CAW Volunteers Build Grey Cup Habitat For Humanity Home
November 13, 2007
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November 23, 2007
It was a bitter cold Friday morning, November 23, 2007; when the crews of skilled trades and production workers from the Canadian Auto Workers union started putting up the walls of the Grey Cup Habitat For Humanity home next to the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The speed and efficiency of the CAW volunteers astounded Neil Hetherington, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
CEO Habitat For Humanity Toronto
"The fact that we started less than an hour ago and we have half the walls up is brilliant. The CAW has been a tremendous supporter of Habitat for Humanity in this project, not only financially but also from a volunteer and a skilled trade's person component. And this home wouldn't have been possible without them."
CAW Director of Skilled Trades Colin Heslop said the CAW has always been committed to social justice and helping those in need.
Dir. CAW Skilled Trades
"A common thing within our union, the CAW, is that our lives extend beyond the plant gates and beyond the collective agreement. We have a role to play in our communities and we have been "front and center". In fact we have been a catalyst in these types of projects where we have been able to get other unions to participate in similar type projects."
Dozens of CAW members were on the job site including CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley and CAW Local 707 President Gary Beck.
Pres. CAW Local 222
"Being union members we live a very comfortable life and there are thousands of people who don't live a comfortable life and this is just one way we can help out and give back to the community."
Pres. CAW Local 707
"This is a great cause. I've had an opportunity to be involved in a lot of things but today is special to me because we know we are going to change the lives of a family."
November 25, 2007
Appropriately the CAW crews were back on Sunday November 25, to finish putting the roof on this home which will eventually be moved to a lot in Oshawa. The CAW and the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation partnered with Habitat For Humanity Toronto to build this home during Grey Cup Week. Clemons applauded the CAW for their involvement.
Michael "Pinball" Clemons
"We're very proud to make this presentation in conjunction with the CAW. It seems like we are life long partners. Every time I'm doing something it seems like the CAW is there and I've officially changed the CAW's name from the Canadian Auto Workers to "Can And Will", they are always there for the community. CAW We thank you so much."
Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said the CAW's social justice commitment is setting an example for governments and others to follow.
Assistant to CAW National President
"We talk about the social justice, the amount of wealth that is out there. The importance of ensuring that there is some money left over for those people who are in need, and who are under-privileged and don't have the opportunity to have affordable housing. It has to be a program of the government. And this can serve as a good demonstration. This is a template that can be expanded over the rest of the country to look after people."
At a ceremony just before the start of the Grey Cup game on Sunday the keys to the new home were turned over to a needy Oshawa family.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."