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Toronto’s Building Industry Comes Together to Tackle Homelessness

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Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction

Toronto, ON (November 20, 2015) – On November 19, 2015 PCL Toronto’s Vice President and District Manager Bruce Sonnenberg gave up the comforts of home to sleep on the streets of Toronto, with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard.

His second year sleeping on the street to raise funds for Covenant House Toronto, Sonnenberg joined other executives, including building and real estate leaders, connected with a common goal: to help tackle youth homelessness in Toronto.
“For the estimated 10,000 homeless youth on Toronto’s streets each year, basic needs like food, a warm bed, and safe shelter are true luxuries. Instead of experiencing the joys of childhood that we may take for granted with our own families, these kids face life-or-death situations every day,” he shared.
The evening of November 19 saw over 1,000 business leaders across 16 cities sleep out to raise much needed funds for homeless youth across North America. Collectively, the group in Toronto exceeded their $1 million fundraising goal, with Sonnenberg surpassing his own $35,000 goal thanks to the generous support of construction industry partners, family and friends.
“The experience participating in Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about being thankful for the life I have been able to lead with my family, and humbling myself to be vulnerable for just one night. I am so grateful to everyone who supported this challenge, which enabled me to take part in this eye-opening journey. Together,  our community still has a long way to go to provide these kids with the opportunity to move from a life on the street to a life with a future.”
Covenant House was founded more than 40 years ago with the mission to serve young people with absolute respect and unconditional love. It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto during any given year and as many as 2,000 on a given night. More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter and a longer-term residential program along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training, and aftercare.
For more information about Sleep Out: Executive Edition, and its participants, click here.


Bruce Sonnenberg is Vice President and District Manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), responsible for district operations in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario. With almost three decades of PCL experience, Bruce has spent more than 20 years with PCL in Toronto. He has been part of PCL’s leadership teams in Calgary and Toronto, most recently as District Manager in Toronto. He holds a BSc degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer.


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Liisa Morley
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)