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Dealer wins award
Pat Charron from Volvo CE dealer Great West Equipment is not only an appreciated professional in the construction business, he also helps to fight hunger and homelessness in his region, British Columbia, through his annual volunteer efforts. Just recently Pat was awarded the Volvo Building Tomorrow Award, which includes a donation to the charity of his choice. Pat chose to give back to an event he already supports.
The award was created to recognize dealers that make unique and meaningful contributions in their communities. As the branch sales manager at nearby Volvo CE dealer Great West Equipment, Pat was given the award for his work with the Cloverdale Community Kitchen, a local nonprofit in Surrey, just outside Vancouver, British Columbia.
As a longtime resident of the area, Pat understands firsthand some of the challenges the region is facing. The city of Surrey is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis and homelessness is on the rise. According to the city’s website, it increased 49% between 2014 and 2017.
With Pat’s help, the Cloverdale Community Kitchen is doing everything they can to support the city’s most vulnerable citizens. The Community Kitchen serves more than 15,000 meals per year, provides shelter during weather emergencies, helps people get back on their feet and improve the quality of their life.
One of the fundraising events benefitting the Cloverdale Community Kitchen is the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), which includes either a 2 or 5-kilometer walk and a hot meal afterwards. One year, when a volunteer didn’t show up, Pat offered to step in as route marshall and help set up the course for the walk. He’s been doing it ever since.
“I lived in that area for 14 years, and I’ve seen the people who benefit from the Kitchen’s work,” says Pat. “This event brings businesses and individuals together to make a difference in their lives.”
Pat also serves as past president for the British Columbia chapter of the Associated Equipment Distributors, helping select scholarship recipients and disbursements for technical schools in an effort to address the labor shortage in the construction industry.