Electrical Business

IED family helps build change school by school

October 24, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

mt_ignore What began as a simple message of hope snowballed into an outpouring of donations to help build schools for children in need. Back in June, Craig Kielburger—founder of Free the Children and the Me to We organization—stood before the IED (Independent Electrical Distributors) 2010 annual general meeting delegates with a message: Everyone can make a difference.

He told stories of how he and a group of friends started Free the
Children as 12-year olds; of his meeting with Nobel Prize winners and
world leaders; and being most inspired by Mother Theresa. As Craig
spoke, each story brought more and more people to the edge of their
seats, and on the verge of tears.

Then something amazing happened when Jim Milne, IED president and
general partner, donated one school to Free the Children’s
Brick-by-Brick campaign. By the end of the evening, the IED family of
suppliers and distributors had donated over 25 schools, which will be
built in Haiti, Sri Lanka, Kenya and India. In the coming year, IED
plans to take part in helping to build at least one school in Kenya.

Special thanks to the following contributors:

• Cooper Industries
• Dixon Electric
• Eddy Group Ltd.
• EECOL Electric Corp.
• House of Electrical
• Hubbell Canada LP
• IED Limited Partnership
• Ipex Management Inc.
• J.W. Bird and Company Ltd.
• Liteline Corp.
• McLoughlan Supplies Ltd.
• Robertson Electric Wholesale
• Standard Products Inc.
• Thomas & Betts Canada

Individual Donors
• Paula Bremner
• Bruce Diplock
• Abbas Khan
• Jim & Jo-Anne Milne
• David Nathaniel

IED is a leading electrical supply network in Canada. It was formed in
1965 to enhance the buying power and effectiveness of independent
electrical distributors. Today, IED represents over 140 branches across
Canada, each providing a full line of electrical products and supplies
to a range of customers. It is also the IED behind IED Rewards.

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