Carpenders build fence patio deck skirt for Canadian Forces veteran
Speical to the GTA Construction Report
Through the Renos for Heroes program, a crew from the Carpenters and Allied Workers Loc. 27 in Toronto recently volunteered to build an 80 ft. long fence and raised patio deck skirt at the home of a Canadian Forces veteran who lost the use of his legs in the line of duty.
Renos for Heroes is a not-for-profit initiative that provides essential home building and redesign services to Canadian soldiers who have lost limbs in battle.
One of the volunteers, Mike Humphries, a business representative for Carpenters Loc. 27, says the crew’s work will mean a lot to the veteran of the Royal Canadian Regiment, who wished to remain anonymous.
Last year, Loc. 27 carpenters also donated their time to help build a deck and wheelchair accessible features for the veteran’s home. “It’s a necessity for him.”
Aaron Richardson, a business rep and carpenter at Loc. 27, also gave up his Saturday to help complete the project. He says it is rewarding to help someone in need.
“It’s a chance for us to use our skills and at the end of the day it gives you a great feeling to have helped someone out like this. He’s a great guy; he doesn’t ask for anything.”
Humphries, also a Canadian Forces veteran of the Royal Canadian Regiment, is on the board for the Renos for Heroes program. He says the initiative regularly draws volunteer help from the pool of skilled labor at Loc. 27.