Walker Receives Habitat Foundation Builder Award

A close-up look at Walker Industries’ newest awardHabitat for Humanity Niagara’s Annual General Meeting for 2012 took place on March 19, 2013 at the Americana Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara Falls.  The event also marked the 20 year anniversary of Habitat for Humanity in the Niagara Region.

Ruth Braun, past Board Chair and longtime volunteer spoke to the group about the early years of Habitat Niagara and how the organization came to be. Carl Ryan, present Board Chair highlighted the current successes and CEO Alastair Davis spoke about Habitat Niagara’s next chapter. The group also heard from Habitat homeowner Julie Desrochers on the transformation her family experienced after purchasing their Habitat home.

Accepting the awardDuring the event, Habitat Niagara presented Walker Industries, along with six other community partners with awards of distinction for 2012 called Habitat Foundation Builder Awards.  Each recipient was applauded for making more than simply a donation because their long term impact resulted in a significant difference for Habitat’s affordable housing solution.

The Walker Aggregates  division (WAI) has been a longtime supporter of Habitat on an as needed basis. However, in the last 3 years, they have become more involved and have assisted in the last 5+ Habitat builds by supplying aggregate for the foundations, basements and driveways of the homes. In addition, Walker Environmental ’s(WE) Residential Drop Off started collecting gently used bicycles in the Fall of 2012. Habitat then comes and collects them to refurbish and sell at the Habitat Niagara ReStore in St. Catharines. Special thanks go to Diana Aquino of WE and Frank Hurkmans of WAI for implementing these programs.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara is a charitable housing organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty by building homes in partnership with families in need.  They build safe, decent, and affordable houses and provide no-down-payment, interest-free mortgages to qualifying families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own homes.