February 19, 2014 by On-Site Magazine
On February 7, EllisDon’s chief estimator, Jason Walker, returned from a mission to Haiti–with experts from six related businesses–after having constructed a trades facility for local residents. Following a fundraising campaign that raised $60,000 to finance construction, accommodations and equipment, Walker worked with Empower Global Inc., a Canadian-registered local charity, to oversee on-site construction during this project.
The trades facility–constructed in tandem with Covertite Roofing, Walters Inc., Harris Rebar, Bellai Brothers, Birnie Electric, Roth Construction Ottawa, and Modern Niagara–will now host much-needed welding, automotive and woodworking workshops for a very appreciative community.
“I am so proud of our team, and of how well they came together for the sake of the common good,” said Walker.” Many thanks to everyone who contributed to both this project, and its overjoyed community!”
The team worked daily on tasks that included the installation of two 80 x 30 foot roofs, an in-house water-pressure system, electrical power and lighting distribution, and playground equipment, among other efforts. Many of the locals were impressed with the team’s commitment to complete the project–with little-to-no modern technology–in only 11 days.
“On behalf of Empower Global, I want to thank this team for the completion of the Haiti Training Facility for Trades,” said Kurt Frers, President and CEO of Empower Global Inc. “Not one of the teams I have taken on projects around the world, has come close to what the EllisDon team has accomplished–and in such a short period of time. What a powerful example of teamwork and commitment!”