A major developer is building support for kids in the community, one home at a time.
Aldebaron Homes, which is responsible for the latest Mt. Ida Drive subdivisions on Middleton Mountain, is making a major commitment to the North Okanagan Neurological Association.
“Right now we already have nine,” said Kerry Goulard, Aldebaran founder. “We’re expecting 40 over that time and that’s just a minimum.”
The support gives NONA a big boost in the campaign, as the clubhouse is completed, but still needs to be paid for. The campaign is currently sitting at approximately $1.4 million, just shy of the $1.6 million goal. Staff are working to get the new clubhouse set up, and paid for, in time for the Sept. 15 grand opening.
“The word that’s coming over and over again, with all the contributions, including this one, is community,” said Helen Armstrong, NONA executive director. “It’s people that build communities with bricks and mortar that support us as well.”
Based out of Calgary, Aldebaran Homes has been in Vernon since 2005, and has constructed 219 homes.
“We started out with a little project (The Creeks),” said John Jacobsen, development and construction manager. “That went really well and we bought a site on Bella Vista. That went really well too.
“We bought 42 acres up here (Middleton) and have been developing ever since.”
With the company’s success (including a 2017 Tommie award) plus the recent resurgence in the real estate market, Aldebaran wanted to do its part as a corporate citizen.
“Now is a great time to give back to the community,” said Krisitina Hoover, sales and marketing manager, from Calgary.
Being a new building that is helping kids, Aldebaran felt NONA was the perfect fit.
“We’re excited that we’re going to partner with NONA,” said Goulard, who came out from Calgary to hand over the first donation overlooking the latest development – The Vue at the Ridges on Middleton.
“We’re just big kids anyway,” smiled Jacobsen. “With our oversized Tonka toys playing in the dirt.”
NONA has issued an invitation to the entire community to attend the grand opening on Friday, Sept. 15, at 2802-34th Street.