Written and Shared by: Dawson Group

Dawson Group staff were thrilled to have the chance to enhance the play spaces at the Chris Rose Centre for Autism in Kamloops with the addition of a custom-built sandbox designed to fit perfectly alongside the school next to its playground.

Several Dawson workers got together at our workshop in Knutsford last week to design and assemble the sandbox, which includes a unique folding top that will help keep the sand inside clean and safe. The same team delivered the sandbox, which was painted the Dawson Group’s royal blue, early last Friday and filled it with more than 1,000 pounds of sand.

“This was a great project for us to work on,” said Dawson Group Chief Operating Officer Yves Lacasse, who manned a drill and a paintbrush for the construction effort. “Having the chance to create something that will give children the opportunity to play safely and constructively was a highlight for me. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.”

The project was coordinated through the United Way’s Day of Caring program, which sees businesses donate time and expertise to benefit charities, groups and organizations with unique projects or special needs.

The sandbox project was also one more project closer to the Dawson Group’s goal of completing 97 community projects in 2019 — one project for every year our company has been in operation. Next year, we will strive to do 98 community projects, and continue on in such fashion towards our 100th anniversary in 2022.


With nearly 700 volunteers putting in over 3450 volunteer hours in less than three years, a lot of work, learning, and connecting is getting done at United Way Days of Caring®.

The idea is simple: An organization has a project that has been sitting on the backburner like a new fence or a space painted, and a local business has a team of eager volunteers ready to get the job done. But it’s not just about the fence. It’s about building a sense of caring through volunteerism and connecting people with different skills, knowledge, and backgrounds. It’s about team-building and having the chance to learn about the programs available in our community that United Way supports.
Contact us for Day of Caring opportunities by clicking here: https://www.unitedwaytnc.ca/get-involved/volunteer/