Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North
Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is a non-profit organization bringing together communities to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. So far, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North has built 20 homes in the Comox Valley. Despite setbacks from COVID-19, they plan to build five more homes for local families within the next year. Many local businesses, including our own Kevin Pantuso, donated incredible prizes at Habitat for Humanity’s “Bid to Build” online auction in an effort to raise funds for our community. The event raised just over $25,000.
Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am Hockey Tournament
Kevin Pantuso and Drew Kuhnert, from the Courtenay branch, joined the Odlum Brown (OB) Bulls to participate in the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Pro-Am Hockey Tournament on January 24-26 in Vancouver. Our OB Bulls “drafted” crowd favourite Todd Bertuzzi to help bolster their roster, a highlight for the fun-filled weekend. Our OB Bulls raised a whopping $88,000, for an event total of $675,000 to support CAN.
CAN is a charitable initiative committed to promoting autism awareness and inclusion through community engagement and training programs.
KidSport Comox Valley
There was a lot of great energy at the annual KidSport™ cross country run held at Huband Park Elementary this October, and many inspired young athletes participated in the event. Kevin Pantuso, Portfolio Manager and a board member for KidSport™, helped with their awareness booth, while providing community support for this popular and well-attended run. Last year, KidSport™ Comox Valley provided funding for 115 local kids whose families may struggle financially and who therefore benefit from the support and opportunities that KidSport™ provides to families in the Comox Valley.
Perseverance Trail Run
The 15th annual Perseverance Trail Run was held October 27, and the event was a huge success. 500 runners, nearly 100 volunteers and hundreds of supporters came together to raise funds for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS). Odlum Brown, a continuing sponsor for many years, is thrilled to have watched this event grow exponentially over the years. The popular CCFS is focused on raising funds to purchase and protect forest lands in the Cumberland area and has raised well over $575,000 towards this legacy goal to date.
Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF)
For the 7th year running, Odlum Brown proudly continued our commitment as Event Sponsor of the Comox Valley Community Foundation’s annual Crimson and Gold Gala. The Comox Valley Community Foundation has been serving our community since 1996 and Odlum Brown is keen to align our charitable efforts with the foundation’s vision to enrich the lives of our community members and to build a stronger and even more vibrant Comox Valley community.
On August 18th, over 600 enthusiastic cyclists hopped on their bikes in support of You Are Not Alone (YANA). As seen below, three generations (Janine, her daughter and granddaughter) along with the support of the community and nearly 160 volunteers, helped contribute to the record breaking $80,000 raised. Last year, YANA helped 161 local families by funding almost 500 medical trips, providing over $140,000 in financial assistance and offering accommodations in Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver.
RE/MAX Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation Golf Classic
Odlum Brown was proud to once again be a major sponsor for the RE/MAX Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation Golf Classic this summer. Over the past 27 years, this tournament has raised over $620,000 towards funding new equipment and renovations for various hospital departments including emergency, pediatrics, cancer care and intensive care in the Comox Valley.
Third Annual Superhero Walk for the Children’s Miracle Network
Superheroes from all over the island donned their capes to participate in the 3rd annual Superhero Walk for Children’s Miracle Network. Odlum Brown Courtenay is a proud sponsor of this fun family event, where all the funds raised go directly to the BC Children’s Hospital. This year’s superheroes raised $14,837!
Eighth Annual Spin-a-thon
On March 3, our Odlum Brown Team once again grabbed our water bottles and hopped on spin bikes, joining the 8th annual Spin-a-thon at the Comox Recreation Centre. We completed a total of 225 kilometres and helped raise approximately $7,500 to support health and wellness in the Comox Valley. The beneficiaries of this event are: the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, which aids low-income families by providing an opportunity for local children to participate in sports; and Take Heart & Breathe Well, which supports local residents suffering from chronic heart and lung conditions.
Ninth Annual Mayor’s Cup
Odlum Brown Limited was the presenting sponsor for the 9th Annual Mayor’s Cup, featuring Vancouver Canucks Alumni. The event was hugely successful; $16,753 was raised for KidSport Comox Valley. KidSport provides funding for registration fees for children of the Comox Valley who don’t have the financial means to pay sports fees themselves. In this photo, the Mayor’s Cup is being presented to the Mayor of Courtenay, Bob Wells. The Courtenay team had a little help from hockey legends Thomas Gradin and Blair MacDonald. Thank you to all who helped to make this a great event.
The Odlum Brown Christmas Sock Tree
This Christmas, our Odlum Brown Christmas “Sock Tree” was a great success by sharing the joy of giving to help those in need in our community.
Many thanks to our clients and friends who stopped by to join our efforts in supporting the Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS). We were able to donate boxes of socks, toiletries and $500 in cash to the CVTS, helping to provide a safe haven for women and children in the Comox Valley.
Bike to Work & School Week
This year celebrates the Comox Valley’s 11th successful Bike to Work & School Week, with hundreds of cyclists taking to our roads June 4-8. Hats off to the local Odlum Brown employees who showed their support by making 25 trips in total, logging 213 km of riding and saving an estimated 46 kg of greenhouse gases during the week. That’s something to feel good about! For safe biking and driving tips, please visit Bike to Work Week's website.
International Women’s Day 2018
International Women's Day continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for gender parity. Odlum Brown was once again a major Event Sponsor of our local International Women’s Day event this year, celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, the Comox Valley Record featured local women in business in a feature titled, “Inspired Women.” + Click here to read Janine’s profile
Petite Fondo Ride for the Shelter Foundation
The weather was great on Sunday, September 10th for cyclists participating in the fourth annual Royal LePage Petite Fondo Ride for the Shelter Foundation. Along with dozens of other cyclists, Janine Martin took to the road for an enjoyable 55 km ride to help raise money aimed at funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs here in the Comox Valley. Funds raised for the Shelter Foundation help support Lilli House, a transition house, providing safe, comfortable shelter for women and their children who are fleeing abuse.
LIVE! In Filberg Park
The outdoor stage at Filberg Park was alive and rocking for three fantastic shows this summer. Odlum Brown was thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor of the fundraising concert series: LIVE! In Filberg Park. Ashley MacIsaac and Delhi 2 Dublin lit up the stage with their signature fiddle jamming and Bollywood electronica, while Jessie Roper played mostly Canadian blues music. All proceeds from the concert series go towards the care and preservation of Filberg Park. Filberg Park and its heritage is a vital part of our community’s past and future!
Firefighter for a Day
Our team in Courtenay was the highest bidder at YANA’s Big Love Benefit Auction to be a “Firefighter for a Day.” We all donned full firefighting gear along with masks and tanks to take part in a number of exciting exercises. Local Comox Volunteer Firefighters hosted our “training sessions” with professionalism and enthusiasm. We all declared it to be a real eye-opener and are truly grateful for the wonderful work they do – not only in keeping us safe, but also in dedicating their time to helping local charities, like YANA.
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