Humanity Greater Vancouver’s Women Build Program

Knowing more than 3.2 million Canadians don’t have a safe, decent and affordable place to live, Habitat for Humanity® Women Build is set to construct, in 10 days, six homes for low-income families in Richmond, British Columbia. 

What makes this program a little different is that all the people planning, organizing and building these homes are women. As Habitat likes to clarify, the Women Build Program is not about excluding men, it’s about including women while promoting women as leaders in the trades.

Hoping to Join 400 Women Change Makers

Joelle Cooke and Dionne Walach from our Surrey and Richmond Tile Town stores have taken up the women’s challenge and chosen Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s Women Build Program as their store’s GiveBack campaign during the month of October.

When customers visit either the Surrey or the Richmond stores, Joelle, Dionne and their staff look forward to promoting the life-changing work of Humanity Canada for low-income families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty.

Rolling up our Sleeves

For Joelle and Dionne, they are determined for their stores to raise the $1,000 so they can represent their customers and staff on the Habitat for Humanity® construction site. For Joelle, the thought of being on a construction site brings back memories of when her dad would take her to his construction sites.

To spend a day, hands-on, helping out in the community will certainly be a worthwhile day that neither Joelle nor Dionne will forget. And, it’s why Tile Town has a GiveBack campaign for we believe in giving back to the community in which our stores operate.

To learn more about each of Tile Town’s GiveBack charities, follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll give you a weekly update on how the thermometers are rising and the excitement we share in the store with our customers about each charity.

Donate today on-line or at our Surrey and Richmond Tile Town locations.

Helping BCs Abandoned and Mistreated Animals

Offering a safe haven and new hope for sick, injured and homeless animals in BC, the Victoria Humane Society (VHS) is committed to assisting animals in rural and remote communities. With no shelter of their own, VHS relies on over 50 foster families, along with staff and volunteers to socialize and exercise the animals.VHS_Logo_RGB allows an animal’s true personality to shine through and ultimately makes the animal more adoptable.

Logan Found a Forever Home

Ask any of the staff at Victoria’s Tile Town and they’ll remember who visited the store just after last year’s fall GiveBack campaign. A litter of puppies … from the Victoria Humane Society! Does Penny Stone know how to make an entrance, or what?

While visiting the store to receive a cheque from Tile Town’s 2014 GiveBack campaign, it only seemed natural to the ones who were benefitting from the Victoria store’s campaign to accompany Penny. The puppies captured everyone’s attention – customers and staff alike. For store manager Chuck Sauve, he had no idea what would happen next. Penny handed Chuck one of the puppies while telling him that she had been saving this little guy just for him.

Always wanting a dog, he and his partner Kristey were hard pressed not to fill out the adoption papers. A cross between a Border Collie and a husky, Logan is now a year old and part of the Chuck’s and Kristey’s family.

Support from the Community Keeps VHS Operating

Offering a safe haven and new hope for sick, injured and homeless animals in BC, the Victoria Humane Society (VHS) is committed to assisting animals in rural and remote communities. With no shelter of their own, VHS relies on over 50 foster families, along with staff and volunteers to socialize and exercise the animals. allows an animal’s true personality to shine through and ultimately makes the animal more adoptable.

In 2015, there have been so many dogs and their puppies needing care that the VHS is in need of more foster families. Also needed are volunteers to fundraise and to help pick up animals throughout BC. To become a volunteer, foster parent or to find out what animals are awaiting adoption, visit the VHS website.

For the Love of Animals

Chuck, Kristey and the entire staff are excited to be raising awareness – turning up the heat you might say – by asking their Tile Town customers to give a toonie in their 2015 GiveBack Campaign. Given the support from the community during last year’s campaign, Chuck and Kristey are confident that Tyler’s thermometer will reach the $1,000 mark for the VHS by Halloween!

To learn more about each of Tile Town’s GiveBack charities, follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll give you a weekly update on how the thermometers are rising and and the excitement we share in the store with our customers about each charity.