Hospice home win­ner had help­ing hand

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

Cit­i­zen staff

Jim

Kole went hunt­ing on Fri­day and he wasn’t look­ing for a house.

He was af­ter a moose to fill his freezer and while he came back empty-handed, the big­gest tro­phy he’s ev­ery nailed was wait­ing for him two hours later when his phone rang and he found out he’s just won the Prince Ge­orge Hospice Dream Home Lot­tery.

Hit­ting the jack­pot Fri­day came as a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment for Jim and his wife Les­lie be­cause when he re­turned from his hunt Les­lie in­formed him her brother, Robert Goltz, had died that day of a mas­sive heart at­tack in the Okana­gan.

“I was re­ally close to him, we had re­ally good re­la­tion­ship,” said Jim Kole.

“I was just to­tally down and then, boom, I hit the ceil­ing, and then I thought about my brother-in-law again, so I went down, it was one of those up-and-down roller­coaster days.”

Jim is con­vinced his brother-in-law had a spir­i­tual hand in his ticket be­ing picked out of the huge drum of 10,999 tick­ets in the sold-out lot­tery.

“A lot of peo­ple I’ve talked to have said, ‘You know what, he was part of it,’” he said.

“The lady I met at the home it­self from the Prince Ge­orge Hospice House So­ci­ety (ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Donna Flood) said she’s seen a lot of stuff hap­pen in her time there and this is one of them.”

The Koles haven’t de­cided whether they will move into the $640,000 six-bed­room,, four-bath­room home in the Nechako View sub­di­vi­sion at 4034 Brink Dr. They’ve lived in their house on Hem­lock Street for 28 years, where they raised two daugh­ters. He’s a self-em­ployed con­trac­tor who spe­cial­izes in ren­o­va­tions and the 55-year-old says there’s not much left for him to fix in their cur­rent home.

“We were think­ing ear­lier about sell­ing and mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent house in town here and this just changes ev­ery­thing, there’s a lot of de­ci­sions to make if you want to keep it or sell it or rent it,” Jim said. “My kids grew up in this house and time will tell. I’m not rush­ing into any­thing un­til I get some ad­vice.”

Jim and his wife Les­lie buy home lot­tery tick­ets ev­ery year to sup­port the Hospice House pal­lia­tive care pro­grams and Spruce Kings hockey team. He was work­ing at Sum­mit Lake on a ren­o­va­tion project in Au­gust when he heard about the hospice home lot­tery.

“They said I was one of the first peo­ple to go in there and buy a ticket,” Jim said. “I was out there by my­self and I thought to my­self, ‘that’s my Num­ber 1 pri­or­ity to do when I get home, so Satur­day morn­ing I got up and said to my wife, ‘let’s go look at the house,’ and I bought the ticket.”

A late surge of sup­port last week re­sulted in the last 2,000 tick­ets be­ing pur­chased a day be­fore the draw, en­sur­ing the so­ci­ety’s big­gest an­nual fundraiser was a com­plete sell­out and that will cover a good chunk of the so­ci­ety’s op­er­at­ing costs. The 10,000 square-foot Ro­tary Hospice House at 3089 Clap­per­ton St., of­fers 10 pri­vate guest rooms which al­low fam­i­lies to re­main with their loved ones at all hours dur­ing the fi­nal days of their lives.

Jim Kole and his wife Les­lie, joined by their two daugh­ters and their fam­i­lies. re­ceive the grand tour Satur­day af­ter Kole won the Prince Ge­orge Hospice House Dream Home Lot­tery.

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