Trent’s Random Act of Kindness

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In January we kicked off our 75th Anniversary Celebrations with Trent Gives Back to Reep Green Solutions and we will now end our 2017 Random Acts of Kindness campaign with Trent’s awesome good deed. Trent took his $75 each staff was allocated and divided it up between four envelopes that included a little sketch and this awesome message:

“No strings attached. 75 years in business and we wanted to give back to our community. If you can use this, keep it, if not, give it to someone who can.” ~ Trent

Trent then distributed these envelopes around Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo. We did hear back via social media that Barrie’s Asparagus Farm found one of the envelopes and then used it towards a gift that was locally purchased in St. Jacob’s Village, the home of our workshop and office!

We’re not sure where the other envelopes ended up, but Trent has had a fun experience giving back to strangers in Kitchener-Waterloo!

It’s been an action-packed year and we’re excited to see what 2018 brings. Thank you for following along as we have celebrated our 75th year in business!


A Year of Giving In Celebration of Our 75th

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75 years in business is a big deal, but so is practicing putting people first on a daily basis and that’s exactly what we have been encouraging our staff at Menno S. Martin to do throughout 2017 in celebration of our 75th year in business.

Focusing on giving back, Menno staff have been giving to their favourite charities all year long. Each  staff member was given $500 to donate to the charity of their choice and we have been blogging about our donations since February and have a few more to share. In addition to supporting REEP Green Solutions, Hope Springs Cancer Support Centre, NOAH and The Working Centre and to Rock Steady Boxing group in Niagara that helps those battling Parkinson’s Disease our team has also donated their funds to the following charitable organizations that are near and dear to them and their families:

Children’s Health Foundation Cardiac Unit, London, Ontario Elmira Poppy Fund
Friends of Hockey
Lakeside Hope House in Guelph
MCC – Hurricane Irma Relief for Haiti and Cuba
Mennonite Disaster Services
Michael House
Parkinson’s Canada
SickKids Toronto – Scoliosis Clinic
Thresholds Homes & Support (Wellness & Resident Counsel)
Woolwich Community Services
Woolwich Kids and I Resource Centre

It’s been a very fulfilling year watching Menno staff give back to the organizations and groups that have supported them and their families. We all feel so fortunate that there are groups in our communities that can help us and others maneuver through rough times. Giving back is important to all of us at Menno S. Martin and look forward to Putting People First for the next 75 years in our community.




Jeff Gives Back and Mark & Jeremy Share the Love

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Waterloo Region donations, Jeff gives back

Photo credit: Rock Steady Boxing

As part of our 75th year in business, the Menno S. Martin team has been our in the community doing random acts of kindness (RAK) and we have committed to donating $500 on behalf of each of our staff to their favourite charities throughout 2017.

The theme for our 75th year in business is Putting People First and we continue to do just that! Here are a few of the most recent activities. Continue reading


Smart Employers Talk Conference By Trent Bauman

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Art Janzen & Trent Bauman -Co-Owners at Menno S. Martin Contractor speak about living wage during their panel discussion

Art Janzen & Trent Bauman -Co-Owners at Menno S. Martin Contractor

Art and I recently attended and presented a panel discussion on the topic of living wage at the Smart Employers Talk conference presented by The Centre for Labour Management Relations and Better Way Alliance hosted at Ryerson University. The conference brought together a employers, economists, researchers and policy analysts to explore the positive impacts of supporting a decent job strategy in Ontario. We met people from diverse sectors including health, insurance, retail, technology, engineering, and food services.  Continue reading


A Condo Fit For a Cat

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Our happy clients Bob and Janice welcomed us into their newly renovated condo for a photoshoot of the work we did this past spring. They are over-the-moon with their fully renovated space that includes a brand new kitchen, two updated bathrooms and bedrooms and custom cabinetry throughout. Continue reading


Waterloo Kitchen Renovation for an awesome couple

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kitchen-renovationWhen Henry and his wife Margaret turned to us for their Waterloo kitchen renovation, not only did it present the opportunity to expand our creative knowledge on a new project; it was a chance to learn more about a family, their history, and the home they cherish so very deeply. Continue reading