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A colourful way to care

Amid all the nasty stuff going on, here’s some good news I just had to share. DULUX Paints, a brand of PPG and the largest paint store chain in Canada, has given Toronto-based Indigenous women and their children a dose of something that has been proven to lift spirits: colour.

On September 11, Dulux provided the gallons of paint, supplies, financial support, and volunteers it took to to revitalize the four-story, 1900s-era mansion that’s home to the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.

The event was part of PPG’s Colourful Communities program, which will invest $10 million over a ten-year period to beautify local communities. In 2015 and 2016 combined, PPG completed nearly 60 projects, and it expects to complete about 75 more this year.  Learn more  here and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto – a registered charity funded by government programs as well as public and private donations – provides sanctuary and support for hundreds of Indigenous women and their children by hosting cultural and educational programs, drop-in supports, traditional and contemporary counselling, parenting programs, hot lunches, job skills training, and housing support.

“Due to the complexity of our space and extremely limited resources, we have not been able to paint after we experienced a terrible flood last fall,” said Sarah Midanik, Executive Director of the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. “We are so grateful for Dulux Paint and PPG’s Colorful Communities program. The fresh coat of paint has given our centre a much needed refresh that will greatly benefit our Indigenous women and their children.”

Good job, Dulux! We’ll be watching other initiatives of this program with interest.

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