BY DEBRA WELLS HOPEY
Killam Properties has a set of core values, one of which is simply to Do the Right Thing.
Doing “the right thing” is not always the easiest, or the most economical, choice – but it is fundamental to Killam’s philosophy and is evident through their initiatives, from their supporting of affordable housing to investing in green programs, from donating apartments to hospitals for patient families, to offering post-secondary scholarship programs for children and grandchildren of employees. Killam understands that great communities don’t grow without support.
On Wednesday, July 20 Killam held a neighbourhood celebration to celebrate, well, the neighbourhood! Hundreds gathered on the sunny day in Clayton Park at 59 Glenforest Drive, adjacent to the playground. Community groups brought booths, tables, toys, games, snacks and prize draws.
“We know that we have over 1,000 residents, many of whom are new Canadian families, in that area of Clayton Park,” says Jeremy Jackson, VP of marketing for Killam Properties. “Earlier this year we held and ice cream social that was quite a success so we knew there would be a great turn out for this event too.”
“Killam recognizes that it can be a difficult adjustment when people move to a new community, even more so when it’s in a new country. We hope gatherings like this can make that transition a bit easier and it’s also a great opportunity to get to know your neighbour!”
Participating venders included The Fairview Community Association with information about the mobile food truck, the United Way, ISANS, the RRFB with recycling bags and information, Habitat for Humanities’ Restore, the YMCA and Goodlife Fitness with displays about active living and the Nova Scotia Health Authority Community Health Team with information about healthy portion and meal sizes.
A Halifax Fire Truck and EHS Ambulance were also there – much to the delight of the many children who got to turn on the sirens and see the inside of the vehicles.
The Halifax Public Library was on hand to promote their summer reading program and to give out temporary tattoos, and The Chronicle Herald had a line up at their booth where they were printing off custom “front pages” of the paper using photos taken right at the event, including ones taken with the Hurricane’s Basketball trophy.
Melissa Yeomans, Director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre was happy to be helping out with the event. “So many people are not only new to this community, they are new to the country and the language,” says Yeomans. “Gatherings like this give people a chance to be social, to get to know each other and find out what services are in their community.”
Besides hosting community events, Killam practices good corporate citizenship in many other ways, including donating six furnished suites annually to hospitals to provide comfortable accommodations to families as they support loved ones through medical treatment. Killam is also pleased to provide financial assistance to charities that place an emphasis on shelter and families.
“Our organizational core values are not just a plaque that hangs on the office wall,” says Jackson. “We are doing more than providing roofs over people’s heads. We are creating communities – and it is our responsibility to ensure they are the best and healthiest they can be. It’s people that make a community great, not buildings.”