Wilden Creativity Award
Daring to be Original
The process of creating something new takes a strong imagination and the courage to promote change. Knowing this, the developer’s family wants to help encourage these virtues in today’s youth. Since 2014, Wilden has supported young, emerging artists by exhibiting their work in the Wilden Showhomes, and also by establishing an award for graduating visual arts students at UBC Okanagan.
The 2016 Wilden Creativity Day brought together visual artists, musicians, residents, visitors and the Wilden family. Watch the video.
The Wilden Living Laboratory
A Research Cooperation with UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, AuthenTech Homes and Fortis BC
This ground-breaking project to investigate the benefits of emerging building and living technologies originates in Wilden’s quest to build more sustainable homes, as well as our desire to provide families who build here with the latest knowledge so they can make informed decisions.
Read more about the Wilden Living Lab.
Inspiring Future Tradespeople
Funding Training Space and Awards for Okanagan College Students
As developers of Wilden, the Blenk family has pledged $100,000 toward the Okanagan College Bright Horizons Building, a new training complex for trades at the Kelowna Campus. $75,000 will go toward construction of a space within the new three-storey complex where students can meet, study and relax between classes; the remaining $25,000 will be used to establish an award fund for trades students.
“Giving back to the community where we live and work, and supporting the industry that we are a part of, is something we are proud to do,” says Wilden developer Gerhard Blenk. “Helping create an inviting place for students to meet and communicate is a great way to invest in the future of trades.”
The new training complex in Kelowna will allow Okanagan College to train the skilled workers the province needs. “When our students see local businesses like Wilden stepping up to invest in their futures, it inspires them and demonstrates the value our community places on education,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.