The Team at Windsor Plywood in French Creek, including store manager Gene Siegel, front, stand with Cathy Brown, left, director of the Windsor Plywood Foundation. The Windsor Plywood Foundation recently joined the SOS Biz for Good initiative, making a significant donation to the Project Rebuild Campaign. (Lissa Alexander photo)

The Team at Windsor Plywood in French Creek, including store manager Gene Siegel, front, stand with Cathy Brown, left, director of the Windsor Plywood Foundation. The Windsor Plywood Foundation recently joined the SOS Biz for Good initiative, making a significant donation to the Project Rebuild Campaign. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Windsor Plywood Foundation donates $10K to SOS ‘Project Rebuild’ campaign

Director said they value work SOS has done for past 53 years in PQB area

By LISSA ALEXANDER

The Windsor Plywood Foundation is helping the District 69 Society of Organized Services (SOS) rebuild capacity and meet needs in the community.

“We’ve been very fortunate over the years,” said Windsor Plywood Foundation director Cathy Brown. “Windsor is celebrating 50 years. So, 50 years later, this is a way for us to give back to the community that we operate in.”

Brown is the daughter of Randle Jones, founder of Windsor Plywood. It all began when Jones purchased Windsor Building Supplies in Surrey in 1969. Over the past 52 years, he has continued to expand the Windsor Plywood name — both corporate and franchise locations — across Canada and into the United States.

Approximately 40 years ago, Jones and his wife ‘retired’ to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, and soon after opened the French Creek store. Brown said Jones, who is now 87 years old, is still active in the business and continues to come into the three local stores regularly.

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Jones and his late wife started the Windsor Plywood Foundation in 2008, working with the Vancouver Foundation to help them support meaningful charities and projects in the areas they operate. Brown and her father continue to discuss all of the foundation’s areas of giving.

“He and I talk about every single donation we’re going to give,” she said.

The Windsor Plywood Foundation has joined the SOS Biz for Good initiative — with a $10,000 donation to the Project Rebuild Campaign — because they value the work SOS has been doing for the past 53 years in the area, said Brown.

Gene Siegel, manager at the Windsor Plywood store in French Creek, said that at a time like this, SOS services are very important to the community.

“We want SOS to be able to continue doing that good work,” he said.

SOS Biz for Good is an important part of the $1 million SOS Project Rebuild Campaign focused on reinforcing a safety-net for residents of District 69. Businesses can visit the SOS Project Rebuild website, at www.sosprojectrebuild.com, to learn more about the initiative and the variety of ways to give.

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