PCL’s Hard Hat Heroes Fund unveils latest Community Construction Project

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Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction

August 31, 2016, Ottawa –PCL Constructors Canada Inc. along with United Way Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) have partnered to unveil the latest project built with funds from PCL’s Hard Hat Heroes Fund. The project, a new gazebo, marks the second initiative of the fund since its inception earlier this year. The Hard Hat Heroes Fund supports capital projects that make neighborhood improvements in Ottawa.

The beautification initiative was led by an OCH senior tenants’ group and supported by employees who place great value on tenant engagement and inspiring a place of pride. Strong partnerships such as this one between United Way Ottawa, PCL and OCH, are key to strengthening communities across Ottawa. 

“PCL employees want to make a difference by contributing to their communities, and partnering with the United Way has once again allowed us to help make an impact,” said Kevin Skinner, Vice-President & District Manager, PCL. “Providing the seniors with an area where they can socialize and enjoy the outdoors is important to both their physical and mental health.”

Bryce Howchin, project manager for PCL, said, As a result of the dedicated energy and enthusiasm of our PCL employees, the Golden Manor Gazebo was chosen to give the tenants a communal space to enjoy the outdoors and encourage community celebrations. We would like to thank all of our collective partners who were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.”

“We know that one in three seniors are at risk of being socially isolated, so neighbourhood hubs like this gazebo are essential to help seniors meet with neighbors and friends,” said Dennise Taylor-Gilhen, Vice President, Community Impact, United Way Ottawa. “I want to thank PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and Ottawa Community Housing for their leadership in working together to make this project possible.”

“The Golden Manor gazebo is a combined effort between Ottawa Community Housing Corporation and Ottawa Community Housing Foundation to lead improvements for tenants and is a great addition to the community. Our engaged and knowledgeable tenants brought the idea forward and with our partners’ help we were able to complete it,” said Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Community Housing. “We are very grateful to our partners PCL Constructors and United Way Ottawa for recognizing the value of investing in OCH communities. This is a truly unique, collaborative project – we are excited to work with partners who are as committed to building strong, inclusive communities as OCH is.”

The Hard Hat Heroes Fund will accept applications for its next project in the spring of 2017.

About PCL Construction Canada Inc.

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.

About United Way Ottawa

United Way Ottawa invests resources where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact. Through research, evaluation and partnerships with community experts we are able to identify the root causes of the biggest social challenges facing our community and help find solutions that change tens of thousands of lives for the better. One hundred percent of donations to United Way Ottawa stay in Ottawa to help those most in need. Learn more about our work at www.unitedwayottawa.ca.

About Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to over 31,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCH houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario.

For more information, please contact:

Christine MacCormack
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Andrée Dion
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
United Way Ottawa
Office: 613-683-3785
Cell: 613-898-6907

Niki Kerimova
Media Relations and Events Coordinator
Ottawa Community Housing
Office: 613-520-2277
Cell: 343-998-4264
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