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Three homeless heroes

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Oct. 1 - The Lookout Society named three homeless champions at the H'Arts for the Homeless gala: Fluor Cares, We Love Van and Michael and Mary Markwick.

The awards were presented by Jodi Sturge, deputy executive director of the society.

 Our ‘Homeless Champion Awards’ this year are given out to two companies and one organization that have given to the Lookout Society more than just funding.  They have given their time, their expertise and their hearts.

Fluor Cares, recipient is Anthony Cheung, Deputy Project Manager

Anthony-from-FluorFluor’s first contact with Lookout was putting on barbecues at our North Vancouver Shelter. Followed by barbeques at Al Mitchell Place shelter.

At each event Fluor Cares brought a BBQ, the food and a caring approach that was evident by the way they interacted with our shelter guests.

And that’s not all.

Fluor staff worked with Lookout to design, fund and build custom roof top gardens at the Jim Green Residence, revive and rebuild the courtyard at Al Mitchell Place and follow-up visits to maintain the gardens.

Anthony presented Lookout’s wishlist to Fluor Cares this spring, and blew us away when the company granted most of our wishes -- cows and a tractor for our community farm and funds to buy presents for 1,500 clients and tenants this Christmas.

 WE LOVE VAN – George and Georgette Cabrilo

We-Love-VanWe Love Van donates 10% of its profits to the Lookout Society so we can serve those who are homeless.

In addition,  We Love Van sends their staff to tour our sites and be trained by our staff to better understand homelessness and all the issues that surround it.

The reason We Love Van does this is simple: Informed staff can speak about homelessness and the Lookout Society to distributors and customers.

We Love Van works with us on a regular basis -- Whether it’s dropping off bottled water on the hottest of days of the year or inviting us to join them whenever they present to the public.

 The Dundarave Festival of Lights– Mary and Michael Markwick

Markwicks600x400Michael and Mary Markwick tirelessly advocate for the Lookout Society and raise awareness about homelessness on the North Shore.

Through the Dundarave Festival of Lights, which they organize year round, they have funded the transitional housing programs on the North Shore.  These programs are vital to equip the people in our transitional housing with the skills, confidence, well-being and resources they need to transition out of homelessness.

Through the Festival of Lights, Michael and Mary Markwick bring together an entire community to support our cause, creating awareness about homelessness as well as putting on one of the most beautiful artistic celebrations in Metro Vancouver.