PCL celebrates 50 years!

PCL and United Way share the value of community-building—and a 50th birthday!

PCL celebrated its 50th anniversary in Winnipeg on Thursday with more than 100 friends and family in the Millennium Centre’s Celebration Hall.

The beautifully constructed hall in the 1912 building, with stone pillars, marble floors and wall panels and a soaring ceiling, was an appropriate spot for PCL’s celebration.

A PCL crane was the  centrepiece in Celebration Hall.

A PCL crane was the centrepiece in Celebration Hall.

A mini PCL crane draped in black cloth supported a disco ball, and green lighting cast PCL’s signature colour throughout.

An ice sculpture, embedded with the familiar PCL logo marking theanniversary.

An ice sculpture, embedded with the familiar PCL logo marking the anniversary.

Connie Walker, United Way’s President & CEO, took to the stage to praise PCL for its contribution to our community.

“For 50 years PCL has been helping to build a city that I, that we, love. And all of these structures are beautiful, meaningful, and central to our quality of life.”

Connie Walker, United Way President & CEO.

Connie Walker, United Way President & CEO.

Connie noted PCL and United Way have been partnered for 47 years, and that throughout North America PCL raised $7.1 million for 19 United Ways in 2014.

“This kind of corporate leadership – where it is rooted at the core values of an organization and through all levels of work, sets a high bar for those within PCL – and indeed, inspires those beyond its boundaries.”

PCL employees and guests listen to Connie speak.

PCL employees and guests listen to Connie speak.

Connie also expressed gratitude to Sean Barnes, PCL’s Vice President and District Manager of Manitoba, for his involvement on the board implementing the Plan to End Homelessness in Winnipeg.

“The Plan to End Homelessness challenges us to act collectively,” she said.

“It will take hard work and many years – and it will take many of us to get involved. This is community building. Thank you PCL.”

Sean Barnes returned the gratitude to Connie when he spoke.

Sean Barnes, PCL Vice President and District Manager, acknowledged and gave thanks to John Osadszuk, a 40-year PCL employee.

Sean Barnes, PCL Vice President and District Manager, acknowledged and gave thanks to John Osadszuk, a 40-year PCL employee.

“I want to thank Connie and the great folks at United Way for everything that they do in Winnipeg and for educating Winnipeggers on our needs and what we can do to contribute to our city.”

Jim Ludlow, President of True North Sports & Entertainment, also spoke, giving a hat-tip to PCL’s many construction accomplishments in Winnipeg, including the MTS Centre.

"The Wonderist" Chris Funk provided wondrous entertainment.

“The Wonderist” Chris Funk provided wondrous entertainment.

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Thank you, PCL, for all that you do to make Winnipeg better!

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