Projects & Events


Annual Golf Tournament:

The annual HNHBA golf tournament is held at Lynn Meadows Golf and Country Club on the last Friday in July. This tournament is a best ball scramble and all proceeds are donated to the Upper Deck Youth Centre in Simcoe. For the past 20 years this annual tournament has been held, providing a fun opportunity for members, suppliers, and guests to come together as an association and network while raising money for an excellent cause.


Tools for Education:

The HNHBA is pleased to offer a Student Award/Achievement Program entitled, "Tools for Education." The original purpose of this program was to provide money for shops at local high schools. Through this "Tools for Education" program, the HNHBA donated a sum of $6,400 in early 2002 as well as $8,000 in the fall of 2002 to local high schools in an attempt to raise awareness about the shortage of skilled labour in the Ontario home building industry. Recipients of these donations included the construction technology classes at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Valley Heights, Dunnville, McKinnon Park, Cayuga, and Hagersville Secondary Schools as well as Port Dover and Simcoe Composite Schools.

Bursaries are now presented in the amount of $500 to students who show interest and promise within the field of trades. Presentations are also made of higher bursaries, based on accomplishment. In 2003, Walter Ottiger was awarded a sum of $1,000 after winning gold at both the Provincial and National levels of the "Skills Canada" Competition in Woodworking. The HNHBA plans to return to its original purpose in the near future by donating further sums of money to support technology programs in local high schools.

Log Cabin:

In 2006, Fanshawe College began a log cabin project which ended tragically when a student was hit and killed by a falling tree. The HNHBA completed this project in memoriam of the young man, Jason Boterberg, in collaboration with Rob Verry, a log home builder who was conducting this project with the students in an attempt to build the log cabin traditionally. The cabin was then donated to Norfolk County to be used as a tourist information booth in Wellington Park.

Fire Station:

A sum of $5,000 was donated to the community fire station to create an information trailer. This trailer travels around the community, visiting schools, to educate children on fire safety and prevention.

Simcoe Christmas Panorama of Lights:

Celebrating over 50 years of lights, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is a renowned local holiday attraction. The over 60 displays in the Panorama were created by volunteers like the HNHBA. The Builder's Association constructed a "Penguin House" as part of this community program, contributing to the bright array of lights that attract many generations of visitors.

Camp Trillium:

In 2002, the HNHBA partnered with Norfolk Pros and Camp Trillium to construct a new cabin for the summer participants at the Rainbow Lake site in Waterford. Camp Trillium offers recreational programs that bring children and their families together who are battling cancer. The camp operates under the policy to never turn a child away, resulting in limited available space. Donating free labour, the HNHBA constructed the fully winterized, energy efficient cabin with the free materials donated by Norfolk Pros.