COVID-19 Update

 

We do not know with certainty how COVID-19 will continue to unfold, however, with the understanding that gathering places like ours have a responsibility to protect public health, The Haven will be extending our campus closure until July 31, 2020.

The Haven’s mission has always been to facilitate growth, healing and transformation in community, and closing our physical property continues to be a challenging, yet necessary, decision.

We're committed to supporting our community in whatever ways we can. Since the end of March, we've offered 28 online programs, check-ins, and workshops, engaging with over 1,000 Haven alumni and new community members. In the next month, we're excited to be offering several more online programs and will continue to post new free resources on our Facebook page and on our website here

The Haven's decision to pause in-person activities is not without risk. We estimate a substantial fiscal deficit, posing a very real threat to The Haven's future, and a far-reaching impact to the Gabriola community. Our board and management teams are working hard to develop innovative solutions, craft a new fundraising strategy, and chart a path forward through this crisis. This is in addition to the serious cost-cutting measures The Haven has already taken, including reducing staff salaries and hours, applying for government loans to keep staff employed, and implementing layoffs.

We are living in trying times, to be sure. We are being called upon to work together and support each other in new ways. We hope that you will continue to visit our website and follow us on Facebook for updates and resources. If you would like to support our efforts to continue to be there for our community, please donate. We're a not-for-profit and a registered charity in Canada and the US.

 

 

Campus Update:

We do not know with certainty how COVID-19 will continue to unfold, however, with the understanding that gathering places like ours have a responsibility to protect public health, The Haven will be extending our campus closure until July 31, 2020.

The Haven’s mission has always been to facilitate growth, healing and transformation in community, and closing our physical property continues to be a challenging, yet necessary, decision.

We're committed to supporting our community in whatever ways we can. Since the end of March, we've offered 28 online programs, check-ins, and workshops, engaging with over 1,000 Haven alumni and new community members. In the next month, we're excited to be offering several more online programs and will continue to post new free resources on our Facebook page and on our website here

The Haven's decision to pause in-person activities is not without risk. We estimate a substantial fiscal deficit, posing a very real threat to The Haven's future, and a far-reaching impact to the Gabriola community. Our board and management teams are working hard to develop innovative solutions, craft a new fundraising strategy, and chart a path forward through this crisis. This is in addition to the serious cost-cutting measures The Haven has already taken, including reducing staff salaries and hours, applying for government loans to keep staff employed, and implementing layoffs.

We are living in trying times, to be sure. We are being called upon to work together and support each other in new ways. We hope that you will continue to visit our website and follow us on Facebook for updates and resources. If you would like to support our efforts to continue to be there for our community, please donate. We're a not-for-profit and a registered charity in Canada and the US.

 

Leadership Updates

Warren Fraleigh, The Haven's Executive Director, retired this spring. Warren has been looking forward to spending more time with his wife, kids, and grandchild and enjoying Gabriola Island life. He provided strong leadership to the organization for 3 years and we're grateful to Warren for his significant contributions. 

Leslie Hoffman has been working with The Haven as a consultant since November, 2019. She has temporarily stepped into the co-Executive Director role, sharing the role with Christine Purfield, The Haven's Finance Manager. Most recently, she was the President of the New York Open Centre (a holistic centre on the east coast), and was the Program Director at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC, prior. Find out more about Leslie on LinkedIn, here

 

Ongoing Opportunities for Connection:

 
We don't believe that online events will ever replace the powerful experiences we share together in person. However, we're learning that digital delivery is making our valuable teachings and community connection more accessible and far-reaching than we ever imagined. We're excited about this new form of engaging with you and providing more frequent and complementary opportunities for learning, integration, and togetherness. 

We're continuously updating our website with new offerings:
Haven.ca/online