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In the Community: S.G. Cunningham
April 30th, 2019In the Community
S.G. Cunningham (SGC) is an organization built on strong family values with a genuine passion for giving back to the community and helping neighbours in need.
As one of Waterloo Region’s leading full-service general contractor and construction management firms, SGC plays a pivotal role in building, redeveloping and restoring some of our community’s most recognizable buildings.
An active and dedicated supporter of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region since 1998, the team at S.G. Cunningham has raised more than 100,000 meals for neighbours in need. Over the years, they have also participated in a variety of events and initiatives such as Giving Tuesday and corporate food sorting.
In this business profile, we chat with Beverley Cunningham, VP, HR & Communications and learn about the importance of community engagement and collaboration.
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): Tell me a little bit about S.G. Cunningham?
S.G. Cunningham (SCG): S.G. Cunningham Limited (SGC) is a general contracting and construction management firm that’s been serving Southwestern Ontario for more than 40 years. Our team is known for building unique and timeless office and hospitality spaces. We also work closely with architects on a variety of industrial and institutional projects. However, what many people may not know is that SGC is passionate about building community! In the past, we’ve helped many not-for-profit organizations like the Child Witness Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital, and of course The Food Bank. Not only have we performed renovations for these organizations, but we’ve given back through donations, sponsorships and also our employees’ time.
The Food Bank: Why is it important, as an organization, to give back to the community?
S.G. Cunningham (SCG): We’re a family business and we do our best to care for our employees and their families. There may be times when our own family – or our employees’ families – or our neighbours’ or friends’ families – need special community services, like St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre or The Food Bank. Many of us may one day reach out for help and it will be a relief and a true blessing that help will be there. We believe it’s important to give back what we can for this reason.
The Food Bank: What does it mean to your organization to be able to give back so generously to the charitable and non-profit organizations in Waterloo Region?
S.G. Cunningham (SCG): Our staff members are happy and proud to be part of an organization that cares. The idea of giving back is in our DNA here at S.G. Cunningham. As a team, we have enjoyed cycling for mental health programs in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. We’ve loved walking to raise awareness of the importance of cardiac care and we always look forward to supporting Waffles in the Warehouse at the Food Bank each February! Our construction crews have appreciated deliveries of SMILE cookies in support of Nutrition for Learning as well. We try to support a variety of community programs and to share our enthusiasm with other businesses that may want to join in our efforts.
The Food Bank: How does S.G. Cunningham support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?
S.G. Cunningham (SCG): We attend and sponsor Food Bank fundraising events. We played a significant role in 2018’s Giving Tuesday which raised $40,000 to provide meals for families in our region. We held a Thanksgiving Food Drive at our office and delivered Christmas food hampers in December. All this is a team effort – supported and celebrated by everyone at SGC.
The Food Bank: Why do you support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?
S.G. Cunningham (SCG): The Food Bank is doing important, valuable work. Food security is an essential part of life. No one wants to worry about having enough to eat tomorrow. If an individual or family needs help, isn’t it wonderful to know that help is just a phone call away. The Food Bank is a testament to the very generous and caring community we have here in Waterloo Region. We couldn’t be prouder to count ourselves as avid supporters of the tremendous work you do.
If you are looking to create a unique and beautiful space, you can contact S.G. Cunningham by phone: 519-886-2730 or by email.