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The Mikey Network partners with Toronto Catholic District School Board

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The Mikey Network partners with Toronto Catholic District School Board

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All 202 schools and various facilities of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) now have defibrillators installed. Participants at a recent partnership announcement with The Mikey Network at St. Lawrence Catholic School in Scarborough, are, left to right: Mikey Network’s Eva Naumovski; Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron; TCDSB Trustee Michael Del Grande; TCDSB Associate Director of Business Services & CFO Lloyd Norongha; Khaled Elgharbawy; Stacey Coray; Veronica Olmedo; Yoliana Azer, Superintendent Peter Aguiar

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is taking the important step of equipping all 202  of its facilities with automated external defibrillators. The AEDs, as they are known, are potentially lifesaving devices and are supplied by The Mikey Network.

“We appreciate the feedback provided by parents, staff, students and other community members regarding AEDs and we continue to look for opportunities that help us ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff and students, which is always our number one priority,” says TCDSB Chair Maria Rizzo. “Through this partnership with The Mikey Network, we have successfully achieved ourgoal of having every school site equipped with an AED by the end of 2019, ahead of schedule.”

“Today marks an important moment, aimed at putting a spotlight on the challenge that people living with rare, congenital heart conditions face on a daily basis, as well as the emotional toll it takes on their loved ones,” adds TCDSB Vice-Chair Michael Del Grande. “Events like this give us anopportunity to come together as a Catholic community to show our support to those vulnerable toincidents of sudden cardiac arrest and to show them that there is help.”

In December 2018, the TCDSB board approved the allocation of about $210,000 to fund the purchase of the AEDs. Staff received CPR and AED training over the 2019 March Break. The Board also arranged first aid courses during the 2018-19 school year, so a minimum of two staff members per school are trained in standard first aid, CPR and AED use. Most schools already have more than two certified first aiders.

“We are delighted to partner with the Toronto Catholic District School Board on their installation of potentially life saving defibrillators,” says Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron. “With our Mikey placements, we are helping give people a second chance at life.  As a not-for-profit organization, we’re committed to teaching people how to use defibrillators and how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.  Over the years we have trained over 13,400 in CPR and AED, and to date, have 43 recorded saves, eight of whom are under 18 years of age, and that is very gratifying.”

The Mikey Network has also created a free mobile app called The Mikey Young at Heart app, designed to help teach students CPR and AED training, making them more confident to use an AED or administer CPR should they ever need. Time spent learning on the app can go toward their high school volunteer hours.

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GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

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GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

Mattamy and Great Gulf named as GTA Homebuilders of the Year, Hugh Heron wins Lifetime Achievement Award.

The GTA’s home building and land development industry recognized its top builders, projects and marketing initiatives at the 38th annual BILD Awards on Friday, May 4, 2018.

More than 1,300 industry professionals attended the event, which honoured achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 51 categories. A group of 30 expert judges from across North America determined the winners from more than 900 submitted entries.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Hugh Heron, principal and co-founder of Heron Homes. This recognition is the association’s highest honour and was presented to Heron for his 50 years of leadership in the building and land development industry.

HOMEBUILDERS OF THE YEAR

Taking home the night’s most prestigious awards for Homebuilders of the Year were Mattamy Homes for Lowrise and Great Gulf for Mid/Highrise.

The Homebuilder of the Year titles recognize the builders who set the standard for the rest of the industry through their professionalism and dedication to excellence.

The winners are leaders committed to quality, caring for their customers and contribution to their community. A key component of the judging process is a customer satisfaction survey completed by the builders’ purchasers.

The Great Gulf Group has been in business for over 40 years and includes Great Gulf, Ashton Woods, First Gulf, H+ME Technology, and Tucker HiRise. It has grown into one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. They have built their reputation by continually seeking to marry design, technology and experience in exciting new ways.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America with a nearly 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. The company started in 1978, building one home in Burlington. Today they have over 90,000 homeowners in hundreds of master-planned communities. Mattamy is continually in touch with each homeowner from the first touchpoint at their sales centre, to when a purchaser moves in, to long after they have settled into their new home.

