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Reflections on Canada Day and what it means to be Canadian

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Here at Troika, we wanted to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and how that informs our values. We came up with some answers that really spoke to us and we wanted to share them with you!

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To be Canadian is to be Tolerant

Canada is a gorgeous, beautiful place to be. But Canadians have had to band together for a common goal to accomplish great things. Hence, our capacity to “stand on guard for thee” is in large part bound by how well we can stand together. Furthermore, multi-culturalism and freedoms of association, religion, and thought are engraved in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Therefore we stand for the values of tolerance and embracing diversity.

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Credit to Ron Bull and the Toronto Star

To be Canadian is to be Kind

A nation is shaped by the character of its residents. Kindness is an ideal that has defined the self-perception of Canadians for generations. We are consistently stereotyped as polite and kind, but we have to continue to maintain it as more than an empty stereotype but as a genuine truth.

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Credit to the Canadian Encyclopedia

To be Canadian is to be Resilient

Canadians have always overcome the obstacles in their way to being the nation it is today. From fighting at Vimy Ridge to building the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s collective resilience prevailed over obstacles. Now we have to continue to build on this ideal and create a better Canada and a better world it was than when we came into it.

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To be Canadian is to be Resourceful

Speaking of resilience, another quality that goes hand-in-hand with that is resourcefulness. We here at Troika are always trying to be resourceful and innovative, and we think this is a uniquely Canadian quality that helps define who we are.

So to conclude, it’s important for us to reflect on the positive traits that have defined us and attempt to pass those traits on to our successors. This Canada Day, think about what you define those traits as. This is just our interpretation!

Spotlighting the Aboriginal Westbank First Nation with Chief Roxanne Lindley

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Today immediately following National Aboriginal Day we here at Troika wanted to do a post showcasing the local Aboriginal community. The Westbank First Nation was first recognized in 1963 and the community became self-governing in 2005. The properties we develop at West Harbour aren’t actually ours; they’re the property of the Westbank First Nation, which is part of the Sylix Nation.

We at Troika and West Harbour are grateful to the Westbank First Nation for leasing us the land upon which we build and being a partner throughout. So today on National Aboriginal Day Troika is proud to honor the history, present, and future of the Westbank First Nation. We appreciate the generosity of the Westbank First Nation in allowing us to sit down with Westbank Chief Roxanne Lindley. In our time together, she spoke powerfully and authentically about the Westbank First Nation Band’s challenges, solutions, progress, and what we can do as developers to ensure a satisfying outcome for all.

 

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Challenges

When we sat down with Chief Lindley, we started by discussing some of the challenges her band faces. She was deeply concerned about the impact of drugs and crime on her community.  Although the land is urbanizing, she believed in the need for her band to preserve the values and heritage that had been passed down.

“But I think us being so urbanized, I would look at and say that brings a bit of a difficulty because when you want to do language and cultural lessons and you want to do community stuff it’s really difficult to compete with Orchard Park Mall and the theatres and the shops and stuff like that. So I think with us… The city provides so many wonderful things. But there’s also things that large cities provide that aren’t so wonderful like the drugs, the gangs, etc. Especially our youngers ones… Going over, taking the bus over and having such close access to some unhealthy things.”

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Solutions

Chief Lindley was upbeat and optimistic about the possibility of overcoming those obstacles through outreach and collaboration. She laid out for us a vision of continuing to collaborate with the city, the RCMP, and neighbouring bands to combat these issues and reach out to at-risk individuals through counselling and activities.

“The chiefs will be meeting first week of July and we’re looking at having a very difficult discussion about drugs and the impact of drugs and working with RCMP and bringing together all of these organizations to ensure that we have safe communities.”

“We’re worried if we have a drug problem, we need counsellors, we need male and female counsellors, we need outreach workers. So we’ve gone through some of those discussions and we have the staff in place to take care of all of those social needs. We’ve recently opened our youth centre. It’s a 8 million dollar building we’ve got staff in there we’ve got young people in there, and the idea is to capture them, take them in, embrace them, and give them activities that will give them strength, will give them guidance, will give them clarity for what’s to come down the road. We will be opening a skateboard park right besides the youth centre. So there’s been a lot of activities that the past council and this council have undertaken where the focus is really about community and community development and I’m very proud of that.”

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Credit to Westbank First Nation https://www.wfn.ca/programs-services/health-wellness.htm

Progress

During our time with her, Chief Lindley also took time to reflect about where we’ve been, and the progress we’ve made. She highlighted the area of education in particular as a major point of emphasis and progress over the course of her time with the Westbank First Nation, working on Aboriginal issues.  Additionally, she wanted to raise awareness of how open to collaboration the Westbank First Nation is.

“What I really like people to know is this council really believes in partnerships. We believe in collaboration, we believe in going forward together, we believe in giving our kids the best of the best.”

