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CEO Message – June 2024

This last weekend we had the pleasure of giving back to our dedicated volunteers.  With the generous support from our community, we hosted a BBQ in Kelowna City park followed by a lake cruise very kindly donated by Kelowna Cruises.  The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and it was a great opportunity to connect with all the volunteers and especially those that we don’t get to see on a regular basis. 

The consolidation of the Vernon stores is now complete and we have now handed back the keys for the eastern unit.  While this was disappointing, we are hopeful that a smaller footprint in Vernon will be more sustainable and still offer great products to the community.

I’m very excited about the 50/50! With 23 days to go and lots of in person selling opportunities we are very confident of setting a record for the lottery.  We will be out in force at the upcoming Peach City Beach Cruise, which was very successful for us in 2023, and looking for volunteers to help with the 50/50, anyone interested please contact Courtney Clark, Volunteer Coordinator to register.

The build is nearing completion and there are still opportunities to get involved .  One of the biggest tasks we have is the landscaping to put the final touches to the project.  Watch this space for more news in the next few weeks.

I recently had the pleasure of working alongside staff from Kelowna Airport on one of their recent team build days at Powley Court.  This dedicated team led by the main man himself Sam Samaddar blasted through the work.  I’m especially grateful to the firefighters that came straight to site after a night shift, now that is community spirit in action!

Our AGM is being held at the end June and I write my report and reflect on that year it reminds me of the many achievements and success we had and how many great things we are still looking forward to in 2024. If you are interested in attending, please refer to the main newsletter for more details.

Have a fantastic June!

Andrea Manifold
CEO Habitat Okanagan