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St. Joseph’s Foundation receives surprise donation

Bill Bradica presented a cheque for $1,850 to St. Joseph’s Foundation in Thunder Bay on behalf of HSC employees in Toronto.
DSSAB CAO Bill Bradica

St. Joseph’s Foundation media release

THUNDER BAY -- Bill Bradica discharged one of his first duties as the new Board Chair of the Housing Services Corporation on Wednesday.

He presented a cheque for $1,850 to St. Joseph’s Foundation in Thunder Bay on behalf of HSC employees in Toronto.

Bradica, who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Board (TBDSSAB), started as Board Chair of HSC on April 1.

“I was thrilled to learn that HSC staff had chosen to fundraise for an organization in our District,” Bradica said. “It speaks to their commitment to communities across all of Ontario.” 

HSC employees selected St. Joseph’s Foundation by vote in November and held a series of in-office fundraising events in the following months.

Employees raised a total of $925.

HSC business partner FirstOnSite Restoration agreed to match the amount raised by employees. 

“For HSC staff, it was important to select an organization that was also involved in housing and focused on social outcomes, particularly for vulnerable people,” said HSC CEO Howie Wong.  

“St. Joseph's Foundation was pleasantly surprised when HSC contacted us,” said Katrina O’Neill, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Foundation.

“We’re thankful to HSC staff in Toronto, who worked together to raise money in support of St. Joseph's Care Group here in Thunder Bay. We’re also thankful to FirstOnSite Restoration for their contribution. This gift demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of a small group can greatly impact the life and well-being of so many.  The money raised will be used to purchase essential equipment for our clients supported through social housing programs.”

HSC helps social housing landlords across Ontario by offering services that help them control energy costs; manage fire and safety risks; share best practices in managing and maintaining building portfolios, and use information technology to improve their operations.