FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first full-unit renovation donation has been made to the North Peace Seniors Housing Society.

Dave and Sherry Marshall made a $15,000 donation to completely renovate a suite in building 2.

North Peace Seniors Housing Society board chair, Gail Weber, says while there haven’t been many of the large donations, the Energetic City continues to be a place where people give when they can.

“Our community is very supportive, financially too. People are starting to understand our lack of facilities for seniors in this community and the need to keep up the ones we have,” said Weber.

“Those buildings are 40 years old, and those suites need a facelift because after 40 years, no matter where you live, your cupboards, everything is wearing out and it needs to be updated. And, our seniors deserve to live in a decent home.”

Dave and Sherry Marshall found out about the renovation program when Weber gave a presentation.

“I made a presentation to the Rotary Club about our organization, and the hardships that COVID-19 provided. I told them about the $15,000 program, and they decided they’d like to get on board. They understand, their parents are getting older too, and they understand the need for somewhere for people to live other than being left home alone.”

As a suite becomes vacant, workers will go in and renovate the unit. Weber says they try to have a suite fully updated and ready to be rented in two months.

“We try to do it as quick as we can while doing a good job because we’re losing money every month that it’s empty.”

Weber says it’s important to show appreciation to the people supporting your cause, and that’s why donations of more than $1,000 get your name on the donor wall for recognition.

“For any organization out there, I would really stress saying thank you as one of the most important things you can do. If you want to keep your donors coming back, a simple thank you goes a long, long way. It’s simple, but it works.”

While Dave and Sherry Marshall were the first to donate a full unit renovation, Weber is hopeful for more generous residents to continue to give when and where they can.