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Holcim Canada celebrates over 3500 acts of volunteerism


December 6, 2012
By From Canada Newswire

December
5, 2012, Montreal, QC /CNW/ – Holcim (Canada) Inc., a leading supplier of
building materials and construction services, celebrates the success of its Together
for Communities
(TFC) employee volunteer initiative through a series of
special photo exhibition events documenting the year-long initiative.

December
5, 2012, Montreal, QC /CNW/ – Holcim (Canada) Inc., a leading supplier of
building materials and construction services, celebrates the success of its Together
for Communities
(TFC) employee volunteer initiative through a series of
special photo exhibition events documenting the year-long initiative.


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As part
of a larger global movement in honour of parent company Holcim Ltd's centennial
in 2012, the initiative encouraged all 3000 Holcim Canada employees to give
back to the communities where they live and work. Throughout the year,
employees captured images of their volunteer acts, the engaging results of
which form the content of the photo exhibitions, culminating in a special event
today, to coincide with International Volunteer Day 2012.


Over
the course of the year, Holcim's Quebec and Atlantic region engaged with over
90 different organizations, which benefited from the TFC initiative.


Nancy
Gagnon, Manager of Maison Jacques Ferron, a shelter for people with serious
mental health difficulties, says "We are very lucky and spoiled to benefit
from the extraordinary generosity and precious help of Holcim Canada's
employees. With the Together for Communities initiative this year, Holcim Canada
employees have volunteered for more than 1000 hours to help us renovate the
center. We are really thankful."


Holcim
Canada and its Ontario divisions, Dufferin Aggregates, Dufferin Concrete and
Dufferin Construction, along with employees, local business partners, elected
officials and other community stakeholders attended a special reception at the
Holcim Gallery, Milton Centre for the Arts, on November 29.  The event was
the culmination of a three day public photo exhibit held in honour of
contributions from employees, their family and friends to the Together for
Communities initiative that featured scenes from over 3500 Holcim Canada
employee volunteer acts.  In attendance were several of the community
organizations and municipalities that supported and benefited from the TFC
initiative.


"It
is extremely important to have committed partners in the community—the kind
that you can count on to pitch in for a local Habitat for Humanity build, join
volunteer committees, support local families in need," says Stewart
Hardacre, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada. "By adding
volunteerism to their corporate giving program, Holcim Canada is providing its
employees and partners in the Together for Communities initiative a very
personal experience – a chance to see first-hand the value of their
contributions and the difference it can make."


"I
am extremely proud of the efforts of our employees, to give of their time, and
for being committed to giving back to the communities where we operate. I want
to thank our various partners in the community who supported this initiative
and helped us achieve such great things this year and look forward to
continuing to work with them for many years to come, to find even more ways
that we can contribute to building healthy, vibrant and liveable
communities," said Paul Ostrander, President & CEO, Holcim Canada.


About
Together for Communities:

In
2012, Holcim is celebrating 100 years of strength, performance and passion. By
volunteering in their communities, Holcim employees are celebrating the
Centennial in a special way. Even though each activity is driven by local
needs, the initiative is a global one – and runs under a global header:
Together for Communities.


This
initiative is a perfect complement to Holcim Canada's existing corporate social
responsibility program, and an excellent opportunity to engage its employees,
neighbours and stakeholders in a partnership to make a major contribution in
the communities where Holcim Canada operates.