Hugh Heron
Hugh Heron

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For the past 50 years, Hugh Heron has been a “builder” in every sense of the word in the province of Ontario. Today, he is one of the most active and influential professionals in the new home industry, as well as an avid media spokesperson for the building and land development industry in the GTA.

In 1967, Heron came to Canada and got his first job with Costain, a company that he had worked for in Scotland. In 1979, Hugh went off on his own to co-found Heron Homes with a group that he is still in business with today. Heron’s building entities has gone on to build over 8,000 homes in 50 communities across Ontario and has built over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

“For 50 years Hugh has given back to the industry that gave so much to him and his family,” said Wilkes. “He has served in leadership positions at some of the industry’s most important institutions, including chair of the Ontario New Home Warranty Program, past president of both the Greater Toronto and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations, and former senior board member of Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC).”

Heron is also well known for his community and charity work, establishing the Mikey Network in memory of Michael Salem, a partner at Herity who died of cardiac arrest on a golf course in June 2002. The Mikey Network helps place Mikeys (public access defibrillators) in schools, workplaces and public access areas across Canada. These defibrillators have been used to save 39 lives to date and many more to come.

“Hugh Heron’s goal has always been to make the new homebuyer feel comfortable during the building process,” said Wilkes. “Hugh has always made the journey of new homeownership a positive experience. When someone buys a home from Hugh and moves in, he makes sure they feel ‘Home at Last,’ ”’ said Wilkes with a smile.

TOP AWARDS

The People’s Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to CentreCourt Developments and SmartCentres for their Transit City development in Vaughan.

“People’s Choice is a unique award because it is the public that decide the winner,” said BILD president and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Nearly 6,000 people voted for projects that competed for the best in city building that demonstrated how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for GTA homebuyers.”

For community building, BILD has two categories for outstanding projects that embody the province’s smart growth principles: Best New Community (Planned/Under Development) for a project currently planned or under construction; and Best New Community (Built) which recognizes a completed project.

The Daniels Corporation won Best New Community (Planned/Under Development) for Lighthouse Tower East, located at Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East. For its work on Harbour Plaza and One York, Menkes Development won the award for Best New Community (Built).

The Berkley by Arista Homes took home the award for Best Innovative Home Design, which recognizes cutting-edge design in lowrise homes that increase buying choices for entry-level consumers.

Best Innovative Suite Design went to Collecdev’s Unit E8, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that maximizes living space.

Curated Properties and Windmill Developments won the award for the Best Midrise Building Design for The Plant, which seeks to bring new standards of sustainability and urban agriculture to Queen West.

For their outstanding leadership in the implementation of green building practices, Dunshire Developments was named Green Builder of the Year, Lowise, and Tridel was named Green Builder of Year, Mid/Highrise.

The Project of the Year, Lowrise title went to TACC Developments, Arista Homes Limited, DECO Homes, Fieldgate Homes and OPUS Homes for their Richlands development in Richmond Hill, while Curated Properties and Windmill Developments’ The Plant was selected as the Mid/Highrise Project of the Year.

The award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to the team of Graywood Developments and Community for their campaign for Peter & Adelaide.

The Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award was given to The Daniels Corporation and the Riley Brethour Leadership Award was given to Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco of OPUS Homes.

For a full list of winners, go to bildawards.ca.


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The Mikey App is saving lives

The Mikey App is saving lives

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The Mikey App is saving lives

Kayley, a 17-year old Toronto high school student, recently saved the life of a man who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while walking down Yonge Street.

Kayley, a Mikey Hero
Kayley, a Mikey Hero

She signed up for the “Mikey Young At Heart App” over a year ago and saved a man’s life using the skills she learned through the app.

“Last summer I was walking downtown and I noticed people making a fuss. A man was lying on the ground and his face was blue so I knew something was wrong,” Kayley said. “I quickly knelt down beside him to perform CPR. I got to just over 30 chest compressions and then he started to breathe again.

