July 27 Blog

The Low Down on Construction – July 27

At Merit, we are very proud of our very diversified and talented members and the commitment they have to building our society, not just structures.

There are many examples of contractors doing great things throughout the province, but Merit members, Coram Construction of Regina under the leadership of General Manger, Ian Knibbs, has gone above and beyond to help improve the quality of life in Saskatchewan.

Coram has a mission to engage and create jobs for aboriginal youth looking for a career after high school. So they teamed up with Your Choice Homes to bring a unique and worthwhile program to the students at Carry the Kettle First Nation.

Recently two Coram supervisors, Tayler Wells and Phil Matechuck, donated their time and efforts, along with Your Choice Homes, to supervise, coach and instruct 12 Carry the Kettle students as they set out to build a tiny home from start to finish. The project took three weeks to complete.  Most importantly, it helped to bring industry and community together, build life skills for the 12 youth, and provide all those involved in the project with a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

For these 12 aboriginal youth, the future is very bright. The project they participated in gave them credit to use toward their grade 12 diploma, and they also received apprentice training hours when they graduate.

Coram’s participation and support of this visionary program is inspirational and has made a difference in the quality of life and education for the students.  It has also made a positive impact on those who now reside in the tiny home on Carry the Kettle First Nation.  That’s a WIN-WIN-WIN situation at its best!

The community contribution of members like Coram is what sets many Merit members apart from others.  We are proud to have Coram as part of the Merit family and honoured to have an outstanding individual such as Ian as the Chair of our Board of Directors.