IN THE COMMUNITY

Karen brings her compassion and hands-on style to every aspect of her life. When she’s not working on new projects for Solutions 2 Organize U,
you can usually find her involved in the community participating in charities, events and fundraisers.

Take a look at some of the recent local events Karen has participated in and consider getting involved too!

Townsend Smith Foundation 2016

Local Milton Hospice

The second annual  “High Tea” fundraiser event in support of a Milton hospice was held on November  6, 2016. The organizing team consisting of Andrea Duhamel from Seasons Milton, Sarah Jensen (Right at Home Realty), Edwina Doddington (Escarpment Tea Room), and Karen, presented a cheque for $4,069 to Abdul Khan, Tish Butson & John Barrett from the Townsend Smith Foundation.

Heart and Stroke 2016 Big Bike Ride

Heart & Stroke Foundation

The Big Bike Ride event for Heart & Stroke was held on May 28, 2016 in Milton.  All riders for the Milton Real Estate JP Team were decked out in black and bling. The team received VIP status for raising in excess of $6,000. A big thanks to all the organizers, sponsors and riders. This was a great cause for a great community!

Milton Fashionista Flip 2016 & 2015

Milton Transitional Housing

Fundraisers for 2016 & 2015 for Milton Fashionista Flip, were both held in January in support of Milton Transitional Housing. Along with other volunteers, we were busy prior to the event in sorting and organizing all the community donated items of women’s clothing, footwear, purses, handbags and jewellery. The event was held at the Italian Canadian Club of Milton.

Townsend Smith Foundation 2015

Local Milton Hospice

A “High Tea” fundraiser event was held on October 4, 2015. The team consisting of Michael Quart, Andrea Duhamel and Natalie Gash from Seasons Milton, Sarah Jensen (Right at Home Realty), Edwina Doddington (Escarpment Tea Room), and Karen, presented a cheque to Janet Townsend & Lin Backer from the Townsend Smith Foundation. In support of a Milton hospice in our community, $4,535 was raised on the day of the event.

Heart and Stroke 2015 Big Bike Ride

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Our Health and Wellness Professionals for Seniors (HAWPS) team participated in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike Ride in Milton on May 28th, 2015. We were presented with the Team Spirit Award from Ash Massey, Halton Area Coordinator. Our HAWPS team including AMICA Erin Mills, First Class Home Care, Medical Mart Mississauga, AJ Menu Solutions, Sarah Jensen Right at Home Realty & Solutions 2 Organize U, came in 2nd for raising the most funds: $4,060. Thanks for sponsoring our team and to all the riders for getting in the spirit. We received this award because of you all!

WALLS OF HOPE

Karen has been an active volunteer with Walls of Hope. She has served on the Board of Directors, assisted families to de-clutter their living spaces and packed their belongings before a WOH renovation project. In addition, she unpacked and organized their newly renovated space, and provided guidance to maintain their new living environment after the project has been completed. Her skill set in bookkeeping and process adherence has brought WOH to an even higher level in the Finance and Operational areas of the organization. During the renovation process she takes on tasks like ceramic tiling, dry-walling, and more.

Some of the WOH makeover and community projects that she assisted with include:

2014 – Hope for the Holidays (Hamilton)
2014 – Mary-Ann Project (Oakville)
2013 – Nelson Youth Centre (Burlington)
2013 – Hope for the Holidays (Hamilton)
2012 – Lenesse Project (Mississauga)
2011 – Christina Project (Mississauga)
2011 – Halton Trauma Centre (Oakville)
2010 – DeFrietas Family (Mississauga)
2010 – Sera’s House (Oakville)

An article was written in the Burlington Post entitled Nelson Youth Centres receives free makeover courtesy of Walls of Hope.

This team photo was featured with the article in the newspaper. The Walls of Hope Team, front from left, Dan Salerno and John Meissner; back from left, Paula Meissner, Allison Lane, Sera Mansueto, Linda Graydon and Karen Buchanan.

“We were notified that a large donated storage unit had to be vacated on very short notice due to renovations of the space. Karen, being responsible for inventory management, undertook this challenging move of amalgamating two storage units into one.

Every inventory item (from construction material & tools to furniture) had to be reclassified and reorganized. Numerous items had to be donated, reassigned, or recycled in order to fit all inventory into one storage unit. Karen measured and planned every inch of space in that unit to ensure the critical items (including shelving units) could fit and still be accessible. She even created a new itemized floor plan to assist us in locating items during busy project renovations.

This huge task was accomplished by Karen’s lead, with assistance from dedicated volunteers. What seemed insurmountable was orchestrated like a well-oiled machine and the move was even completed before the tight deadline. Amazing!”

Linda Graydon
Family/Agency Submissions and Design Team
Walls of Hope

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