“For example, in our community schools, we’re going through renovations, we’re going through additions, and we want to increase the size of our community schools so we can have more classrooms, more grades, more language, more cultural activity. So education for us and I believe I could say that for this whole council is really quite critical and ensuring that we have partnerships. When I was young and in school we had nobody there to be a liasion between myself and my parents and the school. That was like a long time ago, but where we are now, we have advocates, we’ve gotten an Aboriginal Education Committee where we sit together as First Nations people, we sit together as politicians, and we talk about what can we do that’s best for our children.”

“Look I know that Westbank is often seen as being very progressive which we are, we’ve got one of the best self-government agreements in the country, we’re very proud of that, so now it’s time to look at, focus on, and nurture our children and their education and support.“

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What can we do

To conclude our Aboriginal Day piece, when asked about how we as developers can honour the Westbank First Nation when we develop, Chief Lindley again echoes the need for collaboration at each stage of the building process, citing the Bridge Hill as an example.

“We have people that can come in and deal with some of those really extreme sensitive issues that could perhaps delay development or delay projects such as unearthing our ancestral remains. And we’ve seen that happen with Bridge Hill. When they were doing the bridge, had we not been there on site it would’ve been a very lengthy uncomfortable process but we have all of that infrastructure in place. And I would just like developers and real estate people, before you go in and alter the ground, think about the Heritage Conservation Act, think about the accountability, responsibility, and just remember that we’re here, and we would love to work with any developer or real estate person within our area of interest.”

For more information about the Westbank First Nation and their band, click here, and for more information about the larger Aboriginal Sylix Okanagan nation they’re a part of, click here. For more information about West Harbour and our development on their land, click here, for more information about us here at Troika, click here.

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Edmonton Partners TroiWest’s Mexico Homebuilders Trip a Success

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TroiWest’s Goals

Our partner builders in Edmonton TroiWest organized and completed a trip to the town of Zapata, Mexico located in San Quentin Valley, Baja California. The goal of this trip was to assist them however they could in building homes in the area. The TroiWest team, alongside some exceptional local guides and labourers, ended up successfully completing a home for an underprivileged family and they loved it.

Soccer and Games

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But this trip wasn’t only about construction! The TroiWest team also played a couple physically taxing game of soccer with the local children and rented out a fairground for everyone to play in for a day.

Reflections on our Trip

After returning from their trip, TroiWest principal Jesse Wielemaker had this to say:

“There was a lot of effort made to interact with the family and community we were in, I’ll admit this is not something I had been as intentional with on previous trips and I am thankful to have been challenged in this way as it made the experience much more meaningful and memorable, especially the dedication of the home which was an emotional experience for everyone.”

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We are all very proud of Jesse and his team for continuing to demonstrate their generous commitment to outreach to those less fortunate than ourselves and then taking those values back home to Edmonton. Indeed, we here at Troika, alongside our partners, believe that our values stretch beyond the borders of wherever we call home and are always open to the opportunity to spread them far and wide.

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Future of North Glenmore hangs in the balance as Landfill nuisance report threatens all future development

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Diamond Mountain hopes to build a diverse and sustainable 800-home Glenmore community rather than acreages, but some at City Hall feel dust & odour could get in the way despite data that suggests otherwise.

KELOWNA, BC— On Monday, March 19, Kelowna city council will vote on whether or not to approve the Diamond Mountain Area Structure Plan (ASP), a new community plan hoping to bring housing to North Glenmore for families of all shapes, stages and scales of income.

With half the nearly ninety hectares being dedicated to natural areas and trails, solar power opportunities, reuse of storm water and environmentally minded design and materials, Diamond Mountain also aims to be “the greenest subdivision in Kelowna.”

“We want to bring to Kelowna a community that’s sustainable, that relieves the city’s affordable housing issue, that fits a real range of residents and families at different stages of life and scales of income,” says Renee Wasylyk, CEO of Troika Management Corp., the developer behind Diamond Mountain property. “If the Area Structure Plan isn’t approved, the property is already zoned for Agricultural 1 (A1) so we would proceed with developing seventeen 10-acre lots that only the wealthy could afford, and the public parks, lookouts and trails would be lost”.

Wasylyk’s concerns stem from a City of Kelowna-commissioned report that explores how the North Glenmore Landfill could cause future odour, noise and dust nuisances in the area.

“What we’re hearing is two different interpretations of the same study,” says Wasylyk. “One interpretation is that there won’t be any additional impact for 100 years, and the other is that the additional impact is significant enough to prevent or at least alter development at Diamond Mountain and the rest of the Glenmore community.”

The former interpretation was previously used to approve the revised fill plan at the landfill. The May 2017 report—Assessment of Potential Nuisance Levels of Odour, Dust, Noise, Light & Litter—shows the 88-hectare Diamond Mountain hillside community planned for North Glenmore as the least affected and completely safe for residents. However, Diamond Mountain’s ASP will be presented to council without the City’s support.

