Boilermakers Supporting Their Communities

Fort McMurray Fundraising
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers raised over $140,000 for the Canadian Red Cross to assist the good people of Fort McMurray due to the wildfire that destroyed over 1600 Buildings. IVP for Canada, Joseph Maloney, and the Local Lodges of Canada combined efforts to raise the money.
Alberta Fires Donation
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and the Boilermaker Contractor Association have jointly donated $20,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. Click here to read the accompanying donation letter (PDF).
Boilermakers Playing Against Cancer
Over the last two years, Boilermakers from Local Lodge D366 have raised over $20,000 to conquer cancer in a dawn to dusk road hockey tournament for the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, ON.
Boilermakers Support a Cure for Diabetes
Diabetes is one the most common diseases, affecting more than 285 million people worldwide. In Canada, more than nine million people live with the disease and that number continues to grow. People with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of blindness in people under the age 65 and the most common cause of new blindness in North America.
Ride to Conquer Cancer a Success
John Gras of Lodge 146 is happy to report that the Boilermaker team raised $21,375 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer this summer. John thanks all who supported him in the quest to find a cure to cancer.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
The Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer has been rescheduled to August 10-11, 2013. Brother John Gras of Lodge 146 will be in that ride. To date, John is 15th on the list of top fundraisers at $18,035. All Boilermakers are encouraged to make a donation to John to conquer cancer.
Boilermaker Raising Money for Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
Brother John Gras of Lodge 146 will be participating in a 2-day 200 kilometer major cycling event called the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world. The event is to take place June 23-24, 2013.
Boilermakers Supporting the Local Community Where They Work
Brother J'onn Giese of Lodge 359 is happy to report on a recent fundraising program at the Mica Dam upgrading project. The Boilermakers at the project decided they wanted to do something for the community they are working near. The crews at the project collected $2,575 - enough money to buy 103 $25 gift certificates that were then donated to the Revelstoke Christmas Hamper Program, in the city of Revelstoke, British Columbia.
Lodge 359 Members Giving to Community
Brother Robert Hood, a 12 year member of Lodge 359, recently raised $1,340 for the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society in Sechelt, BC.
Lodge 191 Supporting Education at Local Community College
Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Business Manager, Lodge 191 (Victoria, BC), reports that the lodge has received a greatly appreciated acknowledgement from Camosun College for a donation to support the Level "A", "B" and "C" Welding Awards at the college.
A Boilermaker Fundraising for his Neighbours
Members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers are always finding ways to contribute to the community in which they live. One example of this is Brother Glenn Aker of Lodge 73. On January 18, 2012, Aker and his band mates from MC Bern Cleary spent the evening at Shindigs Pub in Port Hawkesbury, NS, fundraising for the local food bank society. The night of blues raised $5,427.00.
Boilermakers International Support KidSport
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is a proud supporter of KidSport. KidSport is a national organization that provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
A Boilermaker Making a Difference
Hugh MacDonald, a member of 146, is also a four term member of the Alberta Legislature (MLA). MacDonald was first elected in the general election in 1997 and has served the Edmonton-Gold Bar riding as a Liberal MLA ever since then.
Dreams Take Flight - Magical Memories for Special Kids
IVP Joseph Maloney, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (Western Canada), committed to sponsoring this wonderful program for children with needs. A donation was made to the Edmonton chapter as well as a contribution to the "Wrapped Up in Dreams" fund raising event. IVP Maloney said "Boilermakers across Canada are committed to supporting our communities and I am proud that our efforts will help these children achieve their dreams. Each year we plan to sponsor a Dreams Take Flight chapter across Canada."
Learn more about Dreams take Flight.
L-359 members donate to family of slain teen
Workers, mining contractor raise $5,100 - When news that 15-year-old Loren Leslie was found slain in central British Columbia, near the town of Vanderhoof, last November, Boilermakers working at the nearby Endako Mine expansion project decided to do something for the girl's family.
Lodge 580 Members Will Never Forget the Canadian Troops
In the dockyards of the Halifax harbour, the members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 580 have been serving the Canadian military since 1927. It was not very long after the start of the war in Afghanistan that we started to lose brave young Canadians in battle. Brother Steve Sweeney knew that something needed to be done to remember these heroes.
Boilermakers Local 146 donates to the new Building Trades of Alberta Courage Centre (Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital)
EDMONTON Journal - "Trades workers who bought lottery tickets for charity on Alberta construction sites will see their money go toward a new facility that will use robotics, virtual-reality simulations and other high-tech treatments to rehabilitate disabled or injured patients. The Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation announced Thursday that it is donating $1 million to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for its Courage Centre, which is under construction and set to open in the fall. Three affiliated unions -- the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 146; the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers; and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 488 -- are also donating $500,000 each, for a total of $2.5 million."
Another Boilermaker Volunteer
Jean-Marie Nadeau, a retired member of Lodge 128, and his wife Florence, have been helping to provide food, shelter and clothing to people in need for the last 6 years. Jean-Marie and Florence's first step into volunteering was to work with the Disaster Response Service (DRS) based in Grand Rapids Michigan by the Christian Reformed Church in North America.