Diane Delves is a trend setter in Abbotsford. The CEO and president of Quantum Properties, the developer of the 26-storey Mahogany at Mill Lake, doesn't spend a lot of time in the spotlight, but when she does something, heads turn.
At last night's Abbotsford Canuck Place announcement, Mayor George Peary told me Delves is setting the standard for highrise development in the community, and the $272,000 she committed to the children's hospice shows her incredible generosity.
No wonder George started to get emotional while he spoke to his audience at The Viewpoint yesterday.
My job was a simple one. I played the role of master of ceremonies and made sure the media was well connected and well informed. We kept officialdom to a minimum and allowed the many guests to do what they do best ... socialize, sip wine and enjoy delicious appetizers.
Click Media Works enjoyed working with Delves and her professional Quantum Properties crew these past few months. People like Bev Hasenpflug (VP of Design), Lisa Lowry (marketing manager) and Kristofer Hansen (senior VP and CFO) made sharing the Quantum boardroom an experience we will never forget.
Working from a laptop on the lanai of a forest house on the Big Island of Hawaii or a Seattle hotel room was always a source of entertainment for all of us involved in Mahogany's Canuck Place project.
You should see the suite at The Viewpoint put together by Bev. You get 15th floor views from the windows and experience efficiency in how well a space can be put together.
Laurie Shopland, the Canuck Place campaign manager; Filomena Nalewajek, Canuck Place CEO; Diane Delves and Debbie Lehmann, executive director of the Abbotsford Hospice Society shared a few smiles with us. Also there was Jay Teichroeb from the City, Councillors John Smith and Dave Loewen, and MLA John van Dongen. Eugene Klassen from Matthew's House (another part of the Campus of Care) also enjoyed the event.
Yes, there was the great cheque presentation with Quantum senior management and Filomena . . .
The Viewpoint presentation centre was put together beautifully and on time.
The press release read lke this:
A commitment to provide $1,000 from the sale of each of 272 units at the Mahogany at Mill Lake development means Abbotsford’s future tallest building will have its stamp on the Great Room at the new 30,000-square-foot Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Diane Delves, president and CEO of Quantum Properties, the developer of Mahogany, said Canuck Place is “an important addition to our growing city and region. The compassionate care that they provide will be a huge benefit to Fraser Valley families.”
Abbotsford’s $10 million Canuck Place Children’s Hospice essentially doubles the capacity of the Vancouver house. It is being built near Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Marshall Road as part of a cluster of three hospice facilities called Campus of Care.
“We encouraged Canuck Place to build in Abbotsford when we first heard of their intention for a second facility. We believe the generosity of Abbotsford residents will assist in making this vision a reality,” said Delves.
Details of the new relationship forged between Mahogany at Mill Lake and Canuck Place were announced at a special wine and cheese social at The Viewpoint, Mahogany’s newly completed presentation centre.
Canuck Place CEO Filomena Nalewajek expressed her sincere gratitude to Delves and the Quantum Properties Group of Companies for their wonderful support of Canuck Place.
“We are so appreciative of this significant donation towards building the Great Room at our Abbotsford hospice – an inviting, multi-functional gathering space that will be used by the children and families who visit the hospice, along with Canuck Place volunteers and staff,” said Nalewajek.
Abbotsford Canuck Place, now under construction, is just down the street from the Mahogany at Mill Lake project site at the corner of Gladwin Road and Bevan Avenue.
The Canuck Place Great Room sponsored by Mahogany will have enough space for up to 30 people. It will be welcoming and home-like, with couches, cushions, and upholstered chairs.
In the evenings, the Great Room will be a respite for individuals or groups wanting to find a quiet place to read or relax.
Once a week the Great Room will be used for Clinical Rounds, important meetings with care team members from every area of the hospice, joining the doctors and nurses to review the care needs of the children currently admitted to the hospice, those recently discharged, and those to be admitted next.