KAWARTHA LAKES-Carden Quarry in Brechin was awarded the 2022 Community Relations Award from the Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (OSSGA). The award recognizes leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.
Within its boundaries, the Carden Quarrry team says it controls onsite noise, dust and traffic generated from its operation through advanced practices, equipment and natural solutions, such as planting trees to dampen sound and green its footprint.
“Here at Miller, we believe in living and exhibiting our values of Community, Integrity, Accountability, and our vision of Building Greatness. We are proud of our aggregate sites and the efforts made by our Miller employees to continually improve and integrate them into the communities in which we work,” says Scott Boyle, Vice-President, PPG and Aggregates, The Miller Group, owners of the Carden Quarry.
Outside its gates, officials say they provide donations and support to local organizations and initiatives, including the Ramara Historical Society’s Yesteryear event, the Couchiching Conservancy’s Nuts for Nature event, the Ramara Soccer program, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Métis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly, and local fundraisers. In partnership with Miller Paving, quarry staff are also involved in tree planting, environmental cleanup events, invasive species removal, and garden planting.
“OSSGA promotes excellence among its members by encouraging them to efficiently run their operations, responsibly manage the land they work on, and actively participate in and contribute to their communities,” says Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “The 2022 Industry Recognition Award winners have surpassed OSSGA’s expectation in fulfilling those objectives.”
OSSGA is a non-profit industry association representing over 280 sand, gravel and crushed stone producers and suppliers of valuable industry products and services. Collectively, members produce a large majority of the approximately 164 million tonnes of aggregate consumed annually on average in the province to build and maintain Ontario’s infrastructure needs.