Lehigh Cement is actively involved in our local communities. We do more than help build them – we help our communities reach their full potential.
The Friendly Firefighters
The Friendly Firefighters Program is run by off-duty career firefighters in Delta, BC, with the goal of getting kids familiarized and comfortable around firefighters and their equipment in case of an emergency. To do this, the firefighters mimic a much easier version of their own Firefit Championships, also known as the "Toughest Two Minutes in Sports." The firefighters visit five different local communities and invite children ages 3-9 to run through their friendly competition course. Once the kids have completed the course, they receive a fire safety colouring book, fire hat, team cards, tattoos and a certificate. Firefighter Dave Mason says about the event, "Fire prevention is a huge part of being pro-active in fire safety. Children are getting educated sooner and made aware of the potential dangers of fire, what to do in the event of a fire, and how to help others. As long as we continue providing this information to our community, we are being successful with the program." Approximately 1,000 kids are put through the program every season it runs; we're proud to see our communities educated and prioritizing safety.
Delta Hospital Moonlight Gala
Everyone gets sick once in a while, which is why the medical resources available in a community are vital. For the Delta Hospital, surrounding community members have rallied financial support for the hospital through an event, the Delta Hospital Moonlight Gala, for almost two decades now. Lehigh Cement was able to join in sponsoring this event in 1999, a year after it began, and has since helped contribute to the over $3 million total raised! The funds from this event help finance much needed medical equipment: a new CT Scanner, Cardiac Care, Hospital’s Greatest Needs, Residential Care, and the ER. All this equipment works to save lives, and that's something we're proud to support.
Tour de Delta
Back in 2001, Lehigh Cement didn’t pass on the opportunity to get involved with the Tour de Delta and all the excitement the event brought to the Delta community. Tour de Delta partners with BC Superweek, a prestigious Pro-Cycling series in North America featuring various racing events throughout British Columbia. Every year since 2001, Tour de Delta calls in professional bikers, from the hobbyist to Olympians, to race each other at a competitive level through their community's streets. As exciting as it is to watch this event, it isn't just limited to the professionals. Races are offered throughout this weekend for kids and youth to compete in, making this a fun, participative event for every family member.
Paws in Motion
The Paws in Motion event gathers local pet owners and their pets to take a walk to support the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) and their mission "to protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity." What better way to fundraise and raise awareness than doing Zumba with your dog? This fun event features a raffle draw, princesses, clowns, live music, games, and a free dental check-up for your pup at the WHS Veterinary Clinic tent. Since 2006, Lehigh Cement has been proud to sponsor the event that works towards "a future where no dogs, cats, or critters need to suffer from hunger, homelessness, or neglect." Our Lehigh Hanson affiliate companies Lehigh Cement, Inland Concrete, Inland Pipe, and Inland Aggregates are all proud supporters of this event.
Holes for Homes Golf Event
Lehigh Cement sponsors the Holes for Homes Golf Event to support the Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Women Build. The Habitat home ownership program helps families break the cycle of poverty by providing alternatives to unaffordable and inadequate shelter. By mobilizing volunteers and community partners, the organization works to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families. Providing access to this kind of shelter gives families esteem, stability, and security for their children—while also building communities.Our Lehigh Hanson affiliate companies Lehigh Cement, Inland Concrete, Inland Pipe, and Inland Aggregates are all proud supporters of this event.
TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad – Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation
The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad calls all members of the Winnipeg community together in support of research for Prostate Cancer. With leadership from the Winnipeg Police Association and a volunteer organizing committee made up of Winnipeg police officers, community and business leaders, and dedicated citizens, the people of Winnipeg rally for the cause. Over 1,400 riders in a police escorted parade visit various destinations with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canada Inns Windsor Park. 100% of the funds raised from this event stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education. Our Lehigh Hanson affiliate companies Lehigh Cement, Inland Concrete, Inland Pipe, and Inland Aggregates are all proud supporters of this event.
Madox Suzio was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)—meaning there was an inoperable, incurable tumor intertwined with a crucial part of Madox’s brain stem. Madox passed in August, 2014. His parents created Madox’s Warriors in 2015 to honour their son’s fighting spirit — he was their ‘little superhero’. Marco and Suzanne were determined to raise awareness of DIPG and to fund research into childhood brain cancer. In just three years, Madox’s Warriors grew by word of mouth. Thanks to Madox’s father, who is a customer of Lehigh Cement, Inland Aggregates, Inland Pipe and Inland Concrete in Manitoba, Lehigh Hanson (LHC) were quick to come on board. LHC supports the annual Kids Dance Party, with dancing, silent auction prizes and raffles held every May. LHC is also a key sponsor of the Superhero Run to Fight Childhood Brain Cancer held in September. LHC employees are also keen to contribute. In 2017, when the Superhero Run took place at Kildonan Park, Chris McQuarrie, Braden Shaw, Amanda McCaughan, Mike Pfaff, Ed Le and Courtney Kehler were joined by their families on the 5km course. Since 2015, LHC has contributed $7,886. Read more in our 2017 Community Report.
Since 1959, Reach has been working with local families to bring out the unique abilities of every child, to maximize their potential. That philosophy is shared by everyone at Lehigh Cement, especially those employee families who understand the challenges posed by autism. As an active member of the Delta community, Lehigh Cement has supported Reach since 2006. When the non-profit launched an appeal to raise $4 million to build their new child development centre, Lehigh Cement stepped in and donated to their goal. On February 24, 2018 Reach Child and Youth Development Society (Reach) opened their 20,000 square feet facility on 47th Avenue in Ladner, British Columbia. Every year, over 1000 children from Delta, Surrey and Langley will visit here. Read more in our 2017 Community Report.
Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society
The wild Fraser River white sturgeon has been under threat for many years, attracting the attention of conservationists in 1997 who formed the not-for-profit Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society (FRSCS) to save the species from habitat loss and over-fishing. Lehigh Cement is part of the diverse group of supporters who have gathered under the watchful eye of founding father and honorary chair, Rick Hansen. In 2017, Rick was keynote speaker at the annual FRSCS Sturgeon Conservation Challenge and Gala, sponsored by Lehigh Cement. Read more in our 2017 Community Report.
Lehigh Cement Peregrine Falcons
When a breeding pair of Peregrine Falcons claimed the top of Lehigh Cement’s 58 metre (190 foot) high clinker silo in Edmonton in 1992, our employees immediately identified the falcons as endangered and recognized the significance of having the birds on-site. Our team sprang into action to provide the falcons with a healthy habitat: the Government of Alberta has been working to save the Peregrine Falcon since 1975, so partnering with their efforts was the natural approach. Working with Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers, we helped design a shelter box on the plant’s east cement silos. Read more in our 2016 Community Report.