PCL’s Hard Hat Heroes Fund Unveils Play Structure in Parkwood Hills Neighbourhood

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Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction

OTTAWA, Ontario (May 12, 2016) – PCL Constructors Canada Inc (PCL) along with United Way Ottawa, City of Ottawa and Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre are pleased to announce the official opening of a new play structure in the neighbourhood of Parkwood Hills.    

​​The new structure was made possible thanks to Hard Hat Heroes – a new fund created by PCL and United Way. 

“PCL employees want to make a difference in 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.

The dollars raised for this fund were contributed by PCL employees through their annual charitable campaign contributions.  In addition, the City of Ottawa matched funding to help create this new structure with support from the Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre.  The structure was built by PCL partner Play Ground Planners for the community of Parkwood Hills and its families.

In Parkwood Hills, 9 per cent of the residents are children younger than nine-years-old and 18.5 per cent of residents live in single-parent homes. Because of this, local and affordable activities for families are essential for this area.The new play structure will provide families in Parkwood Hills with a community hub and a safe place for children to play.

Emily Parent, senior accounting manager for PCL, was instrumental in bringing this joint initiative to fruition and said, “As a result of the dedicated energy and enthusiasm of our PCL employees, numerous community building projects and initiatives will be successfully completed, benefitting youth, families, and communities in need of a helping hand.”

PCL employees recognize that coworkers, neighbours, and families all benefit from living in healthier, stronger communities, and help bring this about by providing financial support to United Way Ottawa. United Way Ottawa’s mission is to bring people and resources together to build a strong, healthy, safe community for all.

”Through its Hard Hat Heroes fund, PCL is continuing its tradition of improving the quality of life in the communities it operates in,” said Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, Campaign Co-Chair for United Way Ottawa. "We know that initiatives like the new play structure in Parkwood Hills have an incredibly positive impact on the community and we’re grateful to PCL and its employees for their support. "

The Hard Hat Heroes Fund is currently accepting applications for new community action grant projects.

About PCL’s work in the community:

PCL’s 47-year relationship with United Way is founded in a multitude of district-run campaigns and a corporate matching program. In 2014, PCL raised more than $7.1 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 in 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 $8.5 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.

For media inquiries, please contact:

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

Andrée Dion
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
United Way Ottawa
Office: (613) 683-3785
Cell: (613) 898-6907
adion@unitedwayottawa.ca ​