A crew of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga completed the task in mid-April 2015.
The non-load bearing walls at the south end of the Small Arms building in Mississauga have recently been demolished. A crew of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga completed the task in mid-April 2015.
April 10, 2015 visit to Small Arms
I most recently visited the Small Arms building at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East, in the Lakeview neighbourhood of Mississauga, on April 10, 2015. I had previously visited the building on April 6, 2015 to attend a Sledgehammer Ceremony which I’ve highlighted in a previous post:
Debbie Brown ensured that I wore the correct safety equipment
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga have been demolishing the interior of the south end of the Small Arms building. As soon as I signed in at the site, I was met by Debbie Brown, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who on that day was the hospitality person for the site.
I had arrived with my own steel-toed boots, hard hat, and face mask. Debbie made sure I signed in, and that I added a safety vest to my outfit for purposes of visibility, and safety googles.
Dennis Silva reviewed key safety precautions
I next met with Dennis Silva, a volunteer who asked me if I had ever been at a construction site before. I answered in the affirmative. He then reviewed the key safety precautions with me:
- Avoid standing in an area where something may fall on top of you
- When you move around, ensure you don’t distract people or interfere with their work
- Be aware of asbestos which is encased at certain locations, so that you don’t end up dislodging it
- Sign in and sign out. If you’ve left the building, but haven’t signed out, what could happen? In the event of an emergency, emergency personnel would need to spend time searching for you, even though you would not be in the building.
When someone calls your name, you attend to what they have to say
Dennis also ensured that the front and back of my hard hat had a label attached to it, with my first name clearly printed in capital letters. If somebody had to warn me in a hurry, about a safety issue, they would call me by my name. That would increase the chances that I would pay attention.
When I was at the site, I chose when to use the flash on my camera, and when to avoid using it. I moved with care, to ensure I did not get in the way. I was at the site for a brief period.
Jump photos of Rick Sirisko from Oakville
One of my photos, as it turned out, involved a picture of a Habitat for Humanity volunteer jumping into the air at a garbage dumpster.
I was out at the back of the building, taking pictures, when one of the volunteers said, “Hey. how about a shot of me jumping in the air?”
I thought that was a great idea.
Q & A with Rick Sirisko
Jaan Pill asked:
- Is it okay if I post the photo at my Preserved Stories website?
- Would the posting of the photo be okay, in your judgement, with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga?
- If it’s okay to post it, can you please let me know your full name, and any other details about your volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity that would be good to possibly share in a caption.
Rick Sirisko responded:
“Sure feel free to post/ use/ in any way you wish if it helps get anybody interested in Habitat that would be great.
“I know that Habitat will be fine with that as well so no worries.
“My full name: Dr Rick Sirisko from Oakville.
“Retired dentist (30 years in practice in Mississauga) sold my practice a few years ago & have been volunteering over a year with Habitat Global Village – been to El Salvador / Hawaii on world builds and presently a crew leader with Habitat Halton: working so far this year at the Milton site and will be also at the new Burlington build.”
[End of Q & A with Rick Sirisko]
History of Small Arms building
I’ve described the history of the building in a recent post:
Sunday, May 3, 2015 Jane’s Walk will focus on Small Arms building, Lakeview Waterfront, and Hanlan Project
Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey will lead a Jane’s Walk at the Small Arms building from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The walk, which will start at the front yard of the Small Arms building, will include a tour of the building and a walk to and from the Lake Ontario shoreline. Hope you can join Jim Tovey for this great event!
As it turns out, for the Jane’s Walk I’ve opted for the Small Arms Building as the preferred spelling, as that works better for titles of events. Otherwise, I do stick to Small Arms building as my preferred spelling.
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By way of maintaining balance in my reporting, I would emphasize that the Habitat for Humanity story can at times demonstrate aspects that are not as inspiring as some other aspects of the organization.
A June 19, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Habitat for Humanity team leader accused of sexual harassment: Inappropriate text messages to multiple female volunteers came from India project’s build leader.”