Strangers put new roof over Duncan man’s head

Michele Rooke was picking up her friend to head to a Maroon 5 concert in Vancouver one rainy night when she happened to look out the window and spotted a neighbour’s house with a dilapidated roof.

Her friend told her that the neighbour’s house was full of buckets he used to catch the rain. He used to have a tarp up there, but it blew off. Attempts he made to get a bank loan to replace the roof were denied.

Rooke and some friends put their heads together and alerted their Facebook friends to the situation. One suggested a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. com. While that was taking off, Cameron Young, the son of a former classmate of Rooke’s in Chilliwack who now lives in the Cowichan Valley, got wind of the campaign and mentioned it to his

boss at The Gutter Gator.

It snowballed from there, and last Saturday, Douglas Williams got a new roof on his house.

"It’s not going to cost us a dime," said Rooke, who headed up the cleanup crew during the roofing project. "All the supplies were donated, and these guys are volunteering

their precious sunny Saturday to do this."

The roofers were happy to do it, and their suppliers were happy to put up the materials.

"We made a call to our roofing supplier, IKO and Roofmart.

"They stepped up and donated 100 per cent of the supplies and any other materials we needed," said Clint Morrison, co-owner of The Gutter Gator with Travis Bryce.

Morrison was among the workers up on the roof last Saturday.

Cedar Grove Roofing Supply also provided some materials, Coast Environment donated 100 per cent of the dump costs, and Harcraft Homes provided all the sheeting.

Save-On-Foods, Rooke’s employer, and Starbucks donated snacks and coffee for the volunteers.

When all was said and done and donated, there was also about $750 cash for Williams from the GoFund Me.com campaign.

Finally, Belfor Restoration has provided drying equipment and a cleaning crew to take care of the inside of Williams’s home, where years under a leaky roof created moisture damage.

According to the immensely grateful Williams, who has owned the house on Second Street in Duncan since about 1960, if he could have replaced the roof in 1982 or ’83, that would have prevented a lot of the deterioration.

"It really just started to leak the last couple of years," he said.

Morrison urged everyone to follow the example set Saturday.

"It doesn’t have to be a huge deed," he said. "It could be someone in the lineup at the store who is short a dollar. Just a little act of kindness. It doesn’t have to be something big."

Just Posted

Karl McPherson, left, and Mary Morrice are the new head coach and general manager, respectively, at the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Manager charts a new course for Duncan Dynamics

More recreational programs to join competitive teams

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by… Continue reading

The province has come through with funding for Duncan Manor’s renewal project. (File photo)
Funding comes through for Duncan Manor’s renewal project

Money will come from the province’s Community Housing Fund

The former St. Joseph’s School site will remain an art studio at least into early next year. It will take some time before being converted to an addictions recovery community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Addiction recovery facility will be all about building community together

Society on a clear path with members’ experiences to provide valuable help

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen collapses during game against Finland

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Most Read