Community Engagement

Giving to support and grow our community

Houle has a strong corporate culture of community involvement. Sharing our skills and resources with the communities where we live, work, and do business is a key element of our corporate responsibility. With our commitment to serve and strengthen our communities, our company and employees have donated vast amounts of time, money, and supplies to many exceptional causes.

 

Monetary Donation Commitment

Committed to building better communities in the areas where we live and work, we help to strengthen our community through monetary donations in the areas of health, athletics, education, and community welfare.

  • Health – We focus on supporting credible and recognized provincial and national health charities. We all benefit with better health in our families and our communities.
  • Athletics – We believe that athletics provide opportunities for self-discipline and teamwork for people of all generations. Our support of local sports team helps to build and encourage sportsmanship at all levels.
  • Education – We believe that the best way to ensure a strong future for our community and our country is to invest in the education of our young people and their potential. We support secondary and post-secondary education in the trades.
  • Community Welfare – We believe in being a part of a caring community where no one goes hungry or is homeless. We contribute by supporting charities that focuses on hunger, poverty and homelessness.

 

Community Stories

900+ employees across British Columbia, all coming together to make meaningful differences in our community. Read our stories below.

Helping to Enhance the Health and Welfare of Children in BC

December 2016  Houle and its employees got into the holiday spirit in a big way by donating $20,865 to the CKNW Orphan’s Fund — our largest single donation to a charity to-date. Employee donations totaled an astounding $10,865, and Houle added an additional $10,000. Houle President Robert Lashin stopped by the live broadcast of #PledgeCKNW to drop off the donation, and took a few minutes to chat. “Sometimes all that people need is to know that other people care for them,” he says. Listen to his interview.

Step it up for Steptember

September 2016  All Houle regional offices were challenged to “Step it Up” and track the number of steps that were taken each day, while raising funds from family, friends, and co-workers for the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC).  The CPABC’s vision is to create a ‘Life Without Limits’ for people with cerebral palsy to reach their maximum potential within society.

Supporting Community Organizations in Time of Need

August 2016  Recently, the Victoria office supported two great organizations in their time of need: The Clements Centre and Sundrops Centre in Duncan.  These centres offer support services for persons and children with developmental disabilities.

After hearing a news release on social media stating that the curator of the facility was looking into installing a CCTV system to backup their existing security measures as a response to a break-in, three Houle employees decided to approach the centre with an offer to assist. Houle provided the Centres with a professionally installed IP CCTV system, complete with NVR and 4 strategically located IP cameras. The labour was donated by the technicians (on a weekend to avoid conflict with the Centres’ patrons), with Houle donating permits and extraneous supplies, leaving the customer with a bill of the cost of the equipment only, saving them a lot of money.

Champion of the Crescent

July 2016  Houle was proud to sponsor the Champion of the Crescent stand-up paddle race in support of youth mental health.  The even saw over 200 pro and amateur paddle boarders gather at Blackie Spit Park in White Rock to race in different heats. Houle even entered a team of four in the corporate relay category and placed 3rd in our heat! The event raised more than $128,000 for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU), a new mental health facility that is scheduled to open at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 2017.

Supporting BC’s Kids one Button at a Time

April 2016  Houle employees once again opened up their wallets for this years’ Jeans Day campaign, an event that raises funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Houle matched every dollar that was donated by employees and $1 per like and share on Facebook.

Helping Students Pursue their Goals

March 2016 To support students training in the electrical field and help to ensure a positive future for our industry, Houle has set up the Houle Electric Top Electrical Foundation Program Achievement Award. This award is given to a student in the Electrical Foundation Program at Camosun College who has demonstrated high academic and practical marks, shown good time management, and has a positive attitude towards learning.

Houle has Heart

February 2016  With February being Heart Month, Houle organized a Valentine’s Day breakfast fundraiser at the corporate head office to raise money to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Not only was some delicious food enjoyed, it was a good opportunity to raise funds for an organization that impact the lives of all Canadians.

Spreading Christmas Cheer to our Communities

December 2015  Houle participated in the Christmas Bureau’s Adopt-A-Family Program, a program that provides low-income families with toys, stocking stuffers, and groceries during the Christmas season. It started out with one family being sponsored by the Burnaby Head Office in 2013 to all regions in Houle participating in this great charity the following years. This year, with some regions sponsored multiple families.

Feeding the Hungry

December 2015 To support the good work local food banks do in helping those in need in their communities, Houle Kamloops once again donated food to food banks and food shelves during the CP Holiday Train event. This event helps to shine a light on the important role food banks play in a healthy community.

Helping our Furry Friends

November 2015  To do our little part for the great work that the SPCA does for our furry friends, Houle pitched in to perform some repairs to the Kamloops SPCA facility. This support enables the SPCA to continue to provide a comfortable shelter to the many homeless and neglected animals that they help each year.

Racing for Charity

August 2015  The Houle Victoria team participated in the fun and exhilarating Bed Races on Beacon charity event that raises funds for palliative care at Rest Haven Lodge. Dressed in crazy costumes, the team raced their hospital beds on Beacon Avenue in Sidney, all for a great cause.

It’s in Houle to Give

June 2014  To use our power to give life, Houle coordinated a mobile clinic from the Canadian Blood Services to come to the Corporate Head Office. Employees gave a bit of themselves and donated blood so that we could help to change someone’s life.

Providing a Safe Haven for Youth

September 2014  Houle once again donated their time to HeroWork, this year renovating Threshold Housing Society, a 4-plex to provide housing for at-risk youth. Employees used their own time and resources to help create a safe and stable home environment for our community’s vulnerable youth.

Mo Bros for Men’s Health

November 2013  Houle employees sported their mustaches around the offices and in the field in order to fundraise for the Movember Foundation, an annual event that encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

Building Community… Literally

September 2013  Houle took part in a HeroWork project in Victoria, BC. The project consisted of an extreme makeover of the Mustard Seed Food Bank valued at $500,000. In addition to the electrical permit and materials, over 300 man hours were donated to this project by Houle employees who worked evenings and weekends to complete this project.

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