Donations sought for Kiwannis housing project in Qualicum Beach

Salvation Army Major pledges $1,000 right on the spot

The Qualicum Parksville Kiwanis Housing Society could have an extra $2,000 towards its current affordable housing project after a challenge was presented at a recent meeting on homelessness on Thursday.

The meeting was held by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness and one of the questions at the end of the meeting surrounded the Kiwanis Village project. Qualicum Beach councillor Bill Luchtmeijer said tendering has begun and by the end of the summer the project should see shovels in the dirt. Qualicum Beach mayor Teunis Westbroek told attendees at the meeting that the Town of Qualicum Beach has contributed about $1 million but that the Kiwanis Club still needs to borrow $3 million more.

He appealed to the public to support the project.

“The more money we can raise before they go to borrow, the less they have to charge for rent,” Westbroek said. “So if you could talk to your organization or make a donation — I know a lot of people talk the talk about how bad this is in the community, now’s your chance.”

After hearing the appeal, Major Martin Ketteringham from the local Salvation Army said he was moved to do something.

“Once I check with my wife I would like to donate $1,000 to the project and I would challenge anyone here who is so inclined to make a contribution. This is something we need to get behind. It’s not going to solve all the issues but it’s a step in the right direction for our community.”

Westbroek said that was an awesome challenge.

“I’m going to talk to my wife and do the same thing,” he said.

Just Posted

Support pours in for Bowser couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

Genre-hopping harpist, singer to perform in Parksville

Musician on a quest to demystify harp playing GZAL on Jan. 24

Councillor has concerns about Qualicum Beach pot shop decision

Debate over location, public consultation and timing continues, though commitment already made

Oceanside RCMP arrest man wanted on several outstanding warrants

Hudson David Klassen, 26, picked up in Parksville

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Truck convoy honouring Nanaimo boy who died after being struck by vehicle

Trucks left from Victoria and others joined along the way up the Island

Parksville addictions treatment advocate to speak in Port Alberni

Recovering addict Kelly seeks to share more of her story with second event

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Elderly man dead following Union Bay collision

Crash happened Sunday afternoon

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Most Read