Written by John McCuaig. Previously published in Rover Venturer Magazine, June – September 2016 Issue.
Our second year of building Bluebird Nesting Boxes started by adding a new member to partnership, Armtec LP (my employer). The new partnership consisted of Armtec LP as the supplier of the plywood, 6th Willowdale Venturer and Rover Scouts providing the labour for assembly and the Bruce Trail Conservancy volunteers installing the boxes. Armtec LP’s carpenter shop went one step beyond by cutting the plywood up into the pieces to match the plans. In addition, Armtec’s employees and their families also assembled boxes as an extension of their Family Day celebrations in February. By working with it’s’ partners, our Venturer Scout Company was able to see the project grow.
Our production this year increased from 12 to 15 boxes for the annual Bruce Trail Conservancy Bluebird Nesting Box Program over last year. The number of boxes required each year depends on having properties where the owners are willing to have them installed. Next year, we are considering to move onto a bigger challenge. Currently we were working with our local trail section of the BTC, the Toronto Section, next year we may be part of a project to provide Wood Duck nesting boxes for the Bruce Trail Conservancy as a whole. It will be an opportunity to grow the project again and keep it fresh as well.
Our Company 6th Willowdale joined 14th Willowdale this year on their annual Spring Camp at Rockwood Conservation Area. To our luck the camp was just down the road from where the Bruce Trail Conservancy had installed our boxes. This provided an excellent opportunity to actually see them in the field. The BTC had e-mailed us photos of the birds using the boxes, but this was the first time to see them ourselves. For those of our Venturers moving on to College or University next year, it was a capping of the experience.
The Guelph office is proud to announce that they have beaten their last years fundraising initiatives for The Heart and Stroke Foundation by raising an impressive $2,617!
The 22 riders climbed aboard the Big Red Bike on August 23rd, 2016 for their fun cycle around town. The team had a great time pedaling and playing together for a great cause.
The money raised will help to significantly improve the health of Canadians by decreasing their risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Locally, the foundation supports a local research team at the University of Guelph.
A huge thank you goes out to all of our riders, contributors and organizers of this great event. For more information about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, please visit www.heartandstroke.com
The Hamilton office participated in the Heart & Stroke Big Bike ride for the first time on May 26, 2016, and it was a huge success! By surpassing their fundraising goal and raising $1752.40, the team has significantly helped provide funds for local heart & stroke research. Their popular bake sale, was a real treat, and helped to raise $187.40 in donations.
The Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride encourages teams to come together to participate in a little fun for a big cause. The foundation notes, that ‘the money raise and donated, helps to fund research that leads to medical breakthroughs, helping survivors recover faster and return home to their families sooner’.
It was a great team building experience for the Hamilton office and they would highly recommend it to other Armtec divisions. A big thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and made this event a huge success. We are incredibly proud of your community contribution and hope to see this become an annual affair.
If you would like to donate to this great cause, please visit www.heartandstroke.com
1 bike | 30 seats | 20 minutes | 2kms
‘One great team working to create more survivors!’ Those are the words from Heart & Stroke when describing this fantastic fundraising initiative which took place in Guelph Ontario on Wednesday, June 10th.
The team had a great time doing various activities prior to riding the bike and even had some time to practice on the bike to ensure everyone was safe during the ride.
Our Armtec team did a great job fundraising for this event and raised $2327.00 towards valuable Heart & Stroke research. Thanks go to Brenda Waugh, Customer Service Representative, Ontario Sales for taking the initiative to recruit our fantastic team and organize a successful fundraising event.
If you would like to donate to this great cause, please visit www.heartandstroke.com
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This summer thousands and possibly millions of people accepted or issued an Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS. (or as it’s commonly known Lou Gehrig’s Disease) But we are confident that you have not seen a challenge like the one done by the employees at our Ferrier Precast Plant in Winnipeg in late September. Not only did they come up with a very unique way of taking the challenge but they took half of the funds raised and donated to a cause which is very close to the hearts of many Armtec Ferrier employees.
In March of 2014, Madox Suzio, 9 year old son of Marco Suzio, our Sales Engineer in Manitoba was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumor. After a courageous 5 month battle, Madox was not able to overcome the disease and sadly passed away on August 8th, 2014. The team at Ferrier had been collecting donations on behalf of Madox for the ‘The Dream Factory’, a not-for-profit organization set up for kids battling life-threatening illnesses. Over $500 was raised through the generosity of our plant and office employees and prior to officially donating the funds to the charity, Armtec Ferrier matched this donation with an additional $500. And after our learning of this incredible initiative, our Corporate and Shared Services offices donated another $500 to The Dream Factory. No doubt Marco, his wife Suzanne and his big brother and best friend Valin were thankful for this touching gesture by everyone.
If you’d like to learn more about the charity or make a donation, please visit their website www.thedreamfactory.ca
For more information on the #IceBucketChallenge, please visit www.als.ca
In early November, our Richmond precast facility hosted the University of BC Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter on a two-hour tour – showing our production process from formation to storage. We were pleased to read the article they posted on their website about the tour, and that our team took the time to share our precast manufacturing knowledge with engineers of the future.
In their own words, “All in all this was a great tour, which was extremely applicable to our degrees in civil engineering…. Our host, Armtec, was exceedingly accommodating as well as knowledgeable.”
Armtec congratulates the Richmond precast team for a job well done!
Armtec’s own Doug Carter and Scott Marshall from our Richmond Precast location, teamed up with Reed Jones Christofferson Consulting Engineers in British Columbia to participate in the 2-day, 320km bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle to raise funds for Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Ahead of their big day they held a BBQ, bake sale and 50/50 draw at their local plant to help raise additional money as part of their fundraising efforts – all while practicing their cycling on stationary bikes throughout the entire event . And this effort certainly helped in achieving their goal of raising $10,000 for their team. Both Doug and Scott raised over $9800 of the total team’s $84,000.
Doug says of his desire to accomplish the goal of biking from Vancouver to Seattle, “We all have friends and family who have been touched by cancer. And the seemingly random nature of who gets affected can be particularly frustrating.” Doug goes on to say, ‘My immediate family includes two cancer survivors -my mother Jeanne and my sister Jane. I would like to see all cancer patients have the same opportunity to beat cancer.’
Well said Doug! And congratulations to you both on completing the Ride to Conquer Cancer…We’re all that much closer to improving everyone’s chance of one day beating this disease. ey held a BBQ, bake sale and 50/50 draw at their local plant to raise additional money. Of course, Doug and Scott were practicing their cycling during the entire event. Good luck to both of them next month – the Armtec family is extremely proud of them. A big thank you to all the Armtec members who helped make this fundraiser so successful.
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