Stay Connected: Special Feature Article (July 14)

As we are almost at the mid-point of summer, the Ontario Construction Secretariat has participated in seven industry charity golf tournaments between the months of May and July 2022. The OCS was a proud hole sponsor in each tournament and submitted a foursome in four events, which not only made for fun days in the sun engaging with our stakeholders, but more importantly we were able to help different organizations raise money for so many great causes. The seven tournaments were each hosted by various labour and management stakeholders, and the proceeds were donated to a variety of different charities.

The construction industry golf season kicked off with The Toronto Construction Association’s (TCA) annual charity golf tournament on May 12 at the Angus Glen golf course in Markham. The TCA donated $5,000 to Sick Kids Hospital, and the OCS was proud to support such an important organization. The OCS then participated in the IBEW Canada Golf Tournament that took place on May 31, at Station Creek in Gormley. All proceeds raised were donated to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and IBEW promised this year would be another huge success, compared to last year when they raised approximately $18,000 dollars.

June was a busy month for golf and the OCS as we participated in 4 tournaments. The first tournament was the 9th Annual Gary O’Neill Golf Tournament that was another smashing success. This tournament took place on June 13 at Rattlesnake in Milton and was hosted by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 in memory of Gary O’Neill who passed away in 2011 from cancer. All proceeds raised from the tournament went to the Esophageal Cancer Program at University Health Network in Toronto.

Next up was the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) tournament at the Woodington Lake golf course in Tottenham. Proceeds from the tournament were donated to Threads of Life, the Luso Canadian Charitable Society, The Lighthouse, St. Andrew’s Dew Drop Inn, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and various other charities. The OCS was thrilled to take part in this tournament with the proceeds going to so many important causes.

Mid-month we golfed at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton. The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 15th annual Golf tournament was in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Mental Health Services Unit. OCS staff hit the links, and even managed to win the “Most Honest Team” award!

Wrapping up the month, OCS sponsored The Brick and Allied Craft Union’s (BACU) Golf Tournament at the Hockley Valley golf course in Orangeville. The proceeds from this event went to the BACU Scholarship Fund. Last week, the OCS was in Markham to support the Ontario General Contractors Association’s (OGCA) 41st annual charity golf tournament. The “Golf Passport” raised $6,300 that will be donated to the Scarborough Health Network Foundation. This was another win for the OCS as the “Most Honest Team”!

Overall, the summer is off to a great start, and the OCS is looking forward to participating and supporting a few more charitable events throughout the rest of the season. Demand for support continues to grow and we’re very proud of the unionized construction industry for investing in their communities and giving back.