Our Vision

To inspire and empower the renewal of nonprofit physical infrastructure across Canada and beyond.

Our Mission

To increase the capability, efficiency, and support of charities by completing high quality charity renovations through special community events called Radical Renovations.

Synopsis

HeroWork builds community, literally and figuratively.

We are a progressive and innovative charity that renovates other charities in a way that saves the recipient 80% of the value of the renovation. We do this by turning a standard renovation into a spectacular community-style event in which a wide spectrum of community is engaged, giving participants have a life affirming experience while increasing local leadership capacity.

We call these events Radical Renovations—imagine a modern day barn-raising, where dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers come together with exceptional cooperation and common vision.

There is the “march onto the site” followed by the opening ceremony and demolition. Everyone stops work for lunch and dinner, which is catered for volunteers. The short timelines, close quarters, and cooperative atmosphere bind people together. There is constant excitement and camaraderie. The Big Reveal is streamed live to the volunteers. Plus, we use social media to tell the story of the people and businesses who rise up to make it happen Radical Renovations ripple out goodwill into the community through the example of what can be done when people work together with common vision and good planning.

The HeroWork Program is needed because our non-profit infrastructure is diminished. Neighbourhood halls, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, youth housing—community buildings that make our community strong—are often in a state of disrepair. Between decreased funding and a growing demand for services, most charities struggle to fulfill their mandates with little money left to maintain their buildings. More, new infrastructure is increasingly difficult to acquire and then renovate, leaving communities bereft of facilities.

Key People

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Paul Latour

Paul is a motivational speaker and the creator of HeroWork, a program that inspires people, communities, and companies to come together and complete modern-day versions of old fashioned barn-raisings.

Paul has produced and directed two one-hour TV broadcast specials on HeroWork projects. He has given keynotes and seminars on community building, leadership, and storytelling for such organizations as Alberta Culture, the Project Management Institute, the BC Ombudsman, Rotary, and Administrators of Volunteer Resources of BC, plus others.

He has also been featured on Global National News, on the front page of the Times Colonist, and the Victoria News, as well as featured in the Globe & Mail.

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Peter Smither

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Board of Directors

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Annette Wall

Annette has a lengthy career in executive leadership in government and as a management consultant.  She has held position as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministries of Finance, Health and Labour.  In her work, Annette has and continues to contribute to organizational development, governance, change management and workforce strategies.  She works with a focus on building strong teams, establishing collaborative leadership strategies and fostering strategic relationships, all of which she brings to HeroWork.

In addition to her consulting practice, Annette currently holds a position of Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University and acts as mentor and coach for the Human Resources Management Association.  She holds a masters degree in leadership and professional designations in the human resources field.

Annette has three adult children and three grandsons.  She loves to golf, read, and especially to hike with her puppy, Jackson.

Annette has a passion for collaborative leadership and is dedicated to helping build and promote this through HeroWork.

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Morgan Clark

  • Effective and organized accounting professional with extensive experience in public practice servicing a diverse range of clients
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, thrives in complex, dynamic environments
  • Strong technically ‐ accounting, audit, budgeting and information systems
  • Enthusiastic and experienced facilitator – successfully lead multiple course offerings with very positive feedback
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William Doyle

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Brent Pearce

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Nathan Lang

Nathan Lang grew up in West Africa and South America where he learned the early on the value of community. He works at Hilti as a Technical Account Manager where he supports onsite projects in Victoria enjoying teaching Firestop, Chemical-Mechanical Anchoring and Powder/Gas Actuated courses at VICA & Camosun College. He has previously worked with Tremoco, Abell Group, Jim PattisoICGroup & as a business owner. He currently serves on the boards of ECABC & the BCWACA. Nathan lives in Victoria & is married & blessed with 2 children and 2 grand children.

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Marie Graf

 

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Cheryl Rowley

When Cheryl Rowley left Los Angeles for Victoria in 2011, she was leaving an illustrious, lifelong career in residential and hospitality design. As the principal – and creative director – of the 40-person Cheryl Rowley Design, she had created literally dozens of dazzling hotel interiors for Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Kimpton, Starwood and Four Seasons, and countless equally extraordinary environments for residential clients across the globe. She had won virtually every award her industry offers, and some of them over and over again. So it’s no surprise that, after almost 40 years, she was ready – very ready – for quiet and peace: for cooking, gardening, and walks on Island View beach. She came to live with her husband in the woods of North Saanich, and wound down for a couple of years. Then she started looking. Last fall, in the Times Colonist, Cheryl found what she was looking for. She went to work with Herowork, first in demolition and then in decoration – painting, really – on the Oak Bay project for Threshold. She spent all four weekends at it, much of the time on the floor. And now she’s coming back for more. “I am pleased and proud to be part of this extraordinary organization,” Cheryl said. “I look forward to this next project, and I hope to many more.”

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Susan Tinker