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The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario Proudly Sponsor the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

This summer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada plays host to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, a sporting event that brings together 7,500 athletes from 41 countries. Always willing to lend support to a worthy cause, the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) became a proud sponsor of the Games with members of Local 27 in building all 157 podiums the winning athletes will ascend.

The podiums feature the trilingual Games’ motto “United We Play” while showcasing the playful shapes and colours of the Games’ logo designed to reflect the celebration of diversity and spirit of inclusivity the Games represent. To be used during both the Pan Am Games and subsequent Parapan Am Games, each podium can accommodate up to four standing athletes or two wheelchair athletes.

At a ceremony in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on May 28, 2015, the Carpenters’ Union built podiums were unveiled to much enthusiasm. In attendance were Games’ executives, elected officials, representatives from the Carpenters’ and special guest, Canadian world and Olympic champion sprinter, Donovan Bailey. 

The Carpenters’ Union donated not only the time and skill of 15 of its journey persons and apprentices to construct all 157 podiums, but also all of the materials needed to build the podiums, ramps and related signs.

Preparations for the Games included an unprecedented commitment to sport infrastructure renewal in Ontario. Along with constructing the podiums, the Carpenters’ Union also played a large role in helping to build or refurbish 14 world class Games-related venues, including the CIBC Athletes’ Village.

Reaching the podium is the dream of any competitive athlete, so it was with great pride that our members worked to construct these symbols of achievement. Like the athletes they will support, the podiums demonstrate the skill and effort of our talented members who are committed to being the best at what they do.

Every time a Pan Am or Parapan Am athlete receives a medal this summer, our brothers and sisters can share in the moment knowing the world’s best carpenters helped to build the podiums supporting the world’s best athletes.