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PCL executive sleeps out to help youth

PCL Construction's Bruce Sonnenberg raises more than $65,000 to assist programs that help youth at risk.

November 23, 2021   Adam Freill
Construction

Bruce Sonnenberg of PCL during Covenant House Toronto Sleep Out 2021.

Bruce Sonnenberg of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) during Covenant House Toronto’s 2021 Sleep Out Executive Edition. (Contributed Photo)

In addition to giving him time to reflect and appreciate some of the challenges facing homeless youth in large cities like Toronto, Bruce Sonnenberg’s night on the street also raised more than $65,000 to assist programs that help youth at risk.

Sonnenberg, senior vice-president and district manager with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), took to the streets with some cardboard and a sleeping bag to participate in the Covenant House Sleep Out Executive Edition for the eighth year in a row. He joined other business and community leaders in the 10th annual Sleep Out in support of youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk.

Taking to social media, he stated, “As I slept outside last night, socially distanced at TD Square in support of our homeless youth, I reflected on everything I am privileged to have and what our homeless youth go every day without.”

Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, Covenant House Toronto assists more than 300 young people each day. Donations, including those raised from the annual Sleep Out event, fund almost 80 per cent of the organization’s $33-million annual operating budget.

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