About Us

Volunteer Builders was incorporated on January 11, 2001 as a non-for-profit organization. Our central purpose is to design and build at least one structure each year for a worthy community-oriented recipient. We build our projects using volunteer staff and donations of design and working drawings, materials, equipment and project coordination, food and funds.

In just one weekend, our goal is to provide a closed-in shell that includes siding, roofing, windows and doors. At times, we have also provided electricity, decking and some interior work, such as staircases and bunk beds. Currently, our build choices focus on children’s summer camps. Many have existed since the early 1900’s and are in dire need of updating. More importantly, however, Volunteer Builders shares the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience personal development in a fun, safe, and healthy environment.

Each year, Volunteer Builders strives to build on our own organization’s foundation so others in the community can participate in and benefit from the service, experience and projects we provide.

Founding Members

Chris Knight, Buffy Knowlton, Dave l’Heureux, Shelley Macdonald, Ray Nyhuis, Paul Sandiford, Louise Sheedy, and Jonathan Sprawson
With Special Assistance FromĀ Ian Macdonald and Leanne Sandiford

Past Directors

Karen Anderson, Caroline Baird, Bill Banham, Jenna Bull, Lucy Coschignano, Scott Hartman, Chris Knight, Buffy Knowlton, Peter Loukes, Ian Macdonald, Shelley Macdonald, Mike MacKay, Jeff Mander, John McGillivray, Heather Miner, Dan Niddery, Michelle Owens-Perrow, Paul Sandiford, Craig Silva, Andrew Sprawson, Pam Towler, Nick Veenema, and Tracy Wilson.


Each year, the current Build Director sits on the Board of Directors and serves as a liaison between the Board and the Executive. As well, the outgoing Build Director may serve an additional one-year term.