People who make good things happen in Caledon like Tracy Kortekaas of Kor Interiors

Tracy is one of the exceptional volunteers providing the drive and commitment behind the best-ever, not-to-be-missed holiday event experience in our community, writes Monty Laskin

Meet Tracy Kortekaas of Kor Interiors — interior designer, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbour and friend. Also a dear friend of Caledon Community Services. Tracy is one of the exceptional volunteers providing the drive and commitment behind the best-ever, not-to-be-missed holiday event in our community. Volunteers are the life blood of any non-profit agency. At Caledon Community Services, we know we are blessed to have Tracy’s support alongside that of about a dozen other incredibly dedicated and talented community builders!

With this last blast of heat and humidity, it’s difficult to envision the crisp winter day that will envelop this sold-out signature holiday event. People flock to CCS’s “Home for the Holidays” in Caledon because it is a gala like no other. Please join us on Dec. 1 for The Flato Home for the Holidays Gala, now in its third year, at the Royal Ambassador Event Centre, in the heart of Caledon.

Tracy has been a major influence in the gala’s success since the re-envisioning and relaunch of this event in 2016. It’s her creative vision and endless drive that have driven the success of a new, innovative concept, CCS’s “Celebration of Trees,” which sets the event apart and draws crowds of bidders every year. Every tree has an engaging story. Winning bidders take them home or donate them to different locations to brighten the lives of children, youth and seniors across Caledon. It’s heartwarming and part of an overall memorable evening.

Tracy led the gala’s venue committee to new heights in 2016 and 201,7 and what she has in store for 2018 is simply unbelievable! While she notes that she, “ … just wants to make things pretty,” behind her humility is a complex backdrop. For a gala with over 300 guests, making it pretty and having things go off without a hitch is a demanding challenge. Tracy and her team excel at it.

This year Tracy is taking things up a notch on the Celebration of Trees, through her recruitment of local designers and artisans, joining with corporate and local business sponsors, to realize the beautiful vision of a Christmas tree that will enhance any holiday home decor. If you’re up to it and wish to design or sponsor, Tracy wants to hear from you:

Tracy has wooed two of last year’s tree designers, who have now chosen to elevate their involvement to full gala committee member. We welcome Angela McKinnon, of Home Dreams Design, and Darlene Downey of Downey’s Farm Market and Estate Winery. Our gala guests will be thrilled to know that all three talented women will still be designing trees to enhance the gala experience.

Tracy lives with her husband Jeff in Cheltenham. With three children, a daughter-in-law and a dog, she’s well beyond busy. Family is one of the true loves of her life — that dedication shining through in everything she takes on. We welcomed her brother James Lynch, a talented artist in his own right, as a tree designer in 2016. Volunteering became “voluntold” between siblings, and James’ artisan wine tree was a huge hit.

View examples of Tracy’s talent on her Instagram page:

Don’t miss a single story of the people behind CCS’s Home for the Holidays Gala event. Many dedicated volunteers are needed to ensure its success, and we’ll be featuring as many as we can in our communications leading up to the big day! Visit and sign up to read the heartwarming stories rooted in our “caring” Caledon community.

Monty Laskin is the CEO of Caledon Community Services. Reach him at

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