is one of many PCL Hard Hat Heroes funded projects that has allowed our
employees to truly see what an impact their donations are making towards
communities in need. These communities are often overlooked for funding and do
not have the time or manpower to do
fundraisers, to upgrade, or change what
is needed to make a true difference,” said Kevin Skinner, Vice-President &
District Manager, PCL. “This Hard Hat Heroes initiative is a true sign of the
vested interest our employees have in our community because PCL employees contribute each dollar through
their annual charitable campaign contributions. We are very proud of our
project is a revitalization of the side yard at Blair House, an Ottawa
Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) building of mostly seniors who live alone.
Blair House had a side yard that faced South-East of the building equipped with
some seating and gardening space. However,
the outdoor area was not welcoming or
safe at all times. Engaged residents of Blair house were keen to find a way to
address the isolation that many of the seniors were facing with an initiative that would contribute for a safer, more
vibrant and community-focused yard for the residents. With the funds received
through the Hard Hat Heroes program, they were able to create this space which
is now more accessible and inviting and inspires pride of place for residents.
PCL’s work in the community:
PCL’s 50-year relationship with United Way is founded in a multitude of district-run campaigns and a corporate
donation program. In 2017, PCL raised more than $6.6 million for 19 United
Way and member organizations throughout North America. From donation challenges
to fundraisers and silent auctions, PCL employees across the organization have
found ways to demonstrate excellence in their commitment to community
investment and are together creating a lasting impact on the communities they
About PCL Construction Canada
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
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.
brings people and institutions together to create a better Ottawa. As a
community broker, we know that trusting
relationships are central to making change.
Civic engagement means more than voting, or getting involved in public
discourse – it is also about participating in our own communities. Our belief is
that cities are more resilient and happier when they are co-created –
participatory CityMaking. This is why we work with both people and institutions
as equal beneficiaries.
Ottawa Community Housing
Community Housing (OCHC) 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.
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