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Canadian Home Builders Association Partners with School District 51 for hands on training

Canadian Home Builders Association Partners with School District 51 for hands on training

February 25, 2015 – Coaldale, AB

February 25, 2015 marked the official launch date of another unique partnership between the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) and local youth in support of trades training. The CHBA partnered with Lethbridge School District 51 to create a day long training session for students to get a real life look at every step that is taken when building a home. Students donned hard hats, safety boots (courtesy of LaFarge) and faced the chilly wind to learn firsthand; right from the development of a community to the finishing touches in house, exactly what it takes to create the homes we all live in.

Stranville Living, a member of the CHBA stepped up to make this experience possible for the students. Dell Mathews, General Manager of Stranville Living was on site, explaining each step of construction as well as all of the other aspects involved that many people may not think about. Dell was happy to report that, “Stranville Living is very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge School District 51 and enjoyed hosting high school students on a tour of construction sites in our Westgate Landing development in Coaldale. Both the Career Practitioners and the students in attendance were engaged in the tour and had many questions about a potential career in the construction trades. From the surveying and development of land all the way through the interior design and marketing of new homes, the opportunities in our industry are endless and in high demand. We certainly want to encourage students at a young age to explore as many options for their future as possible and look forward to continuing our partnership with the CHBA – Lethbridge Region and the high schools in our region.”

Andrew Krul, the Off Campus Education Facilitator for Lethbridge School District 51 was among the school practitioners who joined in for the tour and commented, " Students have no idea how many trades are involved in building a home; the tour, which covered houses in various stages of completion, made them aware the complexity of building a home and the trades opportunities that are available."

Angela Zuba, Executive Officer of the CHBA commented on the partnership by saying, “It was notable that an equal mix of both male and female students was present and that shows the community that perception of the trades is changing in a positive way. A career in the trades can be very rewarding and quite lucrative as many journeymen trade people work their way into owning their own business and become quite successful. It all starts with the desire to create something meaningful, such as a home.

Zuba went on to mention, “The Association recognizes the importance of shedding positive light on how important trades are to the economic growth and viability of a community and that is why they are always contributing to education is various ways.”

The program was viewed as very successful by all parties and is predicted to run well into the future.

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge College: Year Three - Building our Community Together

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge College: Year Three - Building our Community Together

November 13, 2014 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) announced to its members on November 13, 2014 at the yearly Bridge Builder Banquet who the next two builders in year two of the College Home Project will be.

The third year of this unique partnership sees Daytona Homes Master Builder and Signature Homes Ltd. proudly stepping up to lead the project for 2015. In early 2013, CHBA and Lethbridge College announced the beginning of the College Home Project where CHBA builder members will partner with trades and suppliers to build ten homes over 5 years and have the proceeds from sales donated to the Trades and Technology renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) at Lethbridge College.

“The support around this project from the members of CHBA is really impressive! With a combined total of 149 businesses supporting the first 2 years of the project, it’s evident how much our group values community giving. I thank Daytona and Signature for stepping up and I look forward to celebrating year 3 when they break ground in the spring.” Commented Wes Carroll, CHBA Lethbridge President.

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September of 2014 saw the completion of year two with two stunning homes showcased in the Parade of Homes. Details on the project, who has been involved and more can be found at: www.paradeofhomeslethbridge.com

“On behalf of Signature Homes I would like to say how thrilled our company is to be a part of the College Home Project. Watching the last 4 builders contribute to the community in such a meaningful way has really made an impact on our company and we feel that as a member of this community, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to ensure the success of our industry. This project will be a great experience for us and our trades knowing that the proceeds go directly to the TTRIP building. Signature Homes is happy to work alongside Daytona Homes on year 3 of this unique partnership and I can’t wait to see the industry reach the goal of 1 million dollars for Lethbridge College!” Commented Kristen DeMone, Office & Design Lead

Signature Homes Ltd.

Murray Dueck, General Manager Daytona Homes Lethbridge, went on to say,” I would like to express how thrilled we are to be participating in the College Home Project! We have seen the success and impact this program has had to date and with the help of our trades and suppliers, we will do our best to make the impact that much greater. Our entire industry hinges on skilled trades people to do the job safely and with the highest quality in mind so supporting the College Home Project was not a difficult decision to make and our entire team looks forward to the challenge!”

As an added incentive for new home shoppers, Lethbridge College is furthering the commitment to promote accessible post-secondary education by donating a $2,500 tuition credit to the home buyer for each of the ten homes.

“Lethbridge College is proud to continue working with the Canadian Home Builders Association and its members on this one-of-a-kind collaborative partnership,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “We also appreciate the CHBA’s commitment to trades training and to Lethbridge College’s new trades and technologies facility, which we broke ground on last spring. It will such a pleasure to see the high-quality and innovative houses Daytona Master Builder and Signature Homes will construct this next year as part of the College Home initiative.”

Daytona Homes Master Builder

Daytona Homes is proud to build in Lethbridge, the fourth largest city in Alberta. Our Lethbridge homes are designed to complement the city which is known for its windy chinook weather and beautiful natural attractions. We are very proud to be known as one of the top home builders Lethbridge has to offer as we strive for excellence in all we do. From single-family new home designs to condos to townhomes, Daytona Homes offers a broad selection of award-winning new home models to suit the various styles and tastes of the city’s residents. When you are thinking of new homes and deciding on Lethbridge home builders that are a great fit for your family and lifestyle, think Daytona Homes. No matter which Daytona community you choose, you are sure to find the perfect home to fit your lifestyle!

Signature Homes Ltd.

When it comes to turning dreams into reality, Signature Homes Ltd. of Lethbridge, Alberta stands out among home builders. Walk through one of our finely constructed show homes and you will see why the attention to detail is striking. The highest quality of workmanship creates a warm, rich and inviting atmosphere.

Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders' Association has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry"—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. Representing more than 8,000 member firms across Canada, CHBA members come from every area of Canada's housing industry - new home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others.

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College opened in 1957 and is Canada’s first publicly-funded college. More than 4,000 students are enrolled in over 50 career-training programs, applied degree programs and apprenticeships, ranging from environmental science to justice studies to multimedia design to engineering. The college offers nationally-recognized and nationally-accredited programs taught by instructors with proven careers in the fields they teach. Well-established trades training and apprenticeship courses are turning out tradespeople as automotive systems specialists, electricians, welders, carpenters, heavy-duty mechanics and chefs. The college offers hands-on training, flexible learning possibilities and applied research opportunities. Students can choose from the familiar classroom-based courses, opt for online courses, or decide on a mix of classroom and online learning. Students also have the opportunity to engage in applied research, finding practical solutions to real world problems.

For more information please contact:

Angela Zuba

Executive Officer – CHBA Lethbridge

403-328-2288 ext 203

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Megan Catalano

Communications Specialist

Office: 403-320-3233 Cell: 587-220-0750

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