HeroWork Hero Series: Nick Ogilvie

“Construction is interesting for me and I feel wanted there and that I’m actually making a difference because I can use the skills I have to the best of my ability.” We all possess individual skills that can be applied to help out our community in some way or another. Radical Renos often attract skilled…

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Home Away From Home

It’s never easy to move from one place to another, no less when it’s from another country. It can be a challenge to meet new people and find opportunities to make a living without knowing people. That was the case for Marcio Cutrim and his wife when they came to Victoria. But through a little…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Mark Roch

 “You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens.” —Aristotle Authenticity is a trait that we often notice in a person when they express it. Be it from numerous internal or external pressures, we can sometimes forget what matters most within ourselves and in our actions to affect those around…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Darlene Potentier

As you are likely seeing throughout the HeroWork Hero series, there are a lot of people involved that imbue not only the values of the charity, but possess a special character that inspires and draws people together. Darlene Potentier is without a doubt one of those people. And like so many of the volunteers, it…

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HeroWork Hero Series: John DeMedeiros

  John is the kind of guy whom everyone speaks highly of. And when you get a chance to speak with him you can understand why. There are a lot of values that HeroWork embodies, and John is the kind of person who personifies them. Like so many of the other people I’ve spoken to…

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Three Sides of Leadership

There are times when you need to step out on a limb, take risks, and be utterly beyond your comfort zone. Leading from ahead means courageous vulnerability and the specter of failure.

Other times a leader needs to lead from beside, working shoulder to shoulder, putting in the long hours, collaborating and listening with an open mind and heart.

Then there are times when a leader needs to lead from behind, creating systems and taking actions that empower other leaders.

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HeroWork Hero Series: Vance Smith

“I’ve found since joining HeroWork my way that I can help people out.” In this day and age, it can be difficult to find ways in which we can have a positive impact in the world around us. With so many new fields of expertise in the work world, finding a way to extend your…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Annette Wall

A passion for teams is the cornerstone of contributing to positive social change. As someone with this passion, Annette Wall’s journey with HeroWork began last year as she was looking online for charity volunteering opportunities. “When I started looking on the website to do some preliminary research, I saw that a friend of mine [Darlene…

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Businesses Built Differently

“Since volunteering with HeroWork, I’ve hired a whole bunch of HeroWork sponsors… And you know, if everybody did that, the HeroWork sponsors would be rewarded for their kindness to the community.” Val Sharp is a Team leader for the On-Site Team with HeroWork. Having taken part in the last four big Radical Renos, she’s gotten…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Amy McGeachy

Amy McGeachy’s journey with HeroWork started when a friend talked her into volunteering for a weekend with them. She spent it banging nails, moving furniture, and doing whatever was required. Since then she’s been a designer on the Threshold project and is a design leader with the upcoming Citizen’s Counselling Center project. THE JOURNEY Paul…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Lew Williams

    Lew Williams is a big teddy bear of a man. Older with gray hair and a beard, he has kind eyes and a ready smile. MOTIVATION A native Victorian, he comes from a family of seven. His dad died when he was young and his mother struggled to raise them on her own.…

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A New Layer of Giving

“I was wanting to do something charity-wise and do something for the community. I was looking around at a bunch of charities and just randomly saw that HeroWork was doing The Mustard Seed [Radical Reno] in the newspaper, so I gave Paul [Latour] a call and got involved right away—and the rest is history.” Aaron…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Neville Grigg

    “There’s nothing better than giving or doing something for someone and knowing there is nothing they can do in return.” Neville Grigg always has a magical glint in his eyes, whether he is telling you about the local charities he has helped out, how wonderful his kids are, the story of how he…

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Part of Something Bigger

“Back off guys—she’s with HeroWork.” It was an incredible reaction that Stephanie Deakin, a Re-Design Lead for HeroWork,  witnessed as she reached her car in a Victoria neighbourhood where one of the charities that HeroWork has worked with is situated. A group of young people had been following her. It wasn’t clear what their motive was,…

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HeroWork Hero Series: Kent McFadyen

Kent McFadyen is the first of our HeroWork Hero Series, which is completely appropriate since he has led three Radical Renovations, starting with The Mustard Seed. The Chronology Kent came into HeroWork in 2013 during the planning phase of The Mustard Seed project. At the time he had just returned from an extended stay in Winnipeg…

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One Thousand Percent Better!

Here what the Citizens’ Counselling Centre and the BC Schizophrenia Society of Victoria are saying about HeroWork’s 2015 radical renovation.

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Humble Hero’s

Many people spend their lives disengaged from the people in their community. Volunteers and sponsors of HeroWork are dedicate an exceptional amount of effort to strengthen our community. So I say, “Let’s shout out that we are making a difference. Stand proud for the big or small things we do. Not so others will look at us, but so others will be inspired by us and make a difference, too!”

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Threshold Housing TV Video Series!

As part of HeroWork’s ramp up to the Citizens’ Counselling Centre’s Radical Renovation, we are releasing the second installment of our 2015 Rad Reno video series. We are excited to make available for everyone the magic that was the Threshold Housing project for youth at risk of homelessness. Watch and be amazed once again with this 4 part original TV broadcast. And please share so that others may be inspired by the power of community!

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Online Rad Reno Videos Series is Here!

This is the first in HeroWork’s online video series showcasing our past Radical Renos and our current one for the Citizens’ Counselling Centre. This post is an online exclusive of the Mustard Seed video series. Watch and follow the restoration of their important building from start to finish in this 5 part broadcast TV show.

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HeroWork and the Citizens Counselling Centre: Maintaining the State of the Heart

[“Story and photos by Anne Maclean.”] Brenda Wilson, Executive Director of the Citizens Counselling Centre (CCC), looks around the centre’s main office. “This is action central,” she says. Wilson is looking forward to HeroWork’s renovation of the centre’s office and counselling spaces. The renovation, worth approximately $150,000, includes new paint, new flooring, a complete overhaul…

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