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Don Evans, along with Colliers and our architects VIA, are now working with a new contractor, Knappett Construction. Due to this change, there are many details to work through. The plan is to resume construction as soon as is possible, hopefully October. 

COVID was not a direct cause of the issue with the previous contractor but, of course, COVID has indirectly affected everything.

The 3-Point Housing Society (of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council of the UCC), will be overseeing all redevelopment projects. The Society will also administer property management.

Note that there are 5 churches now inside this redevelopment portfolio: Como Lake (Coquitlam), Brechin (Nanaimo), Brighouse (Richmond), Lakeview (Vancouver), and First Met (Victoria). 

There have been unexpected changes and challenges on this journey...and we are all committed to completing the project in as timely a manner as is possible.

What can the Congregation do? Be patient, discern, prepare to move in, pray, and practice our faith.

 

Introducing Don Evans, Regional Redevelopment Team Lead 

We are pleased to introduce Don Evans to you.   Don is the new lead for the redevelopment project and has been very helpful in this time of change.  We asked Don to tell us all a bit about himself... 

I grew up in St. Albert, Alberta and moved to the west coast as a single father of my daughter, Krystal, in 1990 where I resided in the Lower mainland until 2012. Since then, I have been located in Victoria.

My early adult years were spent as a business entrepreneur and a financial planner. I have been a long-time member of the United Church of Canada as a member of St. Albert United, Kerrisdale United, St. Andrews Wesley United, as well as, First Metropolitan United and Cadboro Bay United located on Vancouver Island, and have spent the past 10 years in leadership positions at United Church community ministries. During this time in community ministry, I have gained much experience in operating social housing at First United Church in the DTES of Vancouver and at Our Place Society in Victoria.

I have been on the Board of Directors of the 3 Point Housing Society (United Church Housing Ministry) until recently       stepping down to assume the Acting Property Resource Team Lead position at the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church. I am excited to now be working closely with Como Lake United to achieve the completion of the redevelopment project underway for the purposes of congregational renewal and much needed affordable housing for this community.

 

Blessing in the Chaos

by Jan Richardson

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you
cease.
Let what divides you
cease.
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
possible
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

© Jan Richardson from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief  janardson.com