PCL Construction’s Hard Hat Heroes fund unveils latest Community Revitalization Project

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Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction

OTTAWA, Ontario (November 21, 2018) – PCL Constructors Canada Inc. along with United Way Ottawa, and in partnership with Ottawa Community Housing Corporation and Ottawa Community Housing Foundation are pleased to announce the official opening of Blair House side yard and garden project.   

“This 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 commitment.” 

The 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.

About 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 call home.

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 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 Synapcity

Synapcity 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.

About Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa 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.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Christine MacCormack
Senior Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
(613) 228-5373

Hayley Robateau
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
United Way Ottawa
Office: 613-683-3898
Cell: 613-898-6907

Jennifer McIntosh
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Ottawa Community Housing
Office: 613-731-1182 ext. 2286
Cell: 613-914-9953