Solid ground at Ontario Regiment Museum

CRH Canada and Dufferin Concrete (DC) are committed to giving back to communities we live and work in to help them grow and prosper. By aiming to make meaningful contributions, DC donated concrete for a concrete pad at the Ontario Regiment Museum which boasts the country’s largest collection of operational military vehicles.

The concrete pad is used to not only provide “parking” for tanks allowing them to stay clear of mud which erodes the tracks and causes rust and damage, but it also provides easy access to the site for the thousands of visitors it receives each year, in particular those with accessibility needs.

“The addition of this outdoor vehicle compound to our Museum not only helps preserve these unique vehicles for future generations, but more than doubles our vehicle display area. We are now able to present to the public twice as many vehicles from our collection on display at any given time. Our community partners are not only helping to preserve and present history, but are literally helping us build a world class facility for our visitors to enjoy.” Jeremy Neal Blowers, Executive Director, The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum.

The museum initially began operating in the 1980’s and over the past three decades, its collection has grown to include a number of fully restored vehicles including several tanks and tracked vehicles used by the Royal Canadian Armored Corps, the Canadian Forces, and allied forces. The members felt there was no more historically appropriate location to have the official museum than the Oshawa Municipal Airport, home to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan for allied pilots during the Second World War. The airport also served as the drop-off point for candidates to the then top-secret spy school Camp ‘X’. James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, trained there along with numerous other agents who played a vital part in the winning of World War II.

We are proud to have contributed to such a meaningful part of our country’s history and hope that the concrete pad will keep the tanks safe and accessible to visitors for many years to come.

To learn more about the museum and plan your visit, click here.

Supporting Camp Ooch

Dufferin Concrete is proud to support the Camp Day Challenge for Camp Oochigeas (Ooch), sponsored by Concrete Ontario.  Camp Ooch is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids affected by childhood cancer, their siblings, and their families, with a wide variety of year-round camp programs.

In what has become an annual campaign for Dufferin Concrete, our ready mix plants in Ontario organize charity barbeques with 100% of donations going towards the campaign. To help the campaign last year, our Concord Office employees raised almost $700 through our ice cream campaign in support of Camp Ooch during our CRH one year anniversary celebrations. As a group, CRH Canada, Dufferin Concrete and Ontario Redimix have raised over $14,000 for the Camp and both divisions have helped set the benchmark for all other concrete producers in Ontario participating in their own Camp Day Challenges. Congratulations to all involved and let’s keep up the great work to support this amazing program! Find out more about Camp Ooch here.

Bubble Hockey for Sick Kids

Dufferin Concrete has been a proud partner to the SickKids Foundation for many years. Over the past two years, we have happily supported SickKids through their Bubble Hockey Tournament, an exciting event designed to raise awareness and funds for The Hospital for Sick Children. There are lots of experienced and inexperienced bubble hockey teams battling for the winning table and hundreds of guests there to support the SickKids Foundation.

The donations raised from this event are in support of the Hospital for Sick Children’s highest priority needs including research, clinical advances, compassionate care and “unrestricted giving”. Unrestricted giving is the most flexible source of funding to speedily deploy funds in the areas of most promise or most need.

Over the years, Dufferin Concrete has raised approximately $385,000 for SickKids with the help of our local community and support from our customers. We are proud to continue our commitment. Find out more and offer your support here.

Ready Mix Drum Sponsorship

Dufferin Concrete takes great pride in giving back to the communities we live and operate in. With help from our customers, the Ready Mix Drum Sponsorship Program, an initiative organized in 2008, has raised over $1.3 million in support of Ontario hospitals. This investment in our community hospitals made possible by our business partners who contribute to much needed hospital programs.

In appreciation, the companies have their logos placed on select Ready Mix Concrete trucks which offer “rolling recognition” throughout the communities of Durham Region, Halton Hills, Hamilton, London, Milton, Oakville, and Toronto for one year. In the fall of 2014 Dufferin Concrete launched three new ready mix trucks in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham Region and the Children’s Health Foundation in London. Contact us or speak to your sales representative if you’d like to participate in our program.