Gord Cross

Gord Cross

Honour House provides refuge

NANAIMO – Provincewide tour promotes program for first responders.

Sometimes the people who spend their lives helping others need help and support themselves.

Since 2010, the Honour House Society has provided a refuge for military personnel, police, firefighters and paramedics and their families in their times of need.

Honour House is home away from home for armed forces and emergency services personnel and their families when they are ill or injured and need a place to stay while receiving treatment in the Lower Mainland.

“Any agency – corrections, fire, paramedics, RCMP, border security – and uniformed personnel can stay at the house free of charge,” said Tim Armstrong, New Westminster Fire Rescue chief and Honour House Society director.

Armstrong was in Nanaimo Friday with a team of volunteers on a promotional tour that will visit 38 cities in the province to raise awareness about the house and to promote the creation of Honour Ranch on 14 hectares of property north of Kamloops to focus on mental health injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Honour House was built with nearly $2 million in in-kind donations, materials and labour from the B.C. Construction Association and a low-interest loan from B.C. Housing.

“It’s for any kind of treatment,” Armstrong said. “It could be a paramedic’s daughter who needs treatment at Children’s Hospital and rather than staying at a hotel, they stay at the house … anybody that’s down for any kind of treatment.”

Armstrong said it has been a struggle getting the word out about the programs. Even many first responders and military personnel don’t know about it, but once people do hear about it, they ask how it’s funded and ways they can become involved in supporting it.

Craig Richardson, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief, said one reason for the lack of publicity could be an unwillingness for first responders to ask for help.

“First responders tend to be giving by nature and they often don’t know how or are reluctant to ask for help for themselves, but often ask how they can help and this is a good way they can get involved,” Richardson said.

Honour House is almost completely funded by donations raised through annual gala fundraisers and other events, fundraising efforts by emergency responder agencies and from first responders’ paycheque deductions.

Anyone can contribute to Honour House through the society’s Adopt a First Responder program.

For more information, please visit https://honourhouse.ca.

Just Posted

Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)
Nanaimo author invites readers into dangerous world of dreams in debut novel

B.S. Thompson unveils ‘The Book of Nodd’ with online launch June 20

Potters Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter present their joint exhibit ‘Dig It’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of June. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potters show pieces for home and garden at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter’s show ‘Dig It’ on display until end of June

Construction work continues on the City of Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street. (News Bulletin file)
Next phase of borrowing approved as Nanaimo fire hall construction ongoing

City of Nanaimo CAO says construction on Fitzwilliam Street hall on schedule and budget

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Most Read