Spreading Cheer with Horizon’s Tenants

On Saturday, November 26, Horizon Housing shared the holiday spirit with our residents at our fourth annual Tenant Holiday Party. Each year, the event has become more and more popular, which meant a bigger venue was in store for 2016 with more space to share in the fun and festivities. Tenants arrived on three holiday shuttle buses from Horizon Housing’s seven apartment buildings throughout the city.

Over 250 residents, staff, volunteers and government representatives gathered at the Kerby Centre to ring in the holidays. Honourable Kent Hehr, Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Honourable Brandy Payne, MLA Brian Malkinson, and Councillor Evan Woolley all came out to join in the festivities. There were many smiles as guests enjoyed food and drinks, music, games, door prizes, a magician, and even a hot chocolate bar!

Regina Papp, a resident from Horizon Housing’s Alice Bissett Place especially enjoyed herself and believes the party is more than just a fun afternoon. “I’ve been to every Horizon holiday party and they just keep getting better and better. It really helps the residents meet their neighbours and encourages folks to get out of the house.”

Brownlee LLP sponsored the event and had several staff come out for the day to volunteer. “It was such a great turnout and it was wonderful to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.” said Kayla Dunn, Legal Assistant at Brownlee LLP. “This was Brownlee’s third year volunteering for this wonderful event and we look forward to many more!”

There was also a surprise visit from Santa Claus, who delivered gifts and goodies to all of the residents attending. Santa seemed to bear a striking resemblance to a tenant from Bob Ward Residence, Bob Patrick. “I love to play a part in this event because it means so much to the kids. Their family might be going through some rough times and a hug and a teddy bear from Santa goes a long way.” Bob says.

Events like this allow staff, volunteers and tenants to interact in a casual setting, build meaningful relationships and create stronger connections. The party inspires a sense of community and welcome especially important during the holiday season, a time of year that embodies a spirit of giving and goodwill among friends, family and neighbours.