March 15, 2013
Ottawa members help build fundraising home
Jason Smalley
Ottawa Chapter member Jason Smalley was quick to step forward to be a part of the project in his home city of Ottawa to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Each year a custom home is built through donation of talent, labour and material, and then auctioned off to the highest bidder. The funds from the auction go toward the hospital.This year the value of the home is estimated at over $1.5 million.

Smalley designed the landscape and managed Chapter volunteers to complete the construction project. “As a father of two boys who have benefited from the amazing care provided by CHEO, I jumped at the opportunity to design the landscape and oversee the project management for the 2012 home,” said Smalley.

men working on the landscape in the front yard of a homeJason Smalley took on the task of both designing and managing the construction project at the home which is auctioned to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The LO member went on to explain that the design challenge is to create a landscape that appeals to the average person and has enough pizzazz to encourage people to buy a ticket and support the hospital.

“The management challenge is to coordinate several dozen contractors who are donating their time and resources while trying to juggle schedules to fit the home’s construction timeline,” stated Smalley.

Generous donations of labour and materials came from the following contractors and suppliers: Permacon – Ottawa, Greely Sand and Gravel, Richmond Nursery, Lanark Cedar, Exel Contracting, Hickory Dickory Decks, Signature Stone Construction, Prebbel Enterprises, Elite Landscaping, Synlawn Canada, Candace Mallette Landscape Design, Yates Custom Lawn Sprinklers, Ottawa Landscape Lighting and Blower Xpress Services.

landscape plan drawingA design was donated to the project to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.