If there’s one thing Walker knows, it’s community.
Fourteen times Walker Aggregates Inc. and Walker Brothers Quarry received a community relations award from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA).
This year alone, the company won six.
A release from OSSGA said the award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting good neighborly relations, community involvement, education and industry awareness.
Norm Cheesman, executive director of the OSSGA, said this year’s award winners have exceeded expectations.
“OSSGA promotes excellence among its members by encouraging them to effectively run their operations, responsibly manage the land they work on and actively participate in and contribute to their communities,” he said.
This year, Walker donated 80 tons of screening to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee Children’s Memorial Garden in Niagara Falls, and it made a monetary donation to the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society Kids Rock Club.
Employees have also worked with the local scout group for an Earth Day roadside clean-up.
In addition, Walker Brothers Quarry makes donations to the community, keeps the community updated through newsletters, website updates, phone calls and personal visits to neighbors.
Recently, Quarry employees joined the Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada and Land Care Niagara in planting trees along Twelve Mile Creek to improve water quality and habitat along the region’s only cold water stream.
They also have a restored building for the Vineland Scouts group, who have joined some of the quarry workers in roadway cleanups and seasonal barbecues.
Ryan Wall, executive vice president of Walker Aggregates Inc., said the company is proud of its operations and ongoing commitment to neighbors and local communities.