Partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada for the 2018 Build Season
Sault Ste. Marie, July 12th, 2018 – EACOM Timber Corporation is joined today by Habitat for Humanity Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) at its Sault Ste. Marie plant to unveil an important partnership. Building on its support of Habitat’s 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, EACOM will donate $100,000 in lumber and engineered wood products, certified to the SFI standard, to support 2018 Habitat builds in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Bracebridge, Wiarton and Ottawa.
“Our work transforms lives. We know that Habitat homeowners experience better educational and employment outcomes, along with improved health. And that transformation doesn’t end with one family – it starts there, and extends outward to the community,” said Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada and Chair of SFI’s Board of Directors. “And it’s because of generous donors and industry partners like EACOM Timber Corporation and SFI that we’re able to continue changing lives through decent and affordable housing.”
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity Canada works to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
“Habitat’s mission of building safe and respectable homes and giving families hope for a better future resonates with EACOM’s commitment to supporting thriving communities,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM Timber Corporation. “Our quality Canadian wood products will be put to good use in Habitat homes; that is something our employees can be proud of.”
EACOM business partners Kelsey Trail and Aaron Transportation have offered free-of-charge transport of donated products to Habitat for Humanity’s build sites. “Thank you to our partners for joining us in this effort. We are coming together to contribute to make a difference.” added Edgson.
Flourishing communities are an essential component of sustainable forest management. Habitat for Humanity homes are some of the greenest affordable housing developments in Canada.
“SFI is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity Canada. Through our Indigenous Housing Partnership, women’s builds and youth builds we have seen time and time again the positive impact Habitat for Humanity has on communities across Canada. We are thrilled to see these initiatives grow through the partnership between EACOM, an SFI program participant, and Habitat for Humanity Canada. Together, our partnership stands for future forests, responsible procurement of forest products, and sustainable communities.” concluded Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
EACOM, Habitat for Humanity Canada and the SFI invite the public to volunteer with a local Habitat this summer. For more information, visit www.habitat.ca.
About EACOM Timber Corporation
EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Eastern Canadian wood products company. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM owns seven sawmills, a remanufacturing facility, and an engineered I-joist plant with over 1,200 employees. The Company is committed to investing in strong assets, including healthy forests, advanced technology, and talented people.
Visit our website at www.EACOM.ca and follow us on Twitter @EACOMcorp.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 54 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.
About Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI)
SFI® Inc. is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. We are an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, delivers conservation leadership, and supports environmental education and community engagement. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. SFI standards and on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. Additionally, we oversee the SFI Forest Partners® Program, which aims to increase supply of certified forest products, the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds research and community building, and Project Learning Tree®, which educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI believes caring for forests improves everyone’s quality of life. Learn more: sfiprogram.org.
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Director, Public Affairs
EACOM Timber Corporation
Sarah Anderson Austin
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Senior Manager, Communications
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.