Celebration of Construction

On July 15th, 2015 M’akola Group of Societies and BC Housing held a celebration of construction ceremony to acknowledge the progress of the 550 Goldstream mixed-use building. 550 Goldstream is on the Traditional Territory of the: Songhees, Esquaimalt, Malahat, Tsartlip Tsawout, Pauquachin and Tseycum First Nation.  The project is in partnership with BC Housing, the City of Langford, M’akola Housing Society and M’akola Development Services in order to construct 36 safe and affordable housing units that feature a combination of two and three-bedroom units. M’akola’s provincial head office will be also be re- located on the ground floor of the new building (For more information see our projects page for 550 Goldstream).

Background:  Langford is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the South Island region with 29,000 current residents making up this young, family-oriented community. The growing and vibrant community is characterized by a mix of large retail stores, small businesses and locally-owned boutiques.

Highlights: The Celebration of Construction attracted almost 100 attendees, bringing together different levels of government to celebrate another milestone for the M’akola Group of Societies in addressing the need for safe and affordable housing.  M’akola was honored to have Al Sam serve as the speaker at the event, followed by the blessing provided by Elmer George Maryanne Thomas and Randy Daniels.  Other speakers at the event included John Duncan, Rich Coleman, Mayor Stewart Young, Ray Gerow and Kevin Albers.

“It is a pleasure to see that the new development will improve lives of the people in Langford”
– John Duncan

“Having Stable housing is the first step in building healthy, safe neighborhoods and supporting the well-being of families is a top priority for the Province” – Rich Coleman

“It’s tremendously rewarding to see years of advocacy and hard-working coming together right in front of our eyes” – Mayor Stewart Young

“[Langford is] ideal location near schools and amenities will help these families better engage with their community” – Ray Gerow

Detailed quotes from the event can be found on BC Housing’s News Releases.

Attendees of the event included:

  • John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North
  • Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for Housing
  • Stewart Young, Mayor of the City of Langford
  • Ray Gerow, CEO of Aboriginal Housing Management Association
  • Kevin Albers, CEO, M’akola Group of Societies
  • Elmer George, Songhees
  • Maryanne Thomas, Esquimalt
  • Al Sam, Tsartlip
  • Simon Smith Jr, Councilor of Tsartlip

For more information about M’akola Group of Societies, M’akola Development Services and the scope of the 550 Goldstream project see our Brochure. If you wish to see more information about project specifications you can view our Fact Sheet.