BIZ VOICE: Habitat breaks ground for new store

Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent board members Megan VanderEnde and Amy Adams, along with staff Mike Coyne and Anne Taylor, were joined by Jonathon Van Kesteren from Jayden Construction to officially break ground on the new Habitat ReStore facility on Junction Avenue in Chatham.

Construction is underway on the future home of Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent’s ReStore.

Members of the board of directors gathered recently to break ground at 55 Junction Ave. just off Park Avenue East in Chatham.

This new facility will be approximately 12,000 square feet and will continue to house the affiliate offices at this location.

The new ReStore represents a fresh start for the affiliate where they will have the opportunity to build a home for themselves.

The ReStore has been in operation since 2014 at their present location at 566 Riverview Dr., and has enjoyed continued success due to the generosity and support of local residents as well as many local businesses.

Habitat for Humanity C-K hopes to open the doors to this new facility next summer..

The ReStore is a social enterprise retailer that accepts and resells donations of new and used furniture, appliances, décor, and home improvement materials. All proceeds support the construction of new Habitat for Humanity Homes across Chatham-Kent.

Electrozad supports RMH

Acuity Brands Lighting – a North American lighting provider with Canada-wide offices and agencies – has developed a program called EarthLIGHT Initiative, aimed at encouraging customers to make a positive impact in their communities.

As part of this initiative, Electrozad Supply Company – with locations in London, Windsor, Chatham, and Sarnia – was winning distributor in Canada this year. As the winner, Electrozad chose Ronald McDonald House as the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Acuity Brands. Electrozad then joined forces with Wharton Sales Company Limited and each company gave another $5,000.

Ronald McDonald House is a renowned charitable organization that provides a home away from home for families with sick children, offering comfort and stability during challenging times. The funds donated will be utilized by RMH to enhance their programs and services, ensuring that families facing medical challenges receive the care and support they need.

Naloxone training offered

CLAC Training has partnered with the Ontario government’s Workplace Naloxone Program to provide free workplace naloxone training to all eligible employers in Ontario.

Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, allowing time for medical help to arrive.

All employers who are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to make naloxone available in their workplace, as well as to ensure someone in the workplace is trained in its use are eligible for the training.

New naloxone requirements came into effect on June 1 and the free training is available until Feb. 28, 2024, for up to two workers per worksite per eligible employer.

CLAC’s Workplace Naloxone Training is open to all eligible employers in Ontario—regardless of sector or union affiliation. To learn more and to sign up for this training, visit

Mrs. Bell is on the move

Mrs. Bell’s Tea Room owner Wanda Bell said the building her business is located in may be in the process of being sold, but the business will continue to operate.

The tea room will remain at the location at 11 Third St. until the end of December before taking its tasty treats and tea to 241 Grand Ave. E. in the new year.

The new location will feature on-site parking and will be wheelchair accessible

Uber Eats drives into Chatham

The food delivery arm of Uber has arrived in Chatham.

Uber Eats joins the likes of Skip the Dishes and Door Dash as an option to order delivery from local restaurants, or beverage suppliers or convenience stores.

“Our expansion into Chatham also means that we’re creating flexible earning opportunities for people from all walks of life who choose to deliver on the platform,” Uber said in a media release.

ALC seeks business support

The Active Lifestyle Centre is asking local businesses to support the 50-plus centre in its offering of programs to the community.

The ALC is a non-profit operation to enhance the quality of life for senior residents by promoting physical activity, mental wellness, social engagement, and a strong sense of community.

ALC officials seek financial support and in-kind donations, and offer customized sponsorships.

Interested businesses and individuals can contact Tamara Bos, executive director, at 519-352-5633.

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