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United Way Collaboration Centre and a Change Lab

Strong communities are built by outstanding leaders committed to the betterment of the community. ARPA Investments Ltd. (ARPA) demonstrates its passion for community work by prioritizing the public, including the non-profit sector.

One of ARPA's most recent development projects, The Station on Tranquille, is home to a collaborative office space between United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo (TNC) and Thompson Rivers University. Located on the first and ground floors sits the United Way Xchange Regional Collaboration Centre and Change Lab, a shared office space which includes the planning and decision-making of community-based research.

The United Way Xchange brings the community together, where local non-profits have access to a meeting space, technology and support. These resources help guide and shape the critical work needed to support vulnerable communities.

The Xchange plays an integral role in the community by nurturing collaborations between strategic community members. United Way British Columbia Regional Director of the Thompson Nicola Cariboo, Katie Neustaeter, believes the new facility helps non-profits have a presence that magnifies the delivery of their services.

Neustaeter admires ARPA on their unique approach saying, "ARPA is by your side from beginning to end in a development project and they contribute in numerous ways that go above-and-beyond expectations.”

Neustaeter notes ARPA’s passion for community work has been demonstrated by encouraging business partners to follow in their footsteps and support United Way fundraisers. Over the last couple of years, the non-profit has had to overcome considerable challenges, and support from key community partners has helped magnify United Way’s ability to increase positive impact in the communities they serve.

“We worked closely with ARPA for the development of the Xchange,” said Neustater. “They were incredibly supportive and stood by us through during difficult times, like during COVID-19 and last year’s wildfires.”

ARPA’s development projects are examples of collaboration with community members and the public, bringing innovation and meaningful purpose to the spaces they build.

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