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Dufferin in the Community

Building Sustainable Communities and Being Good Neighbours

At Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry we take great pride in our contributions to improve the quality of life for the members of our workforce, their families and the communities around our operations. Giving back to the community is a priority at Dufferin Aggregates. The following are just a few examples of how our company "walks the talk" here in Halton Hills.

Community Engagement

Earth Week Tree Planting Event 

Every year during Earth Week, members of the Halton Hills community and the employees of Dufferin Aggregates join forces for annual tree plantings. In 2011, 300 people including Scouts Canada, and local community members participated by planting more than 4,000 trees from native species as part of the site's progressive rehabilitation efforts. Since 2001, Dufferin, together with the local community, has planted more than 50,000 white pine, eastern white cedar, white birch, poplar and white spruce trees on rehabilitated lands during Earth Week activities.

Tree planting event at the Acton Quarry

Tree planting event at the Acton Quarry

Open Houses

The Dufferin Aggregate Acton Quarry hosts an annual "Open House" for our community members. In 2010, approximately 400 neighbours, friends, family and elected officials gathered at the Quarry to learn more about how the quarry operates, about the rehabilitation efforts, have some good old fashion family fun! The Acton Quarry Open House also had a food drive, the proceeds of which were donated to The Acton Foodshare food bank. 

Acton Quarry Open House

Acton Quarry Open House

Limehouse Kiln Society 

Dufferin Aggregates is an active supporter and participant in the Limehouse Kiln Society, which promotes and preserves the historical significance of the Lime Kilns located in and near the Village of Limehouse, Ontario.

outdoor stone oven

 

Supporting Healthy and Vibrant Communities

Drum Sponsorship Program 

With the fast pace of growth in Halton, Dufferin Aggregates has been conscious of the ongoing need for healthcare funding. Our company identified an innovative approach to raise funds for the Halton Healthcare Services Hospitals through their "Sponsor a Ready-mix Concrete Drum" program. As part of the program, Dufferin solicits donations from partners and suppliers in the industry, who then place their logo on the drum of Holcim's ready-mix concrete trucks. One hundred per cent of the proceeds go the Halton Healthcare Services Hospitals. To date, this highly successful program has raised $300,000 for the hospitals in Halton and $75,000 for hospitals in Georgetown. 

cement truck

Acton Splash Pad 

In 2010, Dufferin made a significant material donation in the construction of the Acton Splash Pad, which was unveiled on July 19, 2010, just in time for kids' summer fun!

Donations and Product Support - The Acton Quarry provides financial and material (products) donations to local charities, schools and other organizations which help the cause of community development. Employees of Dufferin Aggregates' Acton Quarry also take great pride in and volunteer at local fundraising and community events. Following are examples of organizations and groups that have been supported by Dufferin Aggregates' Acton Quarry in the recent past:

  • Acton Agricultural Society
  • Acton Aqua Ducks (Swim Team)
  • Acton Fire Fighters Association
  • Acton Fire Station 
  • Acton Skating Club
  • Drugs and Addiction Magazine
  • Georgetown Minor Hockey Associations
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Halton Hills 3 Pitch (Baseball)
  • Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
  • Limehouse Kiln Society
  • Limehouse Public School
  • Multiple Sclerosis Super Cities Walk
  • North Halton Bantam A Twisters (Hockey)
  • Rockwood Midget Med Baseball
  • The Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Three Musketeers Golf Tournament
  • Wildhawk Basketball 

 

Employee Volunteerism 

Dufferin proudly supports the commitment of several employees who volunteer their time as firefighters with the Halton Hills Fire Department. Continued recognition of the important role that the Fire Department plays in the community, Dufferin was proud to support their efforts in donating funds to create the Acton Fire Department Heritage Room. 

emergency training mission

Environmental Education 

Dufferin Aggregates places a lot of emphasis on creating awareness about the natural environment among children and young adults. Employees at the Acton Quarry often act as tour guides as we welcome various organizations to our site who want to learn more about aggregate operations, progressive rehabilitation or local geology.

Acton Quarry tree planting team

Some recent examples of organization tours include:

  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Stewardship Rangers
  • Students from University of Toronto, Mississauga, Earth Resources Department
  • Representatives from Ashgrove Women's Institute
  • Representatives from Local Masonic Lodge