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On December 13, 2019, two groups of WalterFedy volunteers visited the St. Jacobs Lions Club to help fill Christmas stockings for StuffIn Stockings.

 

Established in 2010, StuffIn Stockings is led by the St. Jacobs Lions Club, a group that believes everyone should feel special and remembered on Christmas day. What started as a small passion project has grown exponentially over the past nine years and, along with many community partners, is helping create holiday memories for many in need. This year, volunteers stuffed almost 3,000 stockings for infants to seniors, for 27 different charities.

 

Melissa Fishman, WalterFedy Lighting Team Leader, is the Vice President of the St. Jacobs Lions Club and connected us with StuffIn Stockings for the 2019 holiday season. We began collecting stocking stuffers in November. In early December, we teamed up with several committee members to fill stockings and learn more about the program’s impact in Waterloo Region.

 

“I’ve been involved with StuffIn Stockings for a number of years and as we get bigger, having corporate support is so important,” said Melissa. “I love being a part of something that means so much to the community and can bring a smile to someone’s face over the holidays.”

 

While we were volunteering, CTV News came for a visit to learn about the StuffIn Stockings story for their In Your Backyard segment. Mellissa also put CTV’s Max Wark to work stuffing stockings for different age groups.

 

Congratulations to the StuffIn Stockings team for all their hard work and another successful holiday season.

 

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Every October, the WalterFedy community rallies around our Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) team. The annual tournament supports local charities and in 2019, Lutherwood, House of Friendship, oneROOF Youth Services and YW K-W Emergency Shelter will split the funds raised at the tournament.

 

Our Team Captain, Steve Hales, has been involved with HHTH since the tournament’s inception six years ago. “Our company hockey team was participating in other local fundraisers when the opportunity to join HHTH came up and we knew it was a great fit with our corporate values,” says Steve. “The chance to play with ex-NHL and Olympic athletes and hear stories from their playing days also made it a unique experience to take part in.”

 

But what is it about this tournament that keeps our employees coming back year after year? “This tournament is a great opportunity to give back to several local charitable organizations at the same time,” says Jordan Hardy, WalterFedy HHTH team member. “I’ve been volunteering with my family since I was young, but what I didn’t know growing up was just how many charities there are. Contributing to four charities at once reaffirms my belief of how critical it is to give back, provide support to your neighbour, and be thankful for what you have.”

 

Jordan’s project management skills have been called on this year to manage the overall internal fundraising efforts for our team. Along with a BBQ, a jersey day and a 50/50 draw, the team also coordinated a huge silent auction to fundraise for the tournament. “The entire company comes together to support the fundraising efforts of our team and we really appreciate it,” says Jordan. “It shows how important community support is to our company.”

 

The tournament is run entirely by volunteers from industries across the Waterloo Region. Donna Lloyd, a long-time WalterFedy employee, well-known community member and hockey enthusiast has coordinated all those volunteers for the past five years.  “I’ve been volunteering in our community for as long as I can remember, but being involved in this tournament has brought together my passion for hockey and my love of working with the community,” says Donna. “I truly believe in why this tournament is run; every Canadian needs a safe place to call home and the support to thrive.”

 

This year’s tournament exceeded their huge fundraising goal of $235,000 and raised $260,000! They also surpassed a total of $1 million dollars raised since the tournament’s inception. Congratulations to this phenomenal community event for all your successes. WalterFedy is happy to be a part of all the amazing work you’ve done supporting our community.

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(CINCINNATI, OH and KITCHENER, ONTARIO; November 28, 2018) – Cincinnati-based Hixson Architecture & Engineering and Ontario-based WalterFedy announced today that they are working together to create a new $660 million value-added fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario for Maple Leaf Foods.  Hixson is serving as the lead firm to design and engineer the 640,000 square foot facility, with WalterFedy collaborating to provide architecture and engineering services in Canada. The plant is expected to be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing plants in the world, incorporating leading-edge food safety, environmental, and animal welfare processes and technologies.  Construction at the London site is expected to begin in the spring of 2019, with start-up planned for the second quarter of 2021.

According to Michael H. McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, the new, world-class facility “will enable Maple Leaf to meet the steadily growing consumer demand for premium, value-added poultry products, and strengthen Canada's food system." In addition, said McCain, this will be “the largest single-site investment ever made in the Canadian food sector.”

 

Greg Hammond, President and CEO of Hixson, also offered his thoughts on the project. “For 70 years, Hixson has been working with companies throughout North America to design and engineer facilities that can stand the test of time while meeting our clients’ needs for food safety, employee safety, and productivity,” said Hammond. “We are proud to have been selected by Maple Leaf Foods to design this historic project.”

 

“We are excited to be partnering with an organization like Hixson,” said Paul Reitzel, CEO of WalterFedy. “They have a long history of doing excellent work in the food industry. Our firms have the same commitment to values and talented professionals that deliver meaningful and functional projects to our clients.”

 

Read more about this project, including its economic impacts. 

 

ABOUT HIXSON

Hixson is an architecture, engineering and interior design firm specializing in projects for corporate office environments, retail projects and industrial processing facilities. Listed as one of the top firms in North America, Hixson delivers insight and advocacy leading to intelligent project execution through 16 integrated technical disciplines. To learn more, please visit www.hixson-inc.com.

 

ABOUT WALTERFEDY

WalterFedy is a dynamic, integrated design firm of architects, engineers and construction management professionals. With over 65 years of experience, WalterFedy excels at delivering creative solutions and practical built environments that enrich communities.

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It’s the time of year where a group of architects, engineers, techs and support staff get together to build something beautiful out of cans for The Food Bank of Waterloo’s CANstruction Event. 2018 was one of our most ambitious builds to date, both in the number of cans and cost. Our CANstruction team fundraised for two months and the design team worked for even longer perfecting the design for us to build and show off at Conestoga Mall from May 6-13.

 

Our build took hours (and hours and hours…), but we finally finished our CANmeleon after six hours and one partial tail redesign. We think our sign description of why we chose this design says it all – “Hunger isn’t always visible to the naked eye, like the beauty of a Chameleon. People you work with and talk to daily might be users of the Food Bank and you’d never know. We want to encourage people to support the community members you can’t always see, but are all around you. Show your true colours and support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and this year’s CANstruction efforts!”

 

Congratulations to the Food Bank on yet another fantastic CANstruction event!

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