Our Social Initiatives
At Killam, our definition of success includes the amount of good we do for our people, our community, and our planet. We are committed to earnings and portfolio growth, but we are also committed to providing our tenants with exceptional service, supporting and developing our team members, reducing our impact on the environment and making positive differences in each of our communities. When you invest in Killam, you are investing in a strong, innovative and sustainable real estate business committed to doing the right thing.
YWCA delivers educational programming for New Canadians within Killam’s Glenforest community, at its on-site Community Centre
Killam Apartment REIT has been a tremendous partner of YWCA Halifax, supporting our housing programs for women experiencing homelessness, our employment programs for women moving out of poverty, our newcomer programs for women recently arrived to Canada, as well as our organization more broadly as a donor and contributor. As our Housing Manager once said, “It’s like Killam staff are a part of our housing team.Miia Suokonautio, Executive Director, YWCA Halifax
Killam is Active in Our Communities
As a leading organization with an exceptional culture, Killam has a responsibility to maximize the social impact alongside earnings by supporting the community. In 2021, Killam contributed financially with:
Our Housing Programs
Killam has a Community Involvement Committee that monitors all aspects of the REIT's community involvement and charitable efforts on an ongoing basis. Providing affordable units, along with donating units to hospitals, has always been important to Killam.
Since 2008, Killam has been actively involved in, and is nationally recognized as a leader in, supported housing programs providing more than 850 subsidized units to previously under-housed individuals. Additionally, Killam has donated 12 fully furnished units to hospitals as part of Killam’s “Home Away From Home” program providing comfortable accommodation to families as they support loved ones through treatment.
Our Partner, Shelter Nova Scotia
Our Partner, Ronald McDonald House
Since Shelter Nova Scotia began our Supportive Housing Program in 2010, Killam Properties was our first and primary partner. Over the years we have worked together to house many people experiencing homelessness. Partnerships like these ensure people have access to safe and appropriate housing, with supports in place to promote housing stability.
We are grateful for what we have achieved together.
Melissa Phillips, Director of Homelessness, Shelter NS
Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic is incredibly fortunate for the generous support of Killam Properties. The suite they provide RMHC® Atlantic helps ensure that families with sick or immune-compromised children requiring long-term stays in Halifax have a place to call home while their child is receiving hospital care. Killam Properties’ support continues to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the well-being of our visiting families.
Alison Cogdon, Director of Programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic
Our Community Spaces
One of Killam’s five core values is “Build Community”. Thus, it should come as no surprise that building active and vibrant communities within its properties is key.
Whether it be festive Christmas parties, summer BBQs or regular monthly socials, Killam residents are made to feel at home. During the pandemic, Killam provided “Creative Solutions” to ensure properties maintained a sense of community while adhering to Public Health guidelines. In-person events were replaced with contact-free engagements such as door hangers, drive-by events, coloring contests, and gift basket draws.
After five years at The Plaza, I would like to express my appreciation to Killam for the various social activities offered to the tenants. My granddaughters participated in the seasonal parties hosted by the resident managers and had fun every time. I looked forward to attending the pot luck suppers held in the lounge which gave those that attended an opportunity to chat and share a meal. My all time favorite was the yoga classes, held twice a week for six weeks/twice a year. Scattered in between were various exercise workouts which I normally would not have had the opportunity to try. So I would have to say, there's always something entertaining happening at The Plaza!Shirley Hoganson, Fredericton, NB
As part of the care for residents, we have also implemented the Resident Assistance program in 2009. The program focuses on Killam residents who have fallen on or are facing some challenging times, be it health related or loss of work, and could simply “use a little break.”
Property Managers submit a rent relief request through Killam’s Charity and Community Giving Committee where the application is reviewed. Typically, qualifying residents receive anywhere between one and six months of rent relief.
2021 Resident Survey Results
Killam has a strong, vibrant culture supported by our five Core Values.
The communication and connection amongst all of our levels of Killam employees is the foundation of our strong culture. We meet at staff events, social occasions, training opportunities, visits from head office to different regions.
Killam’s core values serve as important criteria in recruitment and selection, performance management, and employee recognition. Most importantly, Killam’s core values guide decision-making and actions in daily work. Employees are recognized for demonstrating exceptional cultural alignment through a formal recognition program. Here are some employee comments from the 2021 employee survey:
Killam’s exceptional culture has also been publicly recognized.
Killam’s success is attributable to the hard work and dedication of our people. Our more than 700 employees exemplify Killam’s Core Values and are the key to resident satisfaction. Killam supports its employees at work and in their communities in many ways including educational programs for staff and their families, employee unit purchase, years-of-service award program, counseling assistance programs and more.
A safe workplace, where everything is done to limit the risk of injury, violence, harassment or illness at work, is Killam’s first priority. Killam is committed to providing employees with the resources to ensure that their workplaces, including all Killam properties, are properly assessed for hazards and that all reasonable measures are taken to ensure the safety of individuals at its sites.
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