Water Damage Forces Big Brothers Big Sisters Out of Office
Prince George, B.C. – A rude wake up call for Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George on Monday morning.
Staff arrived to discover extensive water damage in its rented office space at 777 Kinsmen Place.
“The thaw and the abundance of snow we received led to some significant leaks throughout the building that we rent,” says executive director Tim Bennett.
“We were very fortunate that our landlord – the Kinsmen Club – responded very quickly (they are insured) but at the same time we had to close operations here at our office due to the fact we needed to shut electrical and furnace because they were in the line of the water.”
He says it forced the program to book field trips for their child care centres yesterday though the clubhouse – located in the basement – has since been deemed safe by insurance adjusters allowing the kids to return.
Bennett adds the community, as usual, has rallied around them. For example, Hubspace has graciously allowed them to temporarily move their office staff into its office space downtown.
And that’s not all.
“We were in a panic – we have national standards that require us to keep all of our files for a very long period of time and we have a room full of filing cabinets that water was pouring onto and we called Central Builders just to see if they had a couple of dollies we could borrow and they showed up with manpower and helped move them,” says Bennett. “Integris has stepped up to help us out with some meeting space as well.”
But aside from being temporarily displaced, he says it’s full steam ahead with their programming.
“Some of our meetings may occur in a different setting for the next couple weeks but our staff are still working their normal days and our care centres are still running.”