April 26, 2014

Edmonton youth agency is getting a new home

Edmonton companies donate time and resources
Edmonton Sun

The brass from four construction companies set aside their professional rivalries to  “get ‘er done” for iHuman.

Steven Csorba, iHuman Project Leader for the Capital Campaign, said some of the iHuman youth were working alongside construction industry leaders at a building event on Saturday.

“It’s a real Edmonton story about winding the clock back 80 years,” Csorba said. “When somebody needed a house in a village, everyone would show up on a weekend and build the family home.”

The non-profit is an organization that works with traumatized, high-risk youth to create arts-based projects to help them heal and make positive life choices.

Seniors executives from Kasian Architects, Clark Builders, PCL Construction Management Company, KellerDenalli and Stuart Olson Dominion worked up a sweat taking out historical 1×4 maple hardwood from one part of the building to use elsewhere.

One youth asked a CEO why they were helping out.

“Because you guys matter,” was the reply.

When the building is finished the 22,000 square-foot facility, located at 9635 102A Avenue, will be the first permanent home for iHuman and the 500 youth.

The day was a preview for a building blitz where a year’s worth of work should be done in two to three months. An eight-man roofing crew is flying in from Fort McMurray in a week’s time to give the building a brand-new roof.

With $4.5 million worth of in-kind donations coming from 16 classifications of sub-trades and suppliers will get the job done.

Anyone in a construction-related trade can apply to help out at heroesneedapply.org.

For more information on iHuman, or do donate visit ihumanyouthsociety.org.

catherine.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca

@SunGriwkowskyC

Ayaela VanderGeissen Williams, 10, left, her mom Maigan VanderGeissen, front, and Kyle Meredith, 23, centre, paint on the free wall during the iHuman Block Party behind the Stanley Milner Library, in Edmonton, Alta. on Tuesday, June. 11, 2013. iHuman is an arts based outreach for high risk youth in Edmonton. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Ayaela VanderGeissen Williams, 10, left, her mom Maigan VanderGeissen, front, and Kyle Meredith, 23, centre, paint on the free wall during the iHuman Block Party behind the Stanley Milner Library, in Edmonton, Alta. on Tuesday, June. 11, 2013. iHuman is an arts based outreach for high risk youth in Edmonton. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency