And the Winner Is…Haven Society!

This year’s Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards winners were announced at a gala ceremony in the Port Theatre, Friday, March 4, and Haven Society took home the 2016 Community Service, Not for Profit Award, graciously sponsored by the Nanaimo Port Authority.

The award criteria was as follows:

This award is presented to a not for profit organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, services and projects and their efforts to be self-sustaining. Their commitment to growth and expanded programs, a well as service, community involvement, sustainable practices and/or job creation/development demonstrates a dedicated focus on achieving a social vision and mandate.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “It was a very exciting night with all the glitz and glamour of a celebrity-studded awards show – and all the celebrities were our local awards nominees!”

TV personality Mira Laurence MC’d the event, 10 piece R&B band ‘Decadence’ played the winners onto the stage and a crowd of around 350 applauded them off.

Haven Society faced a large category of tough competitors, and this award is a tremendous honour – we truly felt like celebrities, and are so grateful to the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, the Nanaimo Port Authority, the panel of hard-working judges and the Nanaimo community for the incredible support.

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I feel I was valued here. I feel more valued out in the world too and in my personal relationships.
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I did not know what I was going through was common to others. It was profound as I have always felt so alone and helpless. Now I have greater understanding, I am able to move forward.
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I was homeless for five years and now I have had a place for two years thanks to this program.
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I cherish you all so much. I haven’t got the deep enough words to express how I feel about the counsellors at Haven and the system of Haven.
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Haven has donated a lot to me, I’m so grateful for that. It really gave me a feeling like I’m going to be able to make it. It gave me a sense of stability.
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A year ago I was suicidal and did not plan for tomorrow. Today the world is my oyster. There is nothing I cannot do now!
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