If the city interprets the study as cause to turn down Diamond Mountain, existing communities with plans for future residential development, such as UBCO, could also be impacted.

“We are concerned about the potential impact of the report’s findings on our campus and on future housing development in the surrounding area,” says Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan. “We believe affordable, mixed housing development in proximity to the campus is in the interest of the community.”

Several subdivisions and neighbourhoods, including those of Quail Ridge, McKinley Landing and Wilden would also be affected by the same nuisances. According to the operation agreement (Operational Certificate 12218), the landfill is required to mitigate any nuisance it creates within its own site, but Wasylyk says that’s not happening.

“The nuisance report’s findings clearly identify that the landfill is not meeting this requirement.”

For more information, please contact:
Calvin Lechner, Marketing and Communications
Troika Management Corporation
calvin@troikagroup.ca 250.869.4945 ext. 212

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Troika CEO Named One Of Canada’s Most Powerful Women!

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Troika CEO, Renee Wasylyk has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in the entrepreneurial category.

Jobs were scarce when she moved to the Okanagan Valley in the 1990s, so she built her own business. She launched Troika as a development and property management consulting firm and has grown it into a progressive organization with its own commercial and residential development projects and construction companies

Read the rest of the story at Kelowna Capital News.

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Renee Wasylyk in BC Business

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Our CEO, Renee Wasylyk was recognized in the latest BC Business Leadership feature, issued this week. Renee tells her story and talks about how it has formed her leadership style.

“I didn’t want to be a developer who chased the market,” she says. “I wanted to be a community leader and builder who was here for the long term.”

Read the full article here.

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West Harbour in the Vancouver Sun; Troika CEO Discusses

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West Harbour in the Vancouver Sun

We are thrilled to have been featured in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper this weekend! In case you missed the story, Renee Wasylyk, our CEO, sat down with Michael Bernard to discuss West Harbour, one of Kelowna’s most successful lakeside communities.

Renee explained her thought process behind the 250-home low-rise village development in collaboration with the landowner and Chief Roxanne Lindley. Despite the broad demographic, the West Harbour residents are connected by their love of the outdoors. West Harbour certainly fosters a strong sense of community, and Renee also emphasized the relationship to the Westbank First Nation and Troika’s legacy fund, another main attraction to the development. West Harbour also offers many amenities, and additionally, the upcoming Harbour Club is highly anticipated. The third phase of the development will offer 16 duplexes and three different home models, starting at $590,000. Renee could not be happier with the continued success of the community!

Click Here to read the full article.

 

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Interest Free Down Payment Loans in British Columbia

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The B.C. Government has just announced that it will offer down payment loans to first time home buyers to help with the purchase of homes up to $750,000. The 25 year loan will cover up to 5% of the purchase price for a maximum of $37,500, and is interest free and payment free for the first five years.

What does this mean for BC Real Estate Buyers?

This makes home ownership a little easier for those who can afford their mortgage payments, but struggle to come up with the down payment. The maximum purchase price that qualifies for the loan is $750,000, and with homes starting at $550,000, West Harbour is a great place for you to start your search for your dream home. Contact West Harbour today to see the amazing lifestyle you can afford!

For more information and eligibility, read the CBC article here.

Photo courtesty of Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press.
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2 Free Tickets to Gipsy Kings!

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West Harbour is giving away 2 Tickets to the Gypsy Kings at Mission Hill on August 28!

Here’s How to Win:
1. Submit photos to calvin@troikagroup.ca, and we will add them to the West Harbour Facebook Album. Enter as many times as you wish!

2. The photo in our West Harbour Photo Contest Album with the most Facebook likes will win two tickets to the SOLD OUT Gyspy Kings concert at Mission Hill Winery on August 28th.

3. Contest runs August 8 – August 24. The winner will be announced on August 26

4. Don’t forget to invite friends, family & colleagues to our Facebook page to vote for your photos in the contest album!

Good Luck!

Questions? Email calvin@troikagroup.ca

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Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran’s ‘One Bag Challenge’

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Our very own Renee Wasylyk was nominated by Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran for the One Bag Challenge. Not familiar? Read about it and watch his original video here. The One Bag Challenge is a twist on the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, where Kelowna locals are challenged to bring a full bag of food to the Greater Okanagan Food Bank during the month of July, when their supplies are at their lowest. 

Renee graciously accepted, and nominated five more people. See who she nominated by watching the video here.

But the fun didn’t end there.

Within 24 hours, Renee received two more nominations: from Kelowna – Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick, and Kelowna City Manager, Ron Matiussi.

She decided to take the One Bag Challenge to the next level. See what she did here.

In just 10 days, the Greater Okanagan food bank collected 24,000. Congratulations and thank you to everybody that participated!