Pacific Hills Developments donates $28,000 to Cyrus Centre

Neighbourhood goodwill prompted company to pay it forward

Les Talvio (right) of Cyrus Centre accepts a $28

Les Talvio (right) of Cyrus Centre accepts a $28

Developers of the Foxwood subdivision in Abbotsford have donated $28,000 – $1,000 for each Foxwood home – to Cyrus Centre, a charity helping vulnerable and homeless youth and their families.

Foxwood is a project of Pacific Hills Developments Ltd., started in 2004, when Olivier and Karla Lamy partnered with Herb and Brigitte Nickel.

The four said that one of their main priorities for Pacific Hills in creating the Foxwood subdivision – located on Lukiv Terrace in east Abbotsford – was to find a meaningful way to support the community.

The residents demonstrated this sense of community following an incident last year.

The neighbourhood is located at the end of a cul-de-sac with access to the adjacent shopping centre – making it a target for vandals and thieves as an escape route.

These types of problems came to a peak one night when a stolen car crashed through the fence, creating a sizable mess.

The residents then worked together to clean up the neighbourhood, including the rebuilding of the fence, while others contributed financially.

This was followed by a block party in the summer of 2014, which has now become an annual event. This August, the festivities included a magic show with “The Great Gordini.”

The Lamys and Nickels said this sense of community spirit encouraged them to give back to the community. When they asked for input from the residents on which charity to

support, they selected Cyrus Centre.

The donation was made on Thursday night at the centre, located on Ware Street.