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Toronto Indigenous women, children given gift of colour

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, the leading paint brand provided dozens of gallons of paint, supplies, financial contributions and more than 40 volunteers to revitalize the four-story, 1900s-era mansion housing the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. The event was part of PPG’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ program, through which the company is investing $10 million over a 10-year period to beautify local communities.

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto – a registered charity funded by government programs as well as public and private donations – provides a sanctuary and support for hundreds of Indigenous women and their children in the greater Toronto area. Offering a cultural and educational programs, drop-in supports, traditional and contemporary counselling, parenting programs, hot lunches, job skills training, housing supports, and many other culturally-based programs, the centre provides a safe and welcoming environment for Indigenous women in crisis and seeking 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.”

Dulux Paints are available in more than 250 company-owned Dulux Paints and BÉTONEL® Dulux Paints stores and numerous authorized dealers across Canada, serving the consumer and professional markets. Produced in Canada, the Dulux brand offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services.

duluxThe Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and enhance neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities and supports projects that transform community spaces, providing PPG volunteers and donated PPG products. In 2015 and 2016 combined, PPG completed nearly 60 Colorful Communities projects, and it expects to complete about 75 more this year.

PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We donated nearly $10 million in 2016, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 25 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.


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