“The Centre for Skills Development & Training and the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar have launched its new Tiny Homes program to benefit disadvantaged communities, workers and the environment.
The project — kick-started with a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club and support from area businesses will see fully-weatherized, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved, all-season tiny homes built by the centre.
Upon completion, the homes will be dispatched to disadvantaged and Indigenous communities around the country, or sold with the proceeds being used for a range of other charitable causes.
“We really feel that this program addresses multiple issues now affecting communities around the country,” said Rotary Club executive Lauri Asikainen. “Not only will it provide valuable skills training for students, but the homes they create have tremendous value.
“Before the Tiny Homes initiative, students in our residential construction program would build partial walls or mock houses that would need to be torn down and sent to landfill at the end of each course. Now, these walls will be combined and mounted on a mobile platform to create a modular, movable, permanent home for someone in need.”
Added the centre’s manager of marketing and communications, Dean Lorenz, “Without the help of Rotary Club, GEM Windows and Doors, Turkstra Lumber and Rush Trailers, this program never would have gotten off the ground. We’re privileged to have these amazing partners involved and that they saw the same potential in this program that we did. It really is a win-win for everybody.”
“GEM Windows is an award winning company that is the window and door company of choice for many of your favorite tv shows, but this plaque for our participation in this valuable and timely project is the best recognition we’ve ever received.”