Wesbild Remembers the Food Bank

Each summer, as food supplies get low at SHARE’s Food Bank, SHARE Family & Community Services launches the “Remember the Food Bank” campaign in July to raise food and funds to help restock the Food Bank shelves.  The SHARE Food Bank feeds over 300 Tri-Cities families every week of the year. During the summer months, they typically see a drop off in donations, as school ends and families head off on summer vacation. Unfortunately for so many in our community, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. The strain is even greater for families, as kids who participate in various breakfast and lunch programs at their schools during the school year no longer receive those meals.

Because of the generosity of the Tri-Cities community, once again this year SHARE was able to reach the target for the Remember the Food Bank Open House and Food Drive by raising 1000 pounds of food and over $10,000.  Food donations will help fill the depleted food bank shelves and financial donations will enable SHARE to purchase food in bulk for better pricing and purchase items that rarely get donated but are much needed.

Wesbild was honoured to donate $1500 to put SHARE over their financial target.  Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and we are proud to continue our ongoing relationship with SHARE as they support the Tri-Cities community.

Learn more about SHARE Family & Community Services and their important work here.


Reservoir Founder Named One Of Billboard’s Indie Power Player

Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir’s founder and CEO, has been named one of Billboard’s Indie Power Players for 2018. This marks Khosrowshahi’s second year on the list of 73 of the most successful independent music business mains made up of executives, distributions, labels and publishers. Speaking on Reservoir’s recent achievements, Khosrowshahi told Billboard, “the chart positions of the songs administered by Reservoir confirm the quality of the music catalogs we have acquired and the quality of the people who we have added to the writer roster.”

Billboard further lauds Khosrowshahi, noting Reservoir’s publishing interest in 68 titles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since January 2017, including five #1’s: Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” co-written by Joey Bada$$, Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” with Young Thug co-written by Ali Tamposi & Young Thug, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” co-written by Young Thug, and Drake’s “In My Feelings” featuring an interpolation of Reservoir catalog cut “Lollipop”.

New Commons Park Open at Predator Ridge

The Commonage is Predator Ridge’s fastest selling neighbourhood to date, adding over 27 acres of dedicated park space and featuring a wide variety of detached, semi-detached and premium lots with panoramic golf course, lake and valley views.

Part of this dedicated park space includes the new Commons Park, a 3.5 acres park, which is now the social heart of the Commonage neighbourhood and a place of gathering.

Boasting sweeping views across the emerald fairways and mountain vistas, Commons Park features active facilities including four tennis courts, four pickleball courts and a new childrens playground.

Along with the new courts, there is a new tennis program for Predator Ridge residents and guests featuring world acclaimed tennis coach Milos Pospisil, who has coached numerous top Canadian and European juniors, including his son Vasek, a Wimbledon Doubles champion.

Commons park now adds to the other amenities this new neighbourhood is adding to the Predator Ridge community including a third outdoor yoga platform and lavender meadow.

Discover a better life at Predator Ridge. Predator Ridge is the most amenity rich community in the Okanagan and comes with peace of mind knowing you’re buying into an established, amenity-rich community built by some of the most trusted names in development.

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Reservoir Media Earns Nomination For Music+Sound Award

Reservoir Media Earns Nomination For Music+Sound Award For Best Sync Broadcast Advertising

Reservoir has been nominated for a Music+Sound Award for Best Sync Broadcast Advertising, today. The nomination is for the synch of Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony,’ co-written by Ina Wroldsen and featuring Swedish pop star Zara Larsson in the BBC’s Christmas Campaign ‘The Supporting Act.’ The heartwarming commercial uses the uplifting Clean Bandit track to highlight the importance of family during the holidays.

Check out ‘The Supporting Act’ below:

Predator Ridge Launches Lavender Fields With UBC

Predator Ridge Partners With UBC To Advance Organic Agriculture, Health Potential

Lavender fields are a potent symbol of a sought-after ideal: a lifestyle defined by comfort, simplicity and warm scented breezes, along with the delectable cuisines and wines of the Provence and Tuscany regions.

When Predator Ridge began development of the Commonage, its newest neighbourhood, the idea of a lavender field slowly became part of the project’s defining theme.

“Because of its elevation and hillside location, this part of the resort will be about trails, parks and the most stunning views,” says Brad Pelletier. “Lavender thrives in the Okanagan, and we know that people travel the world to see the fields because of their striking colour, beauty and fragrance.

“With so much agricultural reserve land (ALR) on the property, it occurred to us with input from our planner Ekistics that we had an amazing potential opportunity to enrich our community.”

With lavender at the heart of the planning process, a connection was made with Dr. Soheil Mahmoud, who heads the BC Lavender Network at UBC Okanagan.

The first three-and-a-half-acre park has now been designed, with 1,800 lavender plants surrounding a walkway on the property’s most visible hillside. “It is the starting point for the integration of lavender throughout Predator Ridge,” says Pelletier. “The ALR land offers us the potential to advance the potential for tourism and merchandising, and we can have and expand these real-life laboratories with the long-term opportunity to produce aromatherapy and cuisine in our kitchens.”

Since before the time of Socrates and Plato, lavender has been prized for its effects on depression and anxiety, sleep disorders, inflammation and pain, and for its antimicrobial properties.

Dr. Mahmoud, an associate professor of biology at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, notes that there is also evidence that lavender has significant agricultural and gardening benefits. “There are a select number of compounds that give lavender its pleasant scent and that we’ve noticed can attract birds and honeybees to a garden and help it thrive”.

“Conversely, there are other compounds in lavender essential, like camphor, that can repel insects and pests and act as a natural deterrent to house flies, mosquitoes and even deer, who are turned off by its pungent, medicinal odor.”

Dr. Mahmoud’s primary aim for the study now underway in the Commonage is to determine which varieties of lavender grow best in cooler climates. “But we’re also seeking to observe if the Commonage plants produce different essential oils than we’re used to seeing in the region,” he adds. “There could be some novel applications for these oils that have an authentic, local signature unique to the Commonage community.”

UBC Okanagan students will also use the specialized plant tissue for other research projects that will aid in the discovery of genes that control flower development and essential oil production, says Dr. Mahmoud. Once identified, these genes could potentially be used to enhance the visual and olfactory properties of lavender – making it an even more attractive crop.

“Many other plants, such as mint and conifers, use similar mechanisms to produce various biochemical compounds, so we can extrapolate our insights to learn how important natural products, including pesticides, insecticides, cancer suppressing compounds, antioxidants, vitamins and many others can be optimally produced,” he explains.

Beyond its research and agricultural benefits, the Commonage’s Lavender Meadow will also reward resort residents with more immediate health and relaxation experiences.

Over the past few years, Predator Ridge has become the region’s most distinctive yoga retreat destination, with classes designed around its outdoor cedar yoga platform, overlooking spectacular Lake Okanagan. The Commonage will add another facet: An even larger cedar yoga platform will soon be installed on the edge of the lavender meadow, offering lavender-scented breezes and the most expansive views of the resort and surrounding mountains available anywhere in the resort.

Wesbild Awards 10 New Wesbild LIFT Scholarships

Wesbild would like to congratulate the 64 CABE Graduates who crossed the stage at the Massey Theatre last night at their convocation ceremony. We were proud to award the Wesbild LIFT scholarship to ten grads, as well recognize students who received a Wesbild LIFT scholarship in December and renew an alumni scholarship.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Aaron Chouinard  $2900 for Carpentry Foundation at BCIT
  • Adam Michalik  $1400 for Bachelor of Arts at Douglas College
  • Aliya Gordon  $2100 for Child & Youth Worker at Douglas College
  • Faith Adams  $4250 for Interim Aboriginal University Prep Program at SFU
  • Jeremy Rodney $1400 for Computer Science at Douglas College
  • Kevin Herrera  $2800 for Automotive Technician at BCIT
  • Riawna King  $1400 for Bachelor of Arts at Douglas College
  • Sophie Nygaard  $5200 for Culinary Arts at Vancouver Community College
  • Trenton Wicklund-Shemluk  $1000 for Level 2 Metal Fabrication at BCIT
  • Tyler Hutchinson  $1,000 for Trades Discovery at BCIT

As well as Emily Linton, who had her scholarship renewed ($2800 for Business Administration at BCIT).

The Wesbild LIFT Scholarship has committed significant funds to support CABE graduates get post secondary training and education. The scholarship is open to current CABE graduates. Grads from up to 18 months ago can also apply, along with graduates from other schools in School District 43 but who have spent 75% or more of their time at CABE.


Wesbild Opens Burke Mountain Pioneer Park

Wesbild is excited to announce that Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is now officially open! This park was built through a partnership between Wesbild and the City of Coquitlam.

The newest park in the neighbourhood, Burke Mountain Pioneer Park features an art play climbing element, grass sports field, full-sized sport court, table games, a community garden and open lawn area for picnics and relaxing. The Park also features over 25 shade trees that will grow with the park, and connections to the existing trail system across Burke Mountain.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park was developed on the property originally owned by the Hoigaard family, and was commonly referred to as “Burke Mountain Ranch”.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is located at 1428 Collins Road, Coquitlam.

Predator Ridge Opens New Signature Granite Bike Trail

Our new signature bike trail, the Granite trail is now open.

This 4.1km trail was built by acclaimed local trail builder Cam Sorensen and has it all, a fast flowing descent, smooth rock slabs,  snappy berms, punchy climbs and views worth packing a picnic lunch.

The name does not say it all in this case but yes there are a few great rock slabs to ride!  Granite will become the showcase trail for Predator Ridge if not the Okanagan.  Once the word is out people will come far and wide to ride the trails Predator has committed to building.  

Granite is set as a primary down trail but it you have the skills and lungs of steel it could be climbed.  There is some exposure on the trail so look before you leap as some of this trail is built on a cliffs edge, literally. This is a big factor on why it is getting the expert designation,  most the hard slabs do have go around but this trail is definitely for the discerning of mountain bikers.

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Reservoir Founder & CEO Elected to ASCAP Board of Review

Reservoir Founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi has been elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Board of Review. The ASCAP Board of Review is an independent panel of writer and publisher members, elected by ASCAP’s membership, and available to hear claims by members that their royalty distributions were not made in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by ASCAP’s Board of Directors.

In addition to her appointment on the Board of Review, Golnar serves on the National Music Publishers Association’s (NMPA) Board of Directors, based in Washington, DC and works to ensure fair compensation and property rights for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, working alongside musical talent including Steven Tyler, Jewel and Kara DioGuardi to raise funds to support career songwriters. Additionally, Golnar also serves as President and Chair of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world.