A cedar bench handcrafted with love from local people living with developmental disabilities is a token of appreciation recently presented to Hammond Cedar.
Members of the Greenwood Creations, a woodworking program run by the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, wanted to express their gratitude to the mill staff and managers for years of support, explained Margaret Ickert, the business development coordinator for RMCL.
Many of the items made each day in the Greenwood work program through its 30-year history have been made of wood from Hammond Cedar, including signs, garden stakes, planter boxes, picnic tables, and rocking horses.
³Hammond Cedar has been a long-standing and generous supporter of the program and has been instrumental in keeping the program operational and cost effective,² Ickert explained.
So giving a thank you in the form of a bench made from some of the cedar from Hammond Cedar seemed fitting, elaborated program supervisor Sue Clarke, who¹s been with RMACL since 1985.
"The bench is a small token of gratitude, but our appreciation is huge," Clarke added about the gift presented during a special ceremony at the mill.
"They seemed very pleased," Clarke said of the mill staff. Creating the bench took little more than a week from the inception of the
gift idea to the completion of the bench.
All 20 members of the day program contributed, from helping with the sanding, cutting, and staining, to working on assembly of the bench, and Clarke said their pride was apparent when the gift was presented.
This long-standing program operated in the Maple Meadows Industrial Park provides its participants (all residents of Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows who live with developmental disabilities) with a chance to earn valuable work experience and secure training for jobs in wood manufacturing and the assembly sector.
For more information about the program and the products available for purchase, people can visit the association¹s website at www.rmacl.org or find Greenwood Creations on Facebook.
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