Since coming to the House in 1997, I’ve been the keeper of House statistics and have found it fascinating to see the growth in family stays as the years progressed.
From 1985 to 2014, the number of families we have served is 18,246 (from 1985 to 1993 the yearly stats were subject to estimation). The number of people using the House in those same years is 37,448 (with same estimation). Affecting the statistics is the big basement flood we had in 2003 where we were closed for July to clean up the mess, and from October 2008 to May 2009 when we were under construction and renovation.
There has been a steady increase in our yearly average occupancy rates since opening in 1985. In 2010, we had an average of 87.9% and in 2014 we had an average of 94.06%. Not only are we now very full all the time, we also have hundreds of families utilizing our wonderful hotels that give us great rates. In 2014, 674 families that weren’t able to book into the House stayed with our hotel partners.
I know this is a lot of numbers, but as the last 29 years have come and gone, the impact the House has had on so many families reinforces how much the House is needed. When the original group of volunteers decided to create a society to raise funds and build our wonderful House, little did they know the impact their work would have on all families in western Canada.
Hats off to their vision and hard work as we enter into our 30th year of their dream.