It only takes one drop of water to cause a ripple. And quite often, it only takes the action of one individual to set the course for lasting change in our community through the efforts of those that follow them.
Former Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Mr. Case de Jong, is one such individual. A committed volunteer and advocate for Habitat since 1993, his dedication to community service has sparked a movement within their board and 260 member companies that has changed the lives of countless families in need in Halton and Mississauga, and across Canada.
On November 5th, CIPH members, community volunteers and Habitat for Humanity staff gathered to recognize Mr. de Jong. In a special ceremony, the 13 town home complex in Burlington was officially named DE JONG LANE so that future generations could recall his commitment and dedication to building change in our community.
“In 1993, it was the CIPH Board’s vision to align the association with a charity that would tie in with the philosophy of building, renovations, while at the same time providing hope,” explained Ralph Suppa, President & General Manager of CIPH.
“That vision was championed by Case. Since 1994, CIPH members have contributed more than $10 million dollars in cash and products to Habitat, and this year, under the leadership of Gail Kaufman (Wolseley Canada), CIPH has set a goal of raising $2 million dollars in product and cash for which $1.7 million has been raised to date. Because of Case’s vision, the support of our Board and our members generous contributions, CIPH has helped sponsor homes in Niagara Falls, Winnipeg, Moncton, Charlottetown, Montreal, Regina, St. John’s Newfoundland, Victoria, Ottawa Carleton, and our 10th and most ambitious sponsored build is right here.
“We firmly believe in a hand up and not a handout. This 13 unit home build complex is the start of a new life for the Habitat families where they can feel safe and the children can grow up with pride and dignity. I am proud to say that CIPH and its members take a leadership role in addressing the need for affordable housing by providing modern hot water heating and plumbing products to over 250 Habitat for Humanity homes each year.”
We are thrilled to have the support of local community legends like Mr. de Jong and the members and board of CIPH. With their help and support, we’re giving 13 families a fresh start in life. And with the great example set by Mr. de Jong, we hope that our combined efforts will have a ripple effect on all who visit or reside on DE JONG LANE, showing them that they can make a difference in their community and change the lives of families forever.