A brighter start to summer

Many Vernon children are jumping for joy after receiving playhouses for their families' backyard just in time for summer.
Tolko’s senior leaders built playhouses for multiple local families which was part of a team building event meant to give back to the community.

“It’s important to the Thorlakson family that we give back to the communities in which we operate,” said Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko.

Five playhouses were given to families randomly chosen by the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs, three went to the Vernon and Armstrong Boys & Girls Clubs and the last one will be raffled as part of a fundraiser.

Last year, Tolko built bicycles to give to 10 children from the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs.

“It was so moving to see the looks on the children’s faces when they were presented with their bikes,” he said. “We enjoyed the experience so much that we wanted to do something like that again, this time using wood.”

Rob Ellis of Relish Transport Services, Greg Nachtegaele of Armstrong Crane, and Rigging Inc. helped deliver the playhouses to the homes of the children and their families.

“The Boys and Girls Club has become a home to us now,” said one parent. “I honestly don't know what we would do without what the club has to offer.”

“Thank you, Tolko,” said Richelle Leckey, community engagement coordinator for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. “Tolko’s support of our organization over the past few years has made such a huge difference in our community.”

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