Concert Properties
Blueprint eNews - June 2011 Edition

Concert rides to conquer cancer

This past weekend Concert’s team of cyclists made the epic two day, 235 kilometre, trek from Greater Vancouver to Seattle in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Concert’s business partners, friends and staff over $107,000 was raised exceeding fundraising goals. Combined with the fundraising of the other 2,870 riders this event brought in over $11.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Our team, which included Concert’s President Brian McCauley, described the race as both wet and soggy but also a truly amazing experience. Much like the Tour De France, riders naturally broke into small groups known as pelotons, slogged through what nature dealt them and put in full days of exhausting riding. Fortunately the first evening riders were able to enjoy some great food, a hot shower, the services of a masseuse and chiropractor, and even a beer garden before they drifted off to sleep in their tents… the minute they hit the pillow!

A special thank you goes out to the co-workers and friends of Concert who came out to support our riders along the way. For instance Bob Westerman, Executive Vice President of Concert’s seniors community operator Leisure Care, along with his wife surprised our team with snacks and refreshments upon reaching Seattle.

Concert’s Chairman and CEO, cutting the ceremonial ribbon

The magic of retirement, it’s not an illusion at Tapestry.

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village UBC – Concert’s third retirement community – celebrated its Grand Opening on May 31. Guests were invited to celebrate the magic of seniors living and see for themselves what makes Tapestry such an exceptional community.

In addition to a magician, the event featured live music, a formal ribbon-cutting, door prizes and giveaways, and samples of gourmet and "heart-friendly" cuisine prepared by Tapestry’s chefs.

The event attracted over 500 residents and friends.

Construction update: Motion

Construction is currently underway on Concert’s latest highrise rental development in downtown Toronto. Located at 570 Bay Street, Motion will be a 29-storey new rental building in the heart of the city containing 463 suites and 11,500 square feet of retail at grade.

Excavation of the site is nearing completion and the foundation formwork will commence shortly. First occupancies are anticipated for early 2013.

Concert volunteers donned toolbelts and aprons to lend a hand

As part of yet another Concert CommunityWorks initiative, 60 Concert volunteers contributed to the initial start-up of Loutet Farm in North Vancouver. This community project is an economically viable urban farm designed to engage the local community in farm activities, provide educational programs on sustainable food production and deliver greater access to locally grown produce.

Over the course of four days, teams of Concert volunteers shoveled what seemed like 100 tons of dirt to create raised planting beds and donned tool belts to construct both the garden shed and hoop house. In addition, Concert contributed the equivalent of over $16,000 in the form of supplies.

Across the country, our Toronto team was pitching in to help feed those in need at the Scott Mission for the sixth year in a row. Volunteers put in two full shifts and were able to serve lunch to over 300 people.

Our work at Loutet Farm and the Scott Mission are prime examples of the many CommunityWorks initiatives that see Concert’s staff and tenants provide direct support to the communities in which we work, live and build.

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