EllisDon sets sights on mission to build trades facility in Haiti

Companies work with Empower Global to acquire donations

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - EllisDon will be sending Chief Estimator, Jason Walker, to Haiti- along with select experts from six related businesses- to assist in the construction of a trades facility that will provide skilled training for local residents. Walker will be working with Empower Global, a Canadian-registered local charity, to oversee work teams and on-site construction.

From January 27 to February 7, this team of professionals will be constructing a trades facility in Cap Haitien (on the northern coast of Haiti) that will host welding, automotive and woodworking workshops. In addition, tools brought and utilized during this project will remain in Cap Haitien for future trainees.

In support of this mission, EllisDon is participating in a $100,000 fundraising campaign that will finance construction of the training facility, warehouse, accommodations and equipment. Already, EllisDon Ottawa and Saskatoon offices have each donated $5,000, which adds to the list of generous donations made by other employees, subcontractors and clients. This has been a great kick-start to the cause, though efforts remain focused on the $100,000 goal.

"I am excited to be working with Empower Global to build this trades facility; it will provide needed skills to impoverished and unemployed people in Haiti," said Walker."I am also overwhelmed with the amount of support received by local trades, who have all stepped up to commit the finances, resources and time needed to make this project a success."

EllisDon encourages donors to contribute to the fundraising campaign via empowerglobal.ca.

To make a donation via the website homepage, click on Our Partners, and select Training Facility for Trades from the drop-down menu. A blue Donate Now to This Project button will link to the donation page. From there, select Haiti -Training Facility for Trades from the drop-down menu of projects, enter an amount for donation, and fill in the remainder of the requested information.

About EllisDon
EllisDon is an employee-owned construction services company, with revenues in excess of $3 billion annually, that delivers construction expertise to clients throughout the world. The company offers construction and project management services, in addition to services in risk management, sustainability and information technology. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com.

SOURCE EllisDon Corporation

For further information:

Contact: 
Dustin Luchka
EllisDon Corporation
Phone: (905) 896-8900
Fax: (905) 896-8911

1004 Middlegate Road
Mississauga, Ontario
L4Y 1M4
www.ellisdon.com