Published May 15, 2017 19:19
Tolko Industries works to actively improve social conditions in communities across the Okanagan. We spoke to Tolko Communications Coordinator Maritza about how and why Tolko chooses to invest in the community. The answer goes all the way back to Tolko’s founder, Harold Thorlakson and his wife Jemma.
Jemma was a nurse who spent her career supporting the health and wellness of young people. That dedication to youth still resonates with our current President and CEO and Jemma’s grandson, Brad Thorlakson. In fact, Tolko launched a Community Investment Program this year that will focus on supporting programs and services for youth at risk. Tolko is proud to continue to carry on Jemma’s legacy and support youth and their families in the Okanagan.
“Our roots involved family values and we have maintained that by supporting our employee’s families and families in the community,” said Maritza. One of the recent ways Tolko is supporting families and youth is through the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre. The Downtown Youth Centre provides shelter, counselling services, programming, and housing support to At-Risk Youth.
“These youth are our future,” said Maritza. “We want them to have successful adult lifestyles and the Downtown Youth Centre helps bring them to that point.” Tolko’s $3000 donation to the Youth Centre shows youth that they have support from the community. Youth in tough situations can often feel isolated from the community, so supporters like Tolko remind youth that they have people looking out for them.
We are excited by Tolko’s investment in our young people. Their donation will allow us to maintain and grow our youth and family programs in Kelowna. Their inclusive idea of community has been making the Okanagan a better place for many years and it will continue to do so for many more.