Oh Canada Eh? cast and staff pitching in to help families in need

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Enterprise Canada press release – Cast and staff from Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre are putting down the microphones and costumes and picking up hammers and drills.

On Friday, June 7/2019, they will be joining the Habitat for Humanity Niagara build in Niagara Falls to help install windows and doors in a two-unit semi-detached home that will house two rather large families when complete — in total, there will be 15 children, and their parents, living in the two houses.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we can’t help but look back and feel how fortunate we are to be in Niagara Falls and how good the community has been for us,” says Eric Hitchcock, General Manager of Canadiana Productions, which stages the dinner theatre performances out of its Log Cabin Theatre on Lundy’s Lane. “We are excited to give back and help an important organization like Habitat for Humanity do the great work it does in our city and region.”

Driven by volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Niagara builds affordable housing and promotes homeownership as a means for breaking the cycle of poverty. It pulls together teams of volunteers to provide donated resources and labour in building a home for a family in need.

The Niagara Falls build, on Bellevue Street one block north of Highway 420 off Drummond Road, will be the 63rd and 64th homes built by Habitat for Humanity Niagara since it began in 1993.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Oh Canada Eh? is helping to build these homes,” said Mark Carl, CEO of Habitat Niagara. “They are a supportive group of people who care about their community and give back to help provide families with a safe and healthy home so that their children can have the best chance for a bright future.”

Incidentally, Habitat for Humanity just celebrated its 25th anniversary by completing five housing projects over the past year. It is fitting that Oh Canada Eh? spend part of its 25th anniversary celebrations giving Habitat a supportive hand.

“We were looking for something special we could do for the community for our 25th anniversary,” says Eric. “With Habitat, not only do we get an opportunity to build a stronger community, but it is also a great team-building activity for our cast and staff. We’re really looking forward to getting out there in our hardhats and steel toe boots to make a difference.”

As part of its fundraising effort for Habitat, Canadiana Productions has been offering two “Show Only” tickets for each $25 donation (value $95). These are still available until June 6th at the Log Cabin Theatre Box Office.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Niagara, please visit habitatniagara.ca.

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