building and case managers play a pivotal role in providing guidance, structure and support. Furthermore, the furniture they take with them along with the reference extend far beyond the year long subsidized housing plan.
The point of the Torch Awards is to recognize organizations that have a mission of business ethics, honesty and integrity. Hollyburn’s business practices strive to revitalize neighbourhoods, create opportunities and strengthen and support community economic and social development. Winning the 2013 Torch Awards was a noble recognition and Hollyburn will continue to pursue innovative ways to raise the standard of their property management practices for the benefit of their residents, their employees and the property management industry in Canada.
Next time you’re looking for a rental apartment in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa or Toronto, why not rent with a company that cares!