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STEVE OLIVER: LINDSAY, ONTARIO: A TRUE LEADER IN HIS COMMUNITY
June 17, 2009
Steve Oliver writes:
An open letter to the "Men of Frank"
It seems like I have been talking about the housing project for the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lindsay for eons. The tenders came in last summer way too high for our budget and things got put on hold until we raised more money. There have been several times we thought we were getting the dough. At 11:05 AM we had a phone call from our MPP and we are getting the money through the Affordable Housing Program shared by the Federal and Provincial government. We had put in a proposal and we are getting $2.16 million. We have agreed to some energy eficeincy upgrades. We have site plan approval and the building permit will be issued this week. We should have a ground breaking ceremony within the next week. Our General Contractor has suggested that the project will take 12 months to complete.
Men of Frank: It is important that you recognize that you gave me the confidence and courage to take on a project of this magnitude and become the driving force behind it. Any new men in Division need to understand the support that is available, simply by asking. This project will change lives. It will provide clean, comfortable and affordable housing to 18 individuals suffering with mental illness. However there are several spin off benefits too. It will provide elderly parents of these individuals to know their sons and daughters are cared for too. I also hope that this property becomes a place that is recognized in the community as an energy efficient and green model that can be duplicated elsewhere. There has not been any new affordable housing projects in our community for more than 30 years, so hopefully we are breaking trail.
I am looking forward to the day when I can invite the Division up for a monthly Division meeting.
Thanks everyone for your support!
Legacy Discovery Inspires: Graduates Volunteering in their Community
Our Organization Volunteers regularly help non-profit organizations with their time, skills and caring. Below you can see pictures from one of these events. This is what the men who graduate can become for their communities. Working together to help others helps everyone.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE SERVING OVER 3,000 VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL
BUILDING PICNIC TABLES FOR Ernestine's Women's Shelter
CREATING A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN FOR THE CHILDREN AT LAMP TO PLAY IN