“Nobody in the crowd knew how to perform CPR. But I knew because a year before I had downloaded the Mikey Young At Heart App. Going through the app’s videos and quizzes gave me the confidence I needed to act fast and without fear.

“I’m proud to have been given a Toronto Police Service Award for my efforts. But I believe that with the right training, anyone could and would do exactly the same.

Download the Mikey Young at Heart app today … and you just might save a life tomorrow!”

The Mikey Young at Heart App is giving a new generation of young Canadians the knowledge and confidence to step up and really make a difference in the world. All students who complete the app are awarded volunteer hours toward their secondary school graduation diploma.

“Earn your volunteer hours while you learn CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) the Mikey way,” Kayley said.

The Mikey Network’s goal is to save more lives by training everyone on how to perform CPR and operate a Mikey AED (automatic external defibrillator).

The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a partner in Heathwood Homes and Herity. In the summer of 2002, Mike was on a golf course in Muskoka when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and passed away.

In 2003, Hugh Heron of Heathwood and Herity established The Mikey Network in memory of his dear friend. No one knows whether a defibrillator could have helped to save Mike’s life, but in his name, The Mickey Network places AEDs in as many public places as possible, so that other cardiac arrest victims may have a second chance.

Since then, 37 people have been saved by Mikey AEDs.

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Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

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Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

Calgary, Alberta, April 5, 2017 – Heathwood Homes recently received “Best Customer Experience” in Ontario at the 7th CustomerInsight Homeowner Mark of Excellence (H.O.M.E.) Awards. CustomerInsight is a Calgary-based customer experience research company. The Best Customer Experience Award is based on one-month and 13-month post-possession reviews by homeowners, which is a true testament to how the nominees treat their purchasers. Heathwood Homes has long been one of the most respected builders in Ontario and has earned the public’s trust. The tagline “Home at Last®” sums up the company’s customer service-driven commitment.

Heathwood operates on the basis that service begins the moment potential purchasers enter the sales offices and continues to long after move-in. The website HomeAtLast.com is a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource for Heathwood owners, with descriptions of the home-buying process every step of the way. Visitors to the website can find out about construction, a checklist and moving tips, maintenance, warranty information, emergency numbers, useful forms and even information on The Mikey Network, the charity Heathwood and The Heron Group founded in 2003 to place public-access defibrillators called MIKEYs in at-risk public places.

Hugh Heron, President, Heathwood Homes
Hugh Heron, President, Heathwood Homes

The website also contains a section called “Décor Store Experience” – an example of how Heathwood goes to fulfill its service commitment. In addition to providing a wealth of information online, Heathwood recently treated purchasers at Country Lane, the master-planned community in Whitby, to a special seminar to help them prepare for their colour-selection appointment.

Heathwood Homes has been bringing communities to life for more than 40 years, and has earned a reputation as a builder with a difference. More information on Heathwood’s communities can be found at Heathwood.com.


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Team Mikey Invites You to Hit the Trail

Team Mikey Invites You to Hit the Trail

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You are invited to join Team Mikey on Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 Walk of Life at the Ontario Science Centre and E.T. Seton Park.

Participation will help raise funds and awareness for the Mikey Network, which aims to place public access defibrillators in high-risk locations across the GTA. The Mikey Network was established by Hugh Heron of Heathwood Homes and Herity in memory of a partner and friend, Michael Hart Salem, who died of a sudden cardiac arrest while golfing.

The event will feature a one-, three- or five-kilometre walk, a five- or 10-kilometre run, chair exercises for seniors and kids fun run plus lots of fun activities for children of all ages.

Your donation will also help children at high risk of cardiac arrest live a more normal life. In many cases these children would not even be able to leave the hospital without a portable automated external defibrillator (AED).

Through the Mikey’s Kids program, they can participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to, and their families can have peace of mind of knowing their Mikey is close by should they ever need it.

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Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

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Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

by Andrew Pariser
RESCON

Every February is heart month and with it comes the annual heart health campaigns from various groups, including the Mikey Network. While their slogan is “The Beat Goes On,” their message is of awareness and preparation.

In construction, two important health and safety principles are awareness and prevention.

By studying near misses we can gain valuable information, which can be used to prevent future accidents or respond in the most effective way possible when an emergency situation occurs.

That’s why it is important to talk about a program like The Mikey Network, which provides portable defibrillators for all kinds of public spaces, including construction sites. It’s a registered charity that has distributed about 2,200 easy-to-use units across Canada, with 1,600 of those in GTHA schools, hockey rinks, golf courses, apartment buildings and shopping centres. We we even have one at RESCON headquarters.

Many in our industry have heard of Mikey and how it began after beloved Heathwood Homes marketing VP Mike Salem, 56, died in 2002 at the Bigwin Island golf course on Lake of Bays after suffering a cardiac arrest. That led Heathwood Homes’ founder Hugh Heron to spring into action.

However, few realize that 35 lives have been saved by Mikeys, including Archer Hackett of Renfrew, Ont.

In January 2015, Archer was three months old and suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm. His parents were driving him to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa when they had to pull over on the side of the road after he suffered a cardiac arrest. They put the pads on his tiny chest and re-started his heart.

Morty Henkle of the Mikey Network donates four Mikeys to the Halton Region Police Service.
Morty Henkle of the Mikey Network donates four Mikeys to the Halton Region Police Service.

“That is the youngest person that we have had the good fortune to have saved,” says Morty Henkle, executive director of the Mikey Network.

Archer was one of eight lives saved in 2015, the highest number in one year throughout the 12 years of the program.

Reading a letter from Archer’s parents, Henkle said the couple “cannot express how grateful we are. Archer wouldn’t have survived without your help. We’re so thankful to have him home.”

Henkle says saving Archer’s life was a big moment for the Mikey Network.

“I was truly amazed that we were so lucky to have placed a Mikey with a family that was able to save this child’s life,” Henkle says. “Every save is a big save. We’ve had teenagers, we’ve had young children, a person in their 70s, but when you can actually save a child that’s just coming into the world, it’s a pretty awesome feeling.”

Heathwood Homes president Hugh Heron admitted he got emotional when he heard Archer’s story.

“A three-month-old baby. Just imagine. There were tears in my eyes – just for a child to be given a second chance, it’s fantastic,” he said.

About 230 children in Ontario carry a Mikey – donated to families by the Network –Heron said. The Mikey Network also has a close relationship with both the Peel District School Board and the Toronto District School Board.

Heron said the Network is trying to put Mikeys in as many public spaces as possible, and he believes defibrillators should be on every residential construction site in the GTHA. “Builders owe it to their staff to have defibrillators. Everywhere there is fire extinguisher there should be a defibrillator. We want to make this a cardiac-safe city.”

Heathwood’s Bob Finnigan – president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – agrees.

“When you’ve got a site with 100-plus people and it’s hot and they’re working hard, it’s important to keep them safe. Highrise builders should look at having those kinds of stations on every second or third floor.

“You look at those 35 direct saves, and who knows how many of those people would have had direct access to a defibrillator.

“It’s a tangible asset that gives you a chance to survive if you’re in cardiac arrest. There’s 2,200 places in Canada that are a whole lot safer than they would be without one.”

We are proud to say our office is one of them, and that the builder making the GTHA a safer region is a member of RESCON.

 FIVE IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MIKEY

  • Cardiac arrest has no respect for age – whether someone is three months old or 80, anyone can suffer one.
  • If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, they will be unconscious. Here’s what to do: Call 911, then open the defibrillator unit. The machine gives simple, verbal instructions, monitors the person’s heart and assesses whether to shock it.
  • The Mikey portable defibrillator can jolt the heart back into a rhythm with up to 360 joules.
  • The unit can be used two to three times, but the battery and pads must be replaced after each use.
  • If the Mikey sits unused, the pads must be replaced every two years, and the battery must be replaced every five. The unit will last 10.

Learn more about this terrific program at mikeynetwork.com.

Andrew Pariser Andrew Pariser is the vice-president of RESCON and chair of the RESCON health and safety committee.

Reach him at pariser@rescon.com.


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