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Creating communities from the ground up

For over a decade, Stantec has supported Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in its efforts to raise awareness around the critical need for affordable homeownership. Since 2012, CEO Bob Gomes has hosted other corporate leaders at Stantec’s annual President’s Build to promote the work done by HFH and its branches across North America.

Four charities benefit from our Company’s annual holiday eCard donation every year. Habitat for Humanity has been one of them since 2009. Overall, it has received over $63,000 through this corporate campaign. Our employees have also been passionate about supporting HFH. In 2013, the Edmonton Capital Region office (Edmonton, Alberta) lent their design and sustainability consulting skills to a build that resulted in the first-ever Habitat for Humanity concrete net-zero home.

Ten employees from our Toronto, Ontario, office went to the local HFH build on Brimley Road in Scarborough, Ontario, as part of our 2014 Stantec in the Community initiative. Last year, a team of employees in Ottawa participated in Habitat Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO)’s Women’s Build, an event which encourages women to give back to the community while helping Habitat GO make a difference in the lives of low-income families.

One of our offices in the Gulf region has partnered with HFH there to build affordable houses for hard-working San Antonio families. In the US Southeast region, the Lexington, Kentucky, office has worked side by side with the local HFH branch on numerous home builds. In addition, employees help out at its ReStore and participate in its annual Shamrock Shuffle 3K Race. The office will be a presenting sponsor at this year’s 10th annual race.

These are just a few examples of how our employees are lending not just one but many sets of helping hands to make a difference in the community. And, they continue to bring their skills to various HFH projects. For instance, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Stantec is supporting the Edmonton Capital Region office on a major sponsorship for a special project led by former US president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.

The 34th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which kicked off in Edmonton, Alberta, in the second week of July, will see 150 homes being built in every province and territory across Canada over the next year. Half of these homes will be built in the Edmonton Capital Region.

Local Stantec employees, along with thousands of other corporate and community volunteers, are lending their time, energy, and skills to this legacy project. As a Silver-level sponsor, Stantec is providing $250,000 in cash and in-kind support.

Over the years, our Company has contributed over $500,000 in cash and in kind to Habitat for Humanity. “Like HFH, we believe that strong, stable homes provide the foundation for a strong community,” explains Bob. Stantec’s support on the Carter project, and other HFH builds, will help strengthen that foundation locally, nationally, and throughout North America. “Through these builds, we’re able to make a significant contribution that will have a positive and lasting impact on those in need in our community,” he says.

The Carter project has been a very meaningful build for Stantec as it has allowed the Company to give back to the same community where it originally came from and is still based today.

Learn more about our Community Engagement programs. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit their website. To find out more about the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, go